Frequently Asked Questions
Q. HOW DO I BOOK MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?
A. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the contact page and send a request for information. Insuring I can provide each senior with a unique and tailored session is my number one priority. Please do not delay reaching out. Sessions tend to book a year in advance, so please try and connect your junior year.
Q. EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE A MODEL ON YOUR WEBSITE. I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO WEAR OR HOW TO POSE!
A. You would be surprised how often we hear that! Most of the seniors you see on these pages said the same thing! You are beautiful just the way you are and we will celebrate you, your style and personality! We love what we do! You will look amazing and feel fabulous with a gorgeous photograph to prove it! If you love the images you see on this site, you will love the images styled and tailored to reflect YOU!
Q. WHAT’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO BOOK MY SENIOR SESSION?
A. Seniors are photographed all year long! We can start as early as June (after your junior year) continue to the 3rd week of April of your senior year! Many prefer to book their date before school starts while others like the Fall or Spring. If you are concerned about having selected your college because you want to incorporate your college shirt into your session-no need to panic. Nikki hosts a “college shirt shootout” towards the end of March and also in April. This guarantees you can include your college choice in your custom graduation announcements!
Q. WHAT DOES THE SESSION FEE INCLUDE AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO SPEND?
A. Your senior portraits are an investment and timeless memory. Providing you with a tangible time capsule of your senior year. Your $200 retainer is paid at the time of booking to secure your space (this fee is transferable but non-refundable). The session fee includes the consultation, styling, sitting fee, editing time and in-person viewing/ ordering session). Ala Carte products begin at $50 with additional collection options providing added savings. * Prints and/or digital files are not included with the session and are purchased separately. There is a minimum order requirement of $500.
Q. DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF WEST HOUSTON?
A. Absolutely! Destination sessions outside of Katy | Houston are available upon request. If we need to find wild flowers or find a beach, or even SNOW- we make it happen! Just ask me for details!
Q. WHAT IF IT RAINS?
A. The majority of sessions are held outdoors. So weather definitely plays a role in our photo shoot with you! We never compromise your photo day and never take a chance, so if rain or heavy winds are in the forecast we simply reschedule a day that works for you! Texas weather is so unpredictable that generally rescheduling for weather does not occur until the day of the session. Crazy as it seems, I have just learned to not panic too early as forecasters are not always accurate.
Q. WHAT DO I WEAR? HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER AMAZING OUTFITS?
A. It's important to wear what you love that represents your unique style. Upon booking your session we will provide you with our exclusive Style Magazine with tips and suggestions with resources on how to pull together the looks you'll love in your photos including the top trends and fashions. You will also receive a Welcome Guide. All of this information is provided to help you determine what looks you love, which season and what type of session. Do you like the country, city or something a little more urban? All of these aspects of the session are discussed. The style guide helps you find outfits that help coordinate looks for those types of locations and seasons.
Q. YOU HAVE LOTS OF GIRLS ON YOUR SITE---DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH GUYS?
A. YES!!! I mean, I am a boymom! If you go to the NGP Experience section of the website and look towards the middle, you can see a slide show that shares some of my favorite guy sessions. Don’t think for a minute I left the guys out-there is a STYLE GUIDE FOR GUYS!!! Yes, moms, I did that for YOU!!! It will help in the process for sure and make sure that the session is fun for everyone! One of the most common things we hear from the guys is "wow that was great---I actually had fun!"
Q. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY PHOTO SHOOT? HOW LONG IS THE ENTIRE PROCESS?
A. Within a week you will see a sneak peek post to Instagram and Facebook! Within 2 weeks of your session you will join me for your PREMIERE ORDERING SESSION! This gives you an opportunity to view, touch and feel the quality of the products to decide exactly how you want to display your favorite images. There are so many options including, exclusive designs for wall gallery displays, gorgeous senior announcements, premier books and albums, luxe senior art-pieces and digital images for web and print.
Q. SHOULD I HAVE MY HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE BY A PROFESSIONAL?
A. Absolutely! It is required for the ladies. These images are an investment, so definitely pay a little extra for hair and makeup! Not only does it take the stress off of you, but Ashley (my professional stylist) will apply the right amount of makeup and style your hair that photographs well. Regardless of going “glam” or “looking natural”, she is familiar with what photographs well and will make sure that you still remain your authentic self. The best part-she joins us for your entire session! Ashley makes sure you don’t glow in the Texas HEAT-and..she changes your look for each outfit! The fee for hair and makeup is paid directly to Ashley on the day of the shoot. We have worked together long enough that she can complete my sentences! Of course, if you like your hair and makeup for your session, she will happily take reservations for prom, NCL, homecoming and other events.
Q: WHERE DO I CHANGE MY CLOTHES DURING THE SHOOT?
A. Occasionally we are lucky and have a restroom nearby. However, that is not always the case. Be prepared to change in the car. I have dark tinted windows and loads of room. It has always worked well and we just make it happen.
Q. DO YOU OFFER DIGITAL IMAGES?
A. Yes; some of my collections includes a specified number of digital images, including the print rights to those images. Digital images (aka JPEG files) are not included in your session fee. All digital images, prints, products, and more are sold separately.
Q. WHO PLANS OUT THE SESSION?
A. This is where we get to dig deep and connect with conversation. Some of you have been planning your senior session since you were freshman and some of you don’t know where to begin. No need to worry. We will get creative and I can assure you that your session will reflect YOU and your personality! For the ladies, you may want minimal makeup to coincide with a natural earthy look or you could be feeling “Swifty” and want full on red lips with gold glitter shadow!!! The session is all about you and how you want to reflect and see yourself. For the guys, you may have full confidence and be ready to pose for the next cover of People Magazine or GQ, or you may just think this is a bunch of “hooey” and are totally being bribed into doing this by your mom-well, first of all, if it is the latter, BRAVO for doing it! Either way, you will find that we have a blast and you will enjoy incorporating your vehicle, sport, etc. (girls too!!!) Your senior pictures are like a time capsule. We will share ideas back and forth and plan every detail together.