Should I bring my ____ to my senior session?
A common question that I get asked repeatedly is can I bring my _____ to my senior session? You can fill in the blank with whatever your imagination comes up with. I have been asked about every variety of pet (dogs, cats, horses, ducks), sports uniform or equipment, books, car, you name it.
What’s the Answer to Should I Bring My ____?
Just like I do with most questions posed to me about senior sessions, I will answer with a series of questions. Answer these questions for yourself and you will find if you can bring my _____.
Is it safe?
This one is pretty easy. If you would be concerned about your safety while photographing this object, then the answer is probably no. If you would be concerned about my safety while photographing this object, then the answer is probably no. You should probably answer for yourself, I should not bring my _____.
If you feel safe around this object, but I would not feel safe around this object, then the answer is probably no. A good example of this would be a snake. You may love your pet snake to death, but I would probably feel unsafe and maybe even uncomfortable while photographing it. This would be a great conversation instead of assuming the answer.
Will it sit still?
Will this object listen to commands, and sit still. A good example of this would be a pet. Most dogs are trained to listen to commands, and set. Not all dogs are trained. If your dog is well behaved and can listen to commands and follow your prompts, then the answer is probably yes. If your dog cannot listen to commands or sit still, it will create a difficult experience. I hear you say, yes, I can bring my dog!
If your dog is not well trained, and not well behaved, please see the previous section, is it safe? If there is any fear of your dog being unsafe around you or me the answer is probably no.
This leads us to the next animal, cats. As independent as cats are, they cannot follow commands. Or at least in my short time on this Earth I had not seen a cat be able to follow a command like sit, stay, or come. If we are in a contained area a cat would probably work, but I cannot guarantee we can photograph a cat safely without it running away in every scenario.
Also remember that I have a very large dog. While Lazy Larry loves everyone, he is very intimidating to other animals. Most cats are scared of him even if they are comfortable around other dogs. Larry just wants to be everyone’s best friend, but I have seen him get rejected several times. Please keep this in mind when you are bringing a cat to your session. Most likely your cat will either have to stay in its carrier, or in your vehicle until we are ready to photograph it.
Is there enough space?
Is there enough space to photograph and bring my _____in the location you want. A good example of this would be if you want studio shots, but you also want shots with your car. There’s no way to be able to do studio shots and car shots at the same time. So, consider which is a priority to you. If it’s in the studio, then we can’t photograph your car.
Does it reflect Who You Are?
Most of the time “can I bring my _____?” means the object that you want to bring is a reflection of what you love right now as you are about to enter your senior year in high school. Whether this object is related to sports or Hobbies or your interest, it is probably a good idea to bring it. I am most interested in being able to show your personality in your images. We can accomplish this when you have objects around you that you love.
Ultimately, only you can answer should bring my ____ ?
I would encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to thinking about objects to bring for your senior session. People bring similar objects over and over again, but I really love it when people can think outside the box and bring things that are unique to them.