High School is where a lot of girls find their best friend. You are going through similar stuff and bonding over everything from boys to books! Documenting that special friendship before each of you move on to the next chapter in life is a great way to take those memories with you to college!
That’s where BFF sessions come in! They are a fun addition to your senior session offerings and whether you do a special package for Best Friends, Best Friend Mini Sessions or something else entirely, giving girls this option is a great thing!
Bethany Hanusch of Bethany Lynn Photography in Austin, TX shares a fun BFF session below as well as some information about the BFF sessions she offers! Check it out below and be sure to check out more of Bethany’s work here. Thanks for sharing Bethany!
If you are a senior photographer and offer BFF sessions, we would love to hear from you in the comments below this post! Share with us how you handle your BFF sessions!
What was your inspiration for this photo shoot? The inspiration for this photo shoot was to try and capture their friendship and all of it’s quirks and highlights and fun 🙂
Are your BFF Senior Sessions different than a regular Senior Session? BFF Sessions are one session fee but it’s a specific package just for Best Friends/Multiple People. They can decide how they would like to split the cost between each other or if one wants to get it as a gift for the other.
Do you do in-person order sessions and if so, it is it separate or together? I do in-person ordering sessions and let them choose if they would like to do it together or separate! These BFF sessions are not as frequent, so I haven’t noticed any difference or pattern in which way yields the best results.
Do you offer them shots together and some individuals? Is there a certain number? The majority of the shots are together but I would say they receive roughly 5-10 images of them as individuals. I don’t go into a ton of detailed posing though individually, so these images they receive are pretty basic. That way they still want their own senior session! 🙂
How do you feel BFF sessions are different than regular senior sessions? I feel like BFF session are a lot more laid back and silly than regular senior sessions! You have your best friend IN the photo with you so you feel like you get a lot more natural and candid shots than regular session sometimes.
What do you like best about BFF sessions? My favorite thing is having girl time! I think that everyone walks away feeling happy and excited about the time we had together!
Where did this photo shoot take place? This shoot took place in San Marcos, Tx at a run down abandoned property (with great light!) and then in a field behind a Veterans Affairs office! Give me good light and we can shoot anywhere 😉
Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot? A little bit! We discussed a vision for it and then I let them make it their own. Which is where the Taylor Swift magazines come into play. These girls are MAJOR Swifties, and that doesn’t even do it justice!
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot? I shoot with a Nikon D4 and use all prime lenses. To give variety I switch between the 34mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.4. I also used the white side of a 42 inch reflector.
What time of day were these taken? Golden Hour! The 2 hours before sunset.
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session? I just used Lightroom 4 for my post processing! I try to get as much right in-camera so that I just have to make minor tweaks in post processing, such as adding warmth, contrast and sharpening. My one secret is that I use the noise reduction slider to create a smoother look in the photos!
What is your favorite thing about this session? The girls and the light! They were SO much fun to photograph, I think it also helps that they are best friends 🙂 And then, as hot as it gets here in Texas, you just can’t beat that summer light!
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style? I want it to show their unique relationship and personalities and in turn, show that about my business as well! My senior sessions aren’t just photo shoots, they are an experience- hopefully a fun one!
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors? I try to find one thing that we click on and feed off of that! I’m a big tv and movie fan so I often start the shoot asking what some of their favorites are. If we have any in common then it’s fun to bring up stuff about that show through out the shoot!
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