A professional senior portrait session is a celebration for your daughter, but it is also a reward for you as the parent. As a parent you have been there through the ups and downs, helping your little girl grow into an amazing young woman that is about to graduate from high school. With that being said, you are more than welcome at the photoshoot to help commemorate this huge accomplishment. Having a parent at the shoot can be beneficial in many ways! We hope that this helps solidify your decision to be a part of your daughter's senior portrait session.
Benefits of being a part of the before the shoot
Part of the fun of planning senior pictures is planning what to wear, how you want to do your hair, how much makeup you want to wear. Some of that planning can be overwhelming to do by yourself, however. Just think about how hard it might be for you to pick out an outfit for a big presentation at work or for an interview. That might be how your daughter feels about getting ready for senior pictures.
As a parent, you can help ease some of those worries about what to wear or how she might want her hair styled. If you go shopping, you can give your opinion about what she tries on and help her remember the vision she had for her images. You can also help her see how other clothing pieces might be another option, too. Sometimes we can get a one track mind of the exact outfit we want and might miss the top that makes you feel the most beautiful. Being a part of picking out an outfit can help your daughter find the clothes she feels most beautiful in while also sticking to the vision she had.
Another benefit of having you as a parent involved in the pre photoshoot is that you can help make sure that your daughter is at ease for her shoot. This might mean helping her a week in advance by scheduling a hair appointment or an eyebrow wax appointment. Or this might mean making her dinner before you leave for the shoot so that she does not become hangry. Each young woman may need something different from you as a parent to help ease the anxious feelings of having senior pictures. You know your daughter best, so this is a huge benefit of having you involved in her senior pictures.
Benefits of being a part of the actual photoshoot
Being in front of the camera can be intimidating. You may feel anxious, vulnerable, excited, all of the above. What helps bring out the most authentic, beautiful pictures is when you are the most comfortable and feel confident in yourself. This is where it can be extremely beneficial for you as a parent to be at your daughter's senior pictures. Your presence is calming and being around you is comfortable for your daughter. This can help her feel more relaxed and at ease when in front of the camera.
Another benefit of having you at the actual shoot is that you know what makes your daughter laugh or smirk or give some sass. You might give a little joke that makes her laugh and then we can capture the little girl you know and love. Or you make dance in the background and make her tilt her head and smize (smile with your eyes). Your relationship with your daughter can enhance the type of images we capture!
And on a more practical note, having you there during the photoshoot gives you the opportunity to ask for a pose or type of picture that you might really want to see. It might be that your idea for the graduation announcement included a specific pose. This is another benefit of having you involved!
Benefits of being a part of what happens after the photoshoot
While senior pictures are a reward for your daughter and a celebration of this huge milestone of hers, it also holds significance to you as a parent. This might be your first baby to graduate high school and capturing her in this moment is important. You want to remember this exact moment in time before she is off to other adventures. Being a part of the viewing and ordering session with your daughter is important. Both you and your daughter can pick your favorite pictures and from there decide what you want to do with these pictures. You might want a large canvas to display in your home or you might want an album to look back at all the beautiful images. Without you there, we can't get exactly what you want to remember this moment in time. Seeing the pictures can prompt lots of emotion, but we hope that seeing the pictures and having them forever will help ease this transition even in the slightest.
Ultimately, the answer is YES! Please, as a parent, be a part of the whole senior picture process with your daughter. There are so many benefits to having you there for your daughter, but it also helps you see the beautiful person you helped shape.