Ashley Lee Photography
Sarasota Native Portrait and Wedding Photographer

The Senior Experience portrait photography hourly rate - ashley

Once you've decided you'd like to book a senior portrait session, the first step is to get your session on the schedule! I shoot senior sessions in the afternoons/evenings during 'golden hour', so keep those times in mind as we brainstorm dates for your session! portrait photography hourly rate


The Senior Experience

Senior photos are so much fun!! Together, we will explore our favorite locations and take once in a lifetime pictures. The process is simple and I'm always here for you! Let's get started shall we? :)


Step 1


Once you've decided you'd like to book a senior portrait session, the first step is to get your session on the schedule! I shoot senior sessions in the afternoons/evenings during 'golden hour', so keep those times in mind as we brainstorm dates for your session! Once your session is scheduled, you'll receive a contract and an invoice for your retainer to make things official!


Step 2

This is where things start getting really fun!! We meet up and discuss the details of your session and answer any questions you will have. We can meet wherever you like. This meeting will let me get to know you and will include your session and details, location choices, and outfit ideas. I give you all of my information so you can text or snapchat me anytime!


Step 3

We start at MUA then head over to first location and start the photoshoot usually around 2 hours before sunset. Prepare yourself for lots of smiling and laughing! The session is all about capturing your uniquely beautiful personality! I, your friend and/or mom will assist you with posing and show you my favorite locations. If you had any ideas too we can work that in ahead of time. I also make sure to adjust your hair & outfits so nothing is out of place

Q & A

How long will my session be?
Up to 2 hours of shooting time.  This includes outfit changes as well as drive time to multiple locations so keep this in mind when considering traveling to multiple locations or when deciding how many outfits to bring. Before your session we'll meet up at MUA and go over everything.

What time is my session?
The best time to shoot is 2 hours before sunset.  We will schedule your session based on the time of sunset which will vary depending upon the time of year especially during fall/winter.  Weekend availability goes fast so most shoots are done on weekdays.

Oh no, it's raining on my session day! Do I have to take pictures in the rain?
Don't worry!  I have no intentions on standing in the rain either!  We will reschedule, however, I will likely not postpone the shoot until that morning or a few hours before.  Rescheduling can be tricky with everyone's schedules so I prefer to wait until we know for sure or it might rain in a certain area.  Also, please don't worry if it's not a bright sunny day!  Clouds are often preferable and you will still have gorgeous photos!

What should I bring to my session? 
Feel free to bring anything that shows off you and your personality. Don't forget all of your outfit changes including shoes, belts, accessories, jewelry, etc. I have a great little model closet full of dress and clothes too.  Also please bring along either a parent and/or a friend; someone who can make you laugh, help notice stray hairs that need to be brushed, and maybe even hop in a photo or two!

How many outfit changes do you allow?
As many as you want!  Just realize that every outfit change takes time and this is precious time when we could be shooting.  I usually recommend 5 outfits tops with a good mix of dressy to casual .  I love going over clothes with seniors before shoots. Your style is always on point!  Layers are always good - for instance a kimono that you can easily take on or off.  Keep in mind too that most locations don't have privacy so we'll have to plan or change in car. 

Where will my session be?
If you have a place in mind definitely let me know.  I love exploring new places.  I generally pick locations per your outfits and obviously wherever you want too. I have a lot of places around the area that are great and I'll be happy to give you suggestions.  I usually try to stick to locations 5 minutes apart tops!! Remember 2 hours goes fast when you're having fun!!

How do I book a session with you?
It’s easy, start with an email to get my availability and we’ll go from there.  The best advice I can give you is BOOK EARLY.  I only take a limited number of seniors each month to ensure I can give you the attention you deserve.  Contact me below!

When will I see my photos?
Roughly three weeks after your session we will meet somewhere to go over your photos. This meeting lasts about an hour.  You will see at least 50 images and have an opportunity to see and zoom in. If you have a couple you must have, I can go back thru and edit them more and order prints of them to keep for years to come. 

Am I required to go to the photographer my school contracts with to be in the yearbook?
Yes. 'The Senior Experience 'is something high schools will never be able to offer and is an experience like no other in Sarasota county. You are truly unique and not a number. This is your day!

My skin isn’t always perfect.  Can you Photoshop me?
Nobody is perfect! Absolutely, I will touch up any skin imperfections free of charge, no worries. However please do not lay out in sun or self tan 2 days before photoshoot. Sunburns and peeling I cannot help with :( BUT trust me, after my makeup artist performs her magic you will look and feel amazing!

Speaking of makeup, I'm nervous.  I don't want to look like someone else in my senior pictures.
No need to worry.  I only contract with the absolute best make up artists in the industry.  They are experts in ensuring it's natural and create the best version of YOU. I promise you'll love the results.