Q: Why should I choose Kimberly Caldwell Legree Photography?
A: KCP creates professional and personalized images that capture everything awesome about your senior year ~ i.e.; sports, hobbies, pets, friends & family. Your custom tailored session will be a collection of memories from a very special time in your life. Every senior deserves to have a photo experience that builds their self-confidence and empowers them. It's my promise to do that by creating images that you all fall in love with.
I not only have a passion for photography, but all the things that will set your photos apart from any others. I've been in business for 16 years. I highly recommend professional hair & makeup for my seniors. I offer help with your wardrobe, and choosing the right outfits so you look and feel your best from head to toe. Don't know what to wear or which ones to choose, bring them all and I will help you the day of :) Worried about how to pose or what to do with your hands... from posing to fashion trends, getting the images right in camera to lighting, the perfect accessories to the perfect smile, we have it all covered... don't worry! Oh and did I mention it will be a darn fun day jam packed with laughing all while you look and feel like a model.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I highly recommend all of my senior clients invest in professional hair and makeup. If it is in your budget, hiring a professional for your hair and makeup will make a drastic difference in the quality of your photos and senior portrait experience. You are already making a large investment in your senior portrait experience, so why not make it the best it can be?
Q: Why is it important?
A: 1. THEY ARE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS
When you are investing in a professional photographer, you want to make sure that the images look their absolute best. Professional hair + makeup artists are TRAINED to do hair + makeup so that they photograph well. While your makeup may look AMAZING in person, it will look completely different on-camera, and these professionals are trained to know the difference. They will conceal spots you don't like, contour your face so it looks the best in every light, use colors that compliment your skin to make it look flawless, make your eyes POP with false lashes (if needed) + shadows & manicure your eyebrows to perfection and more!
2. LESS STRESS
Preparing for a senior portrait session is stressful in and of itself. Trying to do your hair + makeup by yourself can make things even harder. Professional camera equipment is designed to pick up every little detail in an image (even details that the eye can't see) so hiring a professional makeup artist is the best way to go.
3. WHO DOESN'T LIKE BEING PAMPERED?!
I don't ever want my seniors to feel like their portrait session is just simply "taking pictures", I want it to be an EXPERIENCE. So, if my seniors arrive after an hour of being pampered + beautified, the entire experience has already started on a good note. If a senior arrives frustrated or stressed, it can affect the entire experience, including the way you look in your photographs.
I live in Clarkston, but I can recommend Makeup artists & hairstylists in any area if needed.
Q: What should I wear & what should I not for my senior pictures?
A: Pick complimentary colors.
Another amazing tip is to pick colors that compliment your skin tone! I’m sure most of you know that certain colors look better on certain people, but there’s actually a whole color science behind it. For example, a warm toned person will look great in earthy tones, whereas a cool toned person looks amazing in colors like blues and greens. You can figure out what type of skin tone you have by taking a look at the veins on your wrist. If your veins are an olive/green color, you are warm toned! If they are a blue hue, you have cool-toned skin. Or, if they are a mix of both, you are neutral toned. A good rule of thumb is to figure out what colors go best with your skin tone and always stick within that palette!
Make sure you have options.
My 2nd tip for choosing what to wear for your senior photoshoot is to pick at least one dressy option and one casual outfit. Make sure that the colors in all of your outfits are a bit different from each other, otherwise you’ll look like you’re wearing the same thing during the whole shoot. It’s always fun to keep one outfit neutral and simple, and another outfit a little louder with a bold pop of color.
Keep it modest! Your senior photoshoot is such a momentous time. You’ll look back at these photos for the rest of your life. Your whole family will want to frame your pretty face, including grandma! With that being said, choose outfits that are cute but not too revealing. Super low cut v-neck tops or skin tight mini skirts can not only cause problems with posing, but also will show too much skin. Your senior photos should be timeless, right? Make sure that you LOVE what you choose, but ditch the skimpy pieces!
GIRLS...Flowy dresses are a must!
Choose a flowy dress for the cutest poses (flowy being the key word there)! Whether it’s a mini or maxi, make sure it has plenty of fabric so you can twirl and move around with ease. Flowy dresses aren’t just comfortable and flattering for every body type, but they also allow for SO many varieties of posing. Whether you’ll be sitting, standing, skipping, or twirling, you’ll look amazing for pretty much any adventure during your photoshoot.
On the flip side, super tight dresses are limiting when it comes to movement. Girls tend to be concerned about the dress riding up when they sit, or it clinging too tightly in different positions. If you’re uncomfortable or CONSTANTLY worrying about your outfit during your shoot, that tenseness WILL show through in your photos. With a flowy dress, comfort won’t even be a question. They’re trendy, easy to move in, and perfect for most seasons!
Lastly, add some basic accessories to go with your photoshoot style. They don’t have to be anything extravagant, in fact, less is more! Accessories can make your outfits more trendy and fun. I like to think of them as the sprinkles on top!
For a boho look, add a felt hat to carry or wear. Flowers OR flower crowns are also an amazing accessory because they give you something to hold and they compliment your natural beauty. Lastly, throw on some shades on for a few shots – it will bring a youthful and fun vibe to your photos!
Q: How many photos will I get?
A: Your gallery will have 50-100 of your best photos from your shoot. We show you only the best of the best. You may be thinking, "but she clicked the shutter SO many times during the shoot, where are all those?" Good question! There are technical things we need to take care of during the session. We have to make rapid real-time adjustments which requires test shots, changing up composition, and solving any lighting challenges to ensure that you create the perfect image for delivery. Often times we have to rapid-fire a group of shots to ensure we get the perfect shot with no blinked eyes, the perfect sun flare and a gorgeous smile. It can take around 5 to even 10 images to prepare the camera and the model for one perfect shot! Also, your images are captured in a raw color format. After our shoot, we handpick the final images from the session and work with each selection to bring it to its full potential.
Q: When should I schedule to get my Senior Portraits taken?
A: The sooner the better if you wanted a specific date. I would say in the winter, decide if you want a summer or fall shoot. Look at your schedule and then pick a date. I have limited space and only take a certain number of seniors each year.
Q: How do I contact you?
A: You can call or text us at 248.770.8060, e-mail Kimberlycaldwellphotography@yahoo.com, or fill out our Contact Form.
Q: Do my parents need to be with me while I get my photos taken?
A: No a parent doesn't have to be there. 1 friend is more than welcome. It's best to keep it to a small group that you feel very comfortable around.
Q: Where will I change outfits?
A: I have a fun pop up changing tent "POPPY" that has plenty of room to move around with total privacy.
Q: How do I hire you for my Senior Portraits?
A: You can call or email me, I will respond within 24/48 hours. We will pick a day that works best and get you scheduled. Once we confirm your date & time, we will collect the $50.00 deposit to hold your spot. Deposits are non-refundable but can be transferred to another date. The rest of your session fee will be collected the day of your senior session. You can pay by Cash, check, venmo or zelle.
Q: What collections are available?
A: I offer collections designed to meet a wide range of budgets.
Collections start at $499.
Q: Are there additional fees for retouching?
A: No, basic editing and retouching are built into the pricing of our products. I believe in editing as natural as I can and promise not to make your child look plastic or have crazy looking over whitened teeth. However, photos that require Extensive retouching such as heavy blemishes may require an extra per-image fee, due to the extra time in editing.
Q: How do I go about getting my yearbook picture to the school?
A: I do not do yearbook photos. Check with your high school for where they recommend. Usually it's Prestige and they charge $25.00 for the yearbook picture.
Q: How many outfit changes and locations are allowed in your sessions?
A: For the mini sessions, 2 outfits & 1 location. And for the full senior experience (4 outfits and 1-2 locations are the norm). When you hire us to create your senior portraits you are paying for our time and talent. Keep in mind, the more time you spend changing clothes and traveling between locations, the less time you allow us to create your images. We will squeeze in as much as we can within your session time!
Q: How do I preview and order my images?
A: 2-3 weeks after your shoot, I email you your password protected gallery. We don’t want you to look through a confusing online gallery and try to make important decisions. We can set up a date for a zoom, where we will watch a slide show of your photo gallery. We can show you all of the products that we offer. We want you to know and fall in love with exactly what you are purchasing before you do!
Immediately after your virtual ordering session we will process your payment and your order will be on its way for you to enjoy!
Q: Why can photography be so expensive?
A: Quality, custom photography by an experienced artist is not for everyone and takes an enormous amount of time and creative commitment. Our pricing reflects the premiere customer service and fine art we provide for our clients. We are full-service from start to finish.