Friday, May 9, 2014

Information for 2014-2015 Seniors

Do you want your senior portrait session to be fun and crazy?
Do you want to have pics taken with your pets, your car, or other special items?
Do you want to have a chance to get products that many photographers don’t offer?

Then keep reading!!

The 2014-15 Senior Portrait season is about to start. Many seniors like to have at least some of their pictures taken in the summer before their senior year. Some like to get pictures in different seasons, so they start in the summer, have more in the fall, maybe the winter (snow pics are fun!), and more in the spring.

Many seniors also like for me to take a few of their favorite pictures and make them into graduation invitations in the spring. Invitations come in several sizes, from those that your parents would send in the mail to smaller ones without envelopes that you can hand out to your friends at school.
I also offer a couple different kinds of senior folios which hold anywhere from 6-12 pictures. These are nice to display at your graduation party.
And of course there are regular photo prints, ranging from wallet size to large wall portraits. There are also many unique products, which will be explained later. With so much to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Sessions & Fees
It is possible to do some studio pics if you want, but most of the sessions are outdoors. There are several locations I like to use, or we can go to a location of your choice.
The session fee, which I call the “Artistic Fee,” includes a pre-consultation with you and a parent where you get to view various products, find out about pricing, and make your session appointment. A 50% deposit is due at the consultation, and the remaining artistic fee is due at the session. Also included in the artistic fee are the time spent during the session, and all editing work. All photos are completely retouched and enhanced in various ways. All photos will be presented in color, as well as some in black and white or sepia. I will also show you some that have been enhanced with textures, background effects, or templates.
Artistic fees are as follows:
½ hour = 25+ © proofs $80 (15)
1 hour = 40+ © proofs $150 (25)
1 ½ hours = 60+ © proofs $200 (35)
2 hours = 75+ © proofs $250 (50)
The number in parentheses is the amount of the artistic fee which will go as a credit toward the package or products that you order.
EXAMPLE: You have a 1 ½ hour session. You have paid a deposit of $100, so you owe $100 at the session. $35 of that will go toward your order, so if you order a $300 package, you will only pay $265 more.

What Happens Next?

After I edit your pictures, which takes 2-3 weeks, you and a parent will come to my house for a chance to view your photos on the computer. You will also receive a flashdrive with a copyrighted version of all your pictures (they will contain a watermark.) We will discuss various products and the package, a la carte, or add-on items you might be interested in.

Then within 3 weeks, you will choose your pictures and place your order. 50% of the order cost is due when you place the order, and the remainder, along with tax and shipping, will be due when your pictures come. Most orders should be ready in a week or two. 

Senior Model Program
Every year I like to have a few students, both girls and guys, who will help represent j bentz photography by being senior models. To be chosen as a senior model, you must do the following things:
1) fill out an online application – go to
2) have parent approval
3) be a person who is outgoing and friendly, and interacts with a variety of other students in class, in sports, in activities, at work.
4) want to have a great time at your photoshoot and get discounts!p
5) show other people your photos – a lot!!!!

You would have a free half-hour session early in the summer to get a few model shots taken. Then you would receive some special surprises so you could share your pics with everyone you know.

Later in the year, you would receive 50% off your regular photo session. All packages, a la carte items, and other products would be regular price, but you have a chance to earn credits for referrals. For each senior who makes an appointment with me and gives me your code, you will receive a $15 print credit toward your package. You will receive an additional $25 cash or credit for every 5th referral. If you have already purchased a package, you can use the credits to get free stuff.

Also, each person you refer who makes an appointment will receive 10% off the package or products that they purchase if they give me your code. That’s a win-win situation.

So – whether you want to be a senior model or just want some cool photos, contact j bentz photography.

Call: 260-437-1124


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