Caitlin Carmichael by Renee Bowen

what does a "senior experience" really mean?

For starters, it’s more than your basic senior portraits that you get for the yearbook.  I believe that this time in your life is not only special – it’s monumentalAnd it’s gonna be gone in the blink of an eye.  All the football games, the practices, the coaches and teachers you hate (and love), the nights at In N Out with friends – will be over really soon. 

How do you want to remember this time?

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and honestly … who knows what’s going to happen in the rest of 2020?!!! 

If there is anything we’ve learned over the last three months, is that you just never know .. so don’t wait – make sure you do something special NOW while you can.  I really hope Class of 2021 doesn’t have the same experience as Class of 2020, but guys – we don’t know! 

Don’t let this year slip away.

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I created this niche of high-end Senior Portraits here in Santa Clarita in 2007 because there was literally nothing like it….and every teenager I talked to hated their pics from the school’s contracted photographer.  Yeah, you need that cap and gown shot, but do you want that to be the only image to sum up your High School experience???  

Your high school senior portraits should be about you – who you are right now; who you want the world to see; how you want to be remembered.

And you should also be able to post your images online.  Social Media gets a bad rap (sometimes deservingly so) but you AND your parents want to share the images we create together and I want you to.  You’ll get shareable images with every print purchase, as well as behind the scenes videos and images.  (Connect with me on Instagram to see my highlights that showcase what I do and how I do it!)  

All of my sessions include professional makeup by Jami Cox to ensure that you feel confident throughout the entire session and you will receive a complete welcome packet prior to your session to make sure you are 100% prepared and ready.  I’m here for you every step of the way to make sure that this is an experience you will never forget! 

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here's what shooting with Renee is all about

The Experience Session

  • three-hour session on location
  • travel fee included – let’s go!
  • pro hair and makeup throughout
  • unlimited wardrobe changes
  • bring a friend for one look
  • four 8×10’s
  • app of your images to share online
  • free entry into the Senior’s Ignite Model Competition
  • the ULTIMATE Renee Bowen Experience

The Image Session

  • two-hour session on location
  • Santa Clarita location only; add the travel fee to go further
  • pro hair and makeup throughout
  • four wardrobe changes
  • bring a friend for one look

The Choice Session

  • one hour location
  • Santa Clarita only; no travel
  • pro makeup included (only)
  • two wardrobe changes

what happens after you book the session?

I’ll send you all the info you need to get prepped and ready, including an entire makeup guide to show you the options for makeup – as well as a video that walks you through the three different looks you could do .. but the session is about you, remember?  So this is just a guideline – it’s all customized based on your comfort level. 

We’ll also need to discuss location – and again, this is about YOU.  I’m here to guide you but I want to know if you have any ideas already – or any locations you have in mind .. then I help you decide based on the look you’re going for.  If you have NO idea (totally common by the way), I suggest taking a look through my blog to see if anything sparks your interest – I blog most of my Influencer Team sessions and have for years, so there’s lots to look through!  

Once we get that all settled, I help you decide on what to wear based on location – and I have lots of resources for that as well.  I’m a text or email away the entire time – you and/or your Mom are welcome to reach out and ask any questions along the way.

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okay ... so what happens after we shoot?

I’ll post a sneak (or two .. or more lol) either that night or the morning after our shoot – I want you get some instant gratification!  And I’m usually way too excited to keep it a secret ūüôā 

Then we’ll get your in person ordering session scheduled – which is when I’ll show you and your parents all the final edited images that I’ve chosen for you – and show you options for prints, albums and announcements.  I believe your images should be shared online, but I will ALWAYS want you to print them as well…a digital file isn’t archival – it’s not a physical heirloom that will live on … past your own lifespan.  The thing that’s so special about photos is that they’re a moment frozen in time – but when you hold it in your hand and pass it down for generations – that’s an archival heirloom.  That’s special and unique.  And it’s my job to help you decide what will work best for you and your parents. 

cost of senior photos

This is for the parents and …. I’m going to be real honest with you …

I’m probably one of the highest priced photographers in Santa Clarita.  What I do is way more entailed and customized than most photographers; however, I will always – always work with clients on getting what they want from their senior portrait experience with me.  I will always be up front with you and I won’t hide information … it’s all spelled out very clearly during the booking process.  I never want you to feel in the dark or worried.  

You’ll receive all the full session pricing when you request a quote – along with loads of info so you’re really clear about it all.  My sessions start at $350 and collections begin at $550; however, most clients spend an average of $2000 on their entire experience.  I accept payments and I also allow clients to pre-purchase months in advance, so there are various options to go over. 

I realize I am not feasible for every family … but I put all of myself into these sessions and pride myself on giving these teenagers far more than just “cool photos”.  I’m a Certified Life Coach with a BA in Psychology, so my MAIN goal is to help them feel valued and “seen”… help build confidence … to connect with them.  I only shoot about 50 seniors per year – by choice – because in order for me to deliver this type of service, I spend a great deal of time and energy.

And .. if COST is the only thing holding you back, I will say this:  Nobody EVER regretted getting beautiful images made of their child.  You can’t get this time back and I will work with you to make it happen if you feel I’m the right photographer for you and your child.  Feel free to reach out with any questions!

what do people think?

We have used Renee for both of our daughters’ Senior Photos and Prom, the BEST photographer ever!!! Very Professional and very creative. We could not be happier with her work!

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Lisa Vergara

I hired Renee to photograph my daughter for her senior year.  She did such an amazing job of making her feel special that I wanted her to photograph my family.  Both my husband and son were extremely happy because she worked quickly and they were not there all day! Thank you, Renee!!!!

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Valerie Beck

Absolutely loved my experience with Renee. I got my photos done for my senior portraits in high school. She was so sweet, funny, and the pictures came out so beautiful. When she showed me and my family the photos, she came to my house and showed us a beautiful presentation of the pictures and all the options of ordering. My parents are going to have her back for when my younger sister graduates so I definitely recommend!

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Nicole Jarel

What a GREAT experience my daughter Samara had shooting her senior pictures with Renee. So happy that I came across Renee, the pictures are breathtaking and Renee and her make up artist were both a joy to work with. I really appreciated how Renee responded to my emails, and not only was she professional but you can really tell she loves what she does . My daughter received her senior photo book today, and it was exactly what my daughter had imagined. It came in a sweet little box with some goodies too;) very sweet and thoughtful. My other daughter can’t wait for her turn. We know we will be in good hands with Renee. Thanks again.. you’re AWESOME!

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I’m having so much fun showing behind the scenes from sessions, photography tips and more over on TikTok!  Follow me! 

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We’d love to send you our Class of 2021 Senior Magazine to give you all the information on sessions, print minimums and what it all entails!  As a client of Renee, you also get the chance to apply to be a guest on her new podcast – Where Are You Now? – the podcast for and about Gen Z.  You’ve got a story to tell and we want to help you tell it!  Click HERE for more info!

Fill out the form below to request info on sessions and get the 2021 Senior Photography Magazine!