Posted on Jun 18, 2015
Posted in Seniors

So the other week I started a 2-part series addressing some of the most commonly asked questions about having your senior portrait made. Summer is the PERFECT time to have your senior portraits made, so class of 2016 seniors check out this 2nd series of questions and answers about how to have a killer senior portrait experience.

If you missed Part 1, Click HERE to read it.


Can I include other people in my senior portrait session, like my boyfriend or sister?

Absolutely! We have different sessions that allow for more or less time. Choose a session package that allows enough time to include friends, pets or anyone else that is special to you.

Marie and Quinn Couples Senior Portrait Session in Charlotte, NC

What comes with your packages?

All Senior Portrait Session Packages include everything you need to create amazing images and have memories for years to come.  We include in all of our packages:  

  • Professional makeup and hair application (or shave/style for guys),
  • 3 digital images for social media sharing and a digital yearbook photo for publication.
  • A generous print credit to get you started in creating your own custom portrait package.
  • Some packages even include beautiful custom photo album or graduation invitations

Kendra Smith Album Cover Photo Shoot Class of 2015


If it rains, do you have a studio to shoot at?

I sure do! You’d be amazed at how I can convert my home space into a cutting edge portrait studio. I’ve had some outdoor session rained out and we improvised and took it indoors to create amazing studio images.  You may also want a variety of studio and on location images. We can absolutely accommodate your creative vision for your senior portraits.


I’m shy. Won’t it be awkward having my family stare at me while the shoot is going on?

My job is to help make you feel like a superstar, so I’m pretty good at helping my clients feel absolutely comfortable during your session.  Don’t worry, I normally put everyone to work – holding a reflector, fixing a stray hair – so they’ll all be too busy to stand around staring at you! LOL! And look at your family as your cheering section. They’ll be there to encourage you and cheer you on as you make some amazing images. If you’re really concerned about your family making you feel awkward, I’ll have a little pep talk with everyone before the session.

Kuria Carr Senior Portraits in Rock Hill, SC

How will I know how to pose?

Don’t worry about a thing! I spend a lot of time studying to learn the most creative and natural poses to make you feel and look great. Also, we’ll take time to meet and talk about you and your likes so I can start to learn a little bit about your personality and who you are as a person. That will help me select the poses that will make you look great. And I’m always open to my senior giving me a great pose that they thought about. It’s a partnership with a common goal – EPIC senior portraits!

Monet Mackey Model Shoot

What other location options do you suggest?


Charlotte and surrounding areas are full of amazing locations for portrait sessions. I spend a lot of time on the lookout for locations that will compliment different personalities and clothing options. We’ll talk about your personality, your attire and your total look and then decide on a location that will compliment and enhance your final look. I did a blog post some months ago highlighting some of my most favorite locations in the area. Check out that post HERE.

Senior Portrait Session



So now that you’ve got some of your questions answered, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW? Give me a call and let’s talk about senior portraits and schedule a time to meet in person.

You may not have a senior in the house but you may know someone who does. Forward this blog post to them and maybe they’ll become a happy client of mine. And guess what? You get rewarded for referring clients to me. Learn all about my DFP Referral Program HERE.

Until next week!


Posted on Jun 04, 2015
Posted in Seniors

Senior Portraits with DJP are designed to an unforgettable experience for each one of my clients. I’ve collected some of the most commonly asked questions and provided detail answers. Here are a handful of questions and I’ll do a few more FAQ blog posts over the next few weeks.


This is my first time having professional photos taken. What should I expect?

You should expect a very custom experience that will make you feel like a rock star. I’m proud to say that I spend a lot of time with each of my senior portrait clients to give them not only amazing images and products, but an experience that you’ll be talking about all year long and beyond.

Octavia Sturdivant Senior portrait session

I don’t want the same photos as everyone else. Can you make mine original?

Absolutely! Unfortunately most seniors and their parents just settle for the school’s contract photographer. He or she is great at what they do but they’re not set up to deliver a custom and creative portrait experience for you. This is where your professional photographer rocks! We’re going to sit down before I ever take one photo and talk about YOU! I want to know what you do for fun, your favorite color, your style of dress and more. We’ll design a unique portrait session that allows you to be your best!

Dasia Toole senior portrait session in Uptown Charlotte

I really like the country, rural look, but I’m not sure where to go for the location. Can you help plan out the locations based on the type of look I want?

I sure can! When we talk and start to plan your portrait session I can’t wait to hear your personal vision for your portrait session. We’ll talk about your vision and discuss not only location but also your attire and how it all ties together to create the final look you want. Don’t worry at all about not knowing any good locations that fit your vision. As I’m driving around town I’m always on the lookout for cool locations that fit different styles and looks. There are some beautiful rural areas in the the cities for sessions!

Senior portrait session in rural location

When is the best time of year to schedule my session?

The summer of your rising senior year is the prime season for senior portraits! So Class of 2016 students, the time is NOW! The weather is amazing during this time of year and there are so many creative options for  your session. If you’re not able to have your senior portraits during the summer months, don’t worry! I’ve created portraits for my past seniors in the Spring of their senior year, but by far the summer months are best!
Mandy Wilkerson senior portrait session on Winthrop University campus

How do I go about securing my session?

Just give me a call and we can talk a bit so I can learn more about you and what you’re looking for in your senior portraits. I’ll want to talk to your mom next so she’s on board and excite about your senior portraits. We’ll meet face to face so we can get to know each other and we can start planning your session. If everything looks great and you and your mom and ready to book a session, we’ll take care of a little business and then you’re all set. We’ll start getting ready for your epic portrait session!

Aaliyah McCall Senior Portrait Session

I’m not really good about applying makeup but I want to look glam for my session. Can you help me out with that?

Yes! My Beauty Team is AMAZING!! These ladies help take your natural beauty to the next level with expert hair and makeup styling. My Beauty Team members have over 25 years of combined professional hair and beauty experience and they are my right hand ladies to help make your senior portraits amazing. The best part is their services are INCLUDED in all of my senior portrait sessions. No extra fees for beauty and makeup. You choose a package and be comforted in knowing that you’ll have one of my talented ladies on set working for you. And don’t worry fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. Guys can enjoy the same “prep” service as well with a shave and style included with every senior portrait package.

Kourtney Owens Senior Portrait session in Charlotte, NC


Be on the look out for Part 2 of this series next week where I’ll be answering more Frequently Asked Questions about a senior portrait experience with Derek Johnson Photography. You may not have a senior in the house but you may know someone who does. Forward this blog post to them and maybe they’ll become a happy client of mine. And guess what? You get rewarded for referring clients to me. Learn all about my DFP Referral Program HERE.

Here’s Part 2 of the FAQ

Until next week!