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You did it!  Your baby has grown up and is ready to fly. The crazy mix of emotions you are feeling right now is expected.  Your days are full of joy, pride and excitement for your senior but every moment brings it closer to the end.  Your little bird is about to leave the nest. 

Let me help you make lasting memories with your senior. My goal is to capture images of your senior the way you see them and provide you with a timeless treasure to hold onto.

Parent's Guide

- Angie (Megan c/o 2021)

"The whole experience was positive and made my daughter feel like she was a natural at posing for her senior pictures. The hardest part was picking out which pictures to order because they were all gorgeous!"

- Kami (Evelyn c/o 2022)

"Abby did such an amazing job with my daughters senior pictures! We had an unexpected issue with the venue and Abby was able to adapt and get amazing pictures!!!"


What They're Saying:

Modern senior portraits are the perfect opportunity for your senior to show off their personality, character, pastimes, and hobbies. They also present a chance to preserve a lasting memory of who they are, right now, as they prepare to embark on this next journey that life has in store for them.  But, with so many options, things can quickly get overwhelming and you just don’t know where to start!

Below are a few quick tips and some things to think about that you might find useful. Rest assured, I’m here to help! 
Don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to spend as much time as you need answering questions and helping you and your high school senior plan and create beautiful senior portraits! 

Important things to consider

Deadlines for school yearbook submissions vary widely for each school, with some deadlines as early as October of your child’s senior year and some deadlines as late as February. Be sure to check your school’s website or call the yearbook staff to determine your deadline.  Remember, it takes about 2-3 weeks following your senior portrait session before the final images will be edited and available, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Planning your child’s senior pictures for July, August, or September will guarantee that you get the images you want and leave you feeling much less stressed! 

Yearbook Requirements

Today’s high school seniors are busier than ever before. In school and out of school, Often these activities conflict with the best times for senior portraits, especially if you are looking for beautiful outdoor photographs. In photography, there is a concept called the “golden hour” which is the hour or two just before sunset or just after sunrise. At those times, the sun is low in the sky and creates beautiful warm light that is perfect for senior portraits.

We don’t have to take your portraits during those times, as a good photographer will be able to create strong images in any light that is available, however, I do prefer to shoot during that time. So, unless your child is an early riser (and so few high school students are), we’re likely going to want to shoot during the evening hours. That means working around your child’s sports and activities schedule or scheduling your session on a weekend (and those dates fill up fast). Be sure to start the conversation about your son or daughter’s high school senior portraits as soon as possible so we’ll have plenty of time to schedule your portrait session.

Student Schedules

Surprise, surprise, sometimes parents and high school students don’t always like the same things. Seniors often want cool, edgy pictures with hip clothing, and moms want those beautiful traditional portraits of their smiling child. At Abby Baird Photography, you can have the best of both worlds. I let them be creative and show off their individuality and style while getting the typical portrait images as well. We will take a variety of images to meet the needs of both parents and seniors. That way everyone is happy, and chances are great that you’ll both end up loving each other’s images.

Parents vs Seniors

Boy and girls often approach their high school senior portraits differently, and that’s going to require a bit of patience and understanding on your part as a parent.

For girls, outfit choices, hair & makeup can be stressful. Senior girls also worry about what they are going to feel like posing in front of the camera or whether they will look awkward. I’m here to help you through every step of the process and we will turn the senior portrait process into an experience for you both. This can also be a chance to create some bonding moments with your daughter, especially at an age when those opportunities are so rare. I am committed to making sure your daughter has a fun and empowering experience that will not just make her look great, but feel beautiful too.

Senior boys can sometimes be a challenge but as a boy mom, I have you covered. We’ll make him look cool and, while he will never admit it, he might even end up having fun! 

Boys vs Girls

The more you and your senior can share with me, the better. The details of your child’s interests, likes and dislikes, where they’ve been, and what they want to become will help me inject their personality to their images.  Don’t hesitate to share silly stories that will help me make them laugh and get genuine smiles – it will insure a portrait session that will be memorable and unique. Now is definitely the time to be a proud parent and brag about your child!

I also want to know about you and why you want these portraits of your high school senior. Let’s talk about how to use them and where you might display them in your home. With some advance planning, we can create portraits with color schemes that will match the decor of your house or we can shoot with the intent of creating that perfect gift for grandma. I am here to serve you in every way, and that goes far beyond just showing up on a particular day to photograph your senior.

Tell me stories...


A parent is not required to be there but is preferred as you are likely the one finically responsible for the session.  If you can't make it for some reason, just let me know.

Do I need to be there?

I understand certain things are out of your control.  I ask for a minimum of 48 hours notice.  One reschedule is included, additional may inure an administrative fee.

what if we need to reschedule?

Any time after the end of their junior year!  Things to consider when scheduling are yearbook deadlines, fall sports schedules, and the type of back drop you want.

When should we schedule?

Depending on your session selection, they are evenings and weekends 2-3 hours prior to sunset.  If you senior is an earlier riser, sunrise sessions are available!

When do sessions take place?

We all know that Kansas weather has a mind of its own!  Not to worry!  I will keep an eye on it and if I feel we need to reschedule, I will get in touch.

What if there is bad weather?

I have 3 session choices to fit your needs.  The session fee is due at time of booking.  Products will be available to purchase at your image reveal session.

How much does a session cost?

Frequently Asked Questions
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