Senior Sessions - Valerie Hawkins

High School Senior Lifestyle Sessions

Senior portraits are more than just a tribute to graduating high school, they are a celebration of youth, beauty and coming of age.  I strive to take creative images that show your teen's lighthearted, youthful side as well as guide them into poses that highlight their best features.  The results is strong imagery of a confident teen with a hint of sophistication.

Who is a VHP Senior?  Well, anyone.  I think that every person has unique qualities that make them beautiful and extraordinary.  I want to give people images that are a reflection of what I see about them that makes them special.  

In fact, I don't have a senior representative program because getting portraits shouldn't be about competitiveness or singing my praises to earn free merchandise.  I also don't require that you wear only approved outfits or demand  professional hair and make-up.  Your clothing and beauty style should be a reflection of your personality.  Whether you're a teen vogue fashionista, you rock a purple faux-hawk, or own every color of Chuck Taylors, as long as you're excited about creating great images, then we're a good fit.  Your senior session should be only about you and taking creative images that are vibrant, emotional and modern.                                               


Simple Senior | $425  (Enjoy a $75 Winter Discount Nov 1 - March 31)

Up to 1 hour with Senior, one location

2-3 outfits

Best images presented in 30 day online proof/ordering gallery (Approx 30 proofs)

$300 product credit  (click to see products)


Classic Senior | $850 (Enjoy a $100 Winter Discount Nov 1 - March 31)

Up to 1.5 hours with Senior, up to 2 locations

3 - 4 outfits 

Best images presented in 30 day online proof/ordering gallery  (Approx 50 proofs)

$100 product credit  (click to see products)

Keepsake Slideshow (High Res MP4 of all of the proofs set to licensed music.  Delivered on USB and hosted online for easy social media sharing)

15 Digital Files (with license to print up to 8x12) on a Bamboo USB drive

Sophisticated Senior | $1250  (Enjoy a $150 Winter Discount Nov 1 - Marc 31)

Up to 2 hours with Senior, up to 2 locations

5-6 outfits

Best images presented in 30 day online proof/ordering gallery (approx 75 proofs) 

16x20 Lustre print, mounted on 2 mm styrene

Keepsake Slideshow (High Res MP4 of all of the proofs set to licensed music.  Delivered on USB and hosted online for easy social media sharing)

40 Digital Files (with license to print up to 8x12) on a Bamboo USB

Ten 4x6 Lustre Prints in a Handmade Kava Box


Platinum Senior | $1950 (Enjoy a $250 Winter Discount Nov 1 - Mar 31)

Up to 2 hours with Senior, up to 2 locations

5-8 outfits 

Best images presented in 30 day online proof/ordering gallery 

Keepsake Slideshow (High Res MP4 of all of the proofs set to licensed music.  Delivered on USB and hosted online for easy social media sharing)

75 Digital Files (with license to print up to 8x12) on a Bamboo USB

Ten 4x6 Lustre Prints in a Handmade Kava Box

12x18 Thin Wrap Art with float mount

8x8 twenty page Luxury Linen Album  (click to view sample album proof)  

Additional Options:

Extra Hour of Shooting | $75

A longer session gives you more posing and location options.  Includes editing of best images.

Sports/Extracurricular Documentary Coverage | $325

Up to 45 minutes of documentary coverage of your sporting event, dress rehearsal or practice.  This is candid work only, no posing, but it's pretty awesome!  You'll receive 25 digital images (with license to print up to 8x12) delivered via digital download.  Client is responsible for obtaining written permission from the coach/school.  Admission, parking and permit fees are additional.

Indoor Session Upgrade | $60+

Studio Options with set design are available upon request.

Heavy Retouching | $10+ per image depending on complexity

I'm not a fan of the overly airbrushed and heavily photoshopped work featured in model/ad magazines.  I prefer a natural look and provide a light enhancement to skin.  The images featured on my site are examples of my normal work.  If you suffer from moderate-severe skin conditions, have scars or braces that you would like to have retouched, we can discuss your options in greater detail upon your request.

Professional Products | click this link

VHP carries a beautiful line of professional products, many of which are available to purchase directly from your online gallery.

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You've Got Questions. I've Got Answers

Where are your sessions?

Sessions can be held at area parks, downtown city centers, your home, sports fields or concert venues. Additional travel and venue permit fees may apply. Includes 30 miles roundtrip travel from our Beavercreek office.

Do you offer studio session?

While VHP does not have a brick and mortar studio, I can rent a natural light studio located in downtown Dayton for your session.

When do we schedule?

Outdoor sessions will begin 60 - 90 minutes before sunset to utilize the dreamy golden setting sunlight featured in my work. Nighttime Photography is also available. I use flash lighting to create dramatic imagery. You can book your date up to 6 weeks in advance.

How do I change outfits in the woods?

Great question! I have a portable pop-up changing room available for changing at locations without a public restroom.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes. You can bring your friend, sibling or cousin for support, to pose with you and to make obnoxious faces over my shoulder while I'm shooting (hey, if it makes you bust out in laughter, I'm all about photographing that!)        

My mom is annoying.  Do I have to bring her?

Helicopter moms… I get it. I think it’s important to have an honest (and kind!) conversation with mom about your expectations. Plus, I am going to put your parents to work! It’s kind of like you are the bride/groom and they are the maid of honor/best man. Their job is to hold your stuff, straighten your clothes, fix fly-away hair and hold my reflector.

Do you have props?

Because my work focuses on relationship connections and authentic moments, I don’t acquire props. I’m happy to incorporate any props that you provide though.  Instruments, favorite books, cars, art supplies, etc. all help to "tell your story".  If you have a theme in mind, we can even work together with a local staging company to create your dream “set”.

Do you recommend professional hair & make-up?

Professional Hair & Make-up is a wonderful treat for your session, but I’m not one of those photographers who require it. Do what feels right to you! Many of my brides prefer Pinned Up LTD. I'm also a fan of Michael's Salon & Day Spa in Centerville and True Modern Salon in Beavercreek.

Will you pose me?

I like to deliver a senior gallery that has a strong selection of portraits. I guide clients into poses and, using the elements of light and background, create a modern twist on the portrait. I also like to scrap the pose, talk a walk, get silly and see what happens. Those un-posed photos are usually my personal faves!

How many hours do you spend on my session?

From the time you make the initial inquiry until the final product is in your hands, I spend about 8-10 hours working on your session.  Sounds crazy, eh?  There's a lot of work that goes into delivering beautiful images:  Gear prep, travel, shooting time, editing (thank goodness for comfy chairs and music while I edit!), back-up processes, client communications, ordering and delivery, and of course, posting sneak peaks and blogging!   And when all of that's done I have the joy and pleasure of accounting tasks and paying sales tax, estimates, etc.   Pay attention in Accounting 101, kids.                                                

Will I see all of the images?

No. VHP selects the best images and edits in a vibrant style with natural tones. Some images may be selected by Valerie for custom black and white hand editing. Beauty touch-ups, artifact removal and additional editing are available for an additional fee.

How do you deliver proofs?

Proofs are displayed in an online gallery for 30 days. You can share the link with family so that they can place their own orders.   

*** It is the client's responsibility to complete all orders and use credits before the gallery expires.  Once expired, galleries may be rehosted (subject to availability of files) for an additional 30 days for $25 fee or a minimum $200 order.

How do I place an order?

VHP carries a beautiful line of professional products, many of which are available to purchase directly from your online gallery.  Items not found in your gallery (such as albums, Keepsake Slideshows and digital products) can be ordered directly from Valerie via email. To learn more about our products, go to this link.

How does the product credit work?

If your package include a product credit, I will issue you a code to redeem it.  You can apply it towards products in your shopping cart or apply it towards custom products (albums, videos & digital files are ordered directly from Valerie).

Can I use a photo for the yearbook?

VHP will provide one digital file for use in your high school yearbook and will submit it directly to your yearbook staff. Students are responsible for providing VHP with the yearbook contact information and their 1st and 2nd choice for submission. VHP is not responsible for images rejected by the school's yearbook staff.

How do I book?

A $100 non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your appointment date and time. Balance, less the retainer, is due in full on the date of the session. All sessions require a signed contract. If you are a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be involved in the entire process even if the minor is issuing payment.

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