Senior Information - Lake Charles Portrait and Landscape photographer Bart Leger

What about locations?

Since we want to capture the real you, we'll help you look for the perfect spot that fits your style. That might be downtown, by the lake, at the park, in a field, or even in your own backyard. If you're not sure, we can help you find just the right place. Whatever you decide, we will want to consider how crowded the place might be. Places "off the beaten path" tend to work best.

What about my yearbook picture?

Well, that depends on what school you attend. Some schools will accept an image from us, and we usually just email that to the yearbook advisor. Check with your yearbook advisor to see who you can go to for that image. We like to take care of this before the end of the fall semester.

What should I wear?

Well, in traditional portrait photography there are lists of "what not to wear". These are great if you're not a high school senior. What I've found is that seniors want to wear clothing that they love and reflects their personal style and personality. I don't set a lot of rules on clothing as it's my goal for the senior to feel relaxed and happy during their session. Consider your closet, what are your "go to" outfits when you go out somewhere nice with friends? Consider the fact that you are allowed multiple clothing changes. I suggest for girls to bring a dress, a jeans outfit, and something that involves a cute jacket or sweater. As long as you feel good in it, and it flatters you. Oh, and don't forget the shoes! :)

How long will my session be, and am I limited to locations and clothing changes?

Unlike a high-volume studio that can photograph several seniors a day, we only take on a limited number of seniors a week. Because I provide a very customized service and have low volume, I feel that I can devote more time to each of my seniors. My sessions tend to last 2 to 3 hours (usually shorter for guys). I allow for unlimited clothing changes, but like to limit the locations based on how far they are from each other.

Can I bring a friend?

Most of our seniors bring their moms who we affectionately refer to as "the personal stylist". :) I think I've only had one or two brave seniors who came by themselves. Most bring a parent, and I've had a few tag-along friends as well. I'm fine with that, just warn parents and friends that I might put them to work holding a reflector or running errands for you.

What time of day do you usually schedule sessions?

This is a very good question! I'm constantly seeking the "soft light". This is the light you usually get late in the afternoon 2-3 hours before sunset, or very early in the morning. But since few of our seniors want to meet me at 7:00 am, most of our sessions take place after 4:00 pm in the afternoon. This obviously will depend on the time of year and the timing of sunset.

What if it rains?

Well, this is south Louisiana and rain is a constant concern. If I check the radar and see that it will possibly rain, I'll call the senior and re-schedule.

Can I bring my pet?

I LOVE pets! Pets are always welcome as long as they are friendly and fairly well-behaved. If your pet is people friendly, they are welcome. Come with a leash and their favorite treats. Just let me know in our pre-session consultation that you are bringing your pet and we can work out the details.

Where can I change my clothes if we are on location?

I have a portable changing tent that is completely private, and better yet, it collapses in one minute flat and we can carry it with us. It's a good idea to bring a small mirror, hair brush and make up in a bag or backpack as well.

What about props?

Any props you want to bring should be discussed in our pre-session consultation. Don't worry, we'll work on a way to incorporate them into the shots. Many seniors bring their instruments or sports equipment. Just let me know.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for the session?

If you are worried about posing, just look around for poses and settings you like and bring those pictures with you. I'll do my best to re-create something similar for you if possible. Keep in mind that we will do a mixture of modern/contemporary shots along with traditional shots. Your gallery will usually have between 35-70 images for you to choose from.


Please consider having your make-up done right before you arrive for your session. Also, because of our ever-present humidity, be prepared to make touch-ups during your session.

In closing

Come to your session prepared to have fun, relax, and just go with the flow. Many seniors are "natural posers" while others just don't feel comfortable in front of the camera at all. It is my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and give you a great senior portrait experience.