Sam’s Senior Session!


Having a vision for your senior photos is a great idea. It helps you select your photographer, pinpoint the season, and narrow down a location. When Sam contacted me about his senior session, I could tell he had put a lot of thought into it. We discussed spots within a few locations, wardrobe choices, and poses. He also left room for my input and collaborated to create the best possible session. 

Knowing Sam when he was younger, it was fun to plan the shoot and then actually execute it. We started in Downtown Lafayette at Riehle Plaza and explored the train station, stairs, and the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge area. Then we headed up Main Street. Sam had a white subway tile wall in mind, so after a wardrobe change, we took some photos there and added an alley and some exposed brick spots, too.  To change it up, Sam also wanted a nature feel for his senior pictures, so we headed to one of his family’s favorite parks. As the sun set, Sam got photos in his graduation gown and then changed for photos on trails and overlooks. He had some specific ideas, we added some of mine, I guided him through poses, and he had a great senior session!

But what if you don’t have a specific vision for your senior photos? That’s okay, too! My goal is to talk it over with you, make a plan, leave room for inspiration, and then direct your shoot as comfortably as possible. It’s about having fun and celebrating this special milestone, all the while getting great photos to keep for a lifetime. Sam and I had a lot of fun, and I wish him the very best on his next adventures! 


Jen Ritchie

I'm a nature photographer who loves capturing beautiful landscapes and wildlife from our yearly trips out West and parks here closer to home.


  1. Kendra Wells-Hoekstra on January 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Sam had an amazing time working with Jen last spring for his senior photos. She listened to his ideas, gave great input, and delivered wonderful photography. She is a consummate professional balanced with engaging people skills; we highly recommend her!

    • Jen Ritchie on January 4, 2022 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Kendra! I loved working with you all. Hope all is well and Happy New Year!

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