College Graduation Portrait Session Booking Process

Graduation portrait sessions are $500. Sessions involving more than 2 people are subject to additional charges.

Please don’t let that price scare you away, and please let me explain what I can offer you. I’m sure you’ll like what you read and see!

I understand everyone is on a budget, but I genuinely feel the value you’ll be getting from what I can provide you is well worth the cost of coverage for your graduation portrait session. Consider it a wise investment since your photos will be lasting memories of your final days on campus. You are not going to find a better value than what I am offering.

I’ve been photographing graduation portrait sessions since 2010, so you are not in the hands of an amateur or someone who does not know what they’re doing. Photographing a graduation portrait session is far more than just taking pictures. I help you as a de facto coordinator, a sounding board for any creative ideas you might have, and someone who will make sure your session goes off without a hitch.

That’s why I price graduation portrait sessions by the customer service I’m providing, and, most importantly, your wants and needs. It’s incredibly important to let me know what you’re looking to get out of a graduation session so I can let you know what I can do for you.

First and foremost, please read this entire page to take in all the details and information I have regarding college graduation portrait sessions. I also want you to take a look at the galleries from the many graduation and senior portrait sessions I’ve photographed in the past.

This will help you decide if I’m what you are looking for when it comes to a graduation portrait photographer.

If and when that is done, the process to inquire about choosing DSmithImages Photography as your college graduation portrait photographer begins with a simple contact form. That helps me get some information about you and what you’re looking for in terms of a graduation portrait session.

You can use the form just below or visit my contact page to get the process started.

I’ll then send you a customized message as soon as possible with all sorts of helpful information about the type of graduation session I can offer you.

This information will include detailed pricing information for the type of session you want. I want to let you know what I can best do for you to help meet your wants and needs, but I can’t do that if you don’t reach out.

If we all feel that this is going to be a perfect fit, we’ll then schedule a consultation over the phone or Zoom. That is where we’ll go over all sorts of creative and specific details regarding your session. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other better.

To book your session, a signed agreement + a retainer of 1/2 of the package price would be required. The final payment would be due the day of the session.

Once the agreement and retainer are handled, I’ll happily put your date on the calendar and brag about the upcoming session. We’ll then be in regular communication leading up to your shoot as we talk about more creative ideas, scheduling, and coordination details.

These are YOUR Graduation Portraits

College graduation is a great milestone to celebrate!

Since you’re about to celebrate your graduation from college, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get some fantastic portraits made, and I’d love to be the photographer who provides them for you.

This is a special moment in your life and these are your photos. I want them to be what you want and represent who you are. I’m only interested in meeting YOUR wants and needs because these are YOUR photos.

I’ll make sure the graduation portrait session is 100% stress-free so that you can relax and enjoy all the aspects of the shoot.

Now if you’re looking for someone who’s going to be rigid and do things with a cookie-cutter approach, I might not be the best fit for you.

I like to do things a bit differently, and I love working with those who enjoy the same!

Graduation Sessions with No Limits and Incredible Value

While my price might be higher than some, I fully believe in giving the students extra value for the price they pay to schedule a graduation portrait session. That’s why I’m happy to include lots of great options and extras!

A big one is that all graduation portrait sessions are priced with no time limit or limitations on the number of locations used. I’m not going to tell you we only have 30 minutes or 60 minutes or we can only use one location. We can shoot as much as we want, and we don’t have to limit ourselves to campus.

I’m also not going to limit the number of final photos you receive in the hopes of trying to sell you more after the session. When I’m a customer, I hate being upsold, and I refuse to do that to my clients. Unlike what a lot of other photographers will offer, you will receive EVERYTHING that makes the final cut.

You will also receive FOUR DIFFERENT VERIONS OF YOUR PHOTOS in high-resolution format which is print-quality. You’ll receive an “out-of-camera” version adjusted just for cropping and exposure. You’ll also receive two edited color versions and a black-and-white version.

Your photos will also be delivered back to you within a matter of days. I do not make you wait weeks or months to receive them.

Oh yeah, I’m also going to throw in a bottle of champagne to use for some great “bottle-popping” photos!

Introducing Graduation Portraits on Film

I’m pleased to announce that all graduation sessions will come with a special film option to go along with the photos taken digitally. This is just one of the many ways I’m happy to bring extra value to your graduation portrait session!

I will take photos on a roll of film, send them off to be developed and scanned, and deliver them to you when I receive them.

These take a little longer to process than the digital photos, but I know the wait will be worth it!

The photos above are a representation of what film photos will look like once they are processed,

Graduation Portrait Session Availability

As we approach the day of your session, I’ll work with you to put together a timeline, get your creative input, and figure out the best stylistic choices for the shoot.

It’s YOUR portrait session, and I want as much input as you want to provide!

When you inquire about a college graduation portrait session, I’ll ask you what time you’d like to do the shoot.

I photograph portrait sessions in the early morning (At or just after sunrise) or in the afternoon/evening (Think closer to sunset).

Do also note that I limit myself to two portrait sessions a day to ensure every student who books with me gets the proper attention they deserve.

Birmingham, Alabama is home and my base of operations. That means a large part of my coverage area has been Tuscaloosa, Alabama along with the Nashville + Atlanta metro areas and locations throughout Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

If you are in a 250-mile radius, I do not add any additional travel fees to photograph your session.

I am, however, happy to come to any school or location beyond that radius throughout the United States for a graduation portrait session. Travel fees might have to be applied for schools out of the 250-mile radius, but I will work with you on that because I never want distances to be a factor in getting the portraits you want and deserve!

The following is a list of colleges and universities I’m readily available for when it comes to a graduation portrait session, but, if you don’t see your school listed, don’t worry. I’d love to add it to the list!

ALABAMA: The University of Alabama, Auburn University, UAB, Birmingham Southern, Samford University, The University of Montevallo, Troy University, Jacksonville State University, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, University of Alabama Huntsville, University of North Alabama, Athens State University, University of West Alabama, Stillman College, Huntingdon College, University of South Alabama

GEORGIA: University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Oglethorpe University, Kennesaw State University, Berry College, Columbus State University, University of Western Georgia, Mercer University

TENNESSEE: The University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Sewanee: The University of the South, Austin Peay State University, University of Memphis, Rhodes College

MISSISSIPPI: Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), Mississippi State University


Please inquire directly about available dates.

College Graduation Portrait Photography Package

No matter the size and scope of the session, all my students receive a session with no time limit attached. I don’t want to be constrained by a time limit when shooting your session.

Once the session is complete, your photos will be delivered to you in a private password-protected gallery. That is where you’ll be able to download the photos in high-resolution format, which means full print quality with full print rights. They are also going to be delivered in “out-of-the-camera” format, which is just edited for cropping and exposure, along with two different edited color versions and a black-and-white version. Photos shot on film will also be delivered in this gallery.

There are no limitations on the number of final images you’ll receive. You’ll be delivered every image that makes the final cut during the editing process. I guarantee I will not try to upsell you after the session is completed.

You’ll also receive a print and product credit to spend on physical prints so you can get a jump start on having some great keepsakes from your session.

All graduation portrait sessions also receive lighting quick turn-around times on your photos. You are not going to be waiting weeks and months to enjoy your photos. I guarantee that. Film photos, though, will take a little longer to deliver than digital photos.

I also offer coordination services and assistance for all sessions. If you need creative or logistical help with something, I’m happy to assist.

All travel considerations will be included in the final price, so you will be hit with any additional charges. I travel all over the United States, and I’m happy to do so for your graduation session.

Students also receive a complimentary bottle of champagne to use during the photo session. Those photos are always a blast to take, and I want to make sure you have the opportunity to take them!

Graduation portrait sessions are $500. This price is not negotiable, and lower-priced options are not available.

Sessions involving more than 2 people are subject to additional charges.

Please inquire directly for a personalized quote based on the date, location, and specifics of your shoot.

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David was such a wonderful graduation photographer. He knows exactly how to pose you and is patient. He answered all my questions promptly from March to October (October was when my pics actually took place). As we planned, he diligently took care of all my questions and concerns. It was definitely worth working with him and would do it again!

David took pictures of me and two friends for our graduation from Emory University. Our first day got rained out, but he was super flexible about rescheduling! And the photos turned out great! Would highly recommend for anyone’s grad pics, just be sure to communicate what you want and he will deliver!

My photo session with David was fun and professional. He was flexible with dates and very accommodating when it came to photo ideas, props, and including family members in my graduation photo shoot. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars! I love my photos and cannot wait to share them. David, thank you for making my graduation so special with these photos!

You can’t go wrong with David!!! He is so kind, easy to talk to, and flexible with outfits, locations, champagne, and friends, and he used my input to take beautiful photos just the way I wanted. 🙂 I am super satisfied, love my photos, and highly recommend him to anyone looking to get the graduation photos done! Our day turned out to be rainy but David managed to get in 9 locations all over campus within an hour!! He’s Superman! He also made my friend and I very comfortable when taking photos, he gives you natural-looking poses and very specific and helpful instructions and suggestions to help.

I had the opportunity to work with David for my undergraduate pictures. He was very kind and made my experience very comfortable. He is extremely talented and has a good eye. I will be staring at my pictures for the rest of my life. Please Please Please book him!! I can promise you, you WILL NOT regret it.

David did amazing on my college graduation photos! I could not have asked for a better photographer! Would recommend to anyone!!

“He made me feel so comfortable during my graduation photos and was very patient when I wanted to visit numerous locations. He listened to what I wanted and included me in the editing process. He’s a wonderful, experienced photographer and I highly recommend him!”

“David was so nice. The pictures are amazing and exactly what I was looking for. The turnaround was super fast. I am in love with my pictures.”

“David recently photographed our teen for their senior portraits, and I highly recommend him. He understood our unique requests. He was efficient but took the time to help put any nerves at ease, making our teen look their best, natural self in front of the camera. He captured not only their personality in the pictures but also the natural light and chosen background in such a beautiful way. We look forward to using him again when our next teen becomes a senior. Highly recommend him for senior portraits.”

“BOOK DAVID!! I can go on and on about him! He did my masters’ graduation pictures at The University of Alabama and I was so impressed and ecstatic with the results! David was affordable and gave me a great portfolio with a good quantity of pictures. He also let me split a session with a friend making it well within a reasonable price range for the finished products, and I got fun, memorable pictures with friends! We were able to make the shoot very unique and personal, he helped pose us and let us add on whatever shots we wanted as well! He was extremely nice and fun to shoot with, flexible with dates, affordable, captured amazing images, does not over-edit, and was very attentive and responsive!! I never had to wait long at all for a response from him. These are all things that are extremely hard to find in a photographer in Tuscaloosa. I would know, I have lived here for over 5 years, have two degrees, and I’ve had many kinds of graduation photoshoots!”