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What do you need to know to plan your senior portrait session? If you’re a rising senior at Roanoke Rapids High School, Halifax Academy, Brunswick Academy, KIPP Pride High, or any of the other surrounding schools, here are a few things to consider as you plan out your senior portraits.

How do I pick a photographer for such a special occasion?

Having your senior photo captured is something that only happens once. It’s as big of a decision as choosing what you will wear to prom. While browsing a photographer’s portfolio, they display their best photos to encourage others to book them, and while these photos might look great with other people in them, how will they look with you as the focal point? Every photographer will have engaging and eye-catching photos on all of their social media handles, but the importance behind researching your photographer goes beyond what everyone sees posted online.

Ideally, you want to select a photographer whog is distinguished in their field, experienced in their work, and creative in their approach.

Your senior portrait session is important to you, and if you select the right photographer, that photographer will understand this, so they will know how to compose their photos with you in it, show you off in the most complimenting lighting, and make you look your absolute best.

You would want the best wedding photographer, and this senior portrait session is no different. Don’t even consider having a family friend capture your photos on a mobile device. You will want the highest in professional quality.

Which season is best to shoot in?

This is completely open to your own taste and personal preference. If you love the bright, sunny days of summer and the beautiful sunsets that occur often, or if you really love the tone your skin takes on during these warmer months, this is your season.

If water sports is your thing, summer is also a great time for those kinds of photos.

The leaves turn a crisp, gorgeous multitude of colors, and this changing of seasons proves to be one of the most popular of the year for family portraits, so make sure that you book your photographer early enough that you have your date locked in. Winter gives off more neutral tones and colder images, so if that is a style of photography you enjoy, then booking during this month will be something you will want to do. In addition, a photoshoot during the winter will give you something to look forward to amidst a slower time of year. If you wait until last minute, spring will be your final chance. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because occasional showers make for interesting photo opportunities and also allow you to show off rain boots, raincoats, or even that colorful umbrella you never thought you would be able to have your picture taken with.

Whichever season you go with, as long as you pick a good photographer, they will know how to adapt to any of these seasons and produce the best photos imaginable.


What separates you from every other senior?

Find what it is that makes you unique. Whether it’s your personality, your hobbies, your specific skill set, or even your taste in fashion, exemplify these things during your senior portrait session and showcase your passion, drive, and pursuit of success. Each senior wants his or her photos to be both one-of-a-kind and wonderful.

Again, when you pick a great photographer, they will know exactly how to bring out these amazing qualities that make you truly unlike any other, and that is exactly how your senior portraits will be produced.

This will be an unforgettable experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, so take full advantage of it, take it serious, but have fun with it at the same time and you will fall in love with the outcome!

Faith & Graham were married at Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College. The rain forced us inside most of the day, but the beauty of the day was more than radiant. The couple celebrated with their family and friends at the Royal Conference and Banquet Center across from Meredith College in Raleigh. What a party! Complete with DJ services by CWDJ Events, Frank Carbone. Frankie kept the crowd on the floor most all night celebrating Faith & Graham’s union. I’ll have to say one of our favorite images was the one taken in the parking deck under the Royal Conference and Banquet Center while the couple was waiting to be announced into their reception.

We used a simple light to backlight them while they were standing in the parking deck. Amazingly Beautiful image. We wish them many happy years together.

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

Other vendors include:
Aaron Atwell from Atwell Films: Atwell Films Website
Frank Carbone from CWDJ & Photo Booth: CWDJ Website
Spiced Cube Catering: Spiced Cube Website

les atkins Photography has regularly been featured in local, regional, and national publications including HuffPost and other wedding publications. One of our weddings at Oaks at Salem and Preston Woodall House were both featured in additional to several others.

Here are a few recent links:

Oaks at Salem Huffington Post Feature Wedding

Huffington Post Real Wedding Feature

Feature: Rejoice, bohemian brides of the world!

Oaks at Salem Wedding Feature Huffington Post

Rose Hill Wedding Feature Huffington Post

Feature: Plane Captured during wedding at Preston Woodall House in Benson

Wedding NEWS: Amazing Wedding Captures

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

For the 4th year in a row, les atkins Photography has received WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®. Recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.

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“We’re thrilled to once again receive this honor as a top wedding photographer. Our motto is simple, work hard and be kind,” said Les Atkins. “Our clients quickly become our friends.”

We’re excited to show off our new heirloom wedding albums. Fast forward 10 years. How do you want to view your wedding images? Will we even have laptops or iPads then? Certainly you don’t want to sit around a computer and look at wedding photos, right?

Our les atkins Photography wedding packages include beautiful heirloom storybook wedding albums.

The album comes in a matching box with your wedding image USB for safe keeping.

The albums feature a layout that tells the story of your special day. From your first kiss to your first dance to those special moments throughout the day, you can relive every moment for years to come.


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les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.