Black Friday Weekend 2016 Gift Certificate Sale

This Black Friday through Cyber Monday ( November 25 – 28, 2016) we’re offering Gift Certificates for sessions and prints with savings up to 35 % off. 

A Gift Certificate to Dan Busler Photography in Walpole MA is the perfect gift for yourself, family or friends, a housewarming gift, or just for fun.

Just enter the correct coupon code when prompted during checkout to receive your discount:

$ 50.00 to $ 299.00     danholiday20  for 20% off 
$ 300.00 to $ 499.00   danholiday25  for 25% off
$ 500.00 to $ 799.00   danholiday30  for 30% off
$ 800.00 +                       danholiday35  for 35% off 

These certificates can be used toward sessions and prints. Certain restrictions apply and the certificates expire . Please call 781-352-4863 prior to placing your order with any questions.



The Senior Yearbook Portrait – So, Do you choose the School Photographer or a Professional ?

As a professional photographer the question I get every year is “Must I use the national chain photography company that our school has contracted with for my senior yearbook picture ?

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography

The answer is Yes in some cases and No in others.

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography

Yes – In the case of many private schools where they want a consistent uniform, pose, lighting, background and expression for the senior yearbook picture. Here they will mandate that the picture for the yearbook must be taken by a particular photographer.

Yes – in the case of many public schools where they have contracted an exclusive agreement with a national chain photography company. The chain offers the school many incentives (some may be financial ) in return for being guaranteed that they will photograph every senior and have the opportunity to offer them prints.

Yes and No – One well known national chain company recently sent a post card to the seniors in one town with the wording “Students must be photographed by {this photography company’s name}” and then at the bottom of the card they state “No Charge – Basic Session Fee refunded 100% when you return the proof set! “

So, yes and no in this case – Yes – it appears that you must pay to be photographed by the school photographer, but No – you don’t have to choose to use the picture that was taken by the chain photographer in the yearbook as your Senior yearbook picture and remember – they did state that you can get all your money back when you turn in the proof pictures. How long it takes to get the refund is unclear and I would think that it varies in each case.

When a Parent who was confused (and I was told by the Parent – a bit concerned ) by the wording on the postcard that they had received asked the Principal at this particular school if they could submit a senior yearbook picture which was taken by a professional photographer he responded  “ You may send in whatever picture you like, from whatever source you like, and we will include it in the yearbook”.

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography

So, no matter how your school handles the actual yearbook picture, you are free to use whom ever you want for your senior pictures. The keepsake pictures that you’ll share with family, relatives and friends to document this milestone in your life. Of course you may not see it as a “milestone” !

Senior Picture © dan busler photography

So, Professional photographer or the school’s chain photographer ?

Often it may come down to how much you want your individuality to shine. A professional photographer will typically have time allocated (usually 30 minutes to three hours) to focus all of their attention on you alone. Giving you lots of time to get comfortable in front of the camera, get used to the lighting, make clothing changes and photograph in multiple locations. Whereas the school photographer may have a line out the door, watching you and waiting for their turn in front of the camera.

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography

The Parents who have chosen to have their Child’s senior portraits done by me tell me that there are only a few milestones in their Child’s life – being born, bat/bar mitzvah or first communion and confirmation, high school graduation, college graduation, marriage … and then the cycle begins again with their children’s kids.

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography

Which option you choose for your senior portrait is personal preference, but just know that you’re covered no matter which option you may choose.

Senior Portrait © dan busler photography