Updated: Feb 27
A few years ago I knew I wanted to do something a little extra with my high school seniors. I had a vision of community and relationships that lasted longer than just a two hour photoshoot.
I have this dream for all of my seniors, but I knew I also needed a small group of girls that were my go-to people for everything –– asking them questions, using them for creative shoots, and having girls who were so invested in my business that they couldn’t stop talking about it.
So the senior spokesmodel team was born!!!
This year will be my third spokesmodel team –– CRAZY. I know some of you have been following along and can probably tell me more about the benefits of being a spokesmodel than I can! But for those of you who are new and may still be interested (or are looking for a way to explain it to your parents!!), I’ll walk through the basics.
WHAT EVEN IS A SPOKESMODEL?
Senior Spokesmodels (or senior reps) are a group of local high-school senior students that represent my business for the entirety of the senior year in high school. The spokesmodels typically receive incentives like group sessions, digital files, styled shoots, etc. in exchange for sending referrals to my business. When building my spokesmodel program, I have seniors apply to be a part of the group. This helps the group to feel exclusive, and also helps me to select members of the program that are going to be the perfect fit!
They are the face of my senior brand. We do multiple shoots throughout the year, we hang out with past teams, and we have a group message where we talk about #allthethings. They post about their experience working with me and tell all of their friends and family about me with the goal of growing my business –– because they LOVE it and also because they can earn referral bonuses.
Basically, these are my girls. I come to them first for everything and vice versa.
When used correctly, senior spokesmodels can:
• Increase bookings for your business
• Bring in consistent referrals
• Book up your senior calendar
• Fill your portfolio with work you’re proud of
• Give you consistent content to share on social media
• Build a positive reputation for your business in your area
• Increase word-of-mouth referrals for other areas of your business & so much more!
*Please read the spokesmodel responsibilities list thoroughly before applying!*
Being a spokesmodel for Lillie Mae Photography means you have the opportunity to represent the face of Lillie Mae Seniors! Spokesmodels receive countless perks including a complimentary mini session before your senior year with professional hair and makeup, digital images to share online with friends, participation in a fully styled shoot, senior session, cash bonuses, group activities and more! I am so excited to kickstart a new year of my senior spokesmodel program and cannot wait to work with an amazing group of seniors! Before applying, please read the following.
WHAT ARE GROUP SESSIONS AND WHAT HAPPENS AT THEM?
The group sessions are my favorite part! We have one during the summer that is our kick-off event where I bring in professional hair and make up and even boutique styling.
Other group sessions throughout the year are usually planned as a team. We talk about what everyone really wants and thinks is cute and then plan them accordingly. Of course it depends on mine and everyone else’s schedules!
It makes me really sad when my girls graduate and I like for this to be more like a giant family, so we also have alumni events each year where all current and past spokesmodels are invited! This lets you continue to make friends beyond just your class and also ask questions from the previous seniors about what they learned and what they recommend!
I’M SO IN!!!! HOW DO I BECOME A PART OF THE TEAM?
YAY! To be selected for the team you just have to fill out the application –– this is how I get to know you, what your personality is like, and why you want to be on the team!
I review these applications to find a variety of girls who match my brand, are genuine lovers of my business and the team, and are looking to be active participants. The team is only as fun as you make it so I want to fill it with girls who want to do as much with each other as they can!
Oh and you need to LOVE taking photos too, but that’s kind of a given
This team is probably a good fit for you if:
You love taking photos
You already feel really comfortable in front of the camera
You’re a natural influencer who wants to tell everyone about the things you love
You’re always trying to make new friends
You’re looking for a group of girls to be your hype team and supporters in everything you do
Spokesmodels only pay the price of a senior experience session ($300) –– no additional costs other than your time, love, and effort!!!
I truly wish everyone could be a part of this experience but I also know I will only be able to give a great experience if the team is smaller and intimate.
I will choose between 10-15 girls (in the past I’ve had teams of 5 and 3) who I feel truly are going to be the best fit for the team.
If you aren’t selected, this absolutely does NOT mean I don’t want to work with you for your senior year! Spokesmodels are a very specific type of person –– one who is really outgoing and wants to put in a little extra work during their senior year. It feels like the photos are free but they definitely work for them!
When I’ve selected the team, I will notify everyone either way and we will start the process of making everyone officially part of the team.
Chosen spokesmodels are required to:
Attend a meet & greet event
Participate in mini sessions with the full team
Use Lillie Mae as their sole photographer during their senior year
Post on social media frequently about Lillie Mae Photography
Book your senior session with Lillie Mae
Notify parents of their application.
All The Important Details
Fill out the application by 12:00pm on April 30st, 2023.
Be yourself and be detailed on the application! The more I know about you the better
Let your parents know that you will be applying to be part of the program –– they should be aware that there is a fee to join! It is $300 total (this will be the regular price of an individual senior session, not including travel if you choose to have your session outside of Oakland County, MI).
Block off June 18th, 2023 on your calendar because that will be our summer group shoot that is mandatory for you to attend (though who wouldn’t want to?!).
Set your alarm for May 5th –– that’s when I’ll be sending out the notification emails!
All selected spokesmodels will need to have their contracts and payments completed by June 11th, so we want your parents to be aware and ready! If you have any other questions about the program, please email me and I will get them answered for you.
I am SO EXCITED to meet all of the new seniors and welcome the 2024 team to the #lilliemaeseniors fam!!!!
Your parent will be contacted first if you are chosen as a spokesmodel, so please be sure they are aware that you are applying! If you are still interested in joining the team, please fill out the form below! Spokesmodels will be chosen and announced by May 5th.