So before I started taking senior photos, I thought I would do some market research and see what's out there. To my surprise, sort of, were several studios billing sessions at $1500+ where the work seemed targeted on making their kids ready for Vogue magazine. In other words, there was a wee bit of air brushing going on.
Now that simply boggles the mind. In a senior photo, your subject is already in their prime. A few more years will flesh out the adult, but don't we always yearn to be in the shape we were in high school? So why on earth must we wipe out any semblence of skin pores?
What's my take? Let the kid be who they want to be. Go with their creative leanings and make an adventure out of it. Experiment. Make them look good, but talk with them so they know your goal is to not make them look like a statue.
So I don't have the studio overhead or payroll to make. Nor do I depend on this work to make a living. So I keep my prices very reasonable, providing digital copies of the photos while setting up a private gallery in case the client wants prints. The total cost to the client is about 1/3 that of the senior photo dedicated studios. Will you look great? Of course! And your parents can still afford your college tuition!