Mesa Photographer for Boys
As a Mesa photographer, I love capturing the bond between brothers! If you’re the mom of boys, I’m sure you know how special it is to have pictures of your boys together! Well it was important for Amy too! I’ve known Connor and Kaden for quite a few years and have done several sessions for their family, including their older sister’s senior portraits. So when it was time for some updated pictures and modeling headshots, I was glad that Amy called me again to work with her boys. Connor and Kaden make it so easy. Since I’m updating my blog, I’m finally catching up on some older sessions that were amazing and need to be shared!
“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.”
Urban Portraits for Boys
We chose an cute little Tempe location that would give us some great urban shots using the brick background for the boys. How could you not fall in love with those gorgeous blue eyes?!?! And I promise, there is no extra photoshop here. They really are THAT blue!
My heart melts seeing Kaden’s sweet grin! This is always the age that parents miss. Those precious in between years when they suddenly grown up and aren’t babies anymore!
In the exact same location, with a little creativity, we were able to the beautiful green backgrounds that moms love!
This year I had the added treat of Connor’s longer hair. This teen goes from clean cut preppy to teenage heartbreaker just by running his fingers through his hair! Love that deep stare, and did I mention those eyes???
Wearing Hats for Senior Pictures
I guess I’ve always loved hats. It reminds me of playing dress up when I was a little girl. Many senior girls don’t have a lot of hats, but never fear, I’m always adding to my collection! If you saw my recent post about the accessories in our Style Closet, you’ll know that this whole idea started with one hat. Specifically, a black floppy hat from Target. By 2014 I had started collecting hats and using them with every one of my teen and senior girls. Hats are such a fun way to change up your look and get even more variety for your senior pictures. If you make it to the end, you’ll get to see my favorite hat!
The Original Hat
This black floppy hat has been around forever! I still love it and bring it to every outdoor senior portrait session. Being black, it can coordinate with almost any outfit or if you want to try something fun, grab a ribbon or scarf to add to the hat!
Wearing a Floppy Hat
These floppy hats work great as summer accessories for your senior portraits, but in Arizona, you can pretty much wear them any time! This hat from our Style Closet works great with light, summer colors, sundresses, and rompers. It takes a little shaping but that’s about it. I just love how long hair flows from this hat, but long hair can be tucked up inside for a different look! And of course, short and sassy haircuts look great with floppy hats too!
Sunrise with the light colors and pastels…pure heaven! This one is quite a few years old but will always be a favorite!
Even more gorgeous desert colors in the spring, and this time we paired the hat with a tan scarf, also from our Style Closet!
Hats are a great way to frame your face and show off your eyes too!
Love the rustic look we got when paired with boots and jeans! We had a little trouble deciding how to wear the shirt. Tying it in the front did the trick!
Hats add a different style depending on your outfit. This senior portrait was taken in the fall and was featured in the Modern Teen Style’s 2014 Pictorial Issue!
I can’t explain it, but I fell in love with this adorable beret the minute I saw it! Unfortunately I’ve only had the chance to use it a couple of times, but I still love it! If you have an outfit to match (brown jacket or boots maybe?) bring them so we can give it some love again!
I have a few of these too! They make for a great urban vibe!
Light blue and dark blue, you just can’t go wrong here! Again, a little shaping goes a long way!
Do I have a favorite?
Oh yes, my favorite hat? It has to be this navy blue one from Target! I love all my hats but this is probably my favorite because it’s new and I haven’t had it long enough to bring along for my senior portrait sessions. Look out though, it’s gonna be making lots of appearances soon!
If you have hats, bring them! If you don’t have hats, check out our Style Closet and we’ll bring ours! If you don’t like hats, you will once we’re done, I promise! Hats work great for many outfits, styles, and locations so you really can’t go wrong! Here are a few more articles that show off our favorite Style Closet outfits and accessories!
Cassandra, Saint Mary’s High School
Style Closet, Accessories
Mesa Senior Portrait Fashion Trends
It all started with a hat. One simple hat that was loved by all my senior girls. That was back in 2013 and the collection has continued to grow ever since! Maybe you’re wondering why we offer our exclusive Style Closet to our clients. Well, for one, it makes it easy to suggest small additions that will bring something special to your senior portrait session. Also, it is a lot less expensive for us to buy a bunch of items one time than to have our seniors each buy their own accessories. And finally, it lets you choose things you might not normally wear. Who doesn’t love to dress up?!?! Be sure to scroll all the way down to see my favorite piece! If you have a minute, I’d love for you to let me know what your favorites are too!
When I started this post, I intended to add pictures of everything from our Style Closet. That got out of hand really fast! So for Part I I’m going to share some of the jewelry and accessories we have available. Be sure to check back to see more of the hats and props!
It’s a Headband, a Choker, a Belt, and More!
The most versatile accessory from our style closet is this piece. Mercy wore it as a headband for the vintage part of her senior portrait session, complete with the antique phone which is also part of our prop collection. She really went all out with her acting skills here, having a full conversation with one of “her many male suitors.” Priceless, just priceless!
Then wearing the same dress, she wore this same accessory as a choker and a belt! Talk about a versatile accessory! It can also be worn as an anklet, bracelet, or necklace!
While you may have the perfect accessories, sometimes it’s fun to pick through our collection to find even more goodies! We have a couple sets that include matching necklaces and earrings.
It’s not much, but Alli loves flowers so this pewter bracelet was perfect!
Chunky bracelets are a great fashion trend for your senior portraits. This set of chunky bracelets and the long necklace were added to our Style Closet earlier this spring. We were shopping at Charlotte Russe and they were included with our purchase! In case you’re wondering, this cute top is also from Charlotte Russe.
“Hello Boys” Sunglasses
I love sunglasses, but these sunglasses are just about the cutest accessory ever! They really are just perfect for teens and senior girls! While wandering through Target with my daughter and her friend, they were joking around trying on all the different shades. And then these popped up. Let’s just say it definitely didn’t go back on the shelf! They’re the newest addition to our Style Closet, so definitely try them out!
Did I mention that this image is in the May 2018 Issue of Modern Teen Style! It was accepted for the pictorial issue which has hundreds of inspirational teen images!
If you love hats, you’ll definitely want to check out Part II: Hats and see what other fun accessories we have for your senior portraits!