Mesquite Senior Pictures | Track Athlete | Gilbert, AZ

Mesquite Senior Pictures | Track Athlete | Gilbert, AZ

Mesquite Senior Pictures

If you’re a high school senior, you’ll definitely want to include your favorite sport for your senior pictures. That was the case with Aaron, who is a track athlete for Mesquite High School in Chandler, AZ. Aaron is a Class of 2019 graduate who came to us at the very beginning of his senior year. We didn’t actually do his photo shoot until January, but this gave him plenty of time to prepare and finalize exactly what he wanted. 

Even though his mom and dad live in different states, they decided that the professional senior pictures, experience, and heirloom quality artwork was something that was important enough to splurge on for their only son. I knew after our consultation that our Luxury Image Box would be a great product for this family since it would hold a lot of pictures and give them the flexibility to display and change out photos easily. I wanted to be sure we had a wide variety of images that could fill their image box with beautiful senior pictures.

Senior Pictures at the Track

We started Aaron’s photo shoot at Mesquite High School so we could take some amazing sports images of Aaron in action. He was fully prepared with his track uniform, warm ups, and all his gear. I knew we wanted a gorgeous sun flare image showing the Mesquite scoreboard, as well as images of Aaron sprinting. Now, it wasn’t terribly hot that day but in Arizona…well, it can be warm just about any day! I hadn’t really planned on him going all out for me, but he did, and boy did it pay off! The intensity and drive on his face shows exactly how determined he is!

Tumbleweed Park in Chandler

We had decided ahead of time that Downtown Chandler and Tumbleweed Park would be great locations to include for Aaron’s senior pictures. Aaron loved the idea of this old, rustic truck, which is quite popular for our seniors. Mom will always love a gorgeous images of her son smiling, and with a smile like this, it was definitely a favorite! I probably had to crack a few dumb jokes to get these authentic smiles, but that’s what part of my job. I’ll give you tips to look natural instead of stiff and posed. 

Mesquite Chandler Senior Pictures Guys

Composite Sports Artwork

While I’ve been creating these images for years, my clients still love them! We take a simple image of the senior in front of a textured wall, leaving enough room to add a sports image next to him. Then we find a great sports image, superimpose, magic, and there you go! Definitely one of our most requested products and it looks amazing printed on our Signature Silk photographic paper!

The Skateboard

If you know me, you know I love The Big Bang Theory, so this shirt made me smile. While it isn’t part of his normal wardrobe, both Aaron and his mom wanted to incorporate his skateboard and clothing from his younger teen years. Rather than just taking some basic holding his board, we put him in action again, and again, and again, in order to catch the perfect shot! Fancy location? Nope, just the side of the road with a street light behind him, but with proper off camera lighting, we were able to create this great shot at dusk!

    

Suit and Tie for the Guys

I’m a very casual person, I live in t-shirts and denim shorts nearly all year here in AZ. I didn’t used to push too hard to my seniors to bring nice clothes, since I wanted to capture their true essence. Then I had a senior guy a few years ago with a white shirt, tie, and suspenders, and that was the beginning of my love for these images! Especially at night, the guys just look stunning and it really helps boost their self confidence. They’re adults now, so to see themselves looking all handsome in a suit and tie and think of them heading into the adult world? It’s nothing short of fantastic! If I can encourage even a little extra self confidence in every senior that walks through my door, I’ll be a happy camper!

Featured in Senior Guys Style

Just after I finished editing Aaron’s images, I posted this gorgeous shot to my Instagram and it wasn’t long before it was selected to be featured on Senior Guys Style! Their account features high school senior guys from the the best senior portrait photographers worldwide. I was excited, Aaron was excited, and of course mom got to show off her son even more!

 

Senior Guys Style Featured Photographer

Include Mom for Your Senior Pictures

She’s been there for you since day one. She loves you more than you’ll ever know. So yes, this needed to happen. I haven’t done it very often but for some reason this night, I asked Melissa to step in for a just a few quick shots. Instead of fussing over her hair and makeup saying she wasn’t ready, she proudly stepped in beaming with pride! I hope this picture brings them smiles and tears for years to come. Yes, mom cried when she saw it for the first time. 

Boys have a very special relationship with their moms which is truly evident in this picture. I found a poem that fit perfectly, and we used it on Aaron’s image box. 

Sons do grow into men
and no longer play with toys.
But in our hearts as mothers,
they’ll always be our little boys.

Want to see more Hamilton and Mesquite senior pictures? Here are a couple blog posts you might enjoy! Both of them are athletes and had images taken at night in Downtown Chandler. 
Matthew, Hamilton High School
Briana, Hamilton High School

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Tips for Senior Sports Portraits | Senior Pictures for Athletes

Tips for Senior Sports Portraits | Senior Pictures for Athletes

Tips to Prepare for Sports Portraits

Specializing in senior pictures allows me to really keep up on trends and help you prepare for your senior sports portraits! For athletes, that means making sure I can capture everything about their sport, whether they play club sports or school sports. As a mom, you may think your child will be in this sport forever, often even college. The reality is that high school is often the last time your teenager may compete. Also, for all the moms who think their son won’t enjoy a senior portrait session, this is just one way to get them involved and loving it! Don’t pass up what might be your last opportunity to create senior pictures like these!

Bring Your Gear

I know this seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how often socks are forgotten or the ball is left in the garage. Plan ahead, make a list, and bring it all! Pack your uniform, ball, t-shirt, jersey, letter jacket, warm-ups, shoes, socks, and other equipment for your sport. 

       

Be Ready to Play

The best part is capturing seniors doing what they love. I mean actually playing and having fun! Of course during a game or meet, this can be difficult, but during your senior pictures we’ll have time to shoot and play around with some creative ideas. Admittedly I don’t know much about every single sport, so while I definitely have ideas, I also want your input. Be prepared to show off! It’s OK, I absolutely love meeting all these talented athletes and sharing in their success!

Athlete Senior Pictures AZ

Go All Out

Even though the stands aren’t full, don’t hold back! I was reminded of this during a spring photo shoot when I asked one of my track kids to go run. Let me tell you, he sure did and it made the images that much more amazing! Going full speed brought the photos to life with his realistic emotion and expression. 

Be Flexible With Locations

Sometimes your school will be great for senior pictures and sometimes other locations might work better. Always check with your school and get permission before your photo shoot if you’d like to use the field. We’ve used grassy areas, urban streets, neighborhood courts, and even other schools’ fields (again, with permission!) and much to my surprise, the alternative locations have been far better than we’d imagined!

This urban area provided the perfect backdrop for Nicholas’ wrestling pictures! Mom loved the blue, the texture was perfect, and Nicholas came with every single detailed piece of clothing as if he were ready for a wrestling match. Check out the socks, that’s the best part!

This particular day, Perry had either baseball practice or a game, but another local high school’s baseball field was completely empty! It made this the perfect night for taking our time and capturing exactly what we wanted without having other people around. 

And sometimes, we get lucky and the school works out beautifully! There was actually practice this day, but since we didn’t really need much space, the coaches at Mesquite High School were more than happy to let us use the track.

Want to see more more senior sports portraits? Here are a couple more posts you might enjoy!
Matthew, club soccer
Jalen, high school football

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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Guys Senior Pictures | Desert Ridge High School

Guys Senior Pictures | Desert Ridge High School

Guys Senior Pictures

Sometimes I wish people would speak up! When Joseph’s mom Christina contacted me, it turns out that she’d been stalking my photography for years. Like literally since I started 10 years ago! Joe is a graduate from Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, AZ and like most guys, well, he wasn’t exactly thrilled about senior pictures. So here are a few things you can do to make a guy’s senior pictures a little more exciting for them. 

Get a Great Headshot

Most guys are doing this just for mom. And what does mom want? A gorgeous headshot of her boy, especially with that hair! I love it!!!

The next step was to find out what Joe liked. Turns out he really likes Michigan where his grandparents live. So I did my best to find an area that didn’t look like the desert, had some green, and would remind him of his favorite place. Love this soft image of where we were able to get some amazing hazy sunlight.

Favorite Clothing

I’m sure you’ve heard me say that clothing can make or break senior pictures. While that is somewhat true, it mostly applies if you’re in a specific location going for a certain look. In Joe’s case, he loves his plaids and his favorite jacket. Perfect! In the beautiful green areas, the colors really worked and as you can see from his smile, he was having thrilled when I asked him to pull out that jacket!

    

Fun Lighting After Dark

And of course, hitting the streets after dark is sure to get some super cool night time pictures of your senior guy! This image was taken in downtown Gilbert. We parked in the lot, walked to the edge of the street, and were done in 10 minutes! While we were there, Joe managed to find someone’s leftover dinner sitting on the bench. That definitely gave us all a good laugh!

Senior Pictures Desert Ridge Guys Mesa, AZ

High School Senior Pictures:  A Memorable Experience

Most guys that are graduating from high school say they don’t want a full senior portrait session.  But they really do, they just want it to be fun and not like the typical portrait session you’ve probably imagined!  Or maybe you’ve had a portrait session that was rushed and stressful. When we take the time to get to know you, we can capture amazing moments, real laughter, and create beautiful images your family will love!  After all, you know he’ll always be your little boy, so let’s make sure we have senior pictures to remember this once in a lifetime accomplishment!

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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Phoenix Senior Pictures | Saint Mary’s High School

Phoenix Senior Pictures | Saint Mary’s High School

Senior Pictures for Saint Mary’s High School

Oh, so much fun! When I met Cassandra and her mom I knew the session for this St. Mary’s high school student would be fabulous! We had similar ideas, she loved the idea of being near the water, and fit beautifully into some of my favorite outfits from our style closet!  

The Most Important Part of the Family

Phoenix Senior Pictures Dogs

She knows she’s important…and I’m not talking about the graduate! I’m talking about your furry friend, of course! So yes, Cassandra brought her beautiful pit bull for the beginning of her session. We use a large open area to allow our four legged clients to run in a safe space. And then we get smiles from both the senior and the dogs! Look at that face! They are both so adorable! 

Style Closet for Our Seniors

We know you probably have a ton of great clothes, but wouldn’t it be fun to mix it up with even more choices? The darling blue romper above, as well as these super cute daisy sunglasses are both available during your senior pictures!

Saint Mary's Phoenix Senior Pictures Girls

The Lake

Once we finished at our first location, we headed to the lake. I know it’s not the easiest task to take Phoenix senior pictures by the water, but there are definitely some options nearby. Cassandra chose to try out this brand new hat with our gorgeous floral romper, both from our Style Closet! The white dress in the water? Yep, that’s from our Style Closet too! It really is the perfect outfit for the water and we have several sizes available. 

Phoenix Senior Pictures Fashion

 Most girls tiptoe slowly into the water and I guide them until they’re in the right spot. Not Cassandra! I turned to change my lens for just a minute and the next thing I knew she was in this deep! This is definitely one of my favorite locations if you like to be near the water. The reflections and the sunlight are just beautiful!

Phoenix Senior Pictures Outdoors Lake

College Bound

Cassandra will be heading to Benedictine College this fall! Bringing your college shirt to include in your senior pictures is a wonderful idea! Paired with her denim skirt and Vans, this will be a beautiful memory for years to come. With such mixed emotions before heading off to college, you’re definitely gonna want to remember this! 

Phoenix Senior Pictures Outdoors

Different Senior Pictures: Portraits After Dark

Depending on which session you choose, we might be out after dark! After a recent session in this same location, I came across the Coke machine and just needed the right girl to make it work! Cassandra was all into it and even brought a Coke bottle! 

St. Mary's High School Senior Picutres 

I’m so lucky to have a handy young lady to help with this dress! I bought this dress online to add to our Style Closet, but the straps were way too long. I’ve had a number of girls try it on and it was always too long, and I just didn’t have time to fix it. When Cassandra tried it on, it clearly was a favorite! So I had her take it home, snip the straps to where she needed them, and do a quick stitch to have it ready for her photo shoot! Good thing too…again with the red shoes! And the back of the dress is just as beautiful! Photos from behind aren’t something you might think about, but it is a great way to show off your profile and hair too! 

Saint Mary's Phoenix Senior Pictures    

The Perfect Pair

This polka dot outfit from our Style Closet is easily one of my favorites! But paired with these awesome red heels from Forever 21? The outfit, the smile, the hair…perfection! 

 Night Time Urban Senior Pictures

Three Reasons Our Clients Love Our Senior Pictures

  1. Artistic: Every image is unique. They aren’t just cropped differently but have different poses and expressions for a huge variety. We use various lighting and multiple locations so your gallery definitely won’t look like your friend’s senior pictures!
  2. Style Closet: We have an exclusive Style Closet that has so many fun options! Add dress, tops, and accessories and feel like million bucks without breaking the bank!
  3. Dogs: We encourage our senior portrait clients to bring their pets. Often they’ve had the dog for many years and maybe have never had professional portraits with them. Of course, we always make sure to get a few of the pup alone. Gotta love those cute furry faces!

 

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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson