Tips for Bringing Your Car for Senior Pictures | Arizona Photographer

Tips for Bringing Your Car for Senior Pictures | Arizona Photographer

High School Senior Pictures: Tips for Bringing Your Car

Did you know that besides being an Arizona senior portrait photographer, I also love cars!!! When my dad was alive we used to go to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction every year. When I was in high school we watched many IndyCar races together and went to PIR (now ISM Raceway) in the spring for races leading up to the Indy 500. So yes, there is a little history for you that I’m not sure even our son knew until last January when I took him out to Barrett-Jackson. So maybe that’s why senior guys (and some girls) love bring their cars to their senior photo shoot with me.

1. Remove High School Parking Permit

Many of them are hangers these days instead of stickers, so remember to take it down and put it somewhere safe. Believe it or not, Tyler had his parking pass stickers on his windshield, so I used Photoshop to remove them. However, leaving your tassel hanging from your mirror is perfectly OK!

Arizona Photographer Senior Pictures Cars

Az Photographer Senior Pictures

2. Wash Your Car, Inside and Out

I want to say this is obvious, but let’s mention it just to be sure. Yes, I will use Photoshop to edit out dirt and scratches, but please don’t go off-roading right before your photography session! You might even consider splurging on a detail the day before your shoot. Make sure the windows are clean. We’ll likely be doing pictures with the windows both up and down. Don’t worry too much about dings and scratches, I’ll take care of those. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll see some of the car’s interior, so make sure that’s cleaned up too. No Dutch Bros cups, old fast food containers, or school paperwork on the floor please!

Arizona Photographer Cars Mustang

3. Special Treatment

If you prefer certain locations for your car, please let me know! Often we’ll go into a parking garage with speed bumps. If your car sits too low and will be damaged from that, please just let me know ahead of time. Trust me, I totally understand! We couldn’t take this beautiful Lamborghini over speed bumps so we drove out to the edge of Chandler where we found this beautiful Arizona desert waiting for us! Don’t be fooled, this is actually the end of a busy road at a stop sign. I had to run out in between cars turning, but nobody minded! We had a lot of people stop and ask about this beauty since you don’t see these driving around everyday!

Arizona Photographer Sports Cars

Arizona Photographer Senior Pictures Car

4. Styling

I personally love the look of a senior guys in a nice suit. And don’t forget the sunglasses! Doesn’t Cole look absolutely gorgeous?? We found a small space in a golf course parking lot, out of the way of traffic where we could get beautiful natural light for senior pictures with his car.

Arizona Photographer Cars Senior Pix

However, as you can see, long sleeves & jeans paired with sunglasses and a baseball hat also look amazing! The image below was shot in natural light in a Chandler parking garage and was published in the premier issue of Senior Year Magazine!

Az Photographer Senior Pictures Cars

5. Consider Renting or Borrowing

We’re definitely not all lucky enough to have amazing cars at our fingertips, so it pays to be a little creative. Just before Trevor’s senior photos I found this amazing blue 1965 Shelby Cobra that was for sale. I emailed the selling explaining what we wanted to do, just shoot pictures, not drive the car. I asked if he’d be willing to drive the car to a certain location and just let us use the car for an hour or so. As you can see, he said yes…and even took Trevor for a ride on the empty roads, revving the engine the whole way! Trevor was in heaven! It’s a good thing we got the pictures done this day though. The next morning the car was on it’s way to a new owner.

Az Photographer Cars Guys

Every year Desert Ridge High School’s theater booster club has a car show. Earlier this year I was a vendor and showcased some of our awesome products at the show, mostly of high school seniors with their cars. I told Trevor to walk the rows of cars and talk to the owners of any cars he thought would be good for senior photos. Trevor’s favorite color has always been yellow, so when he came across this Buick GS, he again asked the owner about borrowing the car. During those spring months we met some amazing people and found that most car enthusiasts are thrilled to allow you to take pictures with their precious cars! This guy has the car all polished and ready to go, and even brought additional cloths to the photo shoot for a few last minute touch ups. It is amazing how nice people are if you just ask!

AZ Photographer Muscle Car

While we don’t have a sports car of our own, Trevor’s grandma has a friend with a silver 50th anniversary Corvette! She’s known Trevor since he was just 4 years old and was more than willing to drive the car to our empty back road for more senior pictures. In her mind, it was a very small, simple gesture but meant the world to Trevor. And me too! All the owners of these cars were incredibly nice and patient, and even enjoyed seeing how a senior photo shoot works.

Az Photographer Senior Pictures Corvette

Final Thoughts on Preparing Your Car For Senior Pictures

  1. Remember to take down anything hanging from your rear view mirror, such as a school parking pass.
  2. Wash it. Self explanatory, right?
  3. Let me know what restrictions you have on locations so we can accommodate them.
  4. Think about what style you’d like for pictures with your car. Choose a few different looks for lots of variety
  5. Consider renting or borrowing a car for a very memorable senior photography session.

 

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Gilbert Photographer | Awesome Senior Picture Ideas for Guys

Gilbert Photographer | Awesome Senior Picture Ideas for Guys

Gilbert Photographer for Senior Pictures

It seems like there are a million photographers out there, so when someone recommends me it just gives me goosebumps! Well, that’s how I met Nick and his mom, Raquel. They are friends with another one of my seniors and when we met at the in-person consultation, I knew it was gonna be an awesome session! Nick had ideas and a great sense of style, but still was just that genuine, sweet, boy that all us moms love! Sorry Nick, you know it’s true! You boy moms know it, I’m a boy mom so I get it. Our sweet little guys grow up and all of a sudden you’re sitting at high school graduation sobbing, wondering what happened to your baby. That’s what I’m here for! To allow you to slow down, have an an afternoon with your son, just watching him be the center of attention during this special milestone. The best part is that when we’re done, you’ll have the memories of the experience we create together as well as gorgeous images of your son. Yes…even the ones that say they don’t want to have senior pictures done!

Tumbleweed Park

The old truck is always a favorite, broken windshield and all. It’s such a fun spot and the lighting is great. This year, Vans as all the rage and I’m finding that my boys bring just as many shoes as my girls!  We were lucky enough to find lots of texture the day of the photo shoot. Wooden fences and even an old pile of logs work great for senior photos!

Gilbert Photographer Graduation Photos

Gilbert Photographer Senior Photo Ideas

Gilbert Photographer Mesquite High School

Gilbert Photographer High School Senior Photos

A Mama’s Dream Picture

Yep, you know this is a winner every time! Moms love it when you can capture a genuine smile of her boy! Since this was her favorite, it became the front of the image box she ordered and now has displayed in her home. With the image box is a client favorite since you get at least 25 of your favorite images printed! Our beautiful, high-end folio boxes come with a custom cover and 10 double-sided silk prints.

Gilbert Photographer Senior Pics Guys

Something A Little Different

Some people love this look and others not so much, but I think it’s a fun look for our senior guys! I almost always do photo on a wall with sports pictures, but this one of Nick wearing sunglasses is just awesome!! This guy could be the next Vans model!

Gilbert Photographer Fun Senior Pictures

When The Sun Goes Down

We keep shooting! We headed towards Downtown Chandler and up to the top of a parking garage for a few quick sunset shots. I’m so happy to be able to offer this look to my clients and I love looking over the different cities as the sun goes down. Nick did too, and this was a favorite for all of us!

Gilbert Photographer Graduation Pics Night

Dress It Up!

Ok, I’ll admit there was a time when I never even suggested that my senior guys get dressed up for senior pictures, but once you see them all put together, you see the boost of confidence! You can imagine the amazing things they’re going to accomplish as adults as they become grown men…no longer our little boys. Just look at him!!! He looks so handsome, and now Mom has these sweet pictures forever.

Gilbert Photographer Senior Guys Outfits

Gilbert Photographer Senior Pics Night

Checklist for Suit & Tie

  • Please iron your clothes. (Photoshop just isn’t the same as an iron, I promise!)
  • Hang your jacket, shirt, and pants on hangers.
  • Remember to bring matching shoes and socks.
  • Don’t forget your belt!
  • A watch is a great accessory for your suit and tie.

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Beautiful Fall Outfits for Senior Pictures | Mesa Photographer

Beautiful Fall Outfits for Senior Pictures | Mesa Photographer

Fall Outfit Ideas for Senior Portraits

Yes, I know it is still over 100, but with the temperatures finally starting to drop, I thought we’d give Mother Nature a push and look at some great fall outfit ideas for your senior portrait session! Seriously, I’ve been holding on to some of these images for nearly a year, I can’t wait anymore! Oceanana graduated from Desert Ridge High School last spring so these images are from last October. She didn’t have many requests, other than that she wanted a fall theme. So we made it happen!

Fall prints and patterns

This wrap has been part of our Style Closet for about a year now and I think Oceanana was one of the first to wear it for her senior pictures. With several colors incorporated, you can choose your favorite and wear a coordinating cami or tank underneath!

Fall Outfits Senior Pics

Fall wardrobe colors

Pull out your reds, oranges, and yellows! Oceanana’s jumper is a gorgeous fall color, but paired with this cute yellow top it just becomes the epitome of fall fashion!

Fall Outfit Ideas Senior Pictures

We added the hat for another look and made sure to get a beautiful closeup for Mom to show off those beautiful eyes!

Fall Outfit Ideas High School Senior Pics

Fall colors for backdrops

Ok, so we don’t have the typical autumn colors in Phoenix but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it work! This fun wall creates the perfect autumn look, so we chose a rusty red-orange jumper to tie it all together. Oceanana paired it with a simple black top and black boots for the perfect touch!

Fall Outfit Ideas Eastmark High School

Fall Outfits High School Senior Pictures

Pumpkins

Oceanana wanted a fall look, and since pumpkins and fall go hand-in-hand, her mom brought a few to the photo shoot! I think these are two of my favorites from her portrait gallery.

Fall Outfits Senior Pictures

Bonus: Fall in Arizona

Just because it’s fall in Arizona doesn’t mean it’s too cold for the water! This is the absolute BEST part of having senior pictures here! Ok, so we have a few miserable, sweaty months…after that, we can create images that look like nearly any season! That means you can create many looks during your photography session, including wading in the water! So in one portrait session, we incorporated six different outfits for a gallery filled with variety!

Outfit Ideas Arizona Photographer

Fall Senior Pics Arizona Photographer

Ideas for fall senior pictures

  • Include orange, yellow, and rust colors in your wardrobe.
  • Choose the right footwear. Wear Boots instead of flip-flops or sandals.
  • Bring a fall colored bouquet or pumpkins.
  • If too many colors isn’t your look, add in fall colors with a scarf, hat, or jewelry.

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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