High School Senior Portrait Photography | Behind the Scenes

High School Senior Portrait Photography | Behind the Scenes

Your High School Senior Photo Shoot: A Not-So-Top-Secret Look Behind the Scenes

Everyone wants to know—but not everyone wants to ask—“What in the world actually happens at a photo shoot?” I’m about to give you the inside scoop so you’ll be ready to tackle your day with enthusiasm and kick the nerves to the curb. Hint: It’s probably a mix of some of the things you were thinking and a surprising amount of things you hadn’t even dreamed up. Trust me, your day in front of the camera lens is going to be all you imagined…and then some.

Choosing a Location

Don’t worry; you don’t have to choose just one! I like to wander, so I hope you do, too. We’ll move around a lot during your photo shoot so I can capture you with as many different backgrounds and environments as possible. If we’re in a downtown area, we’ll easily walk several blocks to find the best locations for you.

Sometimes we go to popular areas like the Riparian Preserve or Nichols Park. Downtown Gilbert or a small local park are great because they are often less crowded and we’re able to get more creative shots and use the great backgrounds and colors that nature provides. Most high school seniors like a combination of both the natural elements AND a bit of the urban environment. When you’re with me, we cover a lot of ground—and that means we get a wide variety of shots.

C’mon, let’s take a look behind the scenes of what will make up your amazingly fun photo shoot!

Behind The Scenes

We typically arrive at our first location between 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon, depending on the weather, the sun, and the locations you’ve chosen. We’ll go through your outfits to determine which outfit will give the best vibes, which ones are “must-haves,” and you’ll use our portable changing room to change into your first outfit. My team and I will set up the equipment and take some test shots, and then we’ll be ready to capture some amazing shots of you in action! 

In this shoot, I am working with my clients, Trevor, a 17-year-old basketball athlete from Mesquite High School, and his mother, Gina. During our session, Gina snapped a few pictures of Trevor’s session and I thought it would be fun to show some behind the scenes pictures compared to the final senior portraits.

This red wall really isn’t anything special, but when paired with Trevor’s flannel shirt, the headshot is great! Couple that with some prompts to get that genuine smile, and it’s a win for both of us!

High School Senior Pictures Gilbert Photographer

High School Senior Pictures Guys Outfits

It’s All About Lighting

Well, if you’re gonna do basketball pictures, we need a basketball court. Gina told me about a great park near their home with a nice basketball court. While this was a great opportunity to highlight Trevor’s love of basketball, I needed to assess the location and lighting—and we had to be careful because often, neighborhood parks can be crowded, making it tough to get the shots we’re after.

Gina was able to snap a few casual pics for me so that I could determine the layout of the park, including potential lighting issues, landscaping, and other details. The park was at street level with a lot of trees, so I instantly knew I could shoot great photos without houses distracting the scene. Score!

It’s not uncommon to find me climbing a ladder or laying on the ground to get the exact shot I want. Sometimes we just get creative and see what the results are! These shots really show what it’s like behind the scenes!

High School Senior Pictures Basketball

High School Senior Pictures Sports

As the sun went down and we were done with action shots, it was time to pull out the lights. Since Gina is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, she also chose to paint a ball silver and the results were even better than we’d hoped! 

High School Senior Pictures Gilbert Athlete

High School Senior Pictures Sports Letterman Jacket

After Dark

We were having such a great time we kept shooting after dark. After a quick uniform change, we captured even more unique basketball shots. The sun sets quickly, and with the off camera lighting we can choose how much of the background to include in each photo offering plenty of variety.

High School Senior Pictures Basketball Player

Trendy Night Shots

If you want nighttime portraits—a popular photo trend for the Class of 2020—then we continue shooting into the evening. Downtown Gilbert is a favorite nighttime location, even if it’s just the edge of a parking lot or parking garage!

High School Senior Pictures Gilbert Photographer After Dark  High School Senior Pictures Guys Suit

High School Senior Pictures Downtown Gilbert

Highlighting Your Hobbies and Interests

Many high school seniors choose to include their sports because it might be the final games of their career. Trevor added basketball in several ways. We chose to start with Trevor’s Mesquite high school uniform (shown above) and a standard basketball. You want your senior in a suit and tie? No problem! It’s an incredible look and trust me, the guys love it when we combine this snazzy look with their favorite sport.

High School Senior Pictures Gilbert Photographer Night

High School Senior Pictures Gilbert Photographer Sports

You don’t play sports?

This is actually a very common concern with my high school seniors! “But I don’t play sports, I’m not active in clubs, I’m just a regular teenager!” Well, one solution is to include your favorite pro sports team, as Trevor did. Now, his was even more awesome because he has a personalized Phoenix Suns jersey! However, any of your favorite sports teams would work.

Or how about the college you’re attending? It just so happens that Trevor got an academic scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson!!!!!

High School Senior Pictures College Shirt

Finishing the Photo Session

Most daytime photo shoots take 2 – 3 hours. I like to end the day by making sure we have at least 35 great shots. A checklist includes basic poses, close-up shots, and even some candid fun and funny shots of you being your quirky self. Whatever makes your personality shine through, that’s what I’m looking for—and that’s what I’ll capture in senior portraits. 

Your memories of high school should be cherished. I will work with you to create a modern, authentic plan. When you trust me to capture your look, personality, and style in high-quality professional images, you’ll be proud to share your high school portraits with friends and family!

 

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
If you’re a Class of 2021 senior, now is the time to get on the list for your photo shoot!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

 

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Gift Giving Made Easy: 8 Fun Gift Ideas your Teen Will Love! | Mesa, AZ

Gift Giving Made Easy: 8 Fun Gift Ideas your Teen Will Love! | Mesa, AZ

8 Fun Gift Ideas for Teenagers

We’re smack in the middle of the holidayseason, and with that will comes shopping and gifts. If you’re stumped on what gifts your teen will actually use and love, then you might want to check out this list created for you below.

 

1. Customizable Hydro Flask: $55.00

Hydro Flask
If you have a teenager, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Only now you can customize your Hydro! Choose the size, bottle color, boot color (yes, it comes with a boot!), cap color, and strap color! My teens personally prefer the 40 oz wide mouth. If you have an athlete, it’s perfect for those long practices!

My Hydro

 

2. Fuji Instamax Mini Camera: $54.99

Need a lightweight camera with tons of options for taking selfies? This one is for you! The camera signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED. This helps capture the perfect photo every time!
 
 
 

3. Custom Title & Name Frame: $24.99

Everyone needs a frame for their favorite pics with their BFF! Personalization Mall has quite the assortment of names and quotes to customize your gift. This frame lets you show off your favorite picture and have it engraved with your friends’ names too!  This natural wood frame arrives with an easel back design for table top display, or ready for wall mount.
 
Personalized Best Friends Wooden Picture Frames - Engraved Free - 5518
 
 

4. Personalized Starbucks Cup: $16.75

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The perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover! Ditch the paper cup that everyone else has and sip your favorite java in style — your style. This biodegradable cup is reusable plus you get 10 cents off your drink when you take your to-go cup to Starbucks!

 

 

5. Multi-Device Wire Charger: $13.99

Your internet connection just got faster, portable, and stylish. This high-tech gadget lets you charge five devices simultaneously.
 
 
 

6. Portable Speakers: $96.99

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If your teen loves music, you can never go wrong with gifting them a tiny portable speaker. This way, they can listen to their favorite beats on the go without any inconvenience. Speakers with a built-in Bluetooth feature will be a big plus for them. This is definitely a favorite in our home and it’s waterproof so it can go by the pool or near the shower!

7. Airpods w/ Charging Case: $144.00

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The latest technology which has taken the world by storm, Apple Airpods are a present that will be more than welcome for teens. Buy the latest pair introduced by Apple that comes with their own charging port, Bluetooth feature, and their battery lasts much longer than their previous version.

8. Wireless Charging Pad: $14.99

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Stylish, chic, and modern, these wireless pads are a convenient fix to a teen’s fear of their battery running out too soon. The latest updates come with the feature of charging several cell phones at once. Now parents don’t need to worry about not reaching their kids because their battery died.

These are just a few out of a plethora of gift options available for teens. Looking for the latest fashions? Check out American Eagle or Hollister. If you have a makeup lover, don’t miss the new, smaller James Charles Mini Pallette. Looking for the perfect experience? What about iFly Indoor Skydiving? Maybe tickets for their favorite concert, like Blake Shelton or one of the other events on this long list of 2020 concerts? just need to be aware of where to look. With this season’s holiday sales going on in full flow, make sure you take advantage and buy your gifts in high quality at cheaper rates! Use our list, check it twice, and you’ll be sure to find gifts your teenagers will love!

If you’re looking for great personalized photo gifts, be sure to check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

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

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