Published in Teen Years Magazine | Best Phoenix Photographer

Published in Teen Years Magazine | Best Phoenix Photographer

Goal: Always Building Confidence For Teens

Part of being a professional photographer is providing amazing images to my clients, but even more important is the confidence boost I want every single one of my teenagers to carry with them throughout high school. Teen Years Magazine, the sister magazine to Senior Year Magazine just released it’s premier issue and I had 5 images published! Even though I’ve been published many times over the years, it is always exciting to show off my clients in these magazines. So let’s get to it and announce the teens who have their images in Teen Years Magazine! Congratulations!!!

Sarah McDonnel

It doesn’t surprise me one bit that this image was chosen. By the end of the shoot she was feeling extra confident and looked gorgeous showing off this jacket from my Style Closet.

Outdoor Photo Shoot Phoenix Az

Marissa Storrs

Marissa is a talented young artist who was lucky enough to have her aunt set up a photo shoot during her visit to Phoenix. I love the variety we got and these are only two of the images from her session! The Style Closet came in handy and provided both of these cute outfits!

Phoenix Arizona Photographer Amazing Teen Photo Shoot

Best Phoenix Photographer Teen Photo Shoot

Mavery Grattan and Alex Robertson

What could be better than a photo shoot with your best friend? Having that image published in a magazine!!! This simple image shows their beauty perfectly…and trust me, they’re both just as beautiful on the inside too!

Phoenix Photographer Best Friends Photo Shoot

During that same photo shoot, I took several of the girls individually and this one of Alex is also being published!

Phoenix Photographer Sweet 16 Pictures

Keep an eye out for more as I’ll be adding all of my published images to my blog soon!

Florence High School Senior Pictures | Cheer and Graduation | Florence, AZ

Florence High School Senior Pictures | Cheer and Graduation | Florence, AZ

Florence High School Senior Pictures

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of clients that find me on Google. I also get a lot of word of mouth. Combine them, and I get Rylee! Rylee and her mom Amie found my website and just happened to see Adrienne’s pictures. They remembered how amazing Adrienne’s senior pictures were, so we scheduled a consultation and our planning began. Rylee is a recent graduate from Florence high school. It’s a good thing we got started when we did. The day after her session was the first day of Quarantine 2020. Rylee had a lot of ideas and requests. Some parents think it’s too much, but as a photographer I think it’s great! I love it when kids come with opinions of what they want and let’s face it, what teenager isn’t filled with opinions? Rylee loved a little bit of everything. She loved my favorite ditch and the idea of being near the water, but also loved downtown Chandler and San Tan Village.

Looking Great In Front Of The Camera

Rylee recently told me that she was very nervous before her session. I had no idea! She is a natural in front of the camera and along with just a few secret tips and tricks, she realized there was no reason to worry! If something doesn’t look right, you’ll be the first to know and we’ll fix it right then and there. If a pose looks awkward, we move on. I check images throughout the session so if your eyes are closed or there is breeze right when I click the shutter and your hair is flying in your face, I know immediately and we can reshoot. That way we miss nothing! Ah yes, the joys of digital photography. I’m also a chronic over-shooter and shoot everything multiple times so when I pull the images from my camera I can select and edit only the ones where you look spectacular! How many images do I shoot during a typical senior session? Hmmmm, probably in the 200-300 range, and have been as high as 650! It depends on how much action and movement we do, and how much fun I’m having. If you’ve been out shooting with me, you understand. “Just one more shot” never means one more shot. It means one more in that spot, unless I find something else along the way, or you have a great expression, or we find a fun chair or…well, you get the picture. Ha, no pun intended, it just happened.

For Rylee’s senior photos we started at my favorite ditch to take advantage of the beautiful Arizona desert. She arrived with professional makeup already done, including individual lashes (my favorite!) andshe had so many outfits! We were very lucky to have such beautiful wildflowers and her blue dress gave us contrast for this lovely photo.

Florence Arizona Senior Photos

Florence High School Senior Photos

We left the ditch and headed towards Eastmark which is only a couple minutes away. As we were driving out of the neighborhood (Amie and Rylee followed in their car) I saw these fun chairs. Well, they looked fun to me. When you’re a photographer, you just see things differently. I wanted to stop but there was no parking so I drove around the block again with Amie and Rylee following me, probably thinking I was crazy because we ended up back where we started. We parked and they got out of the car, but thankfully they understood my craziness and just went with it! Yes, I know we were headed somewhere else, but first, this chair! Good thing too, because it ended up being one of their favorite pictures, and mine too!

Florence Az Senior Photos

Cap & Gown Graduation Pictures

If you have the ability, always bring your cap & gown to your portrait session. If not, I do offer free cap & gown sessions in May that are exclusively for my clients. If you won’t be getting your cap & gown until right before graduation, we do have black caps & gowns available during your session, but of course you’ll need to order a tassel specific to your school and graduating class. I always recommend ordering an additional tassel from Josten’s ASAP and usually you’ll have it by October. Having your graduation gear available allows us to do more than just a quick headshot. Combining your sports, hobbies with your tassel allows you to capture truly unique senior pictures that I know you’ll love!

Graduation Senior Pictures Arizona

Florence Az Graduation Photos

Creative Senior Pictures

I tell all my seniors to please share their Pinterest board with me, and that’s exactly what Rylee did. She showed me a few creative cap & gown pictures and we decided to give it a try! I can’t guarantee how they’ll turn out, but if we don’t try how will we know? So I played around a little and ended up with this! Again, a favorite that ended up on the back cover of her Luxury Image Box! Here’s your warning. When I try to copy something it almost never turns out the way it did for the original photographer. That’s how art is…I see one thing, they see something else, and neither is right or wrong! So I play…that’s my favorite thing about seniors. They’re patient and let me try things, whether it’s new locations, lighting, outfits, or themes, I toss out ideas and if they like any of them we plan it to add it to their photo shoot. That’s another reason I don’t limit our time together. I need my play time!

Creative Graduation Photos Florence Az

High School and All Star Cheerleader

Rylee has been in a competitive All Star cheerleader for years, and continued competing through college! It’s always great to recognize these accomplishments and show them off during your senior portrait session. I was extra lucky that Rylee already had her senior sash and bow, and brought both for her pictures. Here are some of the highlights of her career, pretty impressive! But if you know Rylee, you know she’s incredibly determined and talented…a great combination for competitive cheer!

  • Competitive All Star cheerleader from 4th-8th grade
  • Made the competitive varsity cheer squad as a freshman and continued through her senior year
  • Made the competitive all girl stunt group as a sophomore and continued through her senior year
  • Florence High School Sophomore female athlete of the year
  • 6 time AIA state champion, back to back to back (Did you catch that? SIX times!!!)
  • 2018 All Girl Stunt
  • 2018 Division III Showcheer
  • 2019 All Girl Stunt
  • 2019 Division III Showcheer
  • 2020 All Girl Stunt
  • 2020 Division III Showcheer
  • AIA academic athlete all 4 years of high school

Wow, that is quite a list for this young lady! I was also blessed to see part of her senior banquet where she was awarded many scholarships. So proud of you, Rylee!

A Special Note from Mom

I love the fact that my daughter excels both in academics and athletics. Throughout her high school career, Rylee has been selected for the Sports360AZ All-Academic Spiritline First Team and has won 6 state championships; back to back to back championships in 3A All Girl Stunt and Spiritline.

Cheer Senior Pictures Florence Arizona

Arizona Graduation Photos Tassel

Checklist for Competition Cheer

I’ve photographed many cheerleaders who cheer for high school and competition. Here are a few things you don’t want to forget. It might seem obvious, but it’s easy to miss these items.

  • Competition Uniform
  • High School Uniform
  • Cheer Socks & Shoes
  • Poms
  • Bows
  • Championship Rings and/or Jackets

If you love Rylee’s senior pictures, you might want to check out more from her session!

Choosing the Best Photographer for Your Senior Pictures | Phoenix, AZ High School Senior Photographer

Choosing the Best Photographer for Your Senior Pictures | Phoenix, AZ High School Senior Photographer

So, how do you choose a photographer for you senior pictures?

How do you make that decision when there are thousands of photographers?  What should you be looking for? Here are some things you’ll want to consider to help you decide who is the best senior photographer for you.

Tip #1: Digitals Only vs Designer Products

What are your thoughts on products? Do you just want digital files? Do you want an easy way to share your images with friends and family? Do you want to do everything yourself or do you want someone that will take care of all the design work and ordering for you? Are you interested in having some beautiful keepsakes to remember your graduation?  Do you want something unique? Maybe you want a huge portrait over the fireplace.  Maybe you want a collage of multiple images.  Perhaps you would prefer to have lots of images that you can easily swap out.  During your Ordering & Design session, we’ll help you sort through all of your pictures, discuss what products fit your needs, design graduation announcements and grad party invitations, and show you some gifts that your family will love!  After that, all you have to do is sit back and relax…and worry about the million other things going on during senior year! Our clients (especially moms!) love that once your session is done, we don’t just leave you hanging. We take care of every step from start to finish so you don’t have to stress about it!

Designer Products Senior Pictures

Teenagers don’t care too much about products, right? Wrong!! My experience with seniors hasn’t proven that at all! Nearly all of our seniors choose to have their own storyboard, keepsake book, or metal! Of course our high school seniors all love the personalized mobile app, which allows you to show off and share your senior pictures on social media. For your safety, these images are watermarked and ready to share directly from your phone! If you’ve purchased the premier slideshow, that is available in your app too!

Senior Photo App for Sharing

Tip #2: Editing and Professional Retouching

You’ll want to know how your pictures will be edited.  Professional senior pictures should be edited, and if you don’t choose the right photographer, you might end up with little to no editing. Please know that ALL digital images need some basic editing, and that is where many photographers stop. The images that come straight from the camera (called RAW files) can’t even be opened by most people! They take processing to turn them into a jpg that you can view. But beyond that, also check a photographer’s images to be sure you like their style of editing.  Some photographers do almost no retouching, some do a magazine edit and airbrush your skin.

For my high school seniors, I do quite a bit of retouching, but it doesn’t look like it and that is the point! I’ll be sure you look and feel as amazing as possible during your photo shoot. What if you have a few skin imperfections?  What if you prefer a more artistic look?  As much as I’d love to show you some before and after pictures, I just don’t believe that anyone should be worried about their “before” pictures being displayed to the world!  However, during your in-person consultation, you’ll have plenty of time to see first hand what the choosing the right photographer can do for you. While we don’t believe in airbrushing your skin or making you look unrealistic, every image will be professionally retouched by hand (not actions or filters) to brighten your smile, smooth your skin, remove redness, touch up scars and zits, and be sure that your personality shines through! If you’re really itching to see some before and afters, there are a couple shown on the seniors page.

Tip #3: Meet Your Senior Photographer in Person

Most of all, you’ll want to choose a senior photographer that fits with your personality.  We offer free in-person consultations to all of our clients because we want to get to know you before the session!   That way we can talk, find out more about your likes and dislikes, clothing style, and help choose locations that fit your style!  You’ll want a photographer that doesn’t rush you through in an hour and wants to just have a blast getting lots of unique pictures! I want you to be comfortable in front of the camera, and that will be easier if we get to know each other before your photo shoot.

High school senior photographer for urban senior pictures.

Tip #4: Choose a Professional Photographer

Finally, one of the most important tips for your senior pictures is choose a professional photographer!  These days, anyone can buy a “good camera” and “become a photographer.”  It is a great hobby!  But for your senior pictures, please be sure to choose a professional. This is a once in a lifetime photo shoot and I want it to be a highlight of your senior year. You don’t want someone who is just starting out to document such an important milestone!  I’m a full time professional photographer. My goal is to produce beautiful, timeless portraits for you.  This isn’t a weekend gig or something I do just for fun.  Who do you think will want to ensure your happiness? Think twice before you ask your bff with a cell phone or your favorite uncle. While they might be good, they likely haven’t studied photographer like myself and many other professional photographers in the Phoenix area. I’ve also been published in several teen & senior magazines since 2014 as well as having images featured both nationally and internationally. I am licensed and insured, a member of PPA and part of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.