Senior Pictures at Night | Downtown Chandler Senior Pictures

Senior Pictures at Night | Downtown Chandler Senior Pictures

Senior Pictures at Night

You have many choices for your senior pictures, so Magical Memories by Michelle offers something that not many other photographers do, and that is having your senior portraits taken at night! We start about an hour or so before sunset and once the sun goes down we keep shooting in the city lights!

Downtown Chandler

One of my favorite locations for senior photo shoots after dark is Downtown Chandler. By shooting during the week we avoid the crowds and parking, and you get something fabulous added to your gallery of senior pictures! These beautiful images of Briana were taken near the parking lot of the Chandler Public Library. I love the way the city lights glow in the background!

 

Chandler Senior Pictures at Night

We moved just across the street to get some more images with that beautiful nighttime bokeh, which is a photography term for the blurry, out of focus backgrounds we all love! Briana’s boyfriend joined us for these last few images and his jokes and comments brought out some fun expressions from Briana.

Downtown Chandler Senior Pictures at Night

Of course the color images are always fabulous, but all of our sessions include some black and white portraits as well. This is one of my favorite black & white images of Briana!

Chandler Senior Pictures Black & White

As I mentioned earlier, this was only part of Briana’s photo shoot! Be sure to check out more of her senior pictures where we incorporated her Jeep and took some beautiful gymnastics pictures! If you’re looking for something to make your senior pictures a little different, give us a call so we can start planning with you!  

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

Senior Pictures for Girls | Hamilton High School | Chandler, AZ

Senior Pictures for Girls | Hamilton High School | Chandler, AZ

Downtown Chandler Senior Pictures

Senior pictures in Downtown Chandler and the surrounding areas are so much fun! There is such variety. We can find everything from rustic to green to urban! Plus it is a great place to shoot senior pictures at night! 

Graffiti Walls

Graffiti walls are very popular for senior pictures, so we found this fun wall with lots of options. Keep in mind, this is just off the side of the road. As with many of my favorite places, there isn’t really an address or specific parking, which is why I prefer to load everything in my van and go together. 

Senior Pictures Chandler Graffiti Wall

Including Your Car for Senior Pictures

Below you can see another image that includes more of the wall, as well as our next stop, which included Briana’s Jeep. I love the simple clothing she chose! If you’re unsure about what to wear for senior pictures, simple is best. I love the cute tank top and white shorts. It’s a great contrast with the black Jeep! And as always, bring your sunglasses! 

Over the years, many of my favorite locations have been demolished. Such is the case near Downtown Chandler. Instead, we found a dead end road and with a little Photoshop help to remove fences, you’d never know! Photoshop also came in handy for the Jeep pictures since there was a small dent. 

So Beautiful! 

Bri is a very talented gymnast and I was able to convince her to do some jumps for me. The result is this gorgeous silhouette taken at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. This is the perfect example of being able to image the outcome before you click the shutter. Check out our Facebook page or Instagram to see the before and after of this shot!

I also recommend that gymnasts bring chalk and grips, as well as medals. Bri was the all-around champion at Westerns last year, so she chose to bring those medals.

Checklist for Gymnasts

I’ve photographed many gymnasts over the years and here is the list that I use. Place chalk in a Ziploc bag, then put that bag zipped into another bag. Let’s just say I’ve learned from experience. Cleaning up spilled chalk isn’t easy!

  • Competition Leotard
  • Warm Ups
  • Grips
  • Chalk
  • Medals
  • Wipes (to clean up after our chalk fun!)

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

East Valley Senior Pictures | Cover Contest for our Senior Client Guide

East Valley Senior Pictures | Cover Contest for our Senior Client Guide

East Valley Senior Pictures

Happy New Year!  After several years, it is time to update our Senior Client Guide and we need your help! I’ve created a mock cover for each of our recent seniors and posted to both Facebook and Instagram

How does it work?

This is the easy part! Simply go to our Facebook page or Instagram and you’ll see all the covers. Like, react, or comment on your favorite. Then on Saturday, January 12th, we’ll see which cover has the most points! Here is the scoring:

Like on FB or IG: 1 point
FB Reaction (anything but a standard “like”): 2 points
Social Media Comment: 5 points

So vote, share, post a story…anything to rack up those points!

Who are they?

Adrienne: Class of 2018

Briana: Class of 2019

Derek: Class of 2019

Jalen: Class of 2018

  

Joe: Class of 2019

Lizzy: Class of 2018

Matthew: Class of 2019

Oceanana: Class of 2019

Tyler: Class of 2018

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Queen Creek Senior Pictures | Gymnastics | Queen Creek High School

Queen Creek Senior Pictures | Gymnastics | Queen Creek High School

Queen Creek Senior Pictures

Coming up on 10 years as a senior portrait photographer, I wanted to share some of my favorite gymnastics pictures. Kenzie Douglas is 2014 graduate of Queen Creek high school and I thought it would be fabulous to share some of her accomplishments since then!

I asked Kenzie’s mom Laura for a quick update, since I knew she was now a college graduate and had started law school! I’m so proud of her! I’ve actually known Kenzie since she was about 14 or 15 years old, when she was on the same gymnastics team as our daughter. It is absolutely incredible to watch my seniors grow up and be so successful!

Kenzie had a very successful D1 gymnastics full ride scholarship at BYU. She graduated in April of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is now attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. When she’s not at the library she enjoys spending time with her new rescue dog, Theodore Roosevelt, aka Teddy.  Her future goals will hopefully be doing something in the political world.

Gymnastics Senior Pictures

These silhouettes were actually shot on a different day that Kenzie’s senior photo shoot, but are still some of my absolute favorites!

 

Tumbleweed Park

While Tumbleweed Park is often used as a more rustic location, it doesn’t have to be! It worked great for Kenzie using one of her favorite tops and adorable Miss Me jeans!

Custom Portrait Products

I created this beautiful storyboard for Kenzie which included a great closeup of her favorite boots.

Queen Creek Senior Pictures

Ideas for your gymnastics senior pictures:

  • Comp Leo
  • Warm Ups
  • Grips
  • Chalk

 

Want to see more gymnastics pictures?

Check out Briana’s senior portrait session! She’s a 2019 graduate from Hamilton High School and we did some some awesome gymnastics pictures during her session!

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Borrow From Our Style Closet | Queen Creek Senior Portraits | Part II: Hats

Borrow From Our Style Closet | Queen Creek Senior Portraits | Part II: Hats

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!

Style

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!

Queen Creek Fall Senior Portraits

Beret

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!

Newsboy Caps

I have a few of these too! They make for a great urban vibe!

Blue hats

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!

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Borrow From Our Style Closet | Mesa Senior Portrait Fashion Trends | Part I: Accessories

Borrow From Our Style Closet | Mesa Senior Portrait Fashion Trends | Part I: 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!

Accessories

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!

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Headband

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!

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Model

Mesa Senior Portraits Vintage Fashion Trends

Jewelry

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.

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Jewelry

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Necklace

It’s not much, but Alli loves flowers so this pewter bracelet was perfect!

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Bracelet

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.

Mesa Senior Portraits Fashion Trends

“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!

Mesa Senior Portraits Swim Dive Sunglasses

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!

Mesa Senior Portraits Girls Sunglasses

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!

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson