Phoenix Senior Pictures | Saint Mary’s High School

Phoenix Senior Pictures | Saint Mary’s High School

Phoenix Senior Pictures

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 Phoenix 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!

If you’re interested in more of our favorite senior pictures for girls, check out these sessions!
Adrienne, EVIT
Briana, Hamilton High School
Kenzie, Queen Creek High School

 

Now Scheduling Senior Pictures for the Class of 2020!
Contact us today to get started!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

 

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

Chandler Senior Pictures | Hamilton High School Varsity Soccer

Chandler Senior Pictures | Hamilton High School Varsity Soccer

Chandler Senior Pictures for Guys

Does your guy love the idea of senior pictures? Or is he a little hesitant? Or is he doing it just for mom? I’ve worked with senior guys that are all of these things! In fact, I often have more senior guys on my schedule than I do girls, and I love it! Both senior guys and senior girls are fun in their own way, but once my senior guys figure out that I’m truly invested in their thoughts and ideas, they have a blast at their senior portrait session! 

4 Tips to Help Guys Love Senior Pictures

1. Communication Before Senior Pictures

It is not uncommon for me to communicate directly with my teens to hear what they have to say, and trust me, what they say (or don’t say) tells me a lot even before our photo shoot. If a guy has short answers, he’s maybe just doing it for mom. He’ll cooperate fully and maybe give me an idea or two. Then some guys tell me they just don’t have any ideas. So I throw a few thoughts their way, maybe text some pictures of other senior guys’ portrait sessions, and make sure they’ve taken a few minutes to fill out our Senior Portrait Questionnaire. Do they like sports? Music? Cars? As much as I want to hear “YES” I also need to hear “NO!” I want him to tell me what loves, what looks fun, and yes, even what he hates! Together we will make this a great experience and get those awesome portraits for Mom and Grandma! 

Matthew definitely had some ideas of his own! He brought along many of his favorite shirts and even had one specific idea that I’ll share later. 

Chandler Senior Pictures | Hamilton High School     

2. Include His Favorite Sport or Hobby

Matthew is a varsity soccer player at Hamilton High School in Chandler. He also plays club soccer, so I asked him if he wanted to include this in his portrait session. I asked rather than assume.  If he had said no, I might have had to persuade him a little more, but thankfully he was more than willing to bring his soccer gear along. Before his photo shoot I had sent him a few ideas so he’d be prepared ahead of time and know that he’d be running showing me his moves! Of course I wanted one or two “nice” shots in his uniform but I was much more interested in capturing his action shots! 

Hamilton High School Varsity Soccer Action Shots for Senior Pictures

Hamilton High School Varsity Soccer Action Shots for Senior Pictures

Hamilton High School Varsity Soccer Player | Chandler, AZ

3. Bring His Dog

I can’t say this enough! If you have a furry friend that has been in your family for years, it is sad to think they might not be with you when you graduate from college. Do you have any portraits of you and your dog? Well, Cooper is Matthew’s dog. He got him when he was 7 years old.

We found a great field in Chandler at Tumbleweed Park that was actually perfect for Cooper to run and play. All dogs are different, so we do what is best and safest for each one. Some dogs are great listeners. Let’s just say that Cooper wasn’t one of them. Often I want to take off the dog’s collar, but Matthew’s mom, Holly, said Cooper was a runner.  So the collar stays on! But just letting him run a little and having his favorite toy, it was easy to get these priceless pictures! Yes, I always try to get some of the dog alone. Trust me, the day will come when you’ll be glad you have it. 

Senior Pictures With Your Dog

Male Senior Pictures With Your Dog

At one point Cooper accidentally slipped out of his collar and Matthew and his mom Holly had to chase him down! While originally this was an outtake, it ended up being a keeper! And then once we got Cooper surrounded, I was able to catch this adorable playful image of him before we got his collar on him again.

Chandler Senior Pictures Outdoor Dog

Chandler Senior Pictures Dog Photographer

4. Listen!

This is oh so important! LISTEN to him!!! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a guy with as many of his own ideas! Matthew included lots of his favorite t-shirts as well as a couple of nice shirts and ties. One of the things he mentioned was a specific headshot that a friend of his had done in France. As he tried explaining it to me, he told me that it was cropped in close, monochromatic, and it looked like he was in deep thought. He couldn’t find the picture though, so he sent me this:

Thoughtful Chimp | Funny Story About Senior Pictures

Um, it’s a monkey, which is why I have nicknamed Matthew “Monkey Boy.” I laughed so hard after his text! It caught me by complete surprise and it’s just one of those things I’ll never forget! At the end of his session we were in Downtown Chandler. Normally I don’t show the back of my camera too much, but in this case we were going for something so specific, it really was best to show him what the images looked like. After just a few shots he was able to nail the look he wanted and here is the final result!

As an artist, this is what it’s all about. Picture something in your head and make it a reality! And it’s even better when the idea comes from the teenager himself! Thankfully he looks more like Matthew and less like a monkey! 

Chandler Senior Pictures Artistic Black and White

Helping Guys Prepare For Senior Pictures

  • Iron Your Clothes (Photoshop just isn’t the same as an iron, I promise!)
  • Hang Clothes on Hangers
  • Trim Your Nails
  • Have Matching Accessories (shoes & socks for each outfit change)

Looking for more tips for adding your favorite sport to your senior pictures? You won’t want to miss this article!

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

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

Top Senior Photographer  |  Specializing in Senior Pictures |  Chandler, AZ

Top Senior Photographer | Specializing in Senior Pictures | Chandler, AZ

Top Senior Photographer

Choosing a professional photographer for your senior pictures is a tough job! There are so many photographers out there with a wide range of experience and services, and it can be overwhelming. One thing that sets me apart is the fact that I specialize in teens and seniors. I love this age, I feel like it gives me the opportunity to really help their confidence and self image. Teens are always so hard on themselves, so one goal for my senior photo shoots is to make sure that my seniors feel extra special. They get my undivided attention for several hours, with no rush. Because I’m not watching the clock, we can change outfits, switch back, move locations, and try different looks all without the stress of trying to fit everything into a 1-2 hour photo shoot.

What Happens During Your Senior Photo Shoot

Adrienne, like many teen girls, was excited about having her senior pictures taken but of course was still nervous about being in front of the camera. Her mom, Laurel, loved the fact that we wouldn’t be rushed, but she too was a little nervous. It’s totally normal and perfectly ok! Because I deal with teenagers all the time, and have 2 of my own, I’m used to their quirks, eye rolls, and opinions. At Adrienne’s in-person consultation, we met and discussed what she was looking for and even shared some photos with me. That always worries me a little, because I have a certain style, other photographers have their style, and we’re all different! But this time…magic! Adrienne had just the right outfits, shoes, and accessories to be sure her senior pictures would be flawless. She started out with this cute dress with just the right amount of color, and since we had a gorgeous sky that day, the tall grass made a gorgeous backdrop! Her makeup was flawless and her long curls gave her a great look for her senior pictures! The sunglasses paired with a more serious expression, helped add variety to her final gallery.

Top Senior Photographer in Chandler Arizona

Senior Pictures at the Lake

While it looks sunny and gorgeous, like a typical Arizona day, it was actually very chilly! The day of Adrienne’s photo shoot it was in the low 60s and for us AZ peeps who are used to warm weather it was COLD!!! And yet she splashed, twirled, and waded in the lake as if it was a beautiful spring day! Then to add to the look, I got some more artistic shots playing with the sun flare which turned out to be some of Adrienne’s favorites.

Creating Artistic Senior Pictures

As a professional photographer in Chandler, I see beyond just what the eye sees. I have a vision even before shooting the image, I know what can be retouched, and what will really make an image special. This one, which is another favorite, was made into a beautiful metal portrait with a quote. Yes, everything is custom designed so we were able to use a quote that Adrienne’s dad uses for her. It has special meaning to their family, so it goes from being just a picture to being something they will cherish forever.

  

Downtown Chandler Senior Pictures

With all the outfits Adrienne had, we were able to create a gorgeous gallery with lots of expressions that really show her personality. She loves to write music and brought her guitar along, so she looks stunning sitting on the waterfall in the sun. As an added surprise, I put the lyrics to her favorite song in her Premier Slideshow. We used a hat from our Style Closet, tried out many different locations, and when the sun went down, we kept going! Check out the variety here!!! And this isn’t her whole gallery! I see many photographers who give final galleries with images that are very similar. My job is to take only the best of the best, artistically edit and professionally retouch each photo by hand, then spend time at the Reveal and Design Session to help you select your favorites and design your artwork! It is a complete boutique experience that caters to seniors and their families.

Senior girl poses for senior pictures taken by top Chandler senior photographer

Consultation to Plan Your Senior Pictures

We offer in person consultations with every client before you book. This gives us a chance to meet and make sure my services fit your needs. You’ll have time to ask questions and see lots of examples from senior girls just like you! Mom & Dad will have the chance to check out the pricing and packages so they can get some ideas of what products will work best for them.  Though there aren’t any minimum requirements, most of our clients choose to spend $800-$3000 on their senior portrait experience. If you know Adrienne, ask her about the special session she go that saved $150 too! I’d love to meet you, so get in touch and let’s make your senior year a time to remember with an amazing senior portrait experience!

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

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson