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A Mustang, A Parking Garage, and a Senior Guy | Downtown Mesa Senior Pictures

By: Michelle
January 17, 2021

Downtown Mesa Senior Pictures

Downtown Mesa has long been a favorite spot for senior pictures! Historic downtown Mesa offers every look you can imaging – dramatic, edgy, artsy, simple, colorful – you’re bound to find some awesome outdoor locations for senior pictures here, just like we did with Nicholas.

A Cool Shoot for a Cool Dude

The camera is great at picking up little hints of people’s personalities. Whatever your mood, the camera will know before anyone else does – no words needed. However, now and then, someone just exudes a certain something. For Nicholas, that “thing” was coolness. Ever suave and engaged (with the suits to match!)  I felt like I was on Bond set from time to time during this shoot. I could be pretty sure Nicholas felt the same way. Pose after pose, with just a little guidance, the camera was going to love him, and that was that!

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He’s Got Range!

The feel of the images goes from a laid-back, fun-loving kid at the skatepark to a young entrepreneur getting his start in the world. They’re the photos of a young go-getter, one to look out for! In short, the shoot was incredibly dynamic. And with Nicholas studying at Gilbert Community College for finance, they might just reflect his ambitions and dreams.

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High School Wrestling

One thing’s for sure though, Nicholas loves wrestling. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to add his favorite wrestling quote to a suitable picture. Of course, it had to be the one with the triumphant look of a winning wrestler showing off his fighting gear!

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Ford Mustang – A Revolution in Muscle Cars

But what’s a cool dude without a cool car!? And not just any car – a Mustang!! The sun was my best friend and it beamed perfectly over the top of the sleek sports car to create the perfect artistic lens flair I envisioned. However, the man of the hour shines even brighter with his sophisticated suit and dark sunglasses to give that extra “edge.”

Mesa Senior Pictures Mustang

With clear skies, palm trees, and a suburban backdrop available from the parking garage, we couldn’t help but take some wistful photos of Nicholas glancing into the distance pensively – very mysterious!

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A Heart-Warming Personal Addition

And don’t get me wrong, though there was a hip feel to most of the shoot, there was a quirky side to Nicholas. One that likes to watch anime and loves Jurassic Park. Now, maybe it’s a secret, but I just HAVE to mention it. Adorably, as a child, Nicholas was really into dinosaurs (if Jurassic Park didn’t give it away!) Well, he decided that as an homage to the dinosaur-loving kid that he once was, he’d wear a dinosaur print shirt. How sweet! Seriously, a personal touch goes a long way during a photo shoot, and not everyone has to know what it’s for. It’s unique to you and makes your photos special; it certainly worked for Nicholas anyhow.

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A Natural Model

I’m always amused when guys show up a little tense and nervous for a photo shoot, but bring out the car and they instantly become natural models! Put Nicholas next to his Mustang and it was a though he was born to be in front of the camera!

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Get that Authentic Look for Your Senior Pictures

There’s one thing we can be sure of, Nicholas made this photo shoot his own, and you can too! By following a few simple steps, you can take charge and make sure your true self is evident in every photo. Would you like to find out how? Let’s take a quick look!

  • Get in the zone – whether listening to music, talking to friends, or anything else helps you feel at ease or pumped up, then make plans to do that before the shoot!
  • Good thoughts – is there any thought that makes you smile? Perhaps an achievement you’re proud of or a nice deed you did. Keep it in mind during the shoot for that natural happiness effect.
  • Get your 8 hours – no one feels good in front of the camera when they’re suffering from grogginess. You may not look it, but if you feel tired, pictures can be a struggle.
  • Bring along some personal props! – just like Nicholas included his wrestling gear in his shoot, you can also incorporate hobbies, passions, or anything else you love into your photos!
  • And perhaps most importantly – interaction! Don’t worry, I don’t bite. I do, however, click non-stop. So, feel free to chat, joke, or whatever else helps you feel at ease – I’m here to help!

And at the end of the day, remember, a good photographer has a way of catching the real you no matter what. So, what’s the point in hiding! I’ll do my best at every twist and turn to make sure you’re at ease and feeling just fine. You just have to sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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  1. Parking garages are the perfect for high school senior boys and Mesa AZ has some great ones! Love the light in that senior portrait!

    • Hey Dana, I always love it when you stop by to comment! I never thought of parking garages as a great location for photo shoots, but they’re one of my favorites for senior guys now!

  2. Wow, great senior photos once again! Unique and individual, these downtown Mesa senior portraits do not disappoint. You’ve done it again Michelle! Well done!

    • Andrea, you always leave the best comments and make me feel like the best photographer around! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  3. What an awesome array of Downtown Mesa Senior Pictures for this young guy! Love that Mustang and the sun flare on those pictures.

    • I love sun flare! I know it isn’t for everyone but it was so perfect for this senior portrait session!

  4. Love these Mesa Downtown Senior Portraits! Wow! I can see why they chose you as their senior photographer. I love that his style and personality shine. Great work!

    • Hi Jeanine! Thanks so much for your sweet comments!!


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