Magical Memories by Michelle | Senior Photographer | Professional Senior Pictures in Mesa, AZ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com Building confidence one picture at a time. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:32:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-michellefavi-32x32.png Magical Memories by Michelle | Senior Photographer | Professional Senior Pictures in Mesa, AZ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com 32 32 Professional Portrait Photography at Night | East Mesa Photo Shoot https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/professional-portrait-photography/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/professional-portrait-photography/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2019 02:54:52 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=24496

Arizona Portrait Photography at Night

I already offer one of the most artistic portrait photography sessions in Mesa, Arizona.  I’m always looking for ways to create an exceptional experience for my clients, so I asked myself, “what could possibly make this experience any better?” The answer? Night time photography! Now I’m able to offer two types of photo sessions. One session begins approximately 2-3 hours before sunset, and ends as we run out of daylight. The other session, well, we just keep shooting even after dark! It allows me to create unique portraits with a different feel. We can shoot in urban areas and pull in some of the city lights, or shoot at sunset and capture that glorious Arizona glow. You’ll get a combination of daytime and nighttime photos. But for now, let’s focus on some gorgeous portraits taken in the East Valley after the sun went down.

Eastmark After Dark

You’ve probably seen this location before, and yet at night it has a completely different feel! With the white fences now dark and the string lights from a nearby restaurant lit up, we got some stunning portraits for Skylar and her family! That plaid top is just too cute, and the navy blue hat from our style closet gave her outfit just the right finishing touch.

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All About Plaid

For 2019, plaid is definitely still a trendy addition to your wardrobe this fall, plus the texture makes it perfect for your photo shoot. Plaid never seems to go out of style whether it’s a cute crop top or your favorite flannel!

Professional Portrait Photography Teenagers Mesa Arizona

Think you can’t full off the perfect pouty pose? Try this.

1. Close your eyes.
2. Take a couple of breaths with your lips slightly parted.
3. If you have a severe case of RBF, practice turning up just the corners or your mouth.
4. Finally, say the words “blue” or “prune” to help part your lips ever so slightly.
5. Once you’re ready, open your eyes and we’ll start shooting!

Professional Portrait Photography Teenagers Eastmark

 

My Favorite Thing About Shooting at Night

I love the lighting we can achieve after dark! And the best part is the both the color and black & white versions are both beautiful! Which is your favorite?

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Professional Portrait Photography Night

 

Studio Portraits Without the Studio

Because of the harsh sun in Arizona, it can be hard to block out all the light during the day. However, once the sun starts to fade it’s easy to get the perfect black background. Believe it or not, this image was taken next to a lake, but Skylar definitely wasn’t in the water. Instead, I had a vision of exactly what I wanted to accomplish for this talented MAC swimmer. I simply adjusted my exposure to darken the background, added in some off-camera flash to achieve a starting point. Then used Photoshop to create the illusion of splashing water.

Professional Portrait Photography Sports Swimmer

 

**Now scheduling senior portraits for the Class of 2020**
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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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5 Secrets About Your Senior Pics | Phoenix, Arizona Photographer https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/senior-pics/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/senior-pics/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:42:35 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23909 5 Secrets About Your Senior Pics
Shhhh…I’m Gonna Tell You a Secret (or Five)

Every trade has its tricks, its magic ways—and photography is no different. If I were a magician, I would be banned from the business for divulging the magic behind my tricks, but lucky for you, I’m merely a wizard…a wizard who wields a camera like it’s a magic wand. My point is, there are secrets, and before your big day gets here, I want you to be in the know. Why? So you’ll have the most perfect pictures ever, of course!

You’ve already heard a lot of talk about your big day, the spotlight, the hair, the outfits, and all the glam that goes along with senior pictures. It’s a lot of pressure—for you AND for me. After all, we’re tasked with wrapping up an entire academic career into one amazing photo shoot that will showcase exactly who you are. No problem, right? Exactly. No problem.

The insider information I’m about to expose is meant solely to make your day even more awesome and (hopefully) put your mind at ease about all the fun that’s about to happen.

Secret #1: It really IS all about you.

That means you don’t have to be someone you don’t want to be. Don’t like dresses? Cool. Don’t wear dresses. Not a fan of high heels? (I mean, who is? They’re pointy and pinchy.) Wear your kicks. Or go barefoot. Or wear those funky toe-shoe things. The point is, no one wants you to be uncomfortable. Just be yourself, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time and end up with some awesome pics. We’ll help you style every single outfit to match the location for magazine-worthy senior pics!

Senior Pics Arizona Photographer Water

Senior Pics Arizona Photographer Outside

Secret #2: Fashion isn’t complicated.

You know that one outfit? The one that makes you feel like you have a little bit of sass, a little bit of edge, and a whole lot of “Look. At. Me.” Yep, that’s the outfit. That’s the one that defines your style and your personality. That, my dear, is fashion. Sure, it could be fancy. Or it could be casual. Or it could be a mixture of sequins and denim—with a little bit of leather thrown in the mix. However you define fashion and style, whatever floats your boat and makes YOU shine, that’s fashion. Besides, with our exclusive Style Closet, you’ll have even more options for outfits and accessories!

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If you’re ever in doubt, just reflect on the words of Coco Chanel,

“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

When in doubt, keep it simple and wear what makes you feel good.

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Secret #3: Weather doesn’t always cooperate.

Fashion, we can control. Weather, we cannot. Things we try to avoid include monsoons, haboobs, temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, flash flooding, and pretty much any natural disaster. They don’t tend to be conducive to helping us produce the best photographs, plus, it can be a bit difficult to get the dust and bits of debris out of your hair if we get caught in a dust storm.

The good news is that YOU don’t have to worry about mundane things like watching the Weather Channel—because that’s what I do! I’ll be on top of every weather forecast leading up to your photo shoot, and if we need to move things around, we’ll do exactly that. I literally have an app that tracks wind for me, and that is my #1 photography session killer! Never fear, we’re flexible! Being low volume allows you to be more than just a number and our schedule is designed to allow for last-minute changes if Mother Nature has other plans for your photo shoot! Find out what we do if you have bad weather for your senior pics.

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Secret #4: Zits are OK, but fix your fingernails.

Let’s get serious for a minute. No one plans for the last-minute zit, and sometimes they’re so big they merit being given a name. My last BIG ONE was named Martha, and she didn’t go away for a week. Martha was a monster, and she staked a claim right in the middle of my nose (not cool). So, if you get a surprise “Martha” on the day of your photo shoot, don’t panic! We can work through it. Remember, I have my magical ways, and Martha will NOT make an appearance in your pictures.

However, let’s chat about your nails. These are fixable. Ahead of time. Picture talons, long talons swooping out of the sky, maybe attached to a dragon or a hawk or whatever bird of prey suits your fancy. It takes a little more work and creativity to edit these down so that they are not the single biggest focal point of your photographs. Yes, they are pretty and long and lovely. But let me give you a tidbit of advice (you can take it or leave it)…those long and lovely clickers are going to seriously stick out when you are running your fingers through your hair or putting your hands by your face in your pictures. It might be a good time to consider a file.

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Secret #5: Beauty shines…inside and out.

There’s magic behind that lens, and together, we’ll land on exactly the look you’re going for. Wake up with a bulging zit? I can fix that! Have a few stray hairs? No problem! I want you to look fabulous, not photoshopped! Yep, that’s right, you can look as natural as YOU want, and I professionally retouch each image by hand. Nobody needs to know except you, me, and the camera lens.

Your photos can be fun, flirty, or serious. And we can add some nice effects to some already-awesome images, so let’s work together to come up with some fun options. The best part is that it’s up to you, and we can be as creative as you want to be!

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Now you know what the professional photographers know!

Cat’s Out of the Bag! Now that you know several trade secrets, I hope you’re feeling ready to tackle your upcoming photo shoot with all the style and confidence that makes you the amazing person you are. The best part about my job is that everyone I work with is unique—which means that every single photo shoot is an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind collection of memories!

 

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

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

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So You Want Senior Pics With Your Pooch? | Mesa Portrait Photographer https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/senior-pictures-dogs/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/senior-pictures-dogs/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2019 23:14:19 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23936

Tips for Including your Dog in Your Senior Pictures

On the scale of zero to adorable, there’s not much that can top cute pictures of your pet—unless, of course, it’s cute pictures of you WITH your pet. Your senior picture photo shoot is the perfect time to bring along Fido or Phoebe or Boomer (or all of your furry companions), because it’s a pretty sure bet that they’ve been a big part of the memories you’ve made throughout your school years.

If you’re planning on bringing your pup along for your big day (which I highly recommend!), I have a few tips and tricks that will help things go smoothly. After all, your photo shoot is a lot like a vacation. It takes some planning, we’re going to be tired when it’s all said and done, and if the pooches come along, we need to plan ahead for that.

I’ve done a LOT of photo shoots, and I’ve captured a lot of tail wags and slobbery canine kisses along the way. So trust me when I say the cute factor of the pictures we get will more than outweigh the little bit of planning we do to make sure things work out how we want them to. Here’s what you need to know:

Operation Cooperation – Getting Your Pooch to Cooperate

Yeah, this isn’t going to happen. You know every dog commercial where the obedient and well-groomed pup leaps into the air with perfect timing to catch the frisbee that’s thrown to them? That’s likely take #412 of that shot, and at that point, the guy behind the camera is probably considering giving up his career to live a solitary existence somewhere in a forest. So, instead of putting pressure on your furry best friend and expecting him or her to behave in a certain way, we’ll just capture the moments organically. Trust me…we’ll get better pictures that way anyway!

Dog Senior Pictures Arizona Pet Photographer

 

The Less Complicated, The Better

If you’d like your pooch to wear a velvet capelet while prancing through a field with a flower crown balanced on her head and spontaneously nudge a butterfly with her nose, that’s not going to happen either. However, if you plan on finding beauty in the simple moments, you’re guaranteed some great images of you and your best fur-buddy that you’ll cherish forever. And please don’t forget to clean up after your pup. We’re typically in public places, so always bring paper towel and a bag for those potty breaks. Nobody wants to step in that!

Seconds before this picture was taken, Marissa’s dog nearly knocked her over. “Quick, grab him and give him a hug!” Let’s just say that a 10-month-old pit bull might just have a few other ideas about how the session should go. But seriously…this face!!!

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Capturing Their Character

Goofy? Serious? Playful? Gruff? Whatever your pup’s personality—and however your pet acts with you—I want to capture that in pictures. Does your best pal get the zoomies whenever you play with him? Let’s see that whir and blur of tail and ears! Does your best gal flop of her back for belly rubs whenever you’re around? Whatever their silly quirks, whatever makes them your unique best friend, THAT’s what will make pictures with your pup the very best pictures ever. Don’t worry about all the sitting and shaking and behaving. This whole photo shoot will be out of the norm, so don’t count on your pooch to take that lying down!

Dog Senior Pictures East Valley Photographer

 

Not Opposed to Bribery

Got Snausages? By all means, go ahead and fill your pockets with whatever treats will calm the savage beast (or drooling fluffball). Seriously, if you need some snacks for yourself, too, go right ahead. Just try to steer clear of Cheetos or anything broccoli-ish that might get stuck in your teeth. My point is, go ahead and bribe your pup with a Beggin’ Strip or two. I’m all about everyone having a little bit of fun! 

The first picture is what every client thinks they want. Literally all of you, right? Until we get the 2nd picture. Which one do you think is printed BIG for their wall? It isn’t the first image of Brandon and his new pup staring sweetly at the camera. It’s the one where you can smell that puppy breath and feel the slobbery kisses! Maybe we used a little peanut butter, maybe we didn’t! Nobody will ever know.

Dog Senior Pictures Mesa Az

Dog Senior Pictures Mesa Arizona

 

A Little Goes a LONG Way

Here’s where we throw in a little strategy. You may have noticed that your doggo doesn’t have the longest attention span—and that’s ok. But we need to plan for that. The best way for us to get amazing shots of you with your pup is to limit the time he or she spends in front of the camera. While you’ll be going to several locations for your pictures, your pup will likely only go to one. We’ll work together to pick the perfect spot. I try to pick a time either at the very beginning or end of your shoot, and have someone (mom, dad, friend) swing by with your pup at the perfect time. We will be at a safe location—not near busy streets or train tracks—just in case there’s a slip of the collar or escape attempt. I also try to pick wide open places like parks or even back yards so there’s less noise and confusion for your pup. I’ll get several shots of you interacting with your best fur-buddy, and then he or she can go home and relax after their short photo session experience. It’s super stress-free for you…and for your pet!

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My dog is crazy!

Um, aren’t they all? Isn’t that why we love them so much! I can’t tell you how many clients have come in for their in-person consultation and never considered including their dog because they “don’t listen” or they’re “too wild and crazy.” Lucky for you, wild and crazy is my specialty! Trust me, ALL dogs are like that! Well, except Mocha, this sweet pup below. But I’m telling you, she is the exception not the rule. Also, when we got our first dog (years and years ago, before we were married) we had our dog trained by professionals. Really, they trained us not the dog, so my husband and I both know techniques that work with many dogs. I’ve worked with rescues, small dogs, big dogs, you name it. And of course it doesn’t have to be a dog either! I’d love to meet your cat, horse, or other beloved pet!

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Goldie is a gorgeous rescue and it took some time to get her to adjust to her surroundings. She wasn’t outside much as a pup, so an outdoor photo shoot sent her senses into overdrive! That’s OK! We let her roam and sniff and just enjoy being outside. Then in between, still captured gorgeous images for her mama.

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Some of the cutest and most fun senior pictures I’ve taken have included family pets. When it’s time to sit down and talk about your session, ask me to show you some of my favorites. Once you see all the slobbery faces and wagging tails, you’ll definitely want to include your pup in your senior picture photo shoot. After all, they’ve been your study buddy, your slumber party pal, your midnight snack sidekick, and your secret confidant for all these years. It just takes a little bit of planning to include them in your photo memories.

 

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

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

 

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Tips for Bringing Your Car for Senior Pictures | Arizona Photographer https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/tips-for-bringing-your-car-for-senior-pictures-arizona-photographer/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/tips-for-bringing-your-car-for-senior-pictures-arizona-photographer/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:11:24 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23805

High School Senior Pictures: Tips for Bringing Your Car

Did you know that besides being an Arizona senior portrait photographer, I also love cars!!! When my dad was alive we used to go to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction every year. When I was in high school we watched many IndyCar races together and went to PIR (now ISM Raceway) in the spring for races leading up to the Indy 500. So yes, there is a little history for you that I’m not sure even our son knew until last January when I took him out to Barrett-Jackson. So maybe that’s why senior guys (and some girls) love bring their cars to their senior photo shoot with me.

1. Remove High School Parking Permit

Many of them are hangers these days instead of stickers, so remember to take it down and put it somewhere safe. Believe it or not, Tyler had his parking pass stickers on his windshield, so I used Photoshop to remove them. However, leaving your tassel hanging from your mirror is perfectly OK!

Arizona Photographer Senior Pictures Cars

Az Photographer Senior Pictures

2. Wash Your Car, Inside and Out

I want to say this is obvious, but let’s mention it just to be sure. Yes, I will use Photoshop to edit out dirt and scratches, but please don’t go off-roading right before your photography session! You might even consider splurging on a detail the day before your shoot. Make sure the windows are clean. We’ll likely be doing pictures with the windows both up and down. Don’t worry too much about dings and scratches, I’ll take care of those. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll see some of the car’s interior, so make sure that’s cleaned up too. No Dutch Bros cups, old fast food containers, or school paperwork on the floor please!

Arizona Photographer Cars Mustang

3. Special Treatment

If you prefer certain locations for your car, please let me know! Often we’ll go into a parking garage with speed bumps. If your car sits too low and will be damaged from that, please just let me know ahead of time. Trust me, I totally understand! We couldn’t take this beautiful Lamborghini over speed bumps so we drove out to the edge of Chandler where we found this beautiful Arizona desert waiting for us! Don’t be fooled, this is actually the end of a busy road at a stop sign. I had to run out in between cars turning, but nobody minded! We had a lot of people stop and ask about this beauty since you don’t see these driving around everyday!

Arizona Photographer Sports Cars

Arizona Photographer Senior Pictures Car

4. Styling

I personally love the look of a senior guys in a nice suit. And don’t forget the sunglasses! Doesn’t Cole look absolutely gorgeous?? We found a small space in a golf course parking lot, out of the way of traffic where we could get beautiful natural light for senior pictures with his car.

Arizona Photographer Cars Senior Pix

However, as you can see, long sleeves & jeans paired with sunglasses and a baseball hat also look amazing! The image below was shot in natural light in a Chandler parking garage and was published in the premier issue of Senior Year Magazine!

Az Photographer Senior Pictures Cars

5. Consider Renting or Borrowing

We’re definitely not all lucky enough to have amazing cars at our fingertips, so it pays to be a little creative. Just before Trevor’s senior photos I found this amazing blue 1965 Shelby Cobra that was for sale. I emailed the selling explaining what we wanted to do, just shoot pictures, not drive the car. I asked if he’d be willing to drive the car to a certain location and just let us use the car for an hour or so. As you can see, he said yes…and even took Trevor for a ride on the empty roads, revving the engine the whole way! Trevor was in heaven! It’s a good thing we got the pictures done this day though. The next morning the car was on it’s way to a new owner.

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Every year Desert Ridge High School’s theater booster club has a car show. Earlier this year I was a vendor and showcased some of our awesome products at the show, mostly of high school seniors with their cars. I told Trevor to walk the rows of cars and talk to the owners of any cars he thought would be good for senior photos. Trevor’s favorite color has always been yellow, so when he came across this Buick GS, he again asked the owner about borrowing the car. During those spring months we met some amazing people and found that most car enthusiasts are thrilled to allow you to take pictures with their precious cars! This guy has the car all polished and ready to go, and even brought additional cloths to the photo shoot for a few last minute touch ups. It is amazing how nice people are if you just ask!

AZ Photographer Muscle Car

While we don’t have a sports car of our own, Trevor’s grandma has a friend with a silver 50th anniversary Corvette! She’s known Trevor since he was just 4 years old and was more than willing to drive the car to our empty back road for more senior pictures. In her mind, it was a very small, simple gesture but meant the world to Trevor. And me too! All the owners of these cars were incredibly nice and patient, and even enjoyed seeing how a senior photo shoot works.

Az Photographer Senior Pictures Corvette

Final Thoughts on Preparing Your Car For Senior Pictures

  1. Remember to take down anything hanging from your rear view mirror, such as a school parking pass.
  2. Wash it. Self explanatory, right?
  3. Let me know what restrictions you have on locations so we can accommodate them.
  4. Think about what style you’d like for pictures with your car. Choose a few different looks for lots of variety
  5. Consider renting or borrowing a car for a very memorable senior photography session.

 

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

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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Gilbert Photographer | Awesome Senior Picture Ideas for Guys https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-photographer-senior-pictures/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-photographer-senior-pictures/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:13:41 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23753

Gilbert Photographer for Senior Pictures

It seems like there are a million photographers out there, so when someone recommends me it just gives me goosebumps! Well, that’s how I met Nick and his mom, Raquel. They are friends with another one of my seniors and when we met at the in-person consultation, I knew it was gonna be an awesome session! Nick had ideas and a great sense of style, but still was just that genuine, sweet, boy that all us moms love! Sorry Nick, you know it’s true! You boy moms know it, I’m a boy mom so I get it. Our sweet little guys grow up and all of a sudden you’re sitting at high school graduation sobbing, wondering what happened to your baby. That’s what I’m here for! To allow you to slow down, have an an afternoon with your son, just watching him be the center of attention during this special milestone. The best part is that when we’re done, you’ll have the memories of the experience we create together as well as gorgeous images of your son. Yes…even the ones that say they don’t want to have senior pictures done!

Tumbleweed Park

The old truck is always a favorite, broken windshield and all. It’s such a fun spot and the lighting is great. This year, Vans as all the rage and I’m finding that my boys bring just as many shoes as my girls!  We were lucky enough to find lots of texture the day of the photo shoot. Wooden fences and even an old pile of logs work great for senior photos!

Gilbert Photographer Graduation Photos

Gilbert Photographer Senior Photo Ideas

Gilbert Photographer Mesquite High School

Gilbert Photographer High School Senior Photos

A Mama’s Dream Picture

Yep, you know this is a winner every time! Moms love it when you can capture a genuine smile of her boy! Since this was her favorite, it became the front of the image box she ordered and now has displayed in her home. With the image box is a client favorite since you get at least 25 of your favorite images printed! Our beautiful, high-end folio boxes come with a custom cover and 10 double-sided silk prints.

Gilbert Photographer Senior Pics Guys

Something A Little Different

Some people love this look and others not so much, but I think it’s a fun look for our senior guys! I almost always do photo on a wall with sports pictures, but this one of Nick wearing sunglasses is just awesome!! This guy could be the next Vans model!

Gilbert Photographer Fun Senior Pictures

When The Sun Goes Down

We keep shooting! We headed towards Downtown Chandler and up to the top of a parking garage for a few quick sunset shots. I’m so happy to be able to offer this look to my clients and I love looking over the different cities as the sun goes down. Nick did too, and this was a favorite for all of us!

Gilbert Photographer Graduation Pics Night

Dress It Up!

Ok, I’ll admit there was a time when I never even suggested that my senior guys get dressed up for senior pictures, but once you see them all put together, you see the boost of confidence! You can imagine the amazing things they’re going to accomplish as adults as they become grown men…no longer our little boys. Just look at him!!! He looks so handsome, and now Mom has these sweet pictures forever.

Gilbert Photographer Senior Guys Outfits

Gilbert Photographer Senior Pics Night

Checklist for Suit & Tie

  • Please iron your clothes. (Photoshop just isn’t the same as an iron, I promise!)
  • Hang your jacket, shirt, and pants on hangers.
  • Remember to bring matching shoes and socks.
  • Don’t forget your belt!
  • A watch is a great accessory for your suit and tie.

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

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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Beautiful Fall Outfits for Senior Pictures | Mesa Photographer https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/fall-outfit-ideas-senior-portraits/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/fall-outfit-ideas-senior-portraits/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:53:51 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23689

Fall Outfit Ideas for Senior Portraits

Yes, I know it is still over 100, but with the temperatures finally starting to drop, I thought we’d give Mother Nature a push and look at some great fall outfit ideas for your senior portrait session! Seriously, I’ve been holding on to some of these images for nearly a year, I can’t wait anymore! Oceanana graduated from Desert Ridge High School last spring so these images are from last October. She didn’t have many requests, other than that she wanted a fall theme. So we made it happen!

Fall prints and patterns

This wrap has been part of our Style Closet for about a year now and I think Oceanana was one of the first to wear it for her senior pictures. With several colors incorporated, you can choose your favorite and wear a coordinating cami or tank underneath!

Fall Outfits Senior Pics

Fall wardrobe colors

Pull out your reds, oranges, and yellows! Oceanana’s jumper is a gorgeous fall color, but paired with this cute yellow top it just becomes the epitome of fall fashion!

Fall Outfit Ideas Senior Pictures

We added the hat for another look and made sure to get a beautiful closeup for Mom to show off those beautiful eyes!

Fall Outfit Ideas High School Senior Pics

Fall colors for backdrops

Ok, so we don’t have the typical autumn colors in Phoenix but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it work! This fun wall creates the perfect autumn look, so we chose a rusty red-orange jumper to tie it all together. Oceanana paired it with a simple black top and black boots for the perfect touch!

Fall Outfit Ideas Eastmark High School

Fall Outfits High School Senior Pictures

Pumpkins

Oceanana wanted a fall look, and since pumpkins and fall go hand-in-hand, her mom brought a few to the photo shoot! I think these are two of my favorites from her portrait gallery.

Fall Outfits Senior Pictures

Bonus: Fall in Arizona

Just because it’s fall in Arizona doesn’t mean it’s too cold for the water! This is the absolute BEST part of having senior pictures here! Ok, so we have a few miserable, sweaty months…after that, we can create images that look like nearly any season! That means you can create many looks during your photography session, including wading in the water! So in one portrait session, we incorporated six different outfits for a gallery filled with variety!

Outfit Ideas Arizona Photographer

Fall Senior Pics Arizona Photographer

Ideas for fall senior pictures

  • Include orange, yellow, and rust colors in your wardrobe.
  • Choose the right footwear. Wear Boots instead of flip-flops or sandals.
  • Bring a fall colored bouquet or pumpkins.
  • If too many colors isn’t your look, add in fall colors with a scarf, hat, or jewelry.

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

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa, AZ | Senior Pictures https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/best-mesa-photographer/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/best-mesa-photographer/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:53:58 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23508 This week I was awarded as one of the 10 Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa by Expertise.com! Expertise.com connects people with the best local photographers. Portrait photographers are rated on more than 25 variables across five categories, and resulting in a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Mesa, AZ. Over 150 photographers were nominated, and then Expterise.com narrows it down using the following criteria.

  • Reputation: A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

    5 Star Google Review Mesa Photographer

Since 2009, Magical Memories by Michelle has had the honor of photographing clients from all over Arizona! High end portraits are my number one priority! If people didn’t love my portraits, I wouldn’t be in business. By treating each client with respect and collaborating together to create their dream portraits, then finalizing with top notch quality prints, wall displays, albums, and custom artwork, I’ve earned a perfect 5 star rating across every review site! I want every single client to be thrilled with the process and the final images! Feel free to check out all of my online reviews!

Website | Google | Facebook | Yelp

  • Credibility: Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

While I didn’t necessarily start out strong, I did start out right! Magical Memories by Michelle has been licensed with the State of Arizona since 2009 and became an LLC is 2012. I am also an active member of PPA, Professional Photographers of America and my membership allows me to be insured and provides numerous resources and classes. Feel free to visit my profile there too! In just the first half of 2019 I had 8 images published in 3 different magazines, and had many teen and senior images featured over the years!

Best Arizona Photographer Modern Style Senior Year Magazine Top Photographer AZ Best Mesa Professional Photographer Magazine

  • Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

As an artist, it isn’t easy to hear about your mistakes and flaws, but it is necessary. I’ve spent years having my work reviewed by my peers, because let’s face it…my family and friends always think I’m amazing! Annual classes and workshops keep me at the top of the field for senior pictures and ensure that I am able to offer the best experience to graduating high school students.With a wide variety of skills, my sessions take place during the day or at night for a completely different look.

  • Availability: Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

The key to my success has been staying low volume. I always thought I’d need to shoot hundreds of clients annually, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that’s not what works best for me or my clients. You’re not just a number to me, I want you to feel valued. By never having back-to-back sessions you’ll never be rushed out to get the next session started. I only schedule a maximum of 8 sessions per month, so there is flexibility to reschedule due to illness or weather.

  • Professionalism: Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

I can honestly say that I’ve had very few client issues throughout my years as a photographer. By using only professional print labs and having a relationship with each one, I’m immediately notified of any problems. They call if I mess up…and I have. I’m not perfect, but I am a perfectionist which means I will require a lab to reprint artwork with even the smallest flaw. I’ve only had one product that was damaged over time, and that was replaced within three days.

Don’t take my word for it. Go check out the complete list of the 10 Best Portrait Photographers!

Best Portrait Photographer Mesa AZ

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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Phoenix Photographer Featured Product: Custom Heirloom Portrait Albums https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/phoenix-photographers-featured-product-custom-heirloom-portrait-albums/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/phoenix-photographers-featured-product-custom-heirloom-portrait-albums/#comments Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:23:31 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23199

Phoenix Photographer: Luxury Portrait Albums

I’ve been a Phoenix photographer for over 10 years now and I’ve never offered albums. Why? Because I never really fell in love with any of them! I’ve been offering custom artwork since I opened Magical Memories by Michelle, and printed products are very important to me. If you’ve seen my products, you know that the majority of them are printed on high quality silk photographic paper. Since then, well, I guess I’m spoiled. I want everything printed in silk! While I did find some beautiful albums, none of them offered silk pages. Until now!

Photographic Silk Paper

Ok, so why the fuss over silk paper? One reason I love these prints is that they have very deep color tones and are just so vibrant! The texture is unlike anything other photographic papers available. In fact, many professional labs don’t even offer silk prints. One of the biggest reasons I love silk is that it is fingerprint resistant. Our product line is meant to be enjoyed for years to come so it’s extremely important to me that they hold up well. An album isn’t meant to just sit on a shelf. I want it displayed in your home and so will you! I want your family to sit around and look through the album together. I want you to have that quality downtime remembering your family at this age…without the worry of damaging your album. With silk pages, the fingerprints simply wipe off with a clean cloth. Notice I said clean, NOT wet! Just a dry cloth will remove those pesky fingerprints. That way, as your teenager leaves the nest and heads to college, you’ll have this gorgeous keepsake to look through when the reality hits. Just don’t get tears on it!

Photographic Cover

With so many designs and a beautiful black binding, these albums will match nearly any decor. Simply choose your favorite image for the cover and we’ll add any text, name, graduation year, or quote to personalize your luxury album. This will be a treasure for in your family for years.  The album will be custom designed with your favorite images and is easily displayed on a decorative easel instead of being packed away.

Your Favorite Portraits

How often do you pull the USB out and look through images from your photo shoots? How much have you really printed? For most of my clients, the USB’s sit in a drawer and go nearly untouched. After the first 100 likes on social media, the images are forgotten in a desk drawer. With an album, or any of our other unique products, your album will hold at least 20 of your favorite pictures. It makes it much easier to have a beautiful, simple way to showcase your entire session!  And here’s an added bonus. If you have digital images from any photo shoot, we can create an album with those too, as long as you have a print release.

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High End, Heirloom Quality

With the layflat pages, you can spread a single image across both pages with no visible seam. Yes, these albums do have a lifetime guarantee. The pages are thick, similar to our mounted prints, and won’t easily bend or tear. I’ve heard of cheap albums falling apart after being opened only once or twice. All our products are guaranteed, including our albums. These are your memories and I want you to feel confident that your beloved portraits can be passed down for generations.

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

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

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Beautiful Senior Photos | Gilbert High School | East Valley Photographer https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-senior-photos/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-senior-photos/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 02:23:29 +0000 https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=23078

Gilbert High School Senior Photos

As a portrait photographer for Gilbert High School, I want your senior photos to exceed your expectations! One of the biggest compliments I get is receiving a message from a mom who you haven’t seen in years! I hadn’t seen Alynna since she was probably 10 years old. She was on the same gymnastics team as our daughter, Alex. Back then, I’m not even sure how many senior photo shoots I had done, but what a great surprise to see them again. Now that I specialize in high school seniors, I was able to take her out for an afternoon and make sure she had the best senior portrait experience she could imagine!

Waterfalls: Choosing the Right Outfit

I think this is one of my favorite outdoor locations. I love having the girls sit on the rocks and splash! However, this is one of those settings where wardrobe can make or break the photo. In order to have these lovely images in the water, I prefer to have my seniors wear a white or light colored flowing dress. If you don’t have one, we have them in our Style Closet. In fact, Alynna was planning on using one of ours, but found this one in the back of her closet. Really?!?! You FOUND this just hanging there, unused, with the tags attached? But it’s perfect!!! The sheer skirt and sleeves are so feminine and the white really shows off her beautiful skin!

Beautiful Gilbert Senior Photos

      

Birthday Photos for Teens

Wait, who says balloons are for kids? Certainly not me! Bring those balloons and let’s celebrate! Celebrate your birthday or graduation by including some huge oversized balloons! It was just our luck that Alynna’s birthday was the same week as her senior photo shoot. 

Cap & Gown Graduation Photos

Planning ahead can make all the difference for your senior photos. Most local schools don’t give you your cap & gown until just a few weeks before graduation, but Alynna already had her tassle (yay!!!) and was able to use her older sister’s cap & gown for the afternoon! They both had the same honors from Gilbert High School, so we were all set! Keep in mind, you don’t have to wear the cap & gown for every shoot, we mix and match! Sometimes we leave the gown open to show off another outfit. Sometimes we focus on just the tassel and those gorgeous eyelashes! 

Both the had and the dress are from our Style Closet. Did you know we have dozens of outfits that are available for your senior photos? We even do have a cap & gown! 

Graduation! 

This was one of Alynna’s top requests for senior photos. It’s not easy, and it took quite a few shots, but the result is fabulous! One of Gilbert High School’s graduation traditions is for the seniors to toss all their homework in the hallways. So Alynna had saved up allllllll her homework, notes, and papers just for this! The final image is actually a composite of 9 images and is definitely our favorite! We used it on her custom graduation announcements so all of her friends and family will have this as a 5×7 print!

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
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Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

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Gilbert Family Photographer | East Valley Family Pictures https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-family-photographer/ https://magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/gilbert-family-photographer/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:55:53 +0000 http://www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/?p=13447

Gilbert Family Photographer

As a Gilbert family photographer, I’ve chosen to be low volume so that I can really focus on each family, each client, and get to know them. When that happens, these “clients” become more like friends, which is definitely the case with Kim and her family. Kim was a referral from another client and originally she wanted to schedule an engagement session. Let’s just say that was one of my favorite sessions ever!! Knowing that I don’t take many families, Kim asked anyway. She stressed the importance of this since she is a self-proclaimed picture person and has put it off for long enough. Too long unfortunately, and in that time her mother-in-law had passed away. I don’t want to guilt anyone into doing this, but think about how many good pictures you have of your family. I mean really beautiful pictures. Of your family. Together. Enjoying each other. It doesn’t happen much so I wanted to be sure we get it right and make the process as easy as possible.

In Person Consultation

When I first started out as a professional photographer, I made some mistakes. Don’t we all? Part of the problem was just taking as many sessions as possible, doing the photo shoot, and handing over the images. That meant that I often talked with people only via phone or email, and met them for the first time right before their family pictures. People are already uncomfortable in front of the camera, so I want to do everything possible to ease your stress. By meeting in person, we get to know each other. In fact, I don’t ever book a session without meeting in person. I want you to be 100% comfortable with me, the process, the ideas, and the investment.

So the goal for the session was to get all the extended family and grandparents together for a photo shoot. While I do get all of the basic “perfect” poses, I also use various lenses and mix in candid shots to be sure to tell the complete story.

Family Pictures with Grandparents

Please, please, please…if the grandparents live close by, bring them to your family portrait session! If they’re visiting, try to squeeze in a photo shoot while they’re here. These are the images that will be passed down through generations, cherished by the whole family. Do it now, while everyone is alive and healthy. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so schedule it. Figure it out, find the money, bribe dad. It will be worth it, I promise!

“It’s OK, I have plenty of pictures of the parents and grandparents.” – No One Ever 

A Quick Reminder

Yes mom, the pictures are your dream so please enjoy this time. Your children don’t care what you look like, if you’ve gained a few pounds or a few wrinkles. They love you and will be so glad to have these pictures as the years go by. It’s important for them to see the love and be reminded of it with beautiful family pictures in your home. 

Amazing Gilbert Family Photographer Parents

Bring The Dog

Meet Bindy. She’s the important one and she knows it. Much like parents and grandparents, our dogs do not live nearly long enough. So bring them along! Everyone always warns me about their dog not listening. Seriously? Got this shot in less than 5 seconds. I have my ways…and she’s even smiling!

The Perfect Family Portrait

It may not be what you think. When clients come to me, many think they want that “perfect” picture of everyone smiling at the camera. But is that really your family? We have fun together when we’re out shooting, so you can bet there will be some goofiness, perhaps including dad trying to hind behind a branch. Nice try, Mark! This was about 5 minutes into their session and he was already giving me a hard time! From then on, I knew these were my type of people! I don’t want a whole bunch of “sit and stare at me with a fake smile” pictures. I want the kind real smiles, authentic emotion, and the kind of laughs you can hear in the picture! The expressions that mom looks at and says “yep, those are my girls!” 

    Gilbert Family Photographer Laughing

Sisters

This is Kaylynne and Ally, two of the sweetest young ladies you’ll ever meet. A sister is worth a thousand friends, and that is certainly true with them! They played along with all my goofy requests and probably thought I was a little crazy. And for my Big Bang Theory fans out there, I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested! 

  

Now scheduling family pictures for Fall 2019!
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(480) 779-7797

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

 

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