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Gilbert High School Senior Pictures | Ideas for Your Photo Shoot

Brianna has a strong, colorful, and striking sense of style, and she was clearly not afraid to have some fun! I can’t even explain how happy I was when she choose hats and sunglasses from my exclusive Style Closet. A playful twist at the moment often turns into an eye-catching photo. And of course, if you know me at all, we had to add in a floppy hat!

Gilbert High School Senior Pictures

As a photographer, I’ve run into all types of themes, preferences, and location requests. However, every now and then, there’s someone who just wants to “live.” What do I mean by that? Well, Brianna is the perfect example!

A True-To-Life Photo Shoot

Graduating from Gilbert High School as part of the class of 2020, and given that Brianna is starting a new chapter, I thought it would be fun to feature her on the blog again! Brianna now has a sweet little boy of her own!

Like many other young adults, she spends time with friends, plays softball, and impressively – lifts. Phew, it’s hard to find time to do much else! Just from looking at the photos, it’s easy to see this dynamic side of Brianna. While the locations are natural, outdoorsy, and oh-so sunny, there’s a certain aspect of authenticity to each photo. We get to see the real side of Brianna. And really – she just shines through. The camera clearly found a favorite!

Gilbert Senior Pictures Fashion Hats

Picking the Right Props and Poses

Though every moment was full of fun, smiles, and spontaneity, we still tried to incorporate everyday aspects of Brianna’s life.  One very important part of her life is her cousin, Ashton. So when Brianna asked if she could join us a for a few shots, of course the answer was YES!!!

Gilbert Senior Pictures Graduation
Gilbert Senior Pictures Cap Gown

A softball glove here, a friend there, and the most perfect chalk sign– what more does a photoshoot need?!

Gilbert High School Senior Pictures

Bring Out the Fun in photography

Brianna has a strong, colorful, and striking sense of style, and she was clearly not afraid to have some fun! I can’t even explain how happy I was when she choose these funky sunglasses from the style closet. A playful twist at the moment often turns into an eye-catching look, which clearly worked for Brianna! And of course, if you know me at all, we had to add in a floppy hat!

Gilbert Senior Pictures Outfits

Solving the Glasses Issue

While Brianna’s glasses suit her wonderfully, they may have had a slight fight with the camera. You see, lens glare is a big no-no and general annoyance for anyone who’s expertly posed for hours to achieve photos they’ll love. It takes attention away from the face and hides your beautiful eyes! However, despite being outside under a shining sun, we managed to minimize pesky lens glare to the best of our ability and I did the rest afterwards during editing. To avoid it completely, it’s best to simply pop out the lenses before the shoot. No one ever notices and it makes getting authentic, natural reactions so much easier if you’re not constantly moving to avoid the glare.

Gilbert Senior Pictures Girls
Gilbert Arizona Senior Pictures Girls

Tips If You Wear Glasses for your Photos

Speaking of glasses and cameras, they don’t always go hand in hand. Here’s a way to get around some of those pesky issues so that you can wear your glasses with pride and ease!

  • Remove the lenses if possible. Use an old pair of frames. It really is the best advice I can give!
  • If lens removal isn’t possible, clean them just before the shoot, and we’ll take care of the rest with editing!
  • Ask your photographer to be your eyes. Knowing where to look isn’t easy, but I always try to give you some direction!

A Surprise Guest

As an incredibly sunny day turned to night, it seemed we’d be treated to something perhaps even more beautiful than the glowing sun. As though the stars had aligned for Brianna’s shoot, the pink moon rose in the background. And not just any pink moon – the super pink moon! By catching it in the background, we managed to create a sort of “dreamy” effect. However, on closer inspection, with Brianna’s softball glove in shot, it might even look like she’s ready to make the catch of her life! Oh, and did I mention that this image was Brianna’s absolute favorite AND it was a published in Senior Year Magazine’s Best of 2020 issue? Yep, over the years I’ve had many award winning images published in top photography magazines! When you schedule your photo shoot with me, you might be next!

Gilbert Az Outdoor Senior Pictures

In the end, everything worked out perfectly. I had the time of my life capturing the many sides of Brianna’s bubbly and laid-back personality. So, I’d like to say a big thanks to Brianna for letting me capture this special time in her life – and best wishes to you and your new little family! I’m so excited for you!!

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Are you feeling overwhelmed while planning your senior photoshoot? I’m here to help! From choosing the perfect locations and outfits to creating stunning graduation cards and gifts, I’ll guide you through the process. Ready to get started? Download the Senior Client Welcome Guide to learn more about Arizona’s best senior portrait experience! Click the button below to download the guide and kickstart your journey!

Don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule your session. Spots are filling up fast, so let’s start with a consultation to ensure I’m the right photographer for you. Visit the blog for more inspiration and ideas for your senior pictures, and follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for the latest updates, photos, and more!

14 Comments
  • How lucky are you as a senior portrait photographer to capture these awesome images for this Gilbert High School Senior!? So beautiful!

  • The glasses tips are pure GOLD! What a fun session for a gorgeous girl.

    • Isn’t it though, Wendy?!?! I’ve heard it before but it wasn’t until my husband wanted headshots and I told him I’d only do them for him if he tried empty frames. Like you said…pure gold!! It’s not hard but makes a huge difference!

  • That shot at the end with the moon is perfect! Love it! The tips for glasses are super helpful as always!

    • We got sooooo lucky, I can’t even tell you!!! We were only about 1/2 mile from a dead end and just happened to see it. Figured we might as well give it a shot, right? Lucky us, got there just at the right time!

  • Omg I am loving the glasses and the color of that hat. The hat really pops with the outfit, but those glasses! Such a beautiful young lady and love her session, but really how does she do it all.

    • She’s a very special young lady, you know, like all of our seniors! 🙂 I love that I can bring out the best in every single one of them!

  • She’s gorgeous! Great variety in the images and I love the glasses tips! I tend to fight with them a lot myself!

  • Your pictures are fresh, fun and full of personality. I appreciate the consistency yet uniqueness of your Gilbert High School Senior Pictures. The accessories in this senior portrait session add so much fun!

  • Congratulations on becoming a new mama, Brianna! I bet she will appreciate having these senior photos even more! I love that you included tips for seniors who wear glasses!

    • Hey Brandi! Thanks so much for indulging me while I reminisce about my past seniors. You know how everyone says how awesome it is to watch a baby grow up? It is! But to me it is just as amazing to watch my teens grow into such awesome adults and follow along on their adventures after they graduate!

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