Set the Scene with the Best Location for Your Senior Pictures: Photo Shoot in Downtown Gilbert, Arizona

Get creative to truly show off your personality in your senior pictures! After confessing her love of sweets, a candy shop was definitely on the list of stops for Madie!

Glam & Gorgeous Graduation Pics with ALL the Best Props

I was so excited for Madie’s senior photo session to roll around. Know why? Because she was excited to work together with me to create fun and creative graduation pictures she’d remember for a lifetime—and love sharing with her family and friends!

Cute Senior Picture Outfits Gilbert Professional Photographer

When it was all said and done, it was nearly impossible to choose the best and most vibrant images of Madie…because, well…just look at the collage above. All of her photos are my favorites!

Madie and her family chose the Platinum Session, which gave us the perfect amount of time for several outfit changes and plenty of great daytime light. The energy level was high because her cheering squad, including mom, dad, and brother, were all there encouraging her to rock her runway style—so in every photo Madie looks right at home…like she skipped over all the nerves and jumped right into a professional modeling career!

Cool & Classic in Denim with a Leather Jacket

Every wardrobe deserves a chic black leather jacket to top off all those perfect outfits, and Madie pulls it off stunningly when she pairs it with her deep red jeans, black booties, and black crop top. Whether she’s flashing you a brilliant smile or a serious look, she’s gorgeous in this uptown dressy look. Love this look? The jacket is available in my Style Closet!

Gilbert Senior Pictures Outfit Leather Jacket

A Girl’s Best Friend…Perfect Pics with Louie

Talk about switching gears and turning the focus to the unconditional love of a canine pal! I can’t tell you how much fun it is to capture these special moments with graduating seniors, many of whom have grown up with their pets over the years. It’s so important to include beloved furry family members in this huge milestone moment, because they’ve been there every step along the way!

Downtown Gilbert Senior Pictures Dog

The love between Madie and Louie is visible in every image, and it was so much fun to see them run and play together naturally, right in their own backyard. Those in-the-moment memories are exactly what I want to turn into lifetime keepsakes, so the more they played, the better! Madie’s light and casual jumper dress was perfect for this scene, too. In light blue and white, she’s carefree and playful—just the right look for a playful day in the sunshine.

Pretty & Pensive…A Close-Up on Perfect Hair & Makeup

Madie stands out in so many ways in this photo! She’s gorgeous inside and out, and her beauty genuinely shines as she makes eye contact with the camera. With deep brown eyes, perfectly lined and highlighted with a dusting of neutral shadow, her gaze is piercing. This shot is also a great way to see the attention to detail she paid to her brows, skin, nails, and hair!

Downtown Gilbert AZ Senior Pictures Photographer

All the little things matter when you’re planning for your big day. Your senior portrait session is your chance to stand out, shine in the spotlight, and look your very best. When you start prepping for your session, you’ll get tons of freebies like how-to guides, the Senior Session Planning Guide, and insider tips to help you choose the perfect looks to complement your style!

Artistically Speaking

It’s not every day I get to work with a client who can pull off a fabulously stylish jumpsuit like this one! And to top it off, Madie looks stunning posing in front of this artistic wall—perfect for a client who loves to paint and do crafts! Not only does the wall add a pop of color to the background, but it helps Madie stand out even more as she rocks this rust and black jumper.

Downtown Gilbert Senior Pictures Photographer

And I don’t even need to mention how fantastic the rust color mingles with the highlights in her hair, right?! In this image, her smile shows off her playful dimples, too.

Poised for the Future

It’s always fun to get a pose seated on the back of a bench or chair! Not only is it unexpected, it’s a chance to show off the entire outfit, and in this case, Madie pulled it all together brilliantly. With fun and strappy platform sandals and minimal accessories, she lets her outfit and her smile do the talking—and her look says she’s got it all pulled together!

Gilbert Senior Pictures Photography Girls

Girl on the Move

Everyone who knows me KNOWS how much I love introducing the coolest props into senior photo sessions—and that includes cars! I’ve photographed plenty of guys with their cars and trucks, so when Madie expressed an interest in posing in her shiny blue convertible, I jumped at the chance!

Downtown Gilbert Senior Pictures Cars

A quick wardrobe change had Madie sporting the perfect little black dress, which she topped off with just the right amount of city style by adding chunky black Dr. Martin boots. Whether the convertible top’s up or down, this girl is ready to fly…just one more look over her shoulder for a quick bye-bye to high school!

Flirty on Four Wheels

Don’t worry, no engines were revving during these poses! And it’s a good thing, because perched backwards in her car, Madie’s glances are all for the camera…not for the road. She looks just like a movie star in a wide-brimmed floppy hat and sunglasses that pair perfectly with her black dress.

Don’t forget: every client has access to the exclusive Style Closet, so you can build your wardrobe and accessorize to your heart’s content—without breaking the bank! The black sun hat and heart sunglasses are two senior favorites!

What to Wear Gilbert Senior Pictures Photographer

Industrial Chic in the City

Lots of clients talk to me about different locations, and many of them love the idea of capturing a city scene with plenty of metal, stairways, and concrete in the background. It changes the entire feel of the setting, lending a modern touch to their portraits.

Dresses Senior Pictures Gilbert Arizona

Madie looks lovely in teal, and leveraging the structures around us, I was able to use shadow and light to create a unique downtown feel.

Full of surprises and different looks, Madie is really going places! A 2022 graduate from Basha High School, she plans to attend Glendale Community College and study to become a special education teacher. Her friends describe her as energetic, loyal, and passionate, and she’s pretty good at making the best out of every situation, too!

On the Sweet Side

One of my favorite images has to be this sweet and playful image of Madie at a local candy shop. After confessing her love of SweeTARTS, we had to stop in for a sweet treat while we were working—hey, a girl’s gotta have some fun!

Senior Pictures Ideas Candy Shop Gilbert AZ

When asked about her advice to incoming Freshmen, Madie said, “Don’t try to impress anyone. Just be yourself and don’t worry what others think.” That sounds like some pretty smart advice! Congratulations on your graduation, Madie…I can’t wait to see how you soar into the future!

10 Comments
  • Madie’s graduation picture style was spot on! All her outfits were so cute and I absolutely love how she decided to do her hair for her senior pictures!

    • OMG yes, I love her hair so much! There was actually one closeup that I’ve been dying to get for a couple years but never had the right hairstyle until Madie! I showed her what I wanted and she loved it too! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • Wonderful portraits, poses, and outfits. Madie’s collection is fantastic and I am a forever fan of Louie! You captured them so well….and that tongue shot is priceless!

    • Thanks for commenting Deborah! Madie is awesome, but yeah, Louie kinda took over a little because he’s such a cutie! I don’t think she minds though, those are her favorite pictures!

  • I love these graduation photos of Madie and absolutely LOVE her space buns! Such an awesome variety of images for this beautiful graduate!

  • You can really see Madie’s personality in these photos. I love that she included her dog! So fun.

  • Michelle!!! Madie is stunning and the senior photos you created showcase her beauty. Love that she included her pup. What a gorgeous gallery you created for this senior!

    • Right Jody?? Isn’t she just the most adorable senior?!?! Thanks so much for your kind words, I really do appreciate it and I love it when others get to enjoy my favorite seniors too!

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