“They are all so amazing! I just don’t know how I’m going to choose.”
It’s something high-school seniors and their parents say every time they come back to the studio for their senior portrait reveal and ordering sessions.
I love that! Really, I do! It means I’ve done my job. At least part of it.
The images are awesome! If they weren’t, it would be time for me to find some other way to earn my keep. Now the fun really begins. While some photographers simply send out an online gallery with forty-eight bazillion images for the clients to sort through on their own, that can be terribly overwhelming. I absolutely love love love the chance to sit down together with my seniors and their parents as they see their images for the first time. Watching their reactions has always been one of my favorite parts of photographing people.
Sometimes it gets downright emotional for parents who suddenly realize the impact of their child transforming from a teen to a young adult ready to leave home for the next big adventure. That’s okay. We have tissues!
The image selection appointment is an added level of personal service that helps set SPCcreative Photography apart from the rest.
In these appointments we talk about where the artwork will ultimately be displayed and we put favorite images side by side to facilitate the selection process. Wall art, albums, and tabletop/gift prints and CUSTOM GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS all come into consideration, but one of my favorite products is the signature storyboard that we include in a number of our senior collections. These boards can be as big as the wall will allow or as small as 10 x 20 or 16 x 20.
They are a collection of images blended into one piece of art.
Sometimes we select several images from one specific set, while other times we pick from a variety of wardrobes and backgrounds like we did for Jonathan last year.
Our Shabby-Chic Window always makes for a fun composite of images…
As does the famous BOX!
Here are a few more of our favorite examples. The important thing is that we select images that work together and tell a story about a student’s high-school experience.
There’s something magical, whether we look at athletics…
OR THE COLLEGE PLANS TO COME
Creating these custom composite images for my clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. I would love to create one for you too. They look great in living rooms, hallways, offices, and dorm rooms, and they make fantastic gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and best friends.
Call today for details about our specialized portraiture services. The senior will feel like a celebrity, and Mom and Dad will have the special memories preserved artistically to tide them over between holidays and vacation breaks when the kids come home to visit.
Jonathan was my very last senior from the class of 2016, and I absolutely loved everything about his session.
He’s already up and left town for Texas A&M, and I’m getting reports that he is absolutely in his element training as a Freshman with the Corps of Cadets. It’s hard work, military style, but he’s been preparing for this type of activity for a long long time. He is one young man who will do just fine wherever he goes. College life can be difficult, but Jonathan is an overcomer. He’s beaten obstacles that no one would want to face, and he’s come through like a champ.
The way Jonathan came to my studio is a fun backstory. I first met him back in 2013 when he was just a sophomore in high school. The all around fantastic athlete had been seriously injured playing football and had to leave the sport behind. Still, he was able to return to baseball after extensive rehabilitation treatment with Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Institute. His story was worth retelling for other athletes who needed to be aware of concussion issuesand who also needed to know that treatment and hope are available. He was featured in an article published in VYPE Magazine.
I went to meet him at Cinco Ranch High School to photograph him for the headline banner. The night we shot, I got to meet him, his parents, and his adorable little sister. We all had a great time visiting that evening on the baseball field and somehow I knew I would see them all again.
Here’s the article!
Time passed and sure enough, we reconnected.
Senior portraits? You bet! I’m your photographer! Let’s DO THIS!
Jonathan is one of those guys who can truly be called an All American. He’s an honor student with a great penchant for leadership.
The diving mask and flippers? Oh, yeah… those are not just for decoration. He knows how to use ’em, and he will very likely one day save lives as a Navy Seal.
Although his earlier injuries kept him off the football field throughout his high school career, there was no keeping away from baseball.
He was also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and One of his prized possessions is a custom baseball bat, hand-crafted by one of his friends and mentors.
He has dreamed since he was a little boy about becoming an astronaut … and he probably will.
But for now, he’s going to buckle down and study — and do all the other things that Aggie Corps members do.
Best of luck to you, Jonathan. Enjoy your time at college and get ready to make your mark on this universe. You’ve definitely got “The Right Stuff.”
It hurts my feelings just a little bit to say it, but I will. — Just for you.
Where in the world do I begin today? I don’t EVEN know where to start — so I’m just uploading Ashton’s senior portraits to this blog machine, and we will see how they land…
Be sure you linger here a little while today and get to know this brilliant beauty. You’ll be amazed.
Ashton is a 2016 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School here in Katy. She’s been active in track and field — and she’s got the ribbons and medals to show for it.
But there’s definitely a “pretty” side to her as well. We loved playing around with her track shoes and her heels to show these different facets of her style and personality.
Oh, and did we tell you she’s smart. Like . . . ummm. . . very smart. She graduated with Distinguished Honors and is heading to Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she will study Biology/Pre-Med.
Photographing senior guys is one of my favorite things ever.
This is Trey. I’ve been looking forward to working with him for the last two years — ever since photographing his older brother.
Trey graduated this spring from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, and he played percussion in the JETBand.
He gets from one place to another in this glorious red BMW. I absolutely love it when my seniors plan their sessions to include special items like vehicles and musical instruments.
That red Beamer will be right at home this fall at The University of Houston where official campus colors are red and white. That’s where Trey will be studying Electrical Engineering.
Face it. It’s not unusual for guys to be less enthusiastic about their portraits than their parents are. After all, they have places to go and things to do. Still, they participate because they know how much it means to mom and dad.
At the end of the day, though, they always say that it was not as bad as they thought it could be, and they’ll even admit that they had a pretty good time.
If you know an incoming senior guy who is not totally enthusiastic about creating his senior portraits but who knows that it is an important milestone, bring him to my studio.
I promise NO CHEESY SAPPY STUFF. Just a fun hour or two and a book full of fantastic personality-driven images to enjoy for years to come.
Congratulations on your graduation, Trey. Thank you for keeping SPCcreative Photography Senior Portraits as your family graduation tradition.
I’m feeling a little bit verklempt as I post Miles’ senior portraits to share with you.
He is the third and final senior that I get to photograph for the Travis Family, and I”m going to miss them.
I got to know their mom through the band at Taylor High school, and it all started when she trusted me to photograph her oldest son, Cole back in 2011.
We must’ve done something right because she came back again with sister, Shana in 2014.
Because I know that people have a choice when selecting a senior photographer, I never take a returning family for granted. In fact, I CELEBRATE them.
History aside, THIS is Miles’ year.
Three guesses where he’s heading to school this fall. Ain’t Texas.
Oh, Allison! Your Senior portriats are ….. well . . . I have no words. Just enjoy them in all their gorgeousness!
Hair and makeup in studio by Cynthia Velderrain.
Sweet… Gorgeous … Smart … Shy . . . Lovely girl. What a great senior year this has been!
Allison is a 2016 graduate of Faith West Academy where she served as class president and head cheerleader.
Allison with her softly sophisticated style is heading to Texas A&M this fall where she has been accepted to the Business Honors Program.
We had a great time together in our studio. I’m so glad I got to work with her.