Archive for February, 2016

Why use a professional photographer for your senior pictures? | Gilbert, Arizona Photographer

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”   Henri Cartier-Bresson

Put down your iPhone. It’s ok, go ahead. I know it’s scary, but it’ll be all right. You know what you should do? Use a professional photographer for the important events and times throughout life. Getting senior pictures is an important event. I know your uncle Bob or your “soccer mom” neighbor has a good camera and photography may be a serious hobby of theirs, but there are many great reasons to go with the professional.





For one, a good camera doesn’t mean a good photographer. So many people have a really good DSLR but don’t know how to use it. They put it on auto and let the camera do all the work. Then when they get a really great shot, they don’t know how they achieved the shot so therefore, they can’t recreate it. For instance, how to get the background soft and the subject crisp and sharp so the subject is the focus not the background. Lamar Studios photographers possess the technical skills to give you a great image, time after time.









An artistic eye is essential to creating a beautiful image. Along with being trained in the technical aspects of photography, our professionals have experience posing a subject so they don’t “seem posed” while creating an image that’s flattering and relaxed.

Knowing how to make you look your best is also our goal. One way to do that is putting our subjects at ease. At Lamar Studios, we like to ask questions and get to know the seniors we’re photographing. Where are you thinking of going to college? Do you know what you want to study? Oh, you’re in sports, how do you think the team will do this year? All of this talking and conversation helps people relax and not think too much about the fact that they’re getting their picture taken. We also work with an assistant to help with the details. Catching hairs out of place or a flipped collar is so important. Our senior clients can feel confident that we care about the details as much as they do. Mom and dad can sit back and relax and enjoy the shoot without the need to do any thing but smile and wave.







When using Lamar Studios, you’re getting creativity and expertise and consistency. We provide beautiful images, retouching services, prints or digital files if you choose, all in a timely and professional manner. Great photography is an investment to be sure. But those amazing senior photos will be artwork to be enjoyed for years to come. So why not put your best foot forward. Why risk such an important rite of passage to a well-meaning amateur? Isn’t it worth using a professional photographer to capture such an important time in life?

Senior Style | High School Photography

Senior year is a very important time in a teenager’s life.  It’s a year full of hard work, dances, football games, and spending time with friends.  Usually the first event that kicks it all off is getting your senior pictures taken during the summer.  This is a big milestone, because entering senior year signifies a child emerging into adulthood.  It’s the culmination of all the years of school into one big grand finale and moving onto the next adventure.








Senior pictures will be proudly displayed in the home along the other family photos and cherished childhood photographs.  They’ll be shared with friends and relatives through prints and social media. These days both seniors, and parents want something really special to capture senior year.    Expressing their unique style is our specialty.  Whether it be flare on the camera lens, a portrait of them on one of our many beautiful outdoor scenes or capturing them doing something they are passionate about, each senior image has its own unique style, just like every senior high student.










Our senior portrait session at Lamar Studios includes up to 4 outfit changes and could be potentially in 5-7 different settings.  Make sure to bring outfits and things   that express who you are!  Aside from your clothing, props are a great way to show off your personality and what your interests are.  They can also help give you something to do if you happen to be a little nervous.










We have had seniors bring everything from football and hockey gear to a cello, harp, violin, car, pickup truck, motorcycle, mountain bike, dog, cheer stuff, ballet shoes, and the list goes on!  Our goal with all of this is to try to make it look natural and not necessarily like you’re showing it off. Unless you want to show off, and we can do that too.  We want to capture something that has been a big part of your life and that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into while still making it look creative and about you.  A letter jacket doesn’t always have to be worn and a dancer doesn’t always have to be striking a pose, make it look different and new!










This is one of the most important times in a person’s life.  Seniors are  transitioning into adulthood and these may likely be the last professional pictures he or she will be taking until they decide to walk down the isle.


High School Senior Pictures! Wait, what do I wear? | Arizona Photographer

   So it’s that time of year again!  High school graduation is just a few short months away and you know your grandma is going to be asking you,”Where are your senior pictures?”  Other than trying to find the time in a busy senior’s schedule to take the pictures, the hard part is trying to figure out what to wear.  Here at Lamar Studios, we have 20 years of experience photographing high school seniors and we’ve unmasked some helpful guidelines when it comes to picking out some outfits for your senior pictures.

    The right clothing for your senior pictures is very important in creating the very best possible photographs. Solid colors are always a safe bet.  This is especially true when the photograph is taken outside and we do quite a few outdoor images for seniors.  Patterned clothing can draw your eye away from the subject’s face so when possible, avoid loud plaids, stripes and shirts with logos on them.

    For the gals, avoid skinny strapped, sleeveless or cap sleeve tops.  Bare arms can accentuate the size of your arms.  Also, bring options!  Our session allows four outfits so think variety.  Bring something casual and something a little dressy.  Choose different colors for each outfit and accessorize accordingly.  And to ensure you look your best, make sure your clothes are clean and pressed.

    If you’re ever wary about an outfit, bring it anyway.  It’s always best to have choices!