Category : Senior Photography

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!























Christmas Extravaganza | School Photography


For the past few years we have had the pleasure of photographing Valley Christian High School’s Christmas Extravaganza, a performance collaboration of choir, orchestra, drama, and dance. After having all of Valley’s seniors in our studio over the summer for senior pictures, it is fun for us to see them perform and showcase their talents. As a photographer, it is always exciting to play a part in documenting these events. These students, who have spent weeks preparing and practicing for one night’s show, will have these photographs as evidence of their hard work. Years from now they can look back and remember the relationships they built, the abilities they grew, and the audience they pleased.





Talent Captured | Senior Photography


“Ballet is an incredibly difficult, beautiful art form that takes a lot of training, a lot of time, and a lot of hard work.”~ Sutton Foster

You don’t need to be a successful Broadway performer such as Sutton Foster to experience the amount of dedication required in becoming a dancer.  Many little girls dream of becoming a ballet dancer but only some spend their entire childhood in training; missing social time with friends to practice and balancing after school classes with homework. At a very young age the dancer has to live out the values of patience necessary to rehearse the same movements over and over until their body can perform them as naturally as it breathes. This requires mental determination, to perform when the body wants to quit; sometimes resulting in temporary injury. Such valuable lessons are learned at such a young age.

When a high school senior asks us to document this talent in a photograph, it is an important request. A few photos will display an entire chapter of this person’s life. While some cute outfits may be bought at the mall a few days prior and the morning may be spent curling hair and applying make-up, the talent has been gained many years prior.

The elongated legs and elegant arms of the girl in arabesque are not only a beautiful art form but also a reflection of character and dedication. As she performs her various positions, leaps, and twirls, her smile takes on a very genuine quality. Her mother, sitting in the sidelines watching, tears up. The time spent driving her daughter to practices, purchasing costumes, and applauding at every performance reflects in her eyes. The spark speaks her pride in her daughter loudly. As a photographer, I love capturing these unique moments.



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The Joy of Photography | Senior Portraits

The last days are coming to an end and your high school senior is counting down!  For some, this month is dragging and the graduation ceremonies can’t seem to come soon enough- the disease of “senioritis” settles in.  For others, the idea that these last twelve years of education are wrapping up still seems surreal.

Holly came to our studio not too long ago and gave us the pleasure of photographing her senior portraits.  She did not bring with her any of the stress or anxiety common for the last few months of senior year.  The only thing she brought with her through the door was some trendy outfits and her radiant smile.  During her photo shoot Holly was easy-going, cheerful, and a joy to photograph! 

Holly is one of the many other seniors we have gotten to know this past year photographing their senior portraits.  We have had the privilege of creating memorable photos for some very smart, driven, and passionate students in this class of 2014.  We would like to thank them for entrusting us in capturing this important season of their lives and encourage them in their future endeavors.  It is the joy of photography to be a part of moments such as these.

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Fancy War Dancer | Senior Photography

Every once in a while a high school senior comes into our studio with an absolutely unique ability or hobby, and this year, his name was Kenneth.  Along with the usual attire a senior might bring to their photo shoot, Kenneth also brought some brightly colored regalia that he wears when performing a style of dance called Fancy War Dance.

Fancy War Dance began as a way to preserve culture and is now performed and competed at many powwows across the nation by many Native American tribes.  Kenneth has been doing this dance for many years now and is exceptionally talented!  He was so excited about capturing this part of his life in his senior photo shoot that he agreed to give us the opportunity of photographing this athletic dance in the desert mountains.

Thank you Kenneth for giving us the pleasure of some creative, colorful, and unique picture making!  In some still shots we were able to capture the flashy and bright colored regalia.  We captured the details of the feather bustles, the beaded trim, stitched moccasins, long fringes, bells, sheep skins and glittery designs.  In some movement shots we were able to portray the energy of such a performance as Kenneth’s regalia moved with him in every motion.  We got a sneak peek to the strength and stamina that is required from fancy war dancers as we had Kenneth continually dancing on the top of a mountain for some of our shots.   And finally we aimed to tell a story through some more dramatic poses of the dancer looking off into the distance.

As a photographer, this was definitely an exciting experience with some astounding results.


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Meeting Them | Senior Photography

One of the most enjoyable aspects of photographing high school seniors is meeting them.  As hundreds of students walk through our studio each year, it is always interesting to see the different personalities and hobbies that make up a graduating class.  And then capturing this uniqueness in the camera brings a whole other joy to what we do.  One senior we had the pleasure of photographing, Justin Yach, enjoys roping and brought his best attire to his shoot.  Justin was fun to talk with and had a great personality.  His open attitude allowed us to be creative and get pictures with large variety.  The results of his photo shoot were both quality and originality, and it is these young adults who encourage us to continue being imaginative.


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Finishing the Race | Senior Photography

“Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.” ~ Dale Earnhardt

Often in life we become so concerned with reaching a goal that our minds are always in the future and absent from the present.  While obtaining a goal is gratifying, without the process of reaching for that goal the accomplishment is empty.  Dale Earnhardt, the American racecar driver and team owner, says it the best; finishing is important, but the act of doing is more important.  You can apply this statement to anything in life really.  Finishing high school is important, but going to high school is more important.  With the end of the school year so close at hand, we would like to encourage those seniors who have come through our photo studio to not only press on these last few months but to value and enjoy them as well.

When parents call us and ask what their senior should bring to their photo shoot, we always encourage them to bring uniforms or props that portray who they are and what sports or hobbies they are involved in.  The amount of dedication we see from these seniors amazes us.  To remain involved in these extracurricular activities that sometimes require the hours of a full time job, might seem overwhelming for a senior student.  We encourage these students to not only finish high school with pride of all they’ve achieved, but to also enjoy the last of this current year.

Carlton Peterson, one of the seniors who visited our studio this past year for his senior portraits, is one of those students who is keeping busy not just in school but outside as well as a race car driver.  We had so much fun getting to know him during his photo shoot and capturing these dramatic shots in his race gear.  Our encouragement also goes to Carlton as he pursues both racing and graduating.


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Unwritten | Senior Photography

“Today is where your book begins…the rest is still unwritten.” ~ Natasha Bedingfield


A high school senior’s last year of mandated education is also their first big step toward the freedom and decision making of adulthood..  Often for a high school student their senior year can’t seem to come soon enough.  And when it is finally here it happens in a flash, outside of the common disease of “Senioritis” of course.  Between applications to college, FAFSA forms, acceptance letters, final sports seasons, standardized tests, senior ditch day, ceremonies, and of course keeping up on grades- a high school senior can easily have an overwhelming agenda of things to do, think about, and decisions to be made.

So much may be happening during a senior’s last year of high school that there may not be much time for reflecting and the year can easily become a blur for both the student and their parents.  A 12th grader doesn’t want to look back on this important year and wish that they had done it differently, but they also have to create a balance and tempo that will allow them to look back.

As a photographer specializing in high school senior portraits, it is my joy to assist these students and their families in capturing the memories of this special season of life.  Photographing a high school senior is equally as heart warming as photographing a newborn baby.  Both subjects are entering a new world with unwritten chapters of exploration and growth ahead.  Contrastingly, while a newborn’s parents cradle their child in their arms, the parents of a high school senior are preparing to release the hand of their child and watch them enter into adulthood.

As emotional as the process of senior portraits may be for the parents of their graduating child, we are blessed to be a part of this experience.  Our goal is to capture the essence and personality of these individuals by providing a comfortable experience.  While many aspects of senior year may be stressful, we want a senior’s photo shoot to be both fun and enjoyable.

One senior who came into our photo studio this past year, Tara Lau, embodied the excitement of a student entering her last year of high school.  She came in with a large bag of outfits and a noticeable smile.  She was both comfortable in front of the camera and relaxed about the beginning of the end of her high school years.  This joy radiated in her photos.   We wanted to share her smile in our blog as an encouragement to those seniors and parents who might be stressed as the end of the school year approaches; as well as to cheer on Tara herself!

It is one of our greatest pleasures to be a part of capturing this important year in so many senior’s lives, and we look forward to the new class heading to our studio in only a few months!

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