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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Phoenix Seniors: Do’s and Don’ts to have an amazing senior year!

Seniors! This year will come and go faster than you want it to. Before you know it, you will be trying on your cap and gown! Don’t let the year go by and regret not doing this or stressing about that. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you have an amazing final year of high school!

DO: Be proactive when it comes to applying for colleges.  If you have several, remember, you will want to visit them, which may include travel expenses, etc and that takes time. You want to make a decision by their deadlines to ensure good dorm rooms, etc.

DON’T: Procrastinate! Scholarship money runs out, dorms fill up, and you spend your summer after graduation stressing about all of this rather than enjoying your final summer as a “kid”.arizona-high school- seniors- portrait-photography

DO: Take advantage of ALL the senior events going on at your school! You are only in high school once! Go to the Homecoming game! Go to your senior prom! Make it to the senior banquet even if you really don’t want to! These are events and memories you can’t get back! Make the most of the year!

DON’T: Wait to book your senior photos! Even if you want your session towards the end of the school year, if you don’t book now, chances are that senior photographers will be booked and will have a very hard time squeezing you in. And the pressure of finding the right outfits, location, hair and makeup, is enough to stress out anyways. Let me help take that pressure off some by assuring you of the perfect date for your session!

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DO: Spend time making lasting memories with friends and family! Your college of choice may move you out of town or state. Balance your time between final grades and having some fun! Weekends are meant for hanging out with friends!  Have you been to The Escape Room? One of the best indoor activities in Phoenix for seniors! Check out this link to reserve a room! http://www.northvalleyescaperoom.com/   Adulting can be tough! Make the most of your time left living at home!

DON’T: Let the GPA slip, though! Maintaining what you have worked so hard for your high school career is so important! You may have a half day and some super easy classes, don’t let that trick you! You are almost done, what’s one more year?high school-seniors-college-seniors-phoenix-arizona

So stay focused! But Seniors? Don’t take it for granted! You will make the most memories and have the most fun this year! Don’t stress, you got this! Make sure when you are ready to document some of those memories, click below to contact me!

https://tammyzelezphotography.com/contact/

 

 

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High School Senior Photography

Senior Style guide

I have been a senior photographer for 6 years now! I actually got a notification on FB this morning of a memory of one of my first seniors I photographed from 2012! That was when I really knew I loved to take senior photos.

Even though I am looking to broaden my spectrum of photography to more families, couples, etc, I still am very passionate about my seniors!

I have read many senior style guides and always wanted to create my own so that not only would my seniors have some ideas on how they want their session to look, but also, they have the ability to see my style as well.

It’s crazy because I post these images on my social media, however, putting them into a PDF style information guide is super nerve racking! This is a first for me! I would love to hear your feedback!

Feel free to download the guide for your senior! Class of 2019 is right around the corner and it is never to early to start planning!

The entire guide is based on my own ideas and what has worked and not worked in my senior sessions!

Senior Style Guide

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Amber

Amber-4Amber-2Amber-3Downtown Phoenix has my heart. There are endless photo ops that give a senior the opportunity to have unique photos unlike their friends. Amber had a thought in mind of what she wanted her back drop to be so we decided to go to Arizona Center and it was perfect!

When she showed me her outfits, I got some ideas of the spots I would take her for the look she was going for. It was fun to see her personality come through as we got further into her session.

When she put on her last outfit, I wanted to really add the 70’s vibe into the edit of the photos.

My edit comes souly from the feel of the photo itself. If a photo has a playful feel, I will edit accordingly. This one session had two totally different feels and I really wanted to showcase them both. I think we definitely nailed the look she wanted by doing this.

My senior has variety in her session and I can not wait for her to receive her photos!

 

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High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Mila

 

 

Mila and her brother combined their senior sessions at DC Ranch Marketplace over the weekend. Mila is graduating from high school and Clayton, who graduated from NAU this year. Mom wanted them to have photos together in their cap and gowns which worked out great! (Clayton’s post will be next)

After Clayton’s session was done, we focused on Mila. When I first asked Mila where she wanted her photos to be done, she told me she really wanted a  field with flowers which is pretty much every senior girls dream session that lives in Arizona because there are no fields of flowers here! (Unless I am missing them, someone please tell me!!) She decided she would be ok with her alternative which was more of a industrial look with cool walls, etc. As we were walking around, we started seeing bloom after bloom of different cactus flowers. This is the time of year in Arizona where all the colors start to show! Needless to say, Mila got her flowers! I think it was better than a field!

Graduation is a little over a month away for Mila and she is super excited. I remember taking her homecoming photos her freshman year like it was yesterday. These four years were a blink. Mila is a beautiful girl and I am so excited for her and her future!

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Ally

After just a bit of direction, this senior was a natural in front of the camera! I knew she would be too! I could just tell.

Well, hot temps are back in Arizona! It was nice and toasty during Aly’s session but at least there was a breeze. Wind is always a good thing, in my opinion. We started at the lake and found some little pockets of beauty. This time of year, we see our very popular Palo Verde trees start to bloom along with different cacti and other desert plants.

The orange flowers blooming made for a stunning shot in her rust colored dress! Any cactus lovers out there who knows the name of that cactus? I would love to know!

Aly is off to NAU in the fall and is super excited to be going with her best friend. I love how her jeep is blue and her skirt is yellow! NAU colors!!

I love the way Aly’s vision and mine came together to produce such striking images!

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Michael

 

Michael’s laid back personality and great smile made this senior session super easy! Even better, Michael plays Lacrosse in high school and so adding his sport into his session was awesome!

Heading to ASU in the fall and majoring in mechanical engineering, Michael is ready to graduate and tackle the next phase of his life!

The journey of a high school student seems long but it goes by faster than they think. With all of their goals and dreams in front of them, graduation is only the start of a beautiful beginning!

Congratulations Michael! Onto new beginnings!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kieran & Lynn

These two are best friends and wanted to have their senior sessions together. I was all for it! They started with hair and makeup and we ended up at Scorpion Gulch at South Mountain. I had never been there before and I was so excited to shoot at a new location. It was beautiful too!!

The girls wanted to have photos together describing their friendship. They had specific poses they wanted to do and even when they were pretending to choke each other, the one thing that stood out the most was the realness of their friendship. They are total opposites in so much of their personalities which is why they probably get along so well!

They had so much fun having the session together. They helped make each other laugh and pose and assist in each others photos. There was no shortage of smiles either!

The girls goals and dreams will keep them close to each other after they graduate. But no matter where life takes them, I believe their friendship will always be strong!

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Noah

Noah is best friends with Parker who is another senior I had this year. They both had their senior sessions at the salvage yard so it gave me a challenge. I have always said that if  I repeated a location, the images would never look the same as someone else’s. From posing to angles and backdrops. The fact that they are best friends, gives  a pretty good chance that their graduation announcements will be sent to some of the same people. I needed to make sure that even though their location was the same, their images would still stand out from one another. And they do!

I sound like a broken record, but I really do love Desert Valley Auto Parts. It is fun to walk around and find new areas to use for backdrops. Also, there is some really awesome desert right across the way so one session can have two totally different looks!

I love how Noah’s images are turning out. I found new spots and angles to keep it fresh and different.

As Noah graduates and sets plans for his future, I hope his goals are high and his dreams are big!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Kurt

As most of you know, I have a huge love for this high school because I graduated from it. As well, my kids have and will graduate from there. When I get calls from friends that I graduated with to capture their kids senior sessions, puts it all into perspective that we are getting OLD! But love nonetheless!

Kurt is one of those kids! His mom and I went to high school together and as we approach our kids graduation, we also approach our 20 year reunion. Which is crazy because seriously, we are not that old! Ok enough about us!

Kurt played football all 4 years of high school. So it was necessary to be on the football field for the last half of his session. His passion for the game is being left on the high school football field but the memories will live on in him forever.

Senior guy sessions are pretty easy. They are basically there for their moms. And when mom puts them in their element, they relax, making portraits a little more enjoyable! Kurt was in his element! It was hard to get him not to smile! He was so respectful and open to the ideas we had. He even had an audience of his siblings who followed him around his session! There was no way we were going to the football field without them! I think they had a good time too!

I am super excited for Kurt and his upcoming graduation! Can’t wait to see him in his cap and gown!

High School Senior Photography, portrait photography

Austin

I have known Austin since he was in kindergarten. His older sister and Kylee are best friends and Kaycee and him are the same age. So when Tiffani would come over to our house, there were a few times that Austin came over as well. I could add in some pretty funny videos of Kaycee and him dancing to Michael Jackson but I will be nice and not embarrass them! Although, neither one are the embarrassed type!

Anyways, now Austin is a senior and getting ready to graduate and two of his pride and joys are his truck and football. Naturally, adding these into his session brought his personality to the forefront.

It was so awesome that I was his photographer and made it easier for him to be comfortable in front of the camera. However, that wasn’t too hard because Austin has a knack for the spotlight! I was happy to have spent some time with him and his mom to reminisce about when he was little and how proud we are of him and his future!

Before we know it, graduation will be here! Have you booked your senior session yet?