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

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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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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!

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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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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!

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Ariana

I have SO much to say about this session! The first blog post of 2018 to visually show the creative high I am on! Ariana’s mom and I went to high school together and boy has senior photos come a long way since our day! By the way, we are not that old either!  Wicker chairs do not describe personalities very well! Todays senior portrait sessions are meant to show off the true character of the senior and their qualities and aspirations.

I think this shoot did just that for Ariana! Her session was the first time I had met her although we chatted through text leading up to the day. She was a bit nervous because she felt as though she was not the photogenic type. She explained to me what she was looking for in her session and we talked about what she was passionate about. She is a beautiful singer! I told her that was something we needed to incorporate because it makes her who she is. She agreed!

We decided on downtown Phoenix and leaned towards a more artistic vibe, another part of Ariana’s persona. I love starting at one area and just wondering around finding new little places that would fit the feel. We totally lucked out! As we were walking, Ariana spotted a record store. Of course, the outside had some awesome art on the walls. Then we decided to go inside and grab a couple shots. I am so glad we did. They are some of my favorites!

The styles Ariana chose were true to who she is, however, she went a step further with her accessories which tied the whole session together. She also had her hair color corrected prior to her shoot which made her so much happier coming into her session. Check out https://www.instagram.com/vividhaircreations/ to see her transformation!

Ariana left her senior photo shoot feeling so confident in her portraits. She was comfortable and relaxed and by mid session she was a pro at posing! I don’t think she will ever say again that she is not photogenic!

She is a beautiful young lady with an amazing spirit! She is active in her community with helping others and being a blessing to those around her. She is very excited about the next chapter in her life and I am thrilled to continue to be her photographer in the coming years!

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Happy New Year!!!

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2018! WOW! Happy New Year everyone!! And welcome to the Re-Grand Opening of Tammy Zelez Photography! Packed with new website, logo, creativity, style and branding! I am so glad you are here! Join me on my adventure!

I have branded myself as a senior photographer for many years and I have loved every moment and every senior that has come my way. I wanted to branch out into more of a portrait photographer to continue to grow with my clients! Seniors that I have photographed in the past  have called me to capture their couples sessions, or their weddings and it has made me so thrilled! I have also had businesses that I partner with request past seniors of mine to be models for them such as custom wedding gowns and vivid hair creations.  So I thought, why not extend my photography to enhance those sessions. So here I am in my adventure to show more of what I can do!

Moving forward into 2018, my goal is to show more of a creative side of me that I feel I have held back. Not because I am afraid but more of not taking the time to reinvent myself. So often I feel rushed from everyday life. Being a mom and a wife are my first priorities and I have to remind myself that I need time too. Photography is my passion! I never want it to feel like a job. I want to know each of my clients on a personal level so that when their final product is delivered, they see the magnitude of their true character shine through!

I don’t want to be a one time photographer! I pride myself on repeat clients! I have families that I have watched grow up through the years and it is an incredible feeling of sheer gratitude when I get the call each year!

I have always loved editorial photography. When a senior or a couple want to incorporate their passion or an era into their sessions, that is when my creativity flourishes! My goal in 2018 is to bring more of that to my portrait sessions. I think it really tells a story of the client that again brings life to each image.

Lastly, I love to write! I may not be great at it but it’s exciting and challenging! It is another opportunity to express myself and add more depth to who I am as a photographer and person for future clients.

I appreciate all of my fans for the support you have given me over the years and continue to give me everyday! I can’t wait to take you on this adventure with me! 2018 is a big year for me and my family with many milestones in the coming months! I want to share them all with you because  each of those significant events will define the broadening of my portrait photography!

My hope for you all is pure happiness, joy and love for 2018!

 

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Madison

Madison-101Madison-100Madison-102Madison-30Madison-104Madison-105Madison is one of my senior reps and she is an absolute doll! She put a lot of thought into her senior session. Her mom and her took a day in search of locations to really fit her personality and did just that! We headed to downtown Phoenix with our chauffer, AKA her dad, to all the different areas that she liked! The session was perfect!

I loved that Madison wanted to incorporate her hometown of Manitoba, Canada. She also added a vintage feel with her Grandfathers’ suitcase and the dress she bought while in Canada over the summer. Her senior session showed her personality through and through with everything from her props, style and her beautiful smile!

Senior portraits are more than just photographs to look back on for years to come. It is a chance to show the true character of the senior and reflect on the high school years that have made them who they are today! As parents we have these photos that will always remind us of how proud we are of the amazing children we were gifted to raise!

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Kameron

Kameron-1Kameron-3Kameron-4Kameron-5Kameron-6Kameron-7Kameron-8Kameron wanted a feeling of home in her senior photos. She is from Nebraska so heading up north was the closest place to get that for her. We got changing leaves, open fields, and brisk air bringing home a little closer.

Kameron is super funny and if I would’ve posted her more humorous photos, she would’ve probably killed me! Her personality definitely set the tone for the session. She was relaxed and having fun! We took the trail stopping along the way when we found different ideas! We found some great little spots which made for some stunning images.

Grand Canyon University is where she plans on attending next fall. I wish her the best of luck! Maybe for her college graduation photos I can capture the “tap dance”! Congratulations Kameron!! Enjoy this sneak peek!