How to Prepare

Photo Sessions

We offer 2 types of photo sessions to all of our schools, a 12 pose session and a 16 pose session. These are determined by schools and are selected depending on location size available and timeline to finish entire grad class. You will be receiving a brochure at the school when you sign up for your appointment time and it will contain all of the details you need. The following touches on some of those details.

Your Photo Session - 16 pose

You will be photographed by 2 separate photographers in 2 separate camera set ups. You will start at the casual set up so be sure to come to your appointment in your casual clothes first. You will have approximately 6 casual photos taken. After that you will move to the head and shoulder set up where the 10 graduation gown photos are taken. Your sitting should take about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Your Photo Session - 12 pose

You will be photographed by 1 photographer. You will start with 2 casual poses so be sure to come to your appointment in your casual clothes first. After that you will have the 10 graduation gown photos are taken. Your sitting should take about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Ladies

Be sure that you are happy with your hair before coming in. Try not to go to a new hair dresser just before coming in for your portrait session. Be sure to explain exactly what you would like done to your hair. Too many times do we hear girls say the hairdresser ruined hair just before their photo session. Use your regular make up, touch up blemishes and be sure the makeup is even all over your face. We cannot retouch color changes between your neck and face. Heavy makeup is not necessary for photography, just look natural, your photographs will reflect that. Bring your make up for any last minute touch ups you might need. Along with the blouse for your gown photos you will be allowed to bring 2 other outfits to wear for you sitting. We start with you casual photos and end the session with the graduation gown. We suggest you wear a white or beige blouse with a small high collar for the traditional look or a V-neck top to achieve the bare neck look.

Gentlemen

Be sure that you are happy with your hair before coming in. Try not to go to a new hair dresser just before coming in for your portrait session. Be sure to explain exactly what you would like done to your hair. Too many times do we hear girls say the hairdresser ruined hair just before their photo session. Use your regular make up, touch up blemishes and be sure the makeup is even all over your face. We cannot retouch color changes between your neck and face. Heavy makeup is not necessary for photography, just look natural, your photographs will reflect that. Bring your make up for any last minute touch ups you might need. Along with the blouse for your gown photos you will be allowed to bring 2 other outfits to wear for you sitting. We start with you casual photos and end the session with the graduation gown. We suggest you wear a white or beige blouse with a small high collar for the traditional look or a V-neck top to achieve the bare neck look.

Groups Photos - if available at your school

Any group with 4 or more students can sign up for a group photo. All students in the group must pay $10.00 at the time of the photo and everyone receives a 5x7 photo. We can accommodate groups as large as 15 to 20 people. Ask the photographers ahead of time if your group is larger than 20. Do not include your group photo payment with your sitting fee. Group and friendship photos are taken only within the time slots allotted for them, this is to make sure the regular grad photos are kept on schedule.

Tips and Suggestions

Coordinate your outfits from head to toe. Necklines – a V-neck is best for shorter necks and if your face is full. A collared shirt or blouse is better for a longer neck and slender facial features. Cover-up make up should be applied evenly. If the blemishes are slightly visible we can still retouch them, if the makeup is not even there is not much we can do even out skin tones. These are your photos, your memories so we encourage you to bring your own props for your photo sitting. They bring out your personality. Bring in props from some of your hobbies (snowboards, sports equipment and uniforms, musical instruments, pets and family etc.) If you have any questions about what is allowed or what can be photographed talk to your grad sponsor or speak to the photographers the day before you sitting.

Your Sitting Fee

The sitting fees vary from school to school. Some schools receive more products and services than others. The brochure you get from the school will tell you what the fee is for your school. We accept cash, cheques, Visa and MasterCard. Any students who do not bring their sitting fee will not have the previews sent to the school Your previews will be delivered to the school approximately 2 weeks after all students have been photographed. We will collect orders one week after preview delivery.