Emily Ray

My sister during her senior portrait session.

Hello reader! Are you a senior mom or dad preparing your child for their last year of school? It seemed like all those years of schooling went by fast, didn’t it? One moment, you’re carrying your sweet, bouncing baby in your arms, watching them smile up at you when you make them laugh, and sitting by their side whenever they cried. Then time blows by so quickly, so quietly, and you watch your teenage boy or girl walking up into the school bus, back-pack strewn over their shoulders, turning around only once to smile and wave at you from the doorway of the bus before they step into their final year of high-school.

Time is short, and sometimes it can get away from us. That’s why you should invest in portraits of your kids while you still have the opportunity to capture memories of them while they’re young. As a high-school senior myself, I can tell you that getting professional portraits of your high-school seniors now is more important than a lot of moms and dads realize.

In this article, I want to show you the importance of investing in senior portraits of your kids. Click below to contact us for your child’s senior portraits.

How will Professional Senior Portraits Benefit Us?

My dad, Tim Ray, has heard this question from clients before. Really, though, it is a good question. How will it benefit you? 

One way you and your senior will benefit from investing in an experienced photographer is that your senior boy or girl will have professionally done photographs for their school yearbook, college, and for their resumes when they apply for a job. Think about it, if you were an employer at a workplace, interviewing possible employees and looking over their resumes, would you hire someone with a poorly taken iPhone photograph consisting of bad lighting, graininess and a pose that made them look bad, or would you hire the possible employee with an excellently composed, professional photograph consisting of flattering lighting, a pose that brought out their amazing features and that made them look like a pro? Think about it. What would be your first choice?

Parents and Grandparents, This is Important

Having Professional photographs of your kids while they’re young will also benefit you. Parents and grandparents of the senior can order professional, tangible wall portraits made at a professional photographer’s lab, the portraits of which will be customized specifically to grandparents’ and parents’ individual tastes by the photographer’s—and their portrait lab’s—expertise.

Can you imagine seeing a professional portrait of your senior boy or girl on your wall? Everything about it is something that you love to admire every morning when you wake up. It’s a well composed picture, it brings out your child’s unique features, and it shows all of the youthful facets of their personality. Years in the future after they have already graduated, whenever you look at your child’s portrait, you can see your boy or girl growing up, you see everything that makes them special, and you can see how they resembled you when you were young. With an IPhone snapshot or a badly composed camera image stored on an Instagram account, Facebook or the ICloud, you most likely won’t have a tangible picture of your child to keep for generations and to share with your family. 

Remember, IPhones can break, social media platforms can become outdated, and instagram photos can be lost. You don’t invest in an IPhone when you buy it from the store, but you do invest in portraits that will last for generations when you invest in photography from a professional photographer.

But Will My Senior Ever Use Them When They are Adults?

Trust me, it may not be important for them to have good pictures of themselves now, but it will be in the future. Do you have old portraits of family members in your house? Maybe you have them displayed proudly on your lamp-stand, perhaps you have them in an album somewhere or hanging up in a vintage frame on your wall. 

Someone had to take a portrait of them, and if they hadn’t, would you be able to see what those older family members looked like when they were younger? Would you be able to look at how youthful they looked, how their eyes sparkled at the camera, or how they resembled you or another member of your family? 

Now, picture your child as an adult with children and grandchildren of their own. Can you see them showing their children portraits of themselves from when they were seniors graduating high-school? Can you see the sparkle in their kids’ eyes when they exclaim, “Mommy, you looked so beautiful!” There is value in having those portraits of your senior. You won’t regret investing in that for your kids.

Why Shouldn’t I Just Take My Own Photos of My Senior with My Phone?

First, an experienced professional photographer who has been in the business for years understands the importance of lighting, exposure, aperture width, shutter speed, proper angles, different lenses, and light sensitivity when he is taking a portrait of his client. All of this information learned over years is memorized and will be taken into account when he is photographing your senior, so that the most artistic results can be achieved for you. Every child is different, and a professional photographer will pose your child and adjust the lighting of a scene in such a way that your senior will look phenomenal. You can’t pose a girl the way you pose a boy, right? Everyone is different. Everyone is unique. Everyone is beautiful (or handsome) in their own way.

Second,  A professional portrait from a photographer’s photo lab will last generations because they print wall portraits on a special type of expensive paper. This special paper is professional archival photo paper which is only available at your photographer’s choice professional lab, and the printing of any photograph is done by actual skilled printers. Because these special photo labs only cater to professional photographers, you can’t get the professional grade archival paper that lasts for generations from an IPhone picture. Even though it appears to be more expensive to purchase from the photographer, it is well worth the investment when you consider how beautiful the images will be and how stunning your child will look in their photographs. You and your senior boy or girl will not regret it.

Professional Photographs Versus an iPhone Picture

Image of myself captured with a Canon EOS R professional camera with 85 millimeter f/1.8 lens. Lighting is corrected; the background is aesthetically blurred.
Image captured with an iPhone Xs at the same location

Comparing the second image to the first, we can see that not only does the IPhone snapshot consist of bad lighting that tinges my skin orangish, and makes my eyes appear discolored and unhealthy, but it makes other features of my face look distorted. Look at the first image again versus the second. In the IPhone example, doesn’t my forehead and my nose appear much larger and unbalanced compared to my other features? This is because the lens on an IPhone camera is wide-angle, and a wide-angle lens causes subjects to become more distorted than they actually are. A professional, when he or she is photographing his client, understands how to use different lenses to combat distortion, so that your senior will look normal, undistorted, and absolutely fantastic in their pictures.

Now, look at the unaesthetic backdrop in the iPhone example. Believe it or not, it is the same backdrop as in the first professional example, but the depth of field is much greater. This is because you can’t adjust the settings on an iPhone camera, and, thus, you can’t blur out a bad background. A professional knows how to adjust the settings on his camera so that the best results can be achieved of your child in any situation–bad background or good.

If you are interested in learning more about Tim Ray Photography and our senior portraits, click here to contact us for your child’s senior portraits!  

Have you ever noticed the poppy flowers that are planted by the side of the highway in the summertime? Think, someone planted those there. It took them time and hard work planting in the sun, so that complete strangers driving by would have a drive that was a little bit more beautiful—a drive where they would have the opportunity to smile at something colorful on a cloudy day. That is an example of a story that a person wouldn’t notice right away. Sometimes people miss those little details, those sweet little stories that impact a person’s day. Tim Ray Photography captures images that express those stories. Some are hidden like buried treasure, but we believe that the ones that you don’t normally see right away are the ones that can mean the most. At Tim Ray Photography, we strive to look for those little nuances in your wedding day, those little details that might not be easily noticed by some, but that means something dear to you. This is the story about a bride and her bouquet.

Elegant Personalized Wedding Bouquet

With every silk petal that slips into its holder, you see yourself longing for the touch of your fiancé’s hand.

Can you imagine arranging your own wedding bouquet? Excited and nervous at the same time, silk and homemade flowers slip into their perfect places within their holder. Every flower was thought out, some were crafted specifically for your bouquet by those you love and who love you, and each one has an aspect of something that defines you. It feels like the future in your hands. With each flower that falls into place, you see yourself walking down the aisle. With every silk petal that slips into its holder, you see yourself longing for the touch of your fiancé’s hand in yours on the day of your wedding. This is true for Tiffany, who designed her own beautiful wedding bouquet.

Personalized wedding bouquet compliments dress

Personalizing the wedding bouquet to suit the groom.

Tiffany’s color choices had a deeper meaning than what you might suppose. Her soon-to-be husband, Rustin, was color-blind, and she wanted to choose colors that not only she loved, but were also colors that he could see. On the day of their wedding, it was important to her that the bouquet that she held was one that not only reflected her personality, but the colors of which would be visible to her soon-to-be husband. She wanted him to be able to see those beautiful flowers sparkle and contrast against her white dress as she walked down the aisle. With this in mind, she decided on the color combination of yellows, pinks, silvers and creams. These were more neutral colors that complimented the venue, that she loved, and that her fiancé would also be able to admire.

Bride makes the bouquet with groom’s color blindness in mind

The beauty of something made for you.

The flowers in her bouquet held some deep emotional value. Some things are even more precious when they are made for you by someone who loves you. The pink peonies in her bouquet and the table settings for her tables were made by her mother specifically for her and her future husband. Whenever she would hold that bouquet, she would always remember that those delicate pink peonies were hand-made with her wedding—the greatest day of her and her husband’s lives together—in mind. When she would ever pick up the bouquet to admire, she would always know that her mother’s love was engrafted in those delicate hand-made flowers. Forever those flowers would be dear to her heart.

Importance of personalization. 

  A bouquet is something that can reflect the individual personality of the bride; being that it can be personalized. Tiffany made her own bouquet holder and designed it with ideas from one of her favorite subjects, Star Wars. Tiffany told me that Star Wars was something that she loved to watch as a child and as an adult, and she decided to incorporate that love into her bouquet holder as a lightsaber. This was not only something nostalgic and creative, but it was something that makes the bouquet holder completely unique to Tiffany on her wedding day. 

A bouquet made with her favorite things.

 However, on the day of her wedding, Tiffany only wanted to hold the hand of her soon-to-be husband, Rustin. Nothing else mattered but the warmth his hand encasing hers. Holding the bouquet that she made with her favorite things in mind could not compare to holding the hand of her husband on their wedding day. The work, the time, the effort, none of that mattered in the end because all that she wanted to do was to marry the love of her life. All she wanted was to be his.

A bouquet tells a story.       

Bride with her bridesmaids

 The story of your wedding is something beautiful. Each story is different, but every person is unique, and that makes your story even more beautiful to us. We love to capture images that show your unique personality and express a moment that is precious to you. We want you to be able to look at a beautiful wall portrait hanging on your wall and relive a moment in time when your life was changed forever. Like the story of this bouquet, we strive to capture the memories that have a place in your heart. Everything has a story. All you have to do is look a little closer to see it.