El Paso Academy Chrter High School Graduate - Class of 2016

Brittany’s Mom, Mariana, purchased a senior photo session for her daughter, Brittany, from our web site that included hair and make up.

On the morning of her senior session, I met with Brittany and her Mom for the first time at Peridot Hair and Nail Salon. She told me she’d never had her hair and make up done professionally before. What a treat!

We weren’t to sure about adding “natural” false eye lashes for senior pictures but they turned out great! I love how they really made her eyes look glamorous but still natural. Now I would highly recommend them, even for ME!

(Side note: For Prom, ask your makeup artist about adding natural false eye lashes! I highly recommend Peridot Hair and Nail Salon. Sandra does beautiful work!)

We had a lot of fun during Brittany’s session and even turned on some music from Pandora in my new studio!

We started on the white background to just kind of get warmed up. (You know everyone is nervous in front of the camera at first and that’s okay because I shoot in digital so I can just delete the first 10 or so “warm up” photos.)

Then we moved to our “Hollywood Style Digital Background Machine” and this is where magic and personalities really come out because there are so many backgrounds to choose from! You’ll never have a senior portrait that looks like someone else’s unless of course you want to. It’s your year, your life… Be who you want to be!

Finally, we went to a few of my favorite downtown locations to create some beautiful outside senior pics.

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Riverside High School Senior, Samantha, ponders her options... So many school sports... so little time!

During the initial phone call, her Mom, Yvonne described her as “not a girly girl.”

I arrived at their house for their pre-portrait and clothing consultation about 45 minutes too early. While I was catching up on homework in my truck, a vehicle pulled into their driveway and a young woman dashed into the house.

A few minutes later, the same young lady ran out the back door of the house, this time dressed in t-shirt, shorts, running shoes and headset firmly in place. (You can’t pay me enough to run any where, even for my life.) Sam likes to run. She likes sports – all kinds of sports. Right now, she playing Volleyball for Riverside High School.

During our clothing consultation, she had some clothes on the bed but told me that she’d really like to get a picture of herself with all her different athletic shoes – after all, it’s who she is.

I know there are cookie cutter school photographers out there who want to rush you through a photo session, make you look like everyone else, and move on to the next High School Senior but I think good photography is a collaboration between the person being photographed and the photographer.

I Googled “high school seniors” and “athletic shoes” and found some cool pictures for inspiration. I text her Mom the ones I thought she’d like.

I don’t care if you’re 8 or 80, most people are a little nervous in front of the camera, at least at first. On the day of her photo session, Sam and her Mom came to the studio. She was wearing a black, long sleeved Nike shirt and coral shorts. I thought she looked so cute and natural that I asked her to just sit comfortable on the white backdrop. (This is the second picture on the right, below.) This turned out to be one of Mom’s favorites!

After changing into her red dress, we turned our attention to the Hollywood Style Projected Background Set. Our studio has the only one in El Paso that I know of… It’s like MAGIC!!! Sam chose from a variety of different background slides that I slipped into the machine, while she posed in front of a solid grey screen. (The pictures show up in the camera with the background – so there’s NO photoshopping backgrounds!)

Their favorite was in the red dress with the blue grungy background.

My favorite is the dirty running shoes.

Sam’s favorite was her looking at all of her shoes, pondering all the memories she’s made wearing each pair and trying to decide which to wear today.

It’s Your Life… Your Year… Be Who You Want to Be & Just Do it!

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I’m SO excited to announce that the search is now on for my class of 2014 senior model team!

What is a senior model, you ask? By becoming a senior model for El Paso Senior Portraits Photography, you’ll get lots of AMAZING perks on your senior portrait package. In return, you’ll help refer your friends to have their senior portraits done by me, too! It’s a super fun way to kick off your senior year! And those perks are pretty awesome 😉

You mentioned perks…? You bet I did! Check out the huge list below:

Here’s What You Get:

    Earn points for CASH as a model – Earn as much as $300 cash for referring your friends to El Paso Senior Portraits Photography.

    One Free Modeling Session – Must be photographed before July 1st, 2013. I’ll give you suggestions for clothing, hair and makeup. Adds variety to your senior portraits!

    One Free Family Portrait Session – complimentary family session for our models anytime before graduation.

    Deeply Discounted Senior Portrait Session – 50% off your choice of the “Rockstar on Tour”, “Total Senior Fashion”, or the “Classic” sessions.

    You’ll be a star on my senior web site, in my business displays, blog, printed marketing, facebook, studio displays and in my video promos.

    – Your very own custom iPhone/Android app with a gallery of your images

    Facebook – You’ll get 10-15 web ready images to post to Facebook to share with friends and family.

    Complimentary Modeling Cards – to pass out to your friends

    – A chance to be in our Spring Fashion Show

So, there must be a catch? Nope! You make up for those wonderful perks by referring your friends to me for their senior portraits, too!

Can anyone be a model? Yes, but there are just a few rules! You should definitely talk to your parents about becoming a senior model and make sure they approve of you applying. Those accepted to be senior models are required to use only El Paso Senior Portraits Photography as their senior portrait photographer. This one’s kind of a given, but you must also attend high school in the greater El Paso, Texas or Las Cruces, New Mexico area. If you’re not sure if your school counts, just email me to ask!

That sounds AMAZING! It most definitely is! Now get on that application, because the last day to enter is JULY 1ST.

Fill out this form!
Click here to complete the 2014 Senior Model Application

Chris’s Cap & Gown Portrait – Horizon City, Texas Outdoor Senior Portrait Photography Session

I met Chris, his mom and his little brother out at a park in Horizon City, TX and we created these cap & gown senior portrait images to commemorate this special time in his life – his graduation!

If you’re interested in creating portraits that you will treasure forever, click here to schedule a pre-portrait consultation!

Chris’s Cap & Gown Portrait – Horizon City, Texas Outdoor Senior Portrait Photography Session


Connor – 2013 Graduation Announcements

I was really excited when my good friend, Kimberly, called me to schedule her son’s senior portrait session. She remembered having a favorite picture of Connor when he was little on a set of railroad tracks and for his graduation, she wanted a similar image to include in his graduation announcements. Of course, we wanted to incorportate the year and the school that he’s decided to attend – Baylor!

2013 Senior Graduation Announcements

Here at El Paso Senior Portraits, we create custom designed Senior Graduation Announcements

Connor – 2013 Graduation Announcements


Connor – High School Junior at Cathedral High School

This week’s Student is Connor McHugh. He’s a high school junior at Cathedral High School.

We did his outdoor senior photo session at Memorial Park in El Paso, TX.

Connor’s Dad is in the Military and he will soon be moving away from El Paso before he graduates.

Connor – High School Junior at Cathedral High School

Connor – High School Junior at Cathedral High School