Thursday, January 26, 2012

Holy Names 2012 Senior, Ariel has artistic plans for her future

After high school Ariel, a 2012 senior at Holy Names High School, wants to be a successful entrepreneur and own her own dance company.  For Ariel the best thing about being a 2012 senior is her grade matches the year she graduates.  She spends her free time hanging out with friends and having fun she also likes to dance draw and listen to music.

Ariel included her flute and violin in her graduation photographs

 One day Ariel wants to visit Paris or England because they seem totally different that California. She can’t live without her phone, Ipod, Wii, and her laptop.  Her favorite artist is Justin Bieber and her favorite song is “Someone Like You” by Adele.
One Lump or Two?
This was not  Ariel's first portrait session at Positive Images.  Her first photo shoot was when we were located in Bayfair Mall in San Leandro. Take a peek at this adorable portrait from the studio archives...a perfect tea party for a little princess! 
This family portrait was taken when Ariel graduated from middle school. At Positive Images, we love having clients for life! 

  The best advice she has been given was to say what you mean. Her biggest pet peeve is the sound of people rubbing their hands together because it sounds like ashy feet. 

 Her number one goal this year is to keep up good grades along with enjoying Senior Year.

Want to see more pictures from Ariel's photo session?
Then click that play button and watch that slideshow! 

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Submitted By: Aneesah Abdel
Intern MetWest High School

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What is a Senior Portrait in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Ask the question: "What is a Senior Portrait" in different parts of country and you will get very different answers. As a matter of fact even within different parts of the state or the Bay Area the traditions vary greatly. I still remember the first time I took a Graduation Photography class from a professional photographer from the Mid West.  On the last day of class, (after watching him demonstrate the most exciting portraits I had ever seen of high school seniors) I raised my hand and asked: "When do you take the cap & gown portraits?"  His response: "Oh, we only do those on the day of the ceremony"  I told him that my moms would have a cow if I did not offer cap & gown photos.
Cap & Gown Senior portraits do not have to be traditional.

 In some families, the term Graduation Picture specifically refers to the student in a cap and gown. Through my 20+ year career, I have met many mothers who feel that the Senior Portrait package is not complete until there are some dead chicken feathers involved. They want to see their baby girls in the same color feather boa that they wore in high school.
A Feather Boa can add Glam to your Graduation Portrait Session

Other families have the classic black velvet drape or tuxedo on the list of must have clothing changes.  I also have students that come from prep schools that would NEVER consider posing in a cap and gown because the Senior Photos in their yearbooks are typically outdoors with natural light.
Senior pose in favorite jeans in Joaquin Miller Park

While traditional Senior Portrait customs work for some clients, many families prefer the portraits that showcase their graduates personal flair. At Positive Images, I have created many unique senior portraits that featured a student's favorite outfit, hobby, instrument, sport, pet or other passion.
Illustrate the activity you are passionate about

 I take great pride in the images that speak to a particular student's personality....the more specific the more fun!    To me, a Senior Portrait captures the spirit and story of a young person transitioning to adulthood. A cap and gown only tells a small part of that story. I truly enjoy creating unique images that reflect the individuality of my clients. 
A Senior Portrait can show school pride

So.....What is a Portrait? The great thing is if you select Positive Images as your graduation portrait studio, YOU get to define the answer to that question. Traditional, contemporary, studio, location, classic, trendy, or all of the above! The choice is all yours. Phone to schedule a free consultation appointment and we will help you determine what is right for you and your family. (510)832-3686.

Leave a comment below to tell me what defines a Senior Portrait for you.

You can also review more examples of creative graduation pictures on our On-line Gallery,

Get lots of  Senior year tips by "Liking" our 2012 Senior Facebook Page    

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Gisele Bonds
Professional Portrait Photographer
Positive Images
548 Grand Ave
Oakland CA 94610

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Put Your 2012 Senior Portraits on Interest Free Lay-A-Way

It's already January...where did the time go?  Your Senior year is whizzing by, one semester is already in the history books. So many decisions to make. College, trade school, military or job after high school? Who should you take to the prom? What is the perfect Senior Prank? Where is the best location for Spring Break? Sometimes the most challenging question is how to pay for all of these important Senior Year components.

Senior Cap & Gown combined with gymnastics

We recognize that many of our graduation photo families are looking for solutions to the challenge of meeting senior year expenses. Our no interest Lay-A-Way Program is an excellent tool that are clients are using. We can divide your  purchase into 4-6 installments scheduled at your preference. We like to be flexible so that our Senior Portrait client are able to budget for exactly the products that they love most.
Graduation Pictures can be dressy or casual...You Decide!

Please keep in mind that it is important to schedule your Senior Photo Session early so that you have time to stretch out your payments.  If you wait until late Spring, not only do you lose the luxury of time to spread your payments out, you also run the risk of incurring rush fees to meet your graduation deadline.

Call today to schedule your FREE consultation appointment. (510)832-3686. At that time our professional portrait photographer, Gisele Bonds will meet with you to brain storm about what elements would make the perfect Senior Portrait session for you. Gisele will also show you examples of all our new Graduation Portrait products so that you can plan for your favorites.
The "Name Thang" is a popular Senior Portrait Product

Check out examples of our Senior Portraits from all over the East Bay on our website: Senior Portrait Gallery
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Positive Images Photography
548 Grand Ave
Oakland CA 94610