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Social Media Changed the Game

The game has changed. Things aren’t like they once were. Senior portraits no longer happen in the school cafeteria. In fact, they usually don’t even include a graduation gown or drape. The old tradition of sitting on a stool and tilting your chin this way and your shoulders that way is no more.

Senior portraits are now a full blown event. Some girls have told me they look forward to their senior portraits even more than prom. It’s like a rite of passage as you enter senior year, and we only get one shot to get it right. And with the presence of social media, there’s more pressure now than ever before.

Senior portraits aren’t just going on the walls in your parents and grandparents house, they’re being seen by thousands of people on Facebook and Instagram. With the sheer amount of photos that we’re seeing on our phones everyday, the standards have been raised. The classic school portrait just doesn’t cut it anymore. Girls want – AND DESERVE – to feel like models. That is our goal with each and every one of them!

From our planning meeting where we dream up an amazing photo shoot, to hair and makeup, wardrobe styling, and then of course the actual photo shoot, we make sure every detail is perfect for our graduates.

It’s no longer sitting in a school building for a portrait, it’s modeling in front of the camera like a full blown cover girl. Of course most of our senior have never modeled before, so it’s amazing guide them through the poses and watch their confidence grow through the photo shoot.

That’s our ultimate goal for every girl who steps through our doors. Okay, we feel the same way for our guys but most of them are just there because their mom made them do it. It’s okay, guys, we get it!



I thought Senior pictures were going to be stressful. I can’t even put into words how much fun we had. Every single part of this experience was perfect. Not only do I love the pictures, I love how Sarah built confidence with each picture she took. Now if only Senior year can be stress free. – Misty S.

You definitely boosted my confidence. You’re seriously the best Sarah! Had so much fun during this photo shoot! Thanks for capturing the start of my senior year! – Hannah H.

Sarah and her team are amazing! My shy & reserved daughter had her senior pictures done and Sarah brought her out of that comfort zone and created a beautiful, relaxed and fun photo session! Sarah’s work speaks for itself, hands down. After viewing all the pictures, we purchased all of them! I will be recommending her to all my family and friends. – Angie B.

To book a photo shoot with Sarah, visit our booking page here.