Senior Portraiture Reimagined - {Amelia Island Senior Portrait Photographer}

I have been following the tradition of High School Senior portraits for a few years now.  Growing up overseas, this is not something that was typically done.  We had our cap and gown photos professionally taken in a studio for use in our yearbook, and some parents hired a photographer to take photos prior to my school's graduation gala.  However, neither was really tradition in the country as a whole, it was more something we just did at our school and various other private schools in the country that were run by expats.  So when I first heard about Senior Portraits in the US, I was intrigued: What a wonderful concept to commemorate such a milestone as one's graduation from high school.  Portraiture is the perfect way to preserve these memories for the graduating Senior and his/her family.

 
My yearbook cap and gown photo and some (extremely embarrassing and badly posed) stills on the way out to my graduation gala, circa 1995.

My yearbook cap and gown photo and some (extremely embarrassing and badly posed) stills on the way out to my graduation gala, circa 1995.

 

After opening my studio, I started taking a closer look at the Senior portraits offered in my area, and came to the conclusion that they all needed to be kicked up a couple of notches.  There are some wonderful local photographers who offer on location portraits, however there is a gap in properly executed studio portraiture.  My mission is to remedy that by offering the same service I do to all of my clients: beautiful, contemporary, magazine-style portraits in a boutique setting - high school seniors should benefit from this type of genre as well!

 
Top: My best friend and I decided we would like a photo together to remember our senior year.  Coming across this image 22 years later brings back such fond memories. Bottom: A contemporary and styled version of the original idea.

Top: My best friend and I decided we would like a photo together to remember our senior year.  Coming across this image 22 years later brings back such fond memories.
Bottom: A contemporary and styled version of the original idea.

 

What sets M.Bee Studio apart for Senior Portraits is our unique and personal process.  This isn't just making an appointment online, running into a studio, smiling for the camera, and then leaving.  Our portrait sessions are an experience from start to finish - and not just on the session day.  We speak on the phone or meet in person for a complimentary consultation, discuss how you would like to be photographed, as well as who you would like to be photographed with.  We discuss hair, makeup, and wardrobe - we even discuss your favorite type of music.  We look at the beautiful, heirloom products we offer.  You leave the consultation with a personalized guide on how to prepare for your session and my mobile number in case you would like to text me outfit ideas prior to the shoot.  During the session itself, you are our star for the day and we have the most amazing time - getting you ready, laughing, having refreshments, and listening to music - all while expertly posing and guiding you so that you look your very best on camera.  Sometimes we even twirl...  Give us a try - We are so confident you will love the images we will create for you that our Senior Portrait Sessions are complimentary (a retainer is, however, required to hold your date.)  You can come in with your best friend, your parent, your pet, even your siblings/grandparents/etc.  Don't worry, we discuss all products and costs during your consultation so that there are absolutely no surprises.  Come in for a consultation, and we promise, it will be the start of an incredible experience!  Contact us to schedule and remember, there is absolutely no obligation!

 
A contemporary and magazine-style take on the Senior Portrait

A contemporary and magazine-style take on the Senior Portrait

 

For a more in-depth look into one of our Senior Portrait Sessions, read about one of our Class of 2018 Representatives, Maddie McClure and her Senior Portrait Session here.  

 
Left: Me, circa 1995.  Right: Maddie twirling in her pageant dress

Left: Me, circa 1995.  Right: Maddie twirling in her pageant dress

 

I leave you with another image from my graduation gala preparations, above left.  Regardless of the cringe-worthy copy of a Versace dress with matching shoes, the ridiculously colorful eye makeup, and other dubious style choices that were the height of "sophistication" in 1995, I am so incredibly thrilled I have these images.  I know that in 22 years, our Class of 2018 Rep Maddie, pictured above right, will look back on this time fondly and be grateful for the captured memories.