Innovative Senior Portraits
Our philosophy with senior pictures is that they should capture your personality, your passions, and activities. It should be a really fun experience that everyone involves cherishes. Our senior portraits are modern and fun. Ron's experience as a magazine and fashion photographer helps ensure that you will be comfortable, and you can be confident in his direction to ensure that you look natural and flattering. You can choose to have your session on location at a park or forest preserve or any location important to you, or you can also get shots in our Crystal Lake studio against the brick wall or other backgrounds. You can choose between a 2-hour session Classic Portrait Session, our most popular session; a Mini-session up 45 minutes; or an Epic Senior Portrait Session. We are currently schedule indoor and outdoor sessions for the class of 2019 and the class of 2020.
Our Senior Ambassador program seeks students from Chicago-area high schools to participate in multiple themed sessions and represent the artistic style of our studio.
Students are currently signed up for the program through the Class of 2025. Some schools, such as Jacobs, Huntley, and Dundee-Crown are already full through the classes of 2020 and 2021, and we only have a few spots still open overall for 2020 and 2021. If interested in our Ambassador program, please contact us to confirm if there are openings in your class year and school. Ideally, you should inquire when your student is a freshman.
Descriptions of each program is in more detail down below.
Classic portrait session:
This fun and modern session provides you with up to two hours of time taking photographs at your choice of two locations (in-studio, at parks, forest preserves, etc). Wear two to three different outfits and take the opportunity to include your favorite sport or activity, or even the family dog. The session is fun and produces some amazing artistic and fun pictures.
Your investment: $125 creative fee plus a minimum print order of $300.
Many families choose to purchase prints for sharing with extended family and for displaying at home, while our albums are also very popular. Our 12x12-inch custom-designed books feature premier papers and rich color inks. Choose hinged or lay-flat designs and take advantage of border-to-border printing. You can also add social media JPGs or full resolution JPGs as part of your package.
Epic portrait session
This session is perfect for the senior who wants a truly outstanding senior portrait experience. Spend the day being pampered and treated to professional styling services. Our hair and makeup artists at Mario Tricoci in Crystal Lake will work with you to create the best look for you. Your look can be diva glamorous or down-to-earth natural.
After your styling session, you'll begin a three-hour portrait session at specially selected locations. We will assist you in choosing the best looks for your portraits and coordinating your clothing with the locations. Your session will include Ron with an assistant, allowing for premiere lighting and magazine-worthy images.
Your investment: $500 creative fee plus a minimum print order of $700.
Mini Outdoor and Studio Portrait Sessions
The mini session is great for seniors looking for some great images in a quick session. Our mini sessions are up to 45 minutes. Senior choose a favorite outfit and their photos are taken in our studio or at a nearby outdoor location within a 20-minutes drive from our studio. The session is fun and families have a great variety of images to choose from after the session.
The session fee for this experience is $100 and there is no minimum order requirement.
The Indoor Mini Studio Portrait Session is for those who just want one picture, or just a few. The session is just 15 minutes, and you can even change shirts for this one. This session is $95 and it includes one full-resolution JPG. We also have a 3-JPG package for $145.
Senior Ambassador Program
The senior ambassador program is a fun and transformative experience for students looking for amazing senior portraits! We offer a select number of upcoming high school seniors the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind year-long senior portrait program. Spots are limited and interested students in the graduating classes of 2019 through 2025 should contact us to find out if we have openings. We take up to two seniors per high school and have room for twenty students each year. Our Ambassador classes are full through 2021. The Ambassador program fills up years in advance, and we have students committed to our program every year through 2030.
These sessions feature fashion shoots, cool locations, & styling services. In addition, we include some pictures for sharing online and accordion books to show off your great pictures.
Seniors have two individual 2-hour photo sessions in the Chicago area. These are a great chance for seniors to share their personal passions. Often, ambassadors will bring along a musical instrument they play or wear the uniform from the sports they play.
Ambassadors also participate in three scheduled group photo shoots: an on-location downtown Chicago session; a magazine-style fashion session with clothing from local boutiques and dresses from Gipper Prom; and a stylized concept photo shoot with professional styling and green screen technology.
It was fantastic, and every one of the parents and ambassadors said they’d do it again.
For those interested, we also submit the students for magazine shoots that Ron does for some regional magazines. Four of our seven Class of 2017 ambassadors were selected for paid magazine shoots in which the were (or will be) on the cover. Four of our 13 Class of 2018 ambassadors have also earned cover shoots.
Over the year, the girls experience a transformation as they are taught to model
and their confidence in front of a camera just grows like crazy.