FAQ: Photo sessions
Now that you've booked your photo appointment, here's a few tips to get you ready and some info about the types of portrait sessions we offer.
What types of sessions are there?
When you arrive we will ask which portrait session you wish to choose. The main difference is in the number and variety of poses you would like to have.
The “Basic” grad session ($20.00 +GST) is the most common choice for students who require cap & gown portraits. You will receive a variety of poses (roughly 12 different images) including different backgrounds, props, and some “fun” poses if you wish!
An “Enhanced” grad session ($30.00 +GST) adds about 50% more poses, and is perfect if you want to take portraits with friends, pets or family members. You could also take photos in a different outfit, such as your grad suit or dress, or simply add extra poses and variety to your cap & gown session.
Our "Outdoor" session ($149.00 +GST) costs more but includes quite a bit more, and so requires contacting the studio directly to book your time. We will take you and your family or friends "on location" around the U of A - indoors or outdoors on campus. We know a few great spots, or you can choose; your session will last between 30 and 60 minutes and include a wide variety of photos. You receive an online gallery of your portraits which you can share online, and a $50.00 print credit (enough for an 8x10" print or a number of other products). Note that this isn't just for grad photos - it could be photos of either just you for a portfolio, or with your family, pets, or sweetheart too!
Our "Portfolio" or headshot session ($75.00 +GST) is ideal for LinkedIn and other profiles; many faculty and staff choose this session as well as graduates who are beginning to seek employment. These portraits are designed to present you as a professional! We take a small selection of poses for you to review on-site; your favourite image will be retouched and all photos can be downloaded (watermark-free) from an online gallery.
In limited cases, we may offer an "ID Only" session. Only for graduates from a class that is creating a wall composite (a framed layout of grad photos for your entire class) and who do not wish to order portraits, but still wish to be on the wall – then we could capture a single pose for you to ensure your spot in the composite with your class - no purchase required.
What should I do to get ready for my grad photos?
For guys – come dressed to impress! A dress shirt and tie look best under the grad robe, and if you take time to shave and do your hair carefully, we know you (and your mom) will be happier with the results!
For ladies – we suggest you prepare the way you might for a dressy event. Think wedding guest, not bridesmaid. Take the time to do your hair and makeup, but not too dramatic - in our experience a brand-new look isn't a great idea right before a photo session. We suggest you wear a tank top or other wide-neck blouse so the neckline of the robe will be unobstructed, but a stiff-collared dress shirt can look nice as well. (Check our "Grad Portfolio Gallery" for a few photo samples.)
What should I bring along?
In short, your session fee and your smile! At our studio we have pretty much everything you need for a great set of grad photos. We supply the cap, gown and hood for bachelor's and most master's degrees at no extra cost; PhD (doctorate) students should visit the University Bookstore (right across the hall) and rent a gown before their session. We also have some props you can use for the photos; live roses and a scroll are the most commonly used from our collection. You are encouraged to bring your own props along if you'd like something personal or fun in your portraits!
Please contact us if you have any questions about our photo sessions.