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SUB Photo creates grad photos at the University of Alberta. Along with U of A grad photos we take passport photos, government and university IDs, and professional headshots.

Weekdays, 9:30am - 4:30pm
• Open late most Tuesdays
• Closed on most statutory holidays.
Click here to view available photo appointments on our calendar.

(One-time changes to our availability)
Monday Nov. 11:
  Closed for Remembrance Day
Fri Dec 20 to Tues Jan 7:
  Closed to celebrate Christmas & New Year

Appointments are required for all sessions except passport photos. To book an appointment click here.

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Getting Ready for Your Photos

February 22, 2019

Unless you are experienced as a model, getting ready for a photo session may be a little unfamiliar!  Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for your photo session.


What would your mom say?

Let's be honest: you are doing this for your parents.  They will want to see you dressed nicely, your hair neat and tidy, and of course if you forget to shave or trim your beard you'll be sent for a do-over.  Nobody wants that!

Seriously, grad photos last a long time so a classic look is usually best.  You need a dress shirt and tie; the gown covers the rest so you don't have to bring dress pants or shine your shoes.  If you're planning ahead, get a haircut about one week beforehand so your hair is looking tidy as well.

Your hands will show in some of the photos, so a nice watch, a ring (a grad ring?), or cuff links won't be wasted.  Other than that - you're set!



Going out to a classy event

Getting ready for photo day is a bit like preparing for a night out: you want to look amazing, but you don't want to look like you're trying too hard.

Start with the easy stuff: wear a tank top.  The gown has a V-neck front, so if you wear a wider-top shirt it won't show above the gown's collar.

For your hair and makeup, prepare the way you might for a dressy event - think wedding guest, not bridesmaid.  If you are getting a professional stylist to help, choose someone who is familiar with you and try not to make dramatic changes the day of your photos.  In general, choose classic and natural looks so your photos will stand the test of time.

And finally jewelry - this is definitely a matter of personal taste.  If you have an item with sentimental value we can definitely make sure it shows!  If you have a grad ring do bring it along; and shorter necklaces, watches, rings and earrings can all add a nice sparkle! 

Ultimately the choice is up to you - if you feel confident when you look in the mirror, you've probably done it just right!



Have fun and say "yes" to your ideas!

These are probably the last - maybe even the only - grad photos you will ever take in your life.  Don't hold back!

We have a team of skilled photographers who bring their own ideas and suggestions to the photo shoot, so you don't have to bring anything along to get a great set of photos.  On the other hand, if you do have an idea, bring it on!

Anything that's meaningful to you is a valid choice for photos.  That can be a favourite book, a small pet, a friend or two - or an over-the-top concept that involves live chickens or jumping clowns.  (Yes, those things happened.)  If you like, feel free to contact us first with your ideas and we can discuss how to make it work.  

We look forward to the next challenge!  If you care about it, we do too.

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