Would you like to have your graduation picture taken by the leading Penn State campus photographer?
You've come to the right place! Voted Best Photographer by the readers of State College Magazine since 2017 and running.
Cetnre County has transitioned and is starting to open, effective May 8th, so let's get some amazing photos!
Social distancing is no problem. Graduation photography is inherently done at a distance, so it's ready to go. Please be upfront with any concerns you may have.
Regarding rates, I am sensitive to the fact that your financial situation may have changed, or that you simply hadn't budgeted for professional photos, but you want to have something special this year. If you have a budget in mind, please let me know and we can work with that. There are a lot of options. Even if we just do a mini-session, or what I like to call a "smash and grab" at the lion shrine, I guarantee that my experience of more than 20 years will make a difference in the portraits.
While I am sensitive to your finances, this is not to say that I'm donating my services. I do understand that everybody's situation has changed. There are a lot of ways to get amazing photos without spending a ton of money, and we can come up with something that gets you the photos you need within a budget you can afford. If your financial situation is stable, please consider supporting my small business and my family. I have a wife and two small children at home.
Popular spots on campus are the Nittany Lion Shrine, Beaver Stadium (outside only), the Arboretum, Hort Woods, Mount Nittany, and any of the other iconic locations on campus. The photos are yours—you own the copyright.
Fulfillment is digital, with full duplication rights. You will receive all of the digital files from your session, including all airbrushing and touch-up work on those you select. If you prefer prints, you can purchase them directly from your online gallery at my cost. You also have the option to print them yourself, since there are no copyright restrictions.
Groups welcome! You can bundle the session fee and save. For groups of up to three people, rates are the same as individuals. For larger groups, see the flat rate option below.
No reasonable offers refused.
It's best to schedule your session early, in order to beat the crowds. If you schedule the week of graduation, there is a $100 surcharge if we need to stand in line at the Lion Shrine for more than 30 minutes. Due to the impracticalities and complications, no portrait sessions can be scheduled at the Lion Shrine on graduation day.
Early morning light is generally best on campus. and especially at the Lion Shrine, but late afternoon is good, too. Sessions can be scheduled any day of the week.
Steam your gown! The standard gowns wrinkle...a lot. Steam them before your portrait session.
Tassles go on the right side before graduation, then on the left, afterward. Your choice for portraits.
Your choice, of course, but it seems that ladies can look best with either neutral, analogous or complementary colors, such as light sky blue, white, cream, orange or peach, with shoes to match. Gents should wear a white (or off-white), button-down shirt with gray slacks. A tie is optional, in my opinion.
Send me an email to schedule your session - firstname.lastname@example.org or click one of the buttons above, if appropriate.
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