The J&A Experience

Welcome!

If you're looking to get some more information about the best senior portrait experience in central PA you're at the right place. We've been photographing high school seniors for over 10 years and love every minute of it.

Over the years we've developed an unique process that guides you from start to finish, from concept to amazing finished, heirloom quality keepsakes that will last a lifetime and beyond.

We truly hope you'll read on below and contact us about working together.

Talk to you soon!

 

Joel & Andrea

BEFORE YOUR SESSION

We start off every senior portrait with an in-person consultation before your photo session. We really believe that creating outstanding portraits is a collaboration and getting to know you, and what you want, is a HUGE part of that process. We’ll talk about what to wear, locations we’ll be photographing at, what type of artwork you are hoping to have in the end, and much more! It takes about 15 minutes to greatly impact the quality of your experience.

 

Remember, these photos are how you’ll be remembered at this time in your life by your children and grandchildren – we take that responsibility very seriously (while still having a blast, of course!)

BEFORE YOUR SESSION

We start off every senior portrait with an in-person consultation before your photo session. We really believe that creating outstanding portraits is a collaboration and getting to know you, and what you want, is a HUGE part of that process. We’ll talk about what to wear, locations we’ll be photographing at, what type of artwork you are hoping to have in the end, and much more! It takes about 15 minutes to greatly impact the quality of your experience. Remember, these photos are how you’ll be remembered at this time in your life by your children and grandchildren – we take that responsibility very seriously (while still having a blast, of course!)

THE SESSION

This is the fun part!

Be yourself, have fun, and relax knowing that you are in good hands. During your session, Andrea will be taking most of the photos while Joel is on tech support. We do mix it up a bit but the two of us working in tandem that way really makes out images shine! We'll give you plenty of direction, so no worries if you aren't sure what to do or are a little nervous 🙂

 

THE SESSION OPTIONS

Location Session – $135 weekdays / $175 weekends

2-3 outfits, at the location of your choosing
1.5 hours

 

The “Portfolio” Session – $165 weekdays / $200 weekends

4-5 outfits, studio and location
30 minute studio, 1 hr location
By far our most popular session option!!!

YOUR BIG PREMIER

After Your Session

At the end of your photo shoot we’ll schedule a time for you to come back to the studio to view your edited images and place your order; typically about 2 weeks later. We’ll handpick the best images (usually about 45-50) and process and prepare them for your viewing. We shoot a lot of images but don’t worry, you will only have to choose from the best ones.

 

The Ordering Session

During your ordering session we will view your images on our big screen, view our sample products, and talk about the options that are right for you. We offer special package discounts and incentives that are only available at the ordering session so please bring all the family’s decision makers along and be prepared to place your order.

 

Don’t worry though, we will NEVER try to sell you anything you do not want. Often this is our customers’ first time working with a professional photographer and the process of narrowing down images and choosing the products that are the best fit can be overwhelming. We’ll use our years of working with customers to help guide you through the process. We have a great variety of specialty products such as gorgeous canvas prints, custom framing, portfolio boxes and our extremely popular albums. There is no minimum order for a la carte items, custom collections begin around $500.

YOUR BIG PREMIER

After Your Session

At the end of your photo shoot we’ll schedule a time for you to come back to the studio to view your edited images and place your order; typically about 2 weeks later. We’ll handpick the best images (usually about 35-40) and process and prepare them for your viewing. We shoot a lot of images but don’t worry, you will only have to choose from the best ones.

The Ordering Session

During your ordering session we will view your images on our big screen, view our sample products, and talk about the options that are right for you. We offer special package discounts and incentives that are only available at the ordering session so please bring all the family’s decision makers along and be prepared to place your order. Don’t worry though, we will NEVER try to sell you anything you do not want. Often this is our customers’ first time working with a professional photographer and the process of narrowing down images and choosing the products that are the best fit can be overwhelming. We’ll use our years of working with customers to help guide you through the process. We have a great variety of specialty products such as gorgeous canvas prints, custom framing, portfolio boxes and our extremely popular photobook and art book albums. For more information please visit our custom products page. There is no minimum order for a la carte items, custom collections begin around $500.

PLANNING & TIPS

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Solids and subtle patterns tend to photograph better than heavily patterned or striped clothing.
  • Large, funky patterns or graphics can be fun for something different but not for every shot. And no text or large logos please!
  • Bring a variety of colors to choose from.
  • Bring some dressy and some casual outfits.
  • Plan the whole outfit, don’t forget the shoes!

OTHER TIPS

  • Most glasses glare. Try removing the lenses from the frames or check with your optomitrist to see if they can loan you an empty set of similar frames for your session.
  • We retouch blemishes so don’t worry about breakouts!
  • Bring props! Sporting equipment, dance outfits and musical instruments are all popular options that tell others something about you.
  • Parents are, of course, welcome at the session but they can become a distraction and we highly prefer to work one-on-one with each senior.

HAIR & MAKEUP

Hair and makeup are key to making your photos great! Proper styling can really make your images "pop" and take them that extra step from great to WOW!!! We know a lot of girls these days do a fantastic job with their own hair and makeup. However, we do highly recommend hiring a professional to help you get that polished look.

Our recommendations

Makeup - Kelly Clark
Hair/Makeup - Heather Kirk, BMSHL Beauty

 

Please make sure to mention us when calling!

HAIR & MAKEUP

Hair and makeup are key to making your photos great! Proper styling can really make your images "pop" and take them that extra step from great to WOW!!! We know a lot of girls these days do a fantastic job with their own hair and makeup. However, we do highly recommend hiring a professional to help you get that polished look.

Our recommendations

Makeup - Kelly Clark Hair/Makeup - Heather Kirk, BMSHL Beauty

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE AMAZING IMAGES?!!

It's a tough situation. You've planned your session out perfectly, had your hair and makeup done, picked the perfect outfits and location. You had a GREAT time at the shoot - even though Andrea got a little weird 🙂 And now, you have all these AMAZING images.

But what next? HOW can you ever decide?!!

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

Don't fret, we have a great selection of custom products to suit every style and decor. For display on the wall we have gorgeous canvas gallery wraps and beautiful custom framing. For a keepsake collection of images choose one of our extremely popular album options. From a classic framed wall collection, to a one-of-a-kind custom designed Gallery Book, there is something for everyone! Other offerings include premium prints, custom announcements, personalized mobile apps, and more, and we will help you figure it all out, PROMISE!

Canvas Prints

Gallery wrapped canvas prints are our most popular offering. Portraits are printed on fine art canvas and wrapped around cuctom made stretcher frame for a clean, gallery style look. Ready to hang upon arrival, enjoy instant gratification coupled with life long memories in each museum quality image. We love the big grande scenic shots printed on canvas, SO NICE!

Albums

Albums are the best solution to the "too many images" problem. Seriously, are you really going to hang ALL your images on the wall? Well, if you want to try, go for it. But for a more practical alternative try one of our books. Available in 10x10 or 8x8 with lots of cover options. Quality through and through, these are the albums your grandkids will find one day and cherish.

Announcements

Share this exciting milestone in your life with friends and family in style by sending our custom graduation announcements. Cards are 5x7 and printed on both sides. Our most popular option includes a photo with the announcement information on the front and a full photo on the back - so everyone you send one to has a beautiful, frameable 5x7 print! Available in quantities of 25.

If you like what you’ve seen so far please don’t hesitate to call us at (814) 359-4259 to discuss your questions or set up an appointment at our studio located just outside State College, PA at 145 W. College Ave Pleasant Gap PA 16823. We look forward to hearing from you!

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