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Capturing the Magic of Senior Memories: A High School Tradition Turned Glam Photoshoot

by | Awards and Achievements, Personal Stories, Senior Photos

As a professional portrait photographer, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for senior pictures and high school portraits. There’s something magical about capturing the excitement, growth, and unique personalities of these young adults as they prepare to embark on their next chapter in life. And when it comes to prom portraits, the glamour factor is turned up to eleven!

High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.

Speaking of prom, my youngest daughter is graduating from high school this year (I know, time flies faster than a Marvel movie marathon 🎓). One tradition that I’m definitely going to miss is photographing her and her friends before their school dances and proms. It all started three years ago when our house became the go-to pre-dance destination for her entire friend group.

Confident high school senior boy from Chandler, AZ, in a black suit, white tie, and purple handkerchief, sitting on a bar stool at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for his prom portrait.

Picture this: a gaggle of girls excitedly helping each other with makeup and hair, transforming our living room into a mini salon, while I eagerly snapped away, capturing each stunning transformation. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and laughter, and I felt like I was channeling my inner Annie Leibovitz, delivering magazine-style glamour in the midst of the delightful chaos. Of course, the clock was ticking as I had between 5 to 10 eager subjects to photograph every time, but who doesn’t love a challenge?

Smiling Asian high school student in a dark blue gown, sitting on a bar stool and looking away, captured by professional portrait photographer Marie Feutrier in Gilbert, AZ, for her high school portrait.

Last week, the tradition continued as the girls gathered at our house before prom. Once again, the makeup was flawless, the hair was on point, and the dresses were pure Hollywood glamour. I’m pretty sure the girls were thrilled with their photos, as they quickly took over Instagram with their stunning shots. 📸Pink-haired senior girl from Chandler, AZ, wearing a white puff dress, white socks, and Lolita Mary Jane shoes, posing in Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, with light grey hand-painted backdrop for her senior photos.

But there was one portrait that really caught my eye. It was a captivating image that seemed to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the night, and I couldn’t resist submitting it to a best portrait of the month contest. While I didn’t take home the grand prize, I’m proud to say I was a finisher – not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Contest finalist portrait of a senior girl in a green silk dress, smiling and looking left, photographed by Marie Feutrier, a professional portrait photographer in Gilbert, AZ, for her captivating prom portrait

Below, you’ll find a few of my favorite images from this memorable event. As I look at these senior photos, I can’t help but feel a mix of pride and nostalgia, knowing that these precious moments have been forever immortalized through the lens of my camera.

Blonde senior girl from Chandler, AZ, with half-dark-red hair, posing in a dark red dress in a classic Hollywood style at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her magazine-style prom portrait.

Whether you’re in need of high school portraits, prom portraits, or magazine-style glamour shots, I’m here to help you create memories that will last a lifetime. So let’s make some magic together! ✨

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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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