August 17, 2018

Senior Portrait Year Book Deadlines Approaching: Find Your School's Deadline?

Class of 2019 Senior Portraits

If you have a 2019 senior it's important to know that the deadline to get your portrait in the yearbook is usually the first few weeks of school.

Why? Because the portrait sections of the yearbook are the first ones to be turned into the yearbook publisher. The rest of the yearbook consists of events and candid photos taken throughout the year, so it makes sense that the portraits come first.

Atascadero Senior Portrait Photography - Tennis Player - Studio 101 West Photography

What Makes a Great Senior Portrait?

Great senior portraits are not just for the yearbook, they are also used for graduation announcements, memory books, gifts for family and friends, and to commemorate this major milestone in the senior's life. That's why it's important to choose an established photographer who can create amazing photos while making the senior feel good about themselves during the photo shoot.

If you look out over the sea of senior pictures currently being produced by other photographers, they may all look the same to you; flooded with light, very little detail in the facial features, blown-out, over exposed, and very "trendy". We take a different approach. We want to take beautiful portraits of your senior. Giving you a portrait that doesn't look like everyone else's and is a true work of art with your student as the main subject. We know lighting. We know composition. And we know what makes a portrait stand the test of time.

In addition to that, our years of experience at helping people relax in front of the camera enables us to uniquely capture the essence of each senior at this pivotal point in their lives. Our style at Studio 101 West is to create portraits that are intensely focused on the eyes and face. Its important to us that you be able to see the eyes clearly, the skin tones have good color, and the background is not distracting. We are not a run-of-the-mill photography studio shooting to match a trendy style. Our focus is YOUR Senior.

Engaging Senior Portrait Photography - Atascadero - Studio 101 West Photography

If your senior's school is in northern San Luis Obispo County, check below for your deadline.

Yearbook Portrait Deadlines for the Class of 2019:

Templeton High School senior portrait yearbook deadline is September 14th
Mission Prep High School senior portrait yearbook deadline is September 21st
Atascadero High School senior portrait yearbook deadline is October 5th
Paso Robles High School senior portrait yearbook deadline is October 31st

Black and White Studio Portrait - Senior Photos - Studio 101 West Photography

Best Senior Portrait Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography
For more information on Senior Portraits check out our website Studio101West.com or call our studio at 805/460-6300.

Check out our related article on "A Mom's Dilemma"


July 19, 2018

Senior Portraits Should Tell A Story - Atascadero Studio and Outdoor Senior Pictures With Trynity

Senior Portraits Should Tell a Story
I love doing combo portrait sessions when we start with studio portraits in the camera room or in our dance studio, then head outside for a more photojournalistic and natural look. Trynity is from the Atascadero High School class of 2018. She is also a talented ballet dancer and cheer leader among other things. I love it when high school seniors bring in extra props and clothing that help tell the story of who they are during this memorable time in their lives. That is part of what senior portraits should do. They should tell the story of me, right now, as a high school senior. That is why I try to get to know what each senior is into and encourage them to being props, uniforms and other things that we might be able to use durning their shoot. This is what Trynity did and not only did we have a lot of fun, we got some amazing portraits that she and her parents absolutely love.
Senior Portrait of Girl in Cafe


Downtown Atascadero Portrait

High School Senior Girl On Old Stairs

High School Senior Girl Downtown Atascadero
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The Carlton Hotel Portraits


Sunken Gardens Fountain Portrait

High School Senior Girl Downtown Atascadero

Atascadero 1920s dance studio

Atascadero Ballet Dance Picture

Atascadero Senior Portrait

Senior Portrait of Cheer Leader In Studio

Senior Portrait of Cheer Leader In Studio on Black

 Check out our new website to find out more about our senior and family portraits.























July 12, 2018

Studio 101 West Photography Has a New Website!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new website for Family and High School Senior Portraits! The new website has a fresh new look with new photo galleries, tons of information, and it's completely mobile friendly. We liked our old website just fine but with the changes in search engine optimization (SEO) and mobile device compatibility it was time for a major upgrade. We finished the commercial photography side of it a couple of months ago and now have the portrait side working, just in time for high school senior portraits.

On the landing page you will find links to the four main areas of photography I specialize in. Family Portraits, Senior Portraits, Headshots and Commercial Product and Architecture Photography.
Family Portrait Photography - High School Senior Portraits - Business Headshots - Architectural Photography - Commercial Photography - Studio 101 West Photography


For commercial clients looking for architecture, business portraits, headshots, product photography or commercial people photography we have a separate url and landing page just for you. It also takes you right to my drone work and stock photography pages. That way you get right to what your looking for.

Architectural Photography - Headshots and Corporate Lifestyle - Product Photography - Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

The website was produced by our in-house marketing and design department so it not only highlights my work but is also a great example of what Deborah can do at Studio 101 West Marketing & Design.

For more information about Studio 101 West Photography:
Call us: (805) 235-3801
Email us: info@studio101west.com
Web: Studio101West.com
Commercial Website: Studio101WestPhotography.com

June 20, 2018

Congratulations High School Class of 2018 - Atascadero, Templeton and Paso Robles Senior Portraits

We want to say congratulations to the graduating Class of 2018 from Atascadero, Templeton and Paso Robles High Schools! Especially to all the seniors that came to  Studio 101 West Photography for their high school senior portraits. I had a blast working with you to create some stunning and fun senior pictures. Thanks for being a Studio101Senior and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.


fun senior portraits
To see more of our photography check out our website at: www.stuido101west.com
Be sure to check back in July 2018 when we will launch our all new website.

February 26, 2018

Baby Layla at 4 Weeks - Studio Portraits in Atascadero

Four-week Baby Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography

I don't photograph a lot of babies, but when a old client comes in with their new grandbaby and some great ideas of what they like, it can be a fun challenge. After being a full time photographer for 30 years I pretty much know how to shoot just about anything and I know babies like a warm and soft environment so I turned up the heat and put her on a pre-warmed soft fuzzy blanket. I also used the biggest, softest studio light I have to give it that big warm window light feel.

Baby in Guitar Case - Infant Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography
This is one of my favorites. Both dad and grandpa are guitarists so we came up with this idea to use one of their guitar cases. To me it was much more personal than using a basket or wrapping them up like a cocoon in some unnatural position.
Sweet Baby Portrait - Sibling Photo - Baby Photo Shoot - Studio 101 West Photography
Here are some with Layla and Ava her 6 year old big sister. Ava did awesome even when her baby sister peed all over her legs and the background. (I gotta get some puppy pads in the studio for next time.)

Baby Photoshoot - Sibling Infant Portrait - Studio 101 West Photography
Atascadero Baby Portrait - Guitar Baby Shoot - Studio 101 West Photography
Here she is with Dad's guitar and Grandpa's hat.