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High School Senior Portraits: Los Angeles

High School Senior Portraits

High School Senior Portraits: Los Angeles

As photographers we strive to make beautiful pictures, no matter what type of photo shoot we are shooting. We have so much fun shooting high school senior portraits it’s ridiculous! We get to think outside of the box with each client and make a special occasion happen that hasn’t happened before. It’s such a fun experience to take someone around LA and find a wonderful backdrop to their cool outfit. Let us make some magic happen for you and your graduate today!

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High School Senior Portraits: Female Photographers

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High School Senior Portraits: Female Photographers

It’s about half way through summer and we’re getting close to the beginning of the school year. If you’re looking for the right photographers to shoot your teens high school senior portraits, then you have found us! We specialize in creating the most memorable photographic evidence of your childs major accomplishment! We will create a one of a kind shoot just for your child, showcasing their personality and spark. Contact us today!

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High School Senior Portraits : Newbury Park

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High School Senior Portraits : Newbury Park

Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more excited to start shooting this years graduating high school senior portraits! We offer a range of packages to fit your needs and desires, from personalized locations, looks and beyond! Don’t wait till the last minute to set up your childs senior portrait session! We will be booking up pretty fast as the weather continues to stay warm and beautiful. Don’t delay, call us and set up a session today!

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Senior Photography Los Angeles tips, tricks

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senior photography los angeles

Researching Senior Photography Los Angeles

The images above were taken of a musical artist shot by senior photography los angeles experts Brandin Shaeffer & Amanda Max.  Usually, we’ll place pics like this in our “editorial” gallery, which means many kids and parents will totally miss them.  Lots of artists shoot edgier images – but they’ll rarely post them under their Sr Pics gallery….so when researching, look at more than just the high school samples to get a good idea of your photog’s level of artistry 🙂

For info:  310.622.5819

 

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Senior Portraits Westlake Village & Thousand Oaks

Senior Portraits Westlake Village

Senior Portraits Westlake Village

HS Grads looking to shoot senior portraits westlake village, thousand oaks, & camarillo area will love our Newbury Park location!  The girls above shot on the same day and were able to overlap their shoots a bit to get one look shot together 🙂

We use a mix of natural and studio lighting for a fresh & glowy image that feels professional, but natural and classic!

To view more work, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/MaxBrandinPhotography 

Book today!

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Los Angeles’ best senior photographers

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Looking for LA’s best senior photographers ?

Searching for the best senior photographers can be a daunting task!  So many good artist out here 🙂  Honestly, who works for you might not be who works for someone else.  Are you looking for super artistic images?  Are you looking for something edgy?  Something classic?  Or maybe a little bit of everything?!   You’ve found us!  🙂  Contact Brandin’s cel for more info 310.622.5819 and let’s get you on your way to amazing senior pics.

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Senior Portraits in Los Angeles

MxB senior Portraits in Los Angeles

 

Senior Portraits in Los Angeles

Senior Portraits are a fun and exciting experience to get in front of the camera in a couple of your favorite outfits and just look your very best, whether you are always in front of the camera or camera-shy this is a great and no-pressure way to gain some experience and get some photos out of a day that will last you a lifetime. This shoot is all about YOU, so make it your own and have fun with it.

Call 310-622-5819 for all your Senior Portraits needs in Los Angeles and the greater Los Angeles area!! 🙂

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Pin Up Style Photoshoot & Senior Pictures Ideas

Pin Up style photoshoot

Pin Up photography los angeles

Pin up photographer los angeles

PIN UP STYLE PHOTOSHOOT

Pin up photography is as popular today as ever – it’s fun, playful, & just flat out gorgeous.  As a photographer, you have plenty of things to consider:  light, set, props…because although it’s fun to put a new twist on pin up, it’s always appreciated when you can nail the shot as a purely classic pin up.  You’ll also need to secure an experienced Hair & Makeup artist who can not only create the pin up look, but can also do it in a timely manner.  If your model is in the hair/makeup chair for 2 hours it’s going to drain their energy and make it very difficult to do more than 1 look.  Your model should absolutely practice in front of a mirror leading up to the shoot – but at the end of the day,  the photographer has to be ready with great direction and ideas for posing the model in a classic and flattering way.  Study images from that time period first, before looking at more contemporary pin up.  It’s better to start with the original, classic, basics….and then add your own twist.

PIN UP STYLE SENIOR PORTRAITS

Our model above is NOT A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR and the wardrobe is obviously a bit too sexy for a teenaged girl.  However, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this classic style photography into your senior portrait session by hiring one of our amazing and talented Hair/Makeup Artists and bringing along wardrobe that is age appropriate.  It’s also a good idea to consider just doing the “flavor” of pinup for your senior pictures, rather than going 100% realistic.  This will give us more room to play with more contemporary posing and feel less tied to being authentic.  We’re looking forward to our 2015 Senior Portrait Season….and shooting some fun pin up style images!

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Senior Pictures Los Angeles & Thousand Oaks

Senior Pictures Los Angeles

Senior Pictures Newbury Park

Senior Pictures Thousand Oaks

Senior Portrait locations in both Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles

14 years experience shooting actors, models, musicians and High School Senior Photography, with studios in both Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Mid City Los Angeles.  Female photographers Amanda Max Weber and Brandin Shaeffer strive to create images and senior portraits that are both unique and timeless.  Sessions typically last 2-3 hours…as long as it takes for our subject to feel comfortable and get the BEST senior pictures possible!

To see more of our recent work, visit our studio facebook page.  To schedule an appointment or ask a question, contact us through our site.

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Senior Portrait Photographer Los Angeles & Ventura County

Senior Portrait Photographer Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles Senior Portrait Photographer

 

Senior Portrait Photographer Los Angeles & Ventura County

 

Senior Portrait Photographer Thousand Oaks

 

Senior Portrait Photographer Newbury Park

 

Senior Portrait Photographer Ventura County

 

Senior Portrait Photographers Los Angeles & Ventura County

One of the coolest things we (Brandin & Amanda Max) have access to is lots & lots of cool locations.  The sky is pretty much the limit 🙂  Above are a few favorites from our shoot with Austin B.  He has that James Dean kinda look, so we wanted to do everything from clean classic type images, to super preppy, to edgy bad boy.  There’s no reason why the girls get to have all the cool pics….guys can have absolutely amazing shoots too!  If you’re looking for a Senior Portrait photographer in Los angeles or Ventura County, we have got you covered with locations in both 🙂

To see more of our work, visit our studio facebook page.  To schedule a shoot, contact us through our site.

 

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Senior Pictures Southern California

Senior Pictures Southern California

 

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Senior Pictures Southern California

 

Senior Pictures Southern California

Senior Pictures in Southern California

This year we have SO many Seniors shooting Destination Senior Pictures with us!   It’s so exciting to meet families from all across the country….and even South America!  If you’re planning a trip to the Los Angeles area to shoot your pics, it’s a great idea to schedule your shoot after you’ve been here for 2 or 3 days at least….to make sure you’re over any jet lag, and to give yourself a couple days to do a little shopping and buy something special for your shoot.

The images above were shot at our studio, as well as one of our favorite spots to shoot Senior Pictures in Southern California:  Venice Beach 🙂

To see more examples of our work visit our studio FB page  or view our online portfolio.  To schedule a session contact us through our site.  For questions, you can feel free to call Brandin’s cel 310.622.5819

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Senior Pictures Southern California

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 Senior Portaits Southern California

The pictures above just a few proofs sheets from an album we designed from one of our 2014 Senior Portraits sessions taken in Los Angeles.  Our albums are from Italian hand-crafted album maker FINAO, and come in a Lay Flat construction that people absolutely love.  We prefer a clean design, and steer away from silly text & flourishes that look outdated within a few years.  Your pictures will be SO amazing, they’ll look best displayed similar to a high end photographic coffee table book.  Simple & Gorgeous.

 

To have your senior pictures taken at one of our southern california senior portrait studios contact us through our site, or call Brandin’s cel 310.622.5819

To view more examples of our work, visit our studio facebook page!

 

 

 

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Senior Pictures Los Angeles & Thousand Oaks

Senior Pictures Los Angeles & Thousand Oaks

High School Senior Pictures – Locations in Los Angeles & Thousand Oaks

When shooting senior pictures for guys it’s all about getting that great suit shot.  To make sure you get amazing results bring a suit that fits impeccably, and a shirt/tie combo that looks great on it’s own (without the jacket) so we can shoot some with the jacket & some without.

Chris (our Senior Guy above) brought the perfect suit for his session.  The jacket & vest are sophisticated, with a current slim fit.  The shirt & tie add a dash of youth & trendiness without being over-the-top.  Removing the jacket halfway through shooting the look, allowed us to shoot with the vest & shirt for an edgier, more hip feel.  Then, we got rid of the vest, loosened the tie, rolled up the sleeves & got some amazing smiles & laughs….super casual & totally dreamy!!!

To make the day easy for you, we have locations in Los Angeles & Newbury Park of Thousand Oaks

To see more recent work, visit our studio FB page.  To book a Senior Pictures Session, contact us by phone or our site contact page.  Brandin’s cel:  310.622.5819

 

 

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Headshots Los Angeles Kids & Teens

Headshots for Actors

Headshots Los Angeles

Headshots LA

Headshot Teens

Acting Headshots

 

Headshots Los Angeles (locations in LA & Newbury Park)

Brandin Shaeffer & Amanda Max Weber make up MaxBrandin Photography – shooting headshots los angeles, and 2 locations for your convenience 🙂  Brandin & Amanda have worked together since 2001, when they formed LA Casting Couch, becoming the first headshot photography studio in LA to shoot Color Headshots.  In the past few years, we’ve begun to focus more on Kids & Teens, with results that have put MxB on the referral lists of dozens of agents & mgrs.  If you’re needing help with wardrobe, character types (also known as “looks”), or even info on the best acting classes, MxB is happy to help you and your kid/teen move forward with their dream!

 

 

 

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Child Actor Headshots Los Angeles

Kids Headshots

Child Actor Headshots

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Headshots for Kids

Kids LA Headshots

Headshots for Kids

Child Actor Headshots

Shooting child actor headshots requires telling a story, just like when shooting adults.  Kids are capable of so much depth, character & personality…so letting them “play” during the session is key to capturing the awesomeness kids have in them.  With over 12 years experience ((25 years combined!)) Amanda Max Weber & Brandin Shaeffer will guide you and your child throughout the process in order to yield the absolute BEST headshots in Los Angeles & Thousand Oaks.

For recent samples of work, visit our studio Facebook page.  To schedule an appointment, Brandin’s cel is 310.622.5819  Or go through our Contact page.

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High School Senior Pictures

high school senior pictures

high school senior pictures

High School Senior Pictures – College Apps

For lots of high schoolers, applying for college is something that takes a lot of preparation – and the process has never been more competitive.  To give a great impression, applicants often use a picture from their high school senior pictures.  It’s best to steer away from anything with a theme (such as a sports related pic) or anything that’s overly “sexy” or silly.   Stick with a friendly smile like the images above of one of our favorite clients, Brianna.

For recent samples of our work, visit our studio facebook page.  To schedule a session, visit our site contact page.  If you have questions, Brandin is available on her cel when not shooting 310.622.5819

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Senior Pictures Los Angeles

Senior Pictures Los Angeles

Take your Senior Pictures in Los Angeles

This year we have had a TON of “Destination Senior Pictures” – seniors flying into LA to vacation or visit family, and booking a session to shoot their Senior Pictures in Los Angeles.  During the super busy months of August-October, it’s usually best to book at least 1 month in advance.  But, during December-February you can usually book a session with just a couple weeks advance notice!  In other words, you still have time to book a photoshoot with Los Angeles’ top Senior Photographers, Amanda Max Weber & Brandin Shaeffer.

To see some of our recent work, check out our FB page.  To view some of our favorite products & check out pricing, visit the “Information” page of our site.

 

 

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Kids Headshots

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Kids Headshots Los Angeles

People always want to know, for headshots what to wear.  There is definitely a lot of advice floating around out there – some of makes sense, and some it’s just silly.  The main piece of advice I hear is “wear bright colors”.  Hmmmmm…..true, colors photograph really nicely – but, there are a lot of ways to screw up your shoot by just following that advice blindly.  I’ve found the best way to approach the question of wardrobe is to think of what kinds of roles you’re going to go out for.  Let’s take a kids headshots for example:  There are 5 or 6 main “types” that a girl 8-15 years old would play….  ((there are lots others, but let’s look at some mainstays….

  • Nickelodeon Kid
  • The “Good” Kid
  • Sporty
  • Super Girly
  • Old Fashioned / Period Drama
  • Edgy Attitude

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For Nickelodeon Kid, we’re thinking “Prankster”, mischievous, rough & tumble 100% KID.  Sure, color works for this, but WHAT color works best?  In my opinion, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Red, Royal Blue are all great colors for this look.  If we went with Pink or Yellow, it might read a little softer, or a little girlier, which would detract from the story of the picture.  We want the image to scream:  I AM KID, HEAR ME ROAR!!!

For The Good Kid, we’re thinking “Class President”, Teacher’s Pet, Straight A student – so, go a little preppier, with a hint of nerdy.  Clothing could almost feel like a mini office professional.  A polo shirt for boys – a tank top & cardigan for girls.  Obviously, you’d steer clear of “unprofessional” looking colors like bright orange, lime green & vivid turquoise.  Royal blue, Dark(ish) Purple, Red, Sage Green, and even black can work great for this one.

For the Sporty Kid, layers always work well.  A Gray Tee with Navy Zip Hoodie looks really sporty.  Almost like a version of something they’d wear as a warm up if they were on a sports team.  Kelly Green Hoodie Jacket with yellow tee underneath,,,,,, even just a basic red Tee with V-neck would work great.  Just go with colors that feel like a sports team & keep the clothing something that looks like they could play in it.

For Super Girly we’re picturing the 11 year old girl who does nothing by giggle.  No matter what, she’s in fits of laughter & LOVES pink.  Great girly colors are Pink, Bright Turquoise, Bright Yellow, Peach, Baby Blue & of course purple.  The top can be as simple as a Tee, or as girly as a ruffled strap tank top.

For Period Drama / Theatrical, we’re thinking something classic or simple.  We’re going for soulful, so a color that matches the kid’s eyes exactly is always amazing.  Or, something in a faded fleshy tone, like peach or tan tones.  Black & jewel tones, like ruby, emerald green & sapphire blue work really nice too.

For Edgy / Attitude we’re mostly going to be dealing with girls 12 years to 17 years.  We usually go with more of a Disney version of “Edgy” for most kids ….a little black eyeliner, but nothing crazy.  Colors that work great are Black mixed w/ any “hot” color, like bright pink, purple, aqua, yellow…..   OR, you can take it more theatrical & realistic or urban using mostly grays & blacks with texture & layers – nothing too “new” looking for kids who play grittier characters.  That’s not the norm, but there are always those actors who play dark characters from a young age, like Jodie Foster & Nikki Reed.

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Senior Pictures South Bay

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Dominique is one of our 2013 MxB High School Senior Reps.  She shot with us a few weeks ago at our Los Angeles Senior Portraits location.  Usually, the seniors that apply to be MxB reps are extremely outgoing, because they know that they’ll be ambassadors for our photography studio.  Well, even in her application, Dominique admitted that she was shy…but that she thought maybe this might be a good thing, something to help her push the boundaries of her comfort zone with social stuff.  So, when she arrived for her shoot, we were prepared to really have to work at directing & getting great smiles & poses.  ….wow….we were wrong!  Within a matter of a few minutes Dominique was modeling as if she were a total pro!!  Being tall & super athletically built, she honestly photographed very much like a professional model.  To say we were blown away would not be an exaggeration…. So many of the cute poses & all the playing around that we captured on camera came organically from Dominique.  On the train tracks, our main direction was to say “just imagine you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, and you know to follow the tracks to the next city….but, along the way, while you’re walking, give little glances & smiles to the camera”.  That was it!  She took off her shoes & started taking little steps over the pebbles & rocks on the tracks…and when she’s slightly trip on one, she’s laugh & look right at the lens.  To be able to take your actual circumstances & use them to inform your expressions & body language is the very essence of modeling….and obviously, Dominique has it.

Senior Portraits Thousand Oaks

So many of our HS Seniors from Thousand Oaks ask about the urban locations they see in our LA Senior Pictures – and the same is true for our LA & South Bay Seniors….they often ask about the beautiful mountain shots we get at our Newbury Park location.  Both are such awesome locations for shooting HS Senior Pics that it’s tough to choose which location to book.  Our suggestion is to shoot both!!  We offer discounted rates for Seniors who decide to do 2 shoots – and the fun part is, you get double the amount of images at this totally amazing time in your life 🙂

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Senior Pics LA

Senior Pictures Los Angeles

Those of you who were lucky enough to get in on our 60% off May discount are asking for tips on how to do makeup for your senior portraits  So, below you’ll find one of our favorite natural makeup tutorials.  The makeup is done by a high school girl with products that most of you already have.  You’ll notice that the makeup is little punched up beyond “natural”, but when shooting pics in full length & even 3-quarter, you really want to make sure the eyes pop.  Using neutral tones & sticking to a simple black top liner & soft subtly smokey under liner, your eyes pop without looking overly made up.   SKIP THESE STEPS:  2 items she applies really don’t work for senior pics though & you should steer clear – the white liner in the inner rim of the eye often washes away with blinking, & can sometimes smear a bit with the under eyeliner.  And it doesn’t look that natural…. Also, the highlighter she uses toward the end of the video on her upper cheekbones is very often “bad for camera”.  What looks dewey and glowy in person, can look sweaty & glaring on camera.  Stick to MATTE powder, MATTE bronzer as well to avoid having a shiny face.  Hope this helps those of you who’re getting that awesome 60% off!

And for the rest of you, we STILL HAVE 40% OFF IN JUNE & 20% OFF IN JULY!!!!

Below is an example of some of our favorite Natural Makeup 🙂  Actor Katrina Law shot these in LA with makeup artist Karishma Ahluwalia, & we thought she achieved a perfect makeup look for each.  The left image is a little edgier, but without going over the top.  The lips & face were kept very natural, letting the eyes take center stage.  The image on the right is classic natural makeup.  The apples of the cheeks pop & the eyes have only a little neutral shadow for depth.  Katrina doesn’t need much, so the makeup artist let her natural beauty shine through 🙂

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