Portrait Prep

Grad ETC


It's pretty special to be a Class of 2019 graduate. Commemorate your personal milestone with a formal Graduation Portrait that you and your family can treasure always. And remember, the cap is optional, many graduates choose to wear the gown without the cap. Our studio provides official UCLA caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels for your portrait.

How to Prepare For Your Portrait Sitting

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before. Puffy and droopy eyes from lack of sleep will affect your appearance.
  2.  Avoid new hairstyles, perms or cuts one week prior to your sitting. Come in with a style you feel comfortable with.
  3. For women: Use a slightly heavier makeup than you would normally use. Avoid using too much makeup because it will make you look pasty. You want to try to highlight your eyes because they are the focal point of a great portrait. Choose a hair style that does not allow your hair to fall across your face. These styles create shadows on your face that are distracting and can make you look older. During the Yearbook Season portraits are taken in the official black University of California Caps and Gowns. We suggest that women wear a top with a rounded collar or a tank top. This will prevent your shirt from being seen above the neck line of the gown. If you don’t have a rounded collar shirt suitable for this session, wear a dark colored top that will blend in with the black UC gown. Your hands will be cropped out of most shots however may show in the prop shots.
  4. For men: A shirt and tie is the standard dress for a formal portrait of a man. The color of the shirt and tie is your choice. Avoid colors that clash with each other. The neck size of the shirt is important. A shirt with a tight neck will create a choked appearance and a shirt too large will lower the location of your tie and give a sloppy look. Make sure your shirt is neatly pressed to avoid wrinkles. The studio does have a few shirts and ties as backup. Razor stubble is not removed with digital retouching. If you choose to leave stubble, know that it will be in the final print.

The Day of the Sitting

  1. Appointments must be scheduled in advance online. Each portrait session is approximately 30 minutes long. The first 15 minutes is spent completing the studio paperwork and performing a final check in the mirror. The next 15 minutes is spent in the studio having your portraits taken. The photographer will take a variety of photos with different combinations of regalia and backgrounds.
  2. The sitting fee covers the initial photo session. The retake fee is discounted.
  3. It is very important that you be on time for your appointment. If you are 5 minutes late by the studio’s clock you will be put in a holding pattern to wait for a cancellation or no show.
  4. The studio has the gold Latin Honors cord and the Chancellors service award for your use. If you are receiving an award from a department, organization or have a sash, ribbon or medallion you would like to wear in your portraits please bring them with you and let the photographer know.
  5. Eye glass glare or the reflection caused by the lenses in eye glasses in a portrait is extremely difficult to remove and avoid. If you choose to wear your glasses in your portrait the photographer will show you the first frame. You can choose to continue the shoot with the glasses on or remove them.
  6. Beyond checking for eyeglass reflection, images cannot be reviewed during the photo session. In order for us to stay on schedule and remain consistent with regalia placement we do not review images in the studio. Your online proofs will arrive within a few days of your photo shoot.
  7. Your watermarked portrait proofs will be emailed to you within a few days with a link to a private online gallery. Orders can be placed online or in person.

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