Portrait Sittings

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.

Yearbook Portrait Schedule - Class of 2019

To book a sitting you can either follow the calendar below or book an appointment online.

A-E Week 4 - Oct. 22 through Oct. 26
A-E Week 5 - Oct. 29 through Nov. 2
A-E Week 6 - Nov. 5 through Nov. 9
F-J Week 7 - Nov. 12 through Nov. 16
F-J Week 8 - Nov. 19 through Nov. 21
F-J Week 9 - Nov. 26 through Nov. 30
K-O Week 10 - Dec. 3 through Dec. 7
K-O Finals Week - Dec. 10 through Dec. 14
K-O Week 1 - Jan. 7 through Jan. 11
P-S Week 2 - Jan. 14 through Jan. 18
P-S Week 3 - Jan. 22 through Jan. 25
P-S Week 4 - Jan. 28 through Feb. 1
T-W Week 5 - Feb. 4 through Feb. 8
T-W Week 6 - Feb. 11 through Feb. 15
T-W Week 7 - Feb. 19 through Feb. 22
X-Z Week 8 - Feb. 25 through Mar. 1
X-Z Week 9 - Mar. 4 through Mar. 8
X-Z Week 10 - Mar. 11 through Mar. 15
X-Z Finals Week - Mar. 18 through Mar. 22 (Last date for yearbook inclusion)
OPEN Week 1 - Apr. 1 through Apr. 5 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 2 - Apr. 8 through Apr. 12 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 3 - Apr. 15 through Apr. 19 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 4 - Apr. 22 through Apr. 26 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 5 - Apr. 29 through May 3 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 6 - May 6 through May 10 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 7 - May 13 through May 17 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 8 - May 20 through May 24 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 9 - May 28 through May 31 (Non yearbook sessions)
OPEN Week 10 - June 3 through June 7 (Non yearbook sessions)

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. It 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 show in some of the poses. Please make sure your nails are neatly trimmed, and if you have a class ring please wear it.
  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 not provide shirts for your use. A clean shave is a must. Razor stubble or a bad shave is impossible to correct even with digital retouching. If you have a beard make sure it is neatly combed and trimmed.

The Day of the Sitting

  1. Appointments can be made one week in advance by calling the studio or in person. Each portrait session is 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 total of 8 poses. The first 4 will be taken without the cap and the final 4 with.
  2. 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. The studio has the gold Latin Honors cord and the Chancellors service award for your use.
  3. It is very important that you be on time for your appointment. Anyone 5 minutes or more late by the studio’s clock will have their appointment canceled and will need to reschedule for a later time and date.
  4. The sitting fee is $15.00. This includes 8 poses the use of the studio’s caps and gowns. Your electronic portrait proofs will be ready the next business day after 3:00pm.
  5. The retake fee is $10.00. Appointments are required and to better understand your desires, please bring the previews from your first sitting.
  6. Eye glass glare or the reflection caused by the lenses in eye glasses in a portrait is extremely difficult and expensive to remove. If you choose to wear your glasses in your portrait session we strongly suggest that you remove the lenses from the frame before your portrait session. The studio will make adjustments in our lighting system to prevent this type of problem. However, should this problem occur the studio will take no responsibility for the cost of retouching to correct the glare.

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