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It's time for your teen's senior portrait.


You may still be getting over the holiday hustle and bustle but if you have a senior in high school this year, it's time to start thinking about booking a portrait session. 

For decades, Gittings has been photographing teens at the end of their youth, just as they prepare to leave home and journey to college. We offer as many styles of portraiture as there are personalities. 

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Our Fusion portrait is a favorite of artistic teens who want to make a creative statement.

“Gittings transformed my daughter’s senior portrait session into an unforgettable experience. From the planning, to the shoot, to the selection of images and formats, Gittings helped bring my daughter’s vision to life through timeless portraiture. We fell in love with so many of the images that we opted to create a coffee table book, which was the perfect way to preserve all the moods and memories that the session captured. And a final "Fusion" portrait put an artistic exclamation point on the experience. Thank you to the entire Gitttings staff!” —Holly Benson

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Each graduate portrait package includes a set of wallet photos, a complimentary print suitable for yearbook publication, and a digital image for electronic applications such as Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Browse our graduate gallery, where you’ll find portraits that express a range of styles and moods—from artistic and lighthearted to contemplative, poised, and purposeful. Location, lighting, wardrobe and the expressions captured by our award-winning photographers work together to tell a story unique to your son or daughter.

Paul Gittings on senior portraits


Are school pictures the only photographs you have of your children growing up?

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Class portraits like these—and the individual snapshots that are usually taken on the same day—are fun to keep in a scrapbook. But they don't really capture the full essence of your child's personality or changing face. In his book, Color Portraiture, founder Paul Gittings reflects on the importance of having children professionally photographed as they grow:

"School photographers have long recognized the upsurge of children and teenagers. Through elementary schools, high schools and colleges, they have achieved an impressive volume of school sales, possibly the largest of all photographic operations on a per-print basis. The upsurge in color photography at schools has one bad result, however. Our younger generations are overwhelmed with cheap portrait photography. Following the line of least resistence, parents are glad to have any sort of picture of their youngsters and take the attitude that school pictures are better than none. Consequently, fewer and fewer families are bringing children between the ages of six and twenty to professional portrait studios. The good side of the story is that a greater number of people throughout America have been made aware of color portraiture, even if on an elementary scale and minimum quality level." 

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"Around the age of sixteen to eighteen is the best-looking time of life. A girl is in the full bloom of beauty, endowed by nature to entice the young male of reproductive age. Of all times in life, this is the most important for a girl to be photographed, and the same is largely true of boys. Male teenagers are often athletically involved and at the peak of their physical development. They have emerged from adolescence into adulthood and carry the dignity of the emerging individual. Most teenagers are healthy, alive, and alert, at their impressive best."

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Although Paul Gittings wrote these words in 1968, they're just as true today. School photographers don't have the time or imagination to create portraits of your children that will stand the test of time. But portraiture has been our profession for more than eight decades.

And nobody does it better.

Portrait photography in the news—Joe Klamar


We're always interested to find stories about portrait photography in the news. Not long ago, there was an article about Olympic athletes who were photographed by Joe Klamar, chief photographer of the Agence France Presse (AFP). It seems that Klamar was hired to create portraits of the Olympic stars but instead of carefully crafting each shot, Klamar simply snapped a picture of each athlete. The result is a collection of images that have been called "shoddy," "amateurish" and "insulting."

What's interesting is that Klamar didn't set out to create a controversy. He simply hadn't come prepared. "I was under the impression that I was going to be photographing athletes on a stage or during press conferences where I would take their headshots for our archives," he explained. "I really had no idea that there would be a possibility for setting up a studio." Having arrived with only two cameras, three lenses and a flash, Klamar did the best he could.

In the end, another photographer offered to share his booth and Klamar was able to take advantage of backdrops and more professional lighting. Still, the resulting portraits are a far cry from the staged, artistic shots we've come to expect of elite athletes. Instead, these photos look more like snapshots of our next door neighbors—one holding a tennis racquet in front of his face, another doing a handstand. On websites where Klamar's photos have been posted, many photographers and fans have been critical of his simple, unplanned portraits. "What a joke," commented one disappointed viewer. "I could do better with my cell phone."

Others have found the simplicity of the photos refreshing and real: "This is a whole other millennium. We don't have to accept the airbrushed, Photoshopped concept of beauty any more. Photographers and art directors have done that forever, and lots of us would rather see what actually happened in front of the lens."

Here's a link where you can see a gallery of Joe Klamar's controversial portraits and decide for yourself.

As for photographing athletes, we have a history of our own...and we always come prepared!

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Unique senior portraits by Gittings


If you're the parent of a high school senior, it's never too early to begin planning for the photo session that will preserve this fleeting time forever. Whether your daughter or son is athletic, musical, political, spiritual or socially conscious, one of our Gittings photographers will consult with you to conceive of the best way to capture the essence of his or her personality, spirit and charm.

Our photographer meets with you prior to the portrait session to discuss wardrobe, location, and lighting. Whether you need photographs for social media, framed portraits, graduation announcements or something else, we'll work with you.

Why settle for a yearbook photo that lacks personality? Gittings provides digital images suitable for graduation announcements,  social networking sites, resumes and other purposes. Preserve this moment in time. Trust Gittings.


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Senior portraits by Gittings


If you're the parent of a graduating senior, it's never too early to begin planning for the senior portrait photo session that will preserve this fleeting time forever. Whether your daughter or son is athletic, musical, political, spiritual or socially conscious, one of our photographers will consult with you to conceive of the best way to capture the essence of his or her personality, spirit and charm. In addition to traditional portraits, many of our customers opt for a Fusion image, like the one below, which is created from one of the session's poses.

Along with the print images used for enclosure in graduation announcements, we also provide print and digital images suitable for social networking sites, resumes and other purposes.

Why settle for a yearbook photo like all the others ? Take advantage of this opportunity to provide your child with a superior portrait that marks an achievement worth celebrating and obtain a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your home or office!

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Gittings at Village on the Green in Dallas, Texas


Village on the Green is a "lifestyle center" in north Dallas that features some of the city's finest restaurants and boutiques. It's the perfect location for our Dallas studio, where we photograph discerning executives, brides, and families.

"We've been at Village on the Green for about three years now," says Managing Partner Barry Benton. "One of the things we love about this location is the fact that it's centrally located. It's great for our Park Cities clients as well as our north Dallas and Collin County clients.

We're active in the greater Dallas community and occasionally contribute gift certificates for a Gittings portrait to select charities. In the past, we've also worked with the Episcopal School of Dallas, photographing the six "most outstanding students" throughout the school year and creating ads for placement in each issue of Eagle Edition, the school's monthly publication. Capri Neurohr was chosen as one of ESD's outstanding students in 2009. Her portraits were taken at her family's home in Dallas, and this ad was featured in the October issue of Eagle Edition.

Click here to for a video tour of our Dallas studio or come see us at Village on the Green!

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Portraits in black and white--by Gittings


The vintage black and white portraits most of us have of our bwteenparents and grandparents convey a timeless beauty. It's no wonder that even with the vivid color of today's digital photography, many of our customers choose to have their portrait created in dramatic black and white.

Black and white portraits can be done at any time in a subject's life. Gittings photographer Rick Bettinger explains that when the component of color is subtracted from a photograph, the portrait accentuates the unique features of the individual, highlighting the structure of the face and the body.

"Black and white portraits tend to be more dramatic with great depth in the shadows," Bettinger explains. "These shadowed areas become as important as the highlights in the composition of the portrait. Also, the backgrounds and details of the environment tend to be less meaningful. They may have texture or be quite simple. The focus of the portrait, literally and figuratively, is the subject."

Contemporary yet classic, simple yet dramatic, current yet timeless. Beautiful portraits in black and white--by Gittings.


Senior Portrait: "Our Gittings portrait has been a great investment"


We decided to purchase the Birthday Plan for senior-portraitour son Michael because we knew how much it would mean to us--and to him someday--to be able to look through the album and see how he's changed over the years. Every portrait shows what he was 'into' at the time. One year it was golfing--in another one he's fishing. There's a great one with his dog. In the back of the album is a page with a small photograph from each year. We always chose the silliest photo for that. This is a record of his life, really. Our Gittings portrait been a great investment. It's worth every penny.

Terri & Denny Kerr
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