Book Senior 2022 Yearbook Portraits

Welcome to the Official 2022 Senior Portrait Center

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Your school has selected Ivey Photography to be the official senior portrait photographer for the Class of 2022.

We photograph seniors from any area school, while we are the official yearbook image provider for Midlothian Heritage, Midlothian High, and Waxahachie High School.  If you are not from those schools, additional fees and pricing may apply to your portrait session.

About Our Studio

Ivey Photography is located at 403 West Main Street near downtown Midlothian.  We have a spacious 2200 square foot studio with easy access from all over town.  We offer a variety of indoor set options, as well as an outdoor shooting space.  Parking is easy along 6th Street and you’ll be in and out from your session in only a few minutes.

Photography is Safe

COVID19 Health and Safety Guidelines

  • If you are being photographed, you do not need a mask
  • If you are not being photographed, you may wear a mask
  • If you do not wear a mask, please keep a safe distance from others
  • Please use hand sanitizer when you enter (on the counter)
  • We are sanitizing all garments worn by students as they are used, and no students wear the same garments the same day
  • If you have been sick or in contact with a person known to have COVID19, please reschedule your appointment

Required Yearbook Portraits

Your school requires two portraits for your senior year.  The first is a formal photo.  Gentlemen will wear a provided “tuxedo”.  Ladies will be provided with a classic black drape.  Each is a simple look and will be the primary image used in each yearbook.  The second required image is a cap & gown photo.  We have three session options for you, all designed to maximize your experience with us and provide great-looking images for your yearbook and home use.

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Choose a Session

Yearbook Basic

  • Free Session Weekdays
  • Available Tuesday-Friday Only
  • Formal + Cap/Gown
  • 2 poses in your preview gallery
  • Retouching is not provided on yearbook submitted images
  • Retouching is available on ordered images for $10 per image
  • Online ordering only

Yearbook Extended

  • $10 Session Fee
  • Available Weekdays Tuesday-Friday Only
  • Formal + Cap/Gown
  • Up to 8 poses in your preview gallery
  • Free retouching on required yearbook image
  • Free retouching on all ordered images
  • Standard Senior Pricing

 

Yearbook Premium

  • $25 Session Fee
  • Available Tuesday-Saturday
  • Includes the Formal + Cap/Gown session plus your choice of outfits
  • Bring outfits to go with these popular sets.
    • Black & White Headshot Set (most popular)
    • Neutral Grey Living Room Set (formal or casual)
    • Colorful Mural Walls (fun casual)
    • Bricks/Texture look (great for sports or casual jeans look)
    • Rustic Wood Wall (great for jeans/boots looks)
  • An average of 25 poses in your preview gallery

  • Free retouching on required yearbook image

  • Free retouching on all ordered images

 

Boomerang Session

  • $125 Session Fee
  • Includes your Yearbook Premium Session (see above)
  • Plus an additional outdoor session at a later date (Fall or Spring)
  • No minimum order
  • Locations in the immediate area of our studio to suit your style
  • Add $150 for out of area sessions

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We’ve partnered with Lucky’s Barbershop to get you looking sharp for your senior photo appointment. Mention Ivey Photography or that you are 2022 Senior and Dustin will knock a cool $5 off any of their killer services!  That means you can get a great haircut from a locally-owned shop for just $20.
 

Image Examples of Required Portraits

MHS Senior Cap & Gown Photo

MHS Senior Cap & Gown Photo

MHHS Ladies Formal Portrait

Ladies Formal Portrait

MHHS and MHS Yearbook Formal

Men’s Yearbook Formal

MHHS Cap & Gown Portrait

MHHS Cap & Gown Portrait

WHS Cap & Gown (Extended Session Pose Option)

 

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My History in the PPA International Print Compeition

The Professional Photographers of America will host the 2021 International Print Competition starting September 12. It is a five-day, intense look, at the best image-makers in the world and their work. I’ve been entering the IPC since 2011. It took me a while to get the hang of it and “play the game”. Playing the game means creating work that speaks to the judges, displays your technical and creative skills, and tells the story you want to tell. They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to entering an International Print Competition, most of the 1000 words are the four-lettered variety.
Photographers, especially me, are introverts. We don’t like to put ourselves out there. We only want words of adoration and affirmation, and we do NOT like to be critiqued. When you enter the IPC, you are laying your BEST work out on the stage for a panel of five, highly critical, very experienced, judges. Their job is to make minute observations and determine if your work meets the standards they expect.  It is one of the most humbling experiences you can have as a professional artist.  You say “Here is my best”.  They say “Not good enough.”.  And I guess that’s why I enter. I am striving for perfection. In my mind, I did all I could on every image I entered. But there was always more. And I’ll enter again this year, hoping for more, coming up short, and starting over again.
The rules have varied some over the years, but the general idea is that your work is measured against a standard set of “elements”. In this case, there are 12 elements used to define success or failure. You can read more about those here https://www.ppa.com/…/the-12-elements-of-a-merit-image-mem Generally, you can think of it as a judgment of Overall Impact, technical excellence, and creativity. What IMPACT can you immediately make on a judge with your image? How well can you convey your story or message quickly? Can you be technically excellent while doing both?
Over the years, I have trained and practiced, and taken special workshops to improve my skills. I’ve spent countless hours just daydreaming about a particular image and I’ve spent the same hours again working the image in the editing room to get it “perfect”. And through all of that training and practice, I’ve only ever had ONE “perfect” score. Dozens of images, all failed. They didn’t fail me personally, but through the judge’s critiques, when measured against perfection, all but one could have been better.
Each year, an artist can only enter 4 images into a category. And each year, there are only 2 categories to enter, on average. Some years there are 3, and I’ve only ever chosen to enter 2 at a time. So in a given year, we might take over 500,000 images at our studio. And from those, I have to choose as few as FOUR to send to the competition. It truly is a submission of the absolute best of your best work.
There are basically “levels” or judging categories that the images are scored in. It used to be a numbered “score” from 0-100. And in my mind, that’s how I still play the game. But the scale is a little weird, so when I say to you “that image scored an 88”, it doesn’t sound like much. I mean, in school an 88 is only a B letter grade, and anyone can get a B.  However, when you put in the context of the scoring system used at IPC, the result is much different than a B.  There are generally about 5000 images per competition, and only 40-50% of them will score higher than an 80, or receive a “Merit Award”.  Then when you know that less than 10% of them will score higher than an 85, you get a better sense of “success” vs “failure”.  A score of 88 is a prized possession among photographers.  Score in the 90s, and people are asking for your autograph.  Score a 100 and they are literally calling to ask “how it felt”.
In the end, my goal was the improve my craft, and to earn the distinction of “Master of Photography”, “Master Artist”, and “Photographic Craftsman”. Each of these distinctions is awarded by the Professional Photographers of America as recognition of achievements in image-making excellence. Today in the US, there are approximately 40,000 PPA Members. They are all working professional photographers. Fewer than 1 percent of those members hold all three distinctions. I am one of those members.
Here is a look at my competition entries from the IPC over the years. I may have missed a few because it has been so long since I started my entries, but these are for sure the highlights. I’m especially proud that MANY of these are actual client images or they contain my own kiddos.
Enjoy.

Purple Rain Prodigy

A Padawan’s Dream

Urban Assault

Mother of Dragons

Urban Legend

Honor the Fallen

Dawn’s Early Light

Campfire Brothers

The Chase

The Captain

Affectionate Confections

And to All a Good Night

Bohemian Beauty

Bridal Beauty

Dark Contemplation

Enchanted

Permission to Buzz the Tower – Score of 100, Best in Show, IPC Loan

Fender Bender

The Heiress

Her Vintage Reflection

Let It Snow

Little Boy Blue

 

Lonely Seeking Relationship – Strings Attached

Making Magic and Memories

My Work Here is Done

The Sentinel

Never Too Late to SK8

Nowhere to Go but Up

Our Love Glows

Santa’s Magical Workshop

Simple Swag

The Final Inspection

Lonestar Snow

 

Wedding Night Sax

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Spring Fine Art Portraits with Special Guests Bunnies and Goat

There is never a bad time to take a family portrait.  But springtime in Texas is a great time to get together with your loved ones and have photographs made.  We held our annual Spring Limited Edition Fine Art sessions this year at our home studio.  For 2021 we changed up our program considerably from years past.  We still brought the same cute and cuddly bunny rabbits to the set, and this year we added “Snickers” the baby goat.  We also usually photograph in the studio on a single date.  We decided that our family home on 4.4 Acres would make a beautiful setting for the sessions.  We still used our design and set building ideas from the studio, but we carried them outside.

Each family who attended booked a 30-minute session window.  We have done as few as 10 minutes, but this year, with a new set and a new location, we wanted to take more time with each family.  In addition, we normally reserve these experiences for children only, but the new setting made for a perfect opportunity for a full family portrait.

You can read about the sessions we offered here, and we will update this event for 2022 sometime in early January.  We did not do any marketing this year and we sold out the 10 spots we planned.  For 2022, we will open up this event to the first 25 families.

If you are looking for a family portrait experience, we offer sessions, minus the animals, all year long.  Contact us at 972-723-2464 for a consultation.

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Senior Portraits are HOT to Start the Summer – Class of 22

We’ve been busy in June.  Check out 22 of our favorite senior portraits, so far, for the Class of 2022.  Students from Waxahachie, Midlothian High, and Heritage High are coming to Ivey Photography for their senior portraits.  We are the official yearbook contract photographer for each of our area High Schools.  Students are required by the district to appear in a formal style photo.  While they are required to complete the formal image, most elect to add fun, casual, and creative portraits to their session.  We photography all students in the studio during the summer break ahead of their senior year.  Students and parents are excited about the additional opportunities for photos and the results show.

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Enchanted Summer Art Portraits

What are your kids’ favorite summer activities? What moments do you catch them in that you’d like to keep forever?
Our series of hand-painted photographic art captures the dreams, the wonders, the moments, and the memories that childhood is made of.

Enchanted Summer Art sessions are available all summer long. We capture candid moments of kids doing things kids do and present them in a storybook style. Finished pieces start at 16×20″ and include framing.  Choose from canvas or metal finish.  Sessions are FREE with your purchase of art.  16×20″ pricing is $795 and includes the finished digital image for sharing and printing small prints.

When thinking about my own childhood, and things I see my own kids do, I can think of dozens of themes, activities, and moments I’d want to immortalize with a piece of art.

Backyard forts
Washing a car
Playing Hide & Seek
Catching fireflies
Picking wildflowers
Playing in the treehouse
Riding bikes in the neighborhood at dusk
Having a tea party
Playing dress-up
Paddling the creek in a canoe
Flying a kite
Splashing in the sprinklers
Swinging on the playground
Splashing in the pool
Playing kickball with friends
Eating snow cones or ice cream before it melts
Roasting marshmallows
Going camping in the backyard
Swinging from a rope tree swing (tire swing)
Laying in a hammock
and so many more…

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Waxahachie High School Senior Pictures – Dalton

Waxahachie High School senior Dalton came to Ivey Photography for his 2021 Senior portraits.  He waited until the last second, but we still got him in the studio to make some fun images.  We spent a little time in our downtown outdoor areas, too.  Dalton was a multi-sport athlete at WHS, so we made sure to feature his lettermen jacket in several of the images.  Here are a few of our favorite senior photos of Dalton from Waxahachie High School.

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Waxahachie High School Senior Portraits – Cameron

Cameron plays on the Waxahachie High School Golf team and came to Ivey Photography for his senior portraits.  He will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall of 2021.  We created a variety of indoor and outdoor looks for Cameron and his mom took home a beautiful album full of her favorites.  We printed his favorite 4 images on a canvas cluster that will be featured in the family home for years.   Here are a few of our favorites from Cameron’s Waxahachie High senior photos.

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The Storybook Santa Experience Interview

The Storybook Santa Experience by Ivey Photography interviews Santa Chuck Lee.  Santa details his feelings on the process, the set design, and even how to handle scared children.  Mrs. Claus joins him for a look at his feelings on the artistic approach by the Ivey Photography staff.  Interviewed by Ivey owner and photographer Chris Smith.  Learn more about The Storybook Santa Experience and book online at iveystudio.com/santa

00:00:40
Chris: Yes, good morning, good morning, how are you? I’m glad you’re here.

Santa Chuck: Thank you very much.

Chris: How was your New Year?

00:00:50
Santa Chuck: It is wonderful. So far I’ve been on an extended vacation.

Chris: Not overly celebrating or family over?

00:00:57
Santa Chuck: Well, we did have extra movie night and cookies.

Chris:  Cookies?

Santa Chuck: Cookies.

00:01:06
Chris: How many times have we done the story about the Santa experience?

00:01:11
Santa Chuck: About three hundred times.

Chris:  Have you ever done the mall type, sit on your lap, Santa?

00:01:21
Santa Chuck: Not like you would think of them all, Mrs. Claus and I’ve done the Waxahatchee parade and tree lighting, which has an event where you can come get pictures with Santa.

00:01:34
Santa Chuck: And that’s probably the closest I’ve ever gotten to a mall. Santa events like parades, the mall, Santa, almost every event out there is get through fast. You may have 30 seconds in the mall to a minute and a half at some more relaxed events. But it’s all very fast. Even if it’s a party at a home visit, they generally have more children than you can spend. Just a couple of minutes.

00:02:09
Chris: Well, what was your experience with spending more time with kids?

00:02:13
Santa Chuck: Those events were at a play than you, and they were an hour and a half long. There’s a point when you interact with a child and you can see them relax and the magic and the joy began and that’s where it’s really cool.

00:02:31
Chris: So that takes more than 30 seconds.

Santa Chuck: It takes more than 30 seconds. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes.

00:02:37
Chris: One of the things that we most enjoyed about working with you was that it seems that you’re immersed in Santa for more than just the day that you’re here. Can you talk about that?

00:02:51
Santa Chuck: Yes. What’s really interesting is I’m actually very much an introvert and a recluse. The last thing Mrs. Claus would think I would want to go do was spend time with families and children.

Chris: Can you tell us who Mrs. Claus is.

00:03:10
Santa Chuck: Mrs. Claus is my wife.

00:03:14
Santa Chuck: We are married over forty-one years at this point and that some of the magic and what happens in this environment is because the natural psychic connection, if you will, occurs and we’re reading each other and how to support one another, where that’s not possible if it’s not something that you don’t know extremely well.

00:03:48
Santa Chuck: When I started Santa, I had a vision in mind and that was I wanted to remake Christmas because as a child, Christmas was not a pleasant experience for us.

00:04:04
Santa Chuck: And it often ended in arguments, in tears.

00:04:08
Santa Chuck:  And in two thousand eleven, I decided that I wanted to remake Christmas. Everything I do, I do with all my attributes, everything that I have to offer. It’s not one hundred percent, it’s total.

00:04:27
Santa Chuck: So when I started to be Santa, I wanted clothes that were becoming of a real Santa. What would Santa really wear every day? And I went out and I looked, there’s a whole industry for Santa’s clothing and it is all costume clothing.

00:04:51
Santa Chuck: And I wanted clothing as a tailor would make it.

00:04:55
Santa Chuck: So I learned to sew and I learned to tailor and I learned to design patterns.

00:05:02
Santa Chuck: And I make all of the clothing for Santa and for Mrs. Claus with all the proper structure and detail that is required and a finely tailored garment.

00:05:16
Chris: How do you use this experience to fuel you year-round?

00:05:20
Santa Chuck: Well, I am maker of things. Naturally, I’m a musical instrument maker. And so I really do have a workshop in my backyard where Santa works year-round and I create and design all the time. I do a lot of it in my sleep. I’ll wake up and I’ll have an idea for a piece of clothing or a prop that you may want to consider in the workshop. And then I’m able to go out and design all the pieces necessary to make that prop or that piece of clothing. Everyone who portrays Santa has a list of what they want to accomplish in their career. And sometimes those are parades or parades in your hometown or to work for your hometown might be a professional sports team. It could be a certain mall. It could be anything you can imagine. But every Santa has a list. When I learned about the story about Santa experience, I knew from the very beginning that that’s what I wanted to do. I have a colleague in North Carolina that I’ve followed his career in that type of program.

00:06:44
Santa Chuck: And I knew from the very beginning that was my goal. I need every person that I interact with in Santa to leave. Feeling that Santa is real in Santa truly loves them. And this gives me the opportunity to do that.

00:07:03
Chris: Let’s have Mrs. Claus come in and you can lead him into his love of art, as you know him as a person better than anybody.

00:07:14
Chris: So you want to talk about his love of art?

00:07:22
Mrs. Claus: Well, I think another point about why you love working at Ivey and I do, too, is it’s art at work. We have artists doing the photography and they’ve spent a long time to learn and develop the sets. And when we see the results, we feel really happy and excited to be part of that.

00:07:46
Santa Chuck: That’s something that I enjoy showing pictures when they say, you know, you look a lot like Santa Claus. And I say, well, there’s a reason for that and I’ll get out and I’ll show them some pictures.

00:08:00
Santa Chuck: But we have an opportunity to show them a picture that you produce that’s on the set.

00:08:04
Santa Chuck: Their first question is always after their oohs and ahs is, is that a backdrop? And I get to open up the picture and say, no, everything in here is real.

00:08:18
Mrs. Claus: I know there’s a place for the crying kid on Santa’s lap, but I feel like the people who come to me are looking for a happy experience for the kids, not a drama that’s going to take counseling to get them over it.

00:08:32
Mrs. Claus: And so if a child is a little reluctant then and especially if Santa is scary to them, then I can be at least a female. Some of the babies will go for me before they go for Santa while they’re getting used to it, get down on the floor, play with them or hand them a toy. I have a little puppet I can bring out or a book. I get to often have the privilege of meeting the families because Santa does and just to helping them understand what’s going to happen in the recession. Really like to do that.

00:09:05
Santa Chuck: The storybook Santa experience is the top of my goal. And what’s exciting is this expands every year and I love a program that doesn’t stand still.

00:09:17
Santa Chuck: Storybook Santa experience has been different every year with new creativity, new sets, new opportunity. I really love that.

00:09:28
Chris: I have a hold on mom’s leg and I’m not going to let go. How do you still maintain Santa’s composure?  Mrs. Claus what is your role?

00:09:33
Santa Chuck:  Well, you know, that’s an interesting question. And it is a challenge for Santas in general. And the answer is this event is not about me. This event is about that child.

00:09:48
Santa Chuck: It’s about that child leaving and feeling as loved and comfortable as possible. All right, Misty, let’s have you out and we’ll get a final couple of things with Santa.

00:09:59
Chris: Tell me something I don’t know about you.

Santa Chuck:  Something that you may not realize, even though we’ve worked many years together at this point, is when I work with Mrs. Claus, I’m able to be a different, more real in-depth person, because as that introvert and recluse, when we work together, I feel more content and peaceful and I’m able to transfer that to the people that we work within the studio.

00:10:43
Santa Chuck: I really have to get back to the North Pole. We’ve got two days to make plans and I have some new clothing for Ivy for next year.

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