School Yearbook Photography

About Ivey Photography

Founded in 1977, Ivey Photography was once a small boutique studio in Dallas, TX.  Since then, we have changed into a volume-based photography business.  We actively serve over 15,000 families each year.  We still offer a wide array of products and services to meet our client’s needs, but our school and sports division is the fastest growing segment of our business.  Our company is owned and operated by PPA Master Photographer, Chris Smith.  Chris is one of only 16 Texas-based photographers to actively hold three Professional Photographers of America degrees.

Health and Safety, Privacy, and Student Identification

Our goal is to provide a secure, safe, and enjoyable experience for everyone we photograph on a school campus or athletic field.  As parents ourselves, we know that student health and safety is priority number one.  We take the job of protecting student data and photographs very seriously.  Our secure data systems provide unique, password-protect access for authorized parents/guardians only.  Students on the FERPA lists are strictly invisible to anyone other than administrators or authorized guardians.  Ivey Photography will provide a secure access point for campus and district administrators to access images and applicable data for internal use (ID badges).

COVID-19 has obviously shaped the way we handle so many aspects of our lives.  We have developed a system of contactless photography that allows us and our subjects to keep a safe distance for as much as possible.  We have moved to “virtual team” photographs where all of our teams are photographed one player at a time and then stitched together.  We are asking parents to minimize paper order forms to prevent passing documents and payments between students and staff.  And we never have contact with students with our posing, using clear instructions to adjust poses and positions.

Fall Underclass School Photography for Yearbooks and ID Badges (PK-11)

The key to high-quality underclass photography is technical expertise, attention to detail, and preparation.  We are confident that our image quality is second to none.  For yearbook directors, better quality means consistent lighting, posing and head size, making your yearbooks look even better than they already do.  For parents, better photography means more satisfaction and higher purchases.  In the fall we generally photograph all students in grades PK-11, along with any staff or administration who require an updated portrait.

Revenue Share/Fundraising

Regarding fundraising and revenue sharing, Ivey Photography guarantees a minimum of a matching revenue check to your previous provider for each campus for the first year.  Our average revenue share is 20% of Net Sales (gross receipts less processing fees, tax, and shipping).  After we renew the agreement for year 2 and beyond, we will have actual sales data to use to base a fair and equitable revenue share for your district’s campuses.  We know that fundraising is an important part of school photography.  We aim to increase your revenue share by improving image quality, parent participation rates, and average order dollars while maintaining a profitable position for ourselves.

Staff, Sports, Clubs, and Organizations

We do not charge any fees for our standard school photography.  Our goal is to partner with your district/campus and provide photography services that are parent-driven, but also capture the images that are required by yearbook directors, coaches, teachers, and administration.  Each campus may schedule their group, staff, or sports team photography with us as needed.  Student purchases from sports, team or group events are considered as a part of the revenue share for each campus.

Special event photography rates or products may be quoted on a case-by-case basis.  Special events include proms, banquets, or other district events and may require a fee or minimum student purchases.

High School Senior Portraits

Our contract senior portrait process is different from what the national companies provide.  Every high school yearbook has a special place for its seniors.  We pride ourselves on providing the absolute premium image for each of our seniors.  We currently photograph over 1000 seniors each year.  Our contract senior sessions take place at our studio in Midlothian (7.9 miles from WHS) from June 1 until September 30 each year.  Online booking is available with appointments open from Tuesday-Saturday each week.  Students are offered a formal yearbook photo and a cap & gown photo session at no charge, with no obligation to purchase.  The images are provided at no charge to your campus yearbook director.

Since senior portraits are such an important part of every senior year, we offer a variety of session types to enhance the experience here at the studio.  Interestingly, this past year, less than one-third of our seniors elected for only the “required” portraits.  Thirty percent selected an extended cap & gown session, and 40% elected our premium or outdoor session options.

Spring Photos

For our grades PK through 8th, we offer a Fall and Spring portrait session.  We offer a slightly more styled portrait opportunity in the spring semester.  Our goal with the choice of our set is to make it as universal as possible so that every student has an opportunity to shine.  The alternative look gives parents a second chance to purchase an updated studio-style portrait without having to pay studio prices.  Grades 9-11 are traditionally only photographed in the Fall Semester.

Service and Delivery

We have moved to an online-only system for all of our portrait sales.  We do have and can provide, paper order forms where required, but paper orders are not included in the revenue share totals.  We encourage you to push your parents to order online.  Our systems work great on mobile, and a computer is not required to order.

Portrait packages and products are normally delivered 2-3 weeks from your campus portrait date when a batch order is complete.  All orders have the option to be shipped to home, where service times are faster, ranging from 3-7 days.  Parents may incur a shipping fee when choosing the ship-to-home option.

Campuses are provided with yearbook photos within 30 days of their last scheduled retake date.  Administration images for student information systems are provided in a separate format along with the yearbook photos.  We will need your system’s requirements for photos and data delivery.

It is important for us to have a campus liaison that can work on scheduling and delivery or help resolve any issues as needed.  We are happy to work individually with coaches and sponsors when clubs or teams need photographs.  We like to tailor each event to fit the needs of the campus or organization.

We offer regular business hours at our studio for parent ordering, customer service, and/or portrait retakes (by appointment).  Our hours of business are Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Kids Couture professional photos
Kids Couture professional photos
Kids Couture professional photos
Kids Couture professional photos
Kids Valentine professional photos.
Kids Valentine professional photos.
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Individual and Team Sports Photography, and Banners
Senior Sessions for Midlothian, Heritage, and Waxahachie schools
Senior Sessions for Midlothian, Heritage, and Waxahachie schools
Senior Sessions for Midlothian, Heritage, and Waxahachie schools.
Senior Sessions for Midlothian, Heritage, and Waxahachie schools
Senior Sessions for Midlothian, Heritage, and Waxahachie schools.
In Studio or Off-Site Professional Headshot
In Studio or Off-Site Professional Headshot
In Studio or Off-Site Professional Headshot
In Studio or Off-Site Professional Headshot.
In Studio or Off-Site Professional Headshot.