happy new year! january: good time order your senior portraits!

canvas collage : some of mom's faves
a few faves from Mitch’s session

Just finishing up a portrait order for Mitch’s family. With the snow blowing around outdoors today, it is enjoyable to prepare senior portraits from a session done in the golden glow of autumn!

For those who have had a session done but have not yet gotten around to ordering, the next several weeks before spring are perfect to get your favorite senior portrait pose ordered. Just give a call to set up a time for your Big Show at the studio.

class of 2015 senior photo ann arbor huron high yearbook deadline: OCT. 31, 2014

Oct 31 senior photo submission deadline to Huron High! At Photo Generations a Huron High portrait session between Oct 21 and Oct 28th will include a $50 rush fee (total 1/2-hour EZ Session cost: $100 including indoor and outdoor portrait choices and in time delivery to Huron yearbook)

Huron HS portrait sessions on Oct. 29 & 30 and 31 will incur a $100 rush fee, total cost of $150 for the EZ Session including on-time delivery to Huron yearbook. official Huron High deadline/ yearbook photo submission info, quoted below from their website:

The Enthymion, Huron’s yearbook ….


Seniors wishing to be included in the yearbook must submit a picture with these specifications:

Senior pictures are due to the yearbook office by Friday, October 31th.
300 DPI jpegs may be emailed to hur_yearbook@aaps.k12.mi.us OR printed photos/CDs can be brought to the Yearbook office (2-1/4 height by 1-3/4 width).
Include the student’s name as you would like it to appear under their picture in the yearbook.
Pictures will not be returned.




Pinckney HS class of 2015 yearbook info


Nov. 14, 2014 senior photo submission deadline to Livingston County’s  Pinckney  High School!   At Photo Generations a Pinckney High portrait session between Oct 31 and Nov 10th will include a $50 rush fee (total 1/2-hour EZ Session cost: $100 including indoor and outdoor portrait choices and in time delivery to yearbook)

Pinckney High portrait sessions on Nov. 11 & 12 and 13 will incur a $100 rush fee, total cost of $150 for the 1/2-hour EZ Session including on-time delivery to yearbook. official deadline/ yearbook photo submission info, quoted below :


The senior pinckney high school  headshot requirements are:

Digital file format: minimum of 300 dpi ; jpg

Head size: 7/8” inch from top of hair to chin

Overall Photo size: 1.5” X 2”

The due date for the headshots is November 14th.

no outdoor, studio backdrop

ann arbor pioneer senior picture yearbook deadline Oct 17, 2014

Pioneer Class of 2015 Students may have their picture made at Photo Generations studio by Oct. 2 to avoid a rush charge.  The photo is due to Omega yearbook staff by Oct 17, 2014.  Rush fees apply between Oct. 3 and Oct 15 for Pioneer students at Photo Generations.  Here are specifications from Pioneer Omega yearbook website:  


Senior Photo Guidelines

All senior portraits must be:

>Color or black and white (the yearbook is all color, so most students choose color.)

>Full face and shoulders, no hands

>No hats or extra objects

>No spaghetti straps or strapless dresses/tops

>All pictures will be cropped so that they are head and shoulder shots

Be sure to label the back of your picture with your school and name.  If you are submitting a digital image, please submit as a jpg or tiff (label – last name, first name). Digital images should be a minimum of 300 dpi. Images may be submitted via email topioomega@aaps.k12.mi.us. We will use the student name listed on the master list unless otherwise notified.

If you prefer to use SchoolPictures.com, they will be available during August registration to take your senior picture.  This is the picture that will be used if no other photo is submitted. If you do not want to be pictured, you must let the Omega know in writing.

Senior pictures are due in the General Office by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014.  There are no guarantees that your picture will be included if we receive it after that date.

Class of 2015 Dexter High Yearbook submission deadline is October 24, 2014

To clarify yearbook submission deadline for Dexter High seniors it is October 24, 2014 for class of 2015 seniors.

Dexter high School Yearbook will now ‘OFFICIALLY’ accept OUTDOOR images-as long as the photo is head and shoulders only & Color. This following is quoted from DHS site:

Senior photos are due to the yearbook staff by Friday, October 24, 2014
Your senior photograph for yearbook should meet the following requirements:
Wallet size photo (2” x 2 1/2”)
Preferred head size of person in photo: exactly 1” from top of hair to bottom of chin
All photos must be vertical, color (no black and white or sepia tone)
Head and shoulder shots only (no pets, musical instruments, cars, other people or full body shots, for example)
August 5, 2014 REVISION – Yearbook will accept outdoor photos. Please make sure the photo is a head & shoulder shot and not a full body shot. Photo must be vertical.
Glossy, no soft focus
Background: Traditional – medium blue/gray – see “REVISION” note above.
No bare shoulders, no cleavage, no hats
When emailing a digital image to DHSybookads@gmail.com, please use the following format:

Format: JPEG
Color Space: RGB or CMYK
File Size: under 10 MB
Resolution: at least 300 ppi
Submitting Your Senior Photo
Digital Submission

Please submit digital photo to yearbook ads manager, senior Heidi Glatfelter, by emailing the photo to DHSybookads@gmail.com

Also Cc: yearbook adviser, Barry Mergler merglerb@dexterschools.org

Hard Copy Submission

Submit hard copy of photo directly to high school main office in envelope marked “Yearbook Senior Photo 14-15 Mergler”. Yearbook staff will scan the photograph. Photos will not be returned unless specifically requested to do so.

The DHS composite is separate. Here is info from DHS site:

The senior composite consists of individual, cameo-like pictures of the entire class and is separate from the yearbook. The yearbook staff does not create the composite and does not have any input regarding its design. DHS yearbook staff does not send photos for composite to Prestige.

If you did not use Prestige for your senior photos, being included in the senior composite is optional.

Deadline to submit to Prestige for composite-Sunday, February 1, 2015.
If you use another photographer-It is your responsibility to: either

a)Digital copies of photos (and photo release) can be emailed to Amber Kleinert at akleinert@lifetouch.com – ATTN Composite Department. Please include “DHS Composite” in the subject line and also be sure to send $20.
b) send a glossy senior yearbook picture, $20 payment and your photographer’s release form to Prestige Portraits. Prestige recommends either the Farmington Hills studio or the Taylor studio since both are conveniently located near a major freeway.

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cello senior picture session dexter mi senior

big school senior portrait with playing cello
this senior portrait is better than the yoyo ma portrait used for inspiration!
Forgot the cello for the original session so we did a mini session just with the cello a few days later This is my favorite; I could’ve listened to Andrew practice all afternoon. I looked at portraits of Yoyo Ma for inspiration, but this portrait looks nothing like the inspiration image–it looks better. Bravo Andrew!

hartland senior portrait in dexter park by river

dana from Hartland Mi High by the river

how sweet it is with the tall grass down by the river! my gratitude to the planners and landscapers who have transformed the old pond/dam into a walkway Everyone likes to visit. The ‘dog promenade’ of the last few seasons has blossomed into walkers, bikers, strollers, everyone enjoying the path that goes clear down to Hudson Mills park.

From this portrait of Dana, you would not know we were enjoying the rushing river behind her and the babies and dogs walking by. She is a swimmer at Hartland High and I was striving to make a senior portrait to rival her older siblings–and just love this one. Thank you Dana!

July Session order by Oct 31 = double your order Class of 2015

July BOGO special terms:

  • Do your senior portrait session in July,
  • Order by October 30
  • Order prints,wall pieces,from a la carte, KIS pack, Collection or Digital
  • BUY ONE GET ONE, doubling  your purchase power.
  • As always, refer a friend and you both get your choice of $25 discount or a digital file to print from.

Call 734 426 0700 to chat and schedule your session.  OR request your session here:


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Happy 4th of July to all!

mailing going out to ann arbor area class of 2015 seniors

Photo Generations is mailing out to Ann Arbor area rising seniors a card reminder of our Class of 2015 summer senior portrait session special. Have your portraits made in the glorious warm and sunny days of summer through July 31, 2014 and, when you order by Oct. 30, 2014 you may take advantage of our ‘BOGO SPECIAL’, ‘buy one-get one’ prints and digital files. An awesome value, buy a la carte, the KIS pack or a Collection and double your purchase power. Only for sessions done by July 31 and with prints purchased by October 30, 2014. This special will not be repeated! So print this post and present when booking the session.class-of-2015-July-special

pinckney football senior picture

It is just June, football is on the other side of summer, but found this image we made last summer for 2014 at the football field during a Pinckney High School senior portrait session. We did the football part of the senior photo shoot After we did the head and shoulders for the yearbook (they wanted a studio portrait to match the yearbook) and a few outdoor at the studio (always love to try few senior picture poses by the Blue door when we do a shoot at the studio–the quality of light is so nice) and a few a the lake.

picture from inside the helmet, something different from the football senior picture portion of this Pinckney High session
picture from inside the helmet, something different from the football senior picture portion of this Pinckney High session

complimentary family portrait with graduating senior portrait session orders

family portrait of class of 2012 senior grad;
Reminder to Class of 2014 senior picture clients :take advantage of the complimentary family portrait session and print! The offer expires July1, 2014

The high school graduation is a key time for every family, and is the perfect time to pause and make a simple family portrait. I encourage you to take advantage of the complimentary family portrait session and print!
The session is usually short, low stress, casual, in the evening at home or an area park, during the summer when older siblings are home. –Colleen

beautiful senior portraits, excellent value

Now it is senior portrait time. And the yearbook wants a special portrait of every senior, not just the stand-by blue or purple background made at the beginning of school year.

Graduation portraits may or may not be a big deal in your family. But here at Photo Generations Colleen takes time to get relaxed images, with variety, to show off different aspects of your graduate’s personality. If you want to bring the dog, the car, the siblings, the tuba, the pole vault, yes that is possible. But it is not necessary.

I wanna know what I’m in for before we book the session!

As a small business owner I get callers all the time who are Extremely Cautious About Pricing.

How much is this gonna cost?

Your senior portraits may be as simple or involved as you desire. Price depends on what you choose. We have 4 session choices. It’s your choice whether to choose a simple 1/2-hour “EZEE” session ($35) , or a “Have it ALL -TWO DAY TWO PLACE TWO WAY” session ($276.50). We have two choices in between as well, the “No Limits”-90-minute in-studio around downtown Dexter ($105). And the “Your Special PLace”-2-hour session at…your…special…place. ($136.50) 🙂 ( save 30% if reserved before August 5)

Yes, how much are the Prints gonna cost?

If you just need five 5×7’s you should get the “KIS PACK”. That costs $150. If you just want one 5×7 that costs $56. However, if you purchase a middle or higher Collection, you will get much more for your money. The “21-Credit 5-pose Collection” ($495) will allow for a variety of prints and a gorgeous something for your wall, or a mini album, lots of wallets, etc.! The bigger 10-Pose 30-Credit Collection ($799) gets you even more.

Regardless of what level you purchase, if you take advantage of the summer StoryBook special you can get your gorgeous grad in a precious StoryBook album for just $165 !!!

Now that the ‘official’, Prestige Portraits studio closed their Ann Arbor studio, many Dexter families are considering if it’s worth it to drive to Farmington Hills or Taylor to have their senior’s portrait made and wondering just how much Photo Generations prices are compared to Prestige studio. Our quality is better, our prices are comparable.

see demo proof grad 2014 gallery

best value: the summer StoryBook special gorgeous StoryBook album for just $165 !!!

The StoryBook album starts as 20 favorite TOUCHED-UP images on twenty different beautifully designed pages bound in a tactile hardcover 8-inch square book with tasteful design. A finished -‘touched-up’-portrait goes through many steps and the images are stunning once skin issues are taken care of. More about what is so special about TOUCHED-UP images later.

ann arbor pioneer senior pictures | brendan

Brendan senior pictures at the Ann Arbor airport of pioneer hs student –photographers 2nd favorite photo from this senior photography session.
ann arbor airport location senior pictures
Brendan senior pictures at the Ann Arbor airport of pioneer hs student in his Favorite Place–the suit picture was my 2nd favorite, after the horizontal picture showing the hummingbird-like wings of the biplane. We did his yearbook pictures at teh aiport hanger.

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