Why Have Professional Graduation & Senior Portrait Photography?

Because Your High School Senior, Eagle Scout and College Commencement Snapshots are Great for Facebook.....

....But Your Family Wants A Real Portrait For The House!

Pictures show the story of your life, reminders of achievements, places, emotions and moments in time that mold your passions, beliefs and direction in life.

GradPortraits' new home is 3303 Harbor Blvd. Suite G1, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, where Harbor Blvd. intersects with the 405 Fwy, caddy-corner to Ikea. We can still be reached at 562-596-8999 or 714-612-0994

From birth to high school senior to college and graduation, your moments are far too precious to leave to digital snapshots. This is the reason GradPortraits exists, to make your portraits meaningful, for now, and the future.

Eagles' Territory - Three Stories & Two Bonuses

What are your family's Milestone Moments; graduating from high school or college, achieving The Eagle Scout Award, earning your Juris Doctorate, achieving a leadership promotion at work or the moment before your children spread their wings and fly off to college or start their own families. These are just a few of the moments you need to remember with a portrait.

Milestone Portraits - Graduation

Your 'story' is important, because we think you're on the path to becoming what we call, one of 'America's Future Leaders'. You understand you're here to give, to serve, to be part of something consequential. Your senior pictures should reflect this passion and achievement. From our state of the art studio, your portraits will be created with a wide variety of background environments. We're a 'No Painted Backdrop Zone', so we have hundreds of environments with which to work.

'Some hearts see not the beauty which lies within their soul. It's our job to illuminate, capture and reveal wherein that beauty lies.'

Take a tour of our pages and enjoy the short videos displaying our professional photography. Then speak with us about your 'Milestone Moments'. We look forward to hearing about your achievements, your direction and your family.

Recent Posts & Case Studies

An Eagle Scout Mother Weighs In Our Professional Portraiture

As a professional photographer who's job it is to bring out the inner strength and beauty of my portrait subjects, this mom made my morning when I opened this note about the recent pictures created for her son, a recent Orange County Councili Eagle Scout. As I like to say, "'Some hearts see not the beauty which lies within their soul. It's my job to illuminate, capture and reveal wherein that beauty lies."

"I wanted to let you know that we received our portraits in the mail yesterday. They look wonderful! I wanted to thank you for taking care of this so quickly so that we would have them before the Court of Honor. You provided excellent service and I just want you to know how much it is appreciated."
-Denise S.

Kodakless in the Digital Imaging Age

Kodak Irrelevant to the Professional Photographer

As a professional photographer, operating a portrait studio creating pictures of 'America's Future Leaders', Kodak has always been part of my life. But now, I'm Kodakless.

In the beginning, during my newspaper days, I created black and white images with Tri-X, slides with Kodachrome or color prints with Kodacolor 400. Then, along came the 1.3 megapixel DSLR from Kodak (officially called a Kodak 315 DLSR) and the Kodak 620 DSLR (2 megapixels), then the Kodak 760 (6 megapixels.) Each of these cameras cost $5k apiece, somehow the magic number for printers too.

And all this time we had Kodak printers like the 8650 dye sublimation printers ($5,000 and printing at an astounding rate of 1-8x10 per minute), then the $5,000 - 8660 printer (now available on Ebay for $190.) And then came along the ML-500, a $13,000 printing dynamo that cranked out 55 color 8x10 prints per minute!

With the demise of our last Kodak printer, our second ML-500, I find myself without Kodak product in my studio.

When you go to Kodak.com today you find them irrelevant to the professional photographer. Their product lineup includes packaging printers (four color printing for the exterior of boxes - so you can see what's inside the box you're buying), color motion picture film, touch screen sensors, five small consumer inkjet printers (The Hero and the ESP), some industrial materials (coatings for printed circuit boards) and Kodak Hawkeye surveillance film (why do we need surveillance film in our digital imaging era?)

Not a single product for the professional photographer sold by Kodak.

All of their consumer film product has been spun off to Kodak Alaris, an English company owned by a retirement fund (I believe Kodak's retirement fund.) It is here you'll find Gold 200 negative color film, and Ultra Max 400 color negative film, all consumer product.

"U.S. based K. B. Canham Cameras collects orders via their web site and when sufficient quantities are obtained for a particular size, Kodak manufactures and ships the film.-Kodakalaris.com"

On the pro side at Kodak Alaris, England, you find TMax 100, 320 & 400, Portra 160, 400 and 800 (ISO) along with Ektar 100 (color negative), TriX 320 & 400 and their chromogenic film, BW400CN. Kodak Alaris, England, also makes print paper and transparency. Only one dye sublimation printer is still available but will be phased out in mid 2015.

One interesting note on their web site is, "In addition, the following sheet film items are available on a special-order basis.....U.S. based K. B. Canham Cameras collects orders via their web site and when sufficient quantities are obtained for a particular size, Kodak manufactures and ships the film.

At the recent Wedding and Portrait Photographers Convention (WPPI) in Las Vegas I was able to visit the Kodak Alaris, England, booth I requested some rolls of Tri-X and received two rolls of 24 exposure 400TX (what I would call Tri-X.)

They'll sit and show nicely on my desk, remnants of the past. Reminders of things like brown fingernails because of smelly and caustic chemicals (there was no such thing as latex gloves back then), real dark rooms, light tables, lupes, negative sleeves, cooking film to get more ASA out of it (now ISO), burning and dodging with my hands blocking and channeling light, bricks of film, 500 sheet packs of paper, pictures of my feet in frames '0', '1' and maybe '2', changing film every 36 exposures and rejoicing when Ilford developed their 72 exposure roll of film.

We've come a long ways Kodak and I, thanks for the memories.

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