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

Poetry as Song Writing - The Power of Photographs Through Words

Poetry And Pictures - Photographs Tell The Story Words Rarely Can

As a professional photographer, creating portraits of 'America's Future Leaders,' most pictures I create tell the story much better than any words might. But this song, by Jamey Johnson, captures the value of imagery in poetry, in words rarely expressing the power of photographs.
"This is me and grandma in the summer sun. All dressed up, the day we said our vows. You can't tell it here but it was hot that June. And that rose was red and her eyes were blue. And just look at that smile, I was so proud." -Jamey Johnson
Enjoy this poetry about photographs from the Black & White era of photography, from the Great Depression, through World War II through the Great Generations' transition to post war normalcy, building America after a scary war.

In Color By Jamey Johnson

I said Grandpa what's this picture here
It's all black and white, and it ain't real clear
Is that you there, he said yeah, I was eleven
And times were tough, back in thirty-five
That's me and Uncle Joe just tryin' to survive
A cotton farm, in the Great Depression

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color

This one here was taken overseas
In the middle of hell, in nineteen forty-three
In the winter time, you can almost see my breath
That was my tail gunner ole' Johnny McGee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back, right through the day we left

If it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should've seen it in color

And this one is my favorite one
This is me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up, the day we said our vows
You can't tell it here but it was hot that June
And that rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile, I was so proud

That's the story of my life
Right there in black and white

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should've seen it in color

Yeah a picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should've seen it in color
(Should've seen it in color)

It's interesting, in retrospect, as we study and read about World War II, it always seems we were destined to win this war. But I think is was just the opposite, as people toiled day to day in the theater of war and at home, there was no feeling of destiny. More likely, it was a lot of hard work and sacrifice to accomplish the job. Because there was no other navigable path to freedom, no place to hid from the aggressions of war looming in Europe.

Portrait Testimonial - A Mother's Critique of Our Pictures

Professional Pictures of America's Future Leaders

A testimonial from the mother of an Eagle Scout who's portrait we created in studio......thank you for your kind words about our pictures, what we call, "Portraits of America's Future Leaders.'

"Thank you for the photo session of my son for his Eagle Scout portrait. I am looking forward to viewing the photos we ordered.....I hope that I expressed my appreciation appropriately. I am grateful to you for your skill and experience in creating amazing portraits and really will cherish the photos of Jason in his Eagle uniform." - Kathy W.


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