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Allison Van Zanten Photography

Enjoy a senior portrait experience like no other! Allison is a natural light senior portrait photographer in Sandy, Oregon who has been featured in nationally recognized senior publications and loves to help young women see the beauty in themselves while creating glamorous senior portraits that will last them a lifetime.

Senior Portrait
Session Examples

  • Macie’s Senior Pics

    Next up from last year’s spokesmodels is Macie! Oh my gosh, LOVE this girl! She is truly awesome and a beautiful person inside and out- here is a brief quote from her spokesmodel app last year and a few pics from the group sessions she participated in and ...

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  • Sidnee’s Senior Pics

    This is Sidnee- Beautiful, graceful, motivated and intelligent- We are excited to see her life unfold- so exciting! Here is a brief statement from her app last year followed by a few senior picture highlights ” I’m very self motivated. I have a part time job so I can earn ...

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  • Ally’s Senior Pics

    So, this girl is cute, has such a fun and adventurous spirit and is completely gorgeous too! Happy Senior Year- Ally! You are amazing- so excited for you and all the adventures your life will bring! Here are some of her interests from her spokesmodel app followed by a few ...

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  • Ellie’s Senior Pics

    This is Ellie- outgoing, stunning and a delightful young lady! Congratulations, Ellie on your graduation- your future is bright- can’t wait to see what it holds! Here are a few things she had to say on her senior spokesmodel app last year, followed by a few fav senior pics.

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Senior Portrait Photographer

Here at Allison Van Zanten Photography we think the once in a lifetime event of graduating high school should be something that’s super enjoyable and something that you can remember and be proud of! This is why we provide an experience instead of just pictures for your senior portrait session.

Our professional hair and make-up stylists are some of the best in the industry and you don’t have to stress! You will come and meet with them a few hours prior to your session and get ready in our on location studio. You will enjoy a relaxing and refreshing time while you get pampered in preparation of your session. Bring up to three outfit changes and you can have them hung up in our studio so that Allison and team can help you decide what colors are best in what settings as you go and our makeup artist can coordinate color tones with your clothing choices.

We want you to love your photos and that is why we will spend a full hour taking photos on our private acreage that has been designed to have a little of everything that you would want as far as backdrops and settings.

You want to look and feel your best for your senior portraits! 

Here are a few tips to help you get camera ready for your senior pictures the day before:

Get rested. Nothing like a good night of beauty sleep to help you feel refreshed. For a healthy skin glow make sure to drink lots of water and eat a healthy dinner the night before your senior portrait session. At Allison Van Zanten Photography every high school senior portrait session comes with hair and makeup! Our team will help you prepare for your session, but you can help us out by putting together some ideas that portray your style. Create a Pinterest board or cut out a few magazine images that showcase a few hair, makeup and fashion styles that you feel you would love. We highly value a natural look at Allison Van Zanten Photography, so while your makeup will help cover blemishes, contour your natural facial features and accentuate your eyes for photos, we have a team skilled at accenting and capturing your natural beauty.

Here are a few tips on what to bring to wear for your senior portraits:

Hats, headbands, scarfs, jewelry and shoes are all fun accessories, so bring them along and we will coordinate outfits together. Layers are also fantastic as you can photograph multiple looks with one outfit. Grab a friend or family member and go shopping! Have fun coordinating colors and outfits that bring out your eyes and your personality! You will have 2-3 outfit changes during your portrait session so its great to have a variety of casual and dressy outfits. We highly recommend bringing at least 1 outfit with soft pastel colors (or completely neutral). These outfits make for beautiful soft light golden hour senior portraits. If you have any props which you feel represent you and who you are, please bring them with you such as: a musical instrument, sports paraphernalia, books, sports uniform, High School letterman jacket or a pet. The most important part of your session is to simply be you! 

Here is a description of a Portrait session with Allison Van Zanten Photography so that you know exactly what your session day looks like:

Hair & Makeup: We start the pampering 2 hours before your session. When you arrive you will get a spot in our studio where you will sit down with Amanda to get your hair done. Amanda is one of the nicest people you have ever met and she is so talented! She will guide you through the hair process and getting your hair picture perfect. Then, you will spend an hour getting your makeup and lashes done. Kait is a very skilled make up artist and is very passionate about what she does, so don’t stress, wether you have perfect skin or have lots of blemishes, she will make you picture perfect for your senior portrait session. 

Clothing choices: Allison, Kait & Amanda will hang up your outfits and help you select the perfect combinations from what you have brought. Remember you will have 2-3 outfit changes so don’t worry, we will have plenty of time to get your favorites in the pictures. We have a dedicated restroom for the studio where you can change. 

Taking Your Pictures: When you are done getting dressed you will have the next 60-90 minutes with Allison taking hundreds of pictures! We will typically meet in the late afternoon so we can get some golden hour light. Allison loves natural light and generally works with a reflector (and little to no flash) so if you have a friend or family member with you, being a lighting assistant is a fun way to participate in the session. Don’t stress about taking the perfect picture, Allison will capture many poses that you love and you won’t be rushed. Though you will receive some full length photos as well, the majority of the photos will be closeup or headshots as this reflects Allison’s shooting style. A lot of hs seniors worry about looking or feeling awkward having their portrait taken, Allison will pose you to draw attention to your face but she will always encourage you to relax into the pose and make it your own if it feels awkward or uncomfortable. We will walk around and you will be photographed in a variety of settings and backgrounds including fields, flowers, trees, grass, ivy, distressed walls, boulders and other fun backdrops. If you bring a friend its fun to get a few BFF pics during this time as well.  

Getting Your High School Pictures To You: We only have one high school senior photography package and this $600 for the package includes everything so when we are done with your session there are no additional fees or add ons to the package that you paid when booking your session…. Allison will edit your photos and present you with up to 75 edited high resolution digital images that you will have full personal printing rights for. We will send you a link to your photos via email or text and you can download and process however you like! 


  • "Allison you are AMAZING!! THANK YOU! for sure telling juniors about you! so much fun ❤️❤️"

    - Hannah R. - Gresham, Or

  • “Excellent, highly skilled photographer! Fun and easy to work with. They have done our pictures for years and it is always a great experience.”

    - Heidi Boos - Damascus, Or

  • I absolutely loved the sneak peek. You captured Grace in a way that left both of us ecstatic. You are truly a gifted photographer.

    - Lynda Zangerle - Sandy, Or