Say Cheese! – It’s Time for Senior Portraits!

Going to The Studio?  How about making your senior portrait “Something Special”?  Heck, why bother even paying for senior portraits?  Are you feeling confused and stressed about where to get your senior shots taken?  Don’t worry – you’re not alone!

For many students, getting their senior portraits taken is a huge part of the high school experience.  Not only is the session normally fun and memorable, but you also get to walk away with something tangible and normally really cool.

“Many seniors look forward to their senior pictures for many years.  Senior portraits mean a lot of different things to people. Senior portraits mark the ending of a long journey (high school); it’s a way to celebrate the long journey and sometimes, is the only time a person is professionally photographed,” said Something Special Photography owner Majesta Heller. “I think each senior would have a different answer to this question, but more or less, it’s the senior’s time to shine!”

The Studio

Junior Cassie Olson is one of the senior reps for The Studio this year.

“Getting my portraits done at The Studio was a really fun and memorable experience,” said Olson. “I had my pictures done on April Fool’s Day, so the photographer and I got to pull a prank on his wife.  He’s a really fun guy.  Oh, and my pictures turned out fabulous!”

The Studio is located in downtown La Crosse and has been serving the area for over 15 years.  Its current photographer is the Tad Meddaugh, who has been in the industry for over 21 years.  The Studio specializes in natural light photography, giving all of their photos a unique and crisp look.  Their photos for athletes are particularly popular.  The Studio is also known as one of the most expensive studios in the area, but many believe the cost is worth it.

The Studio is probably the most popular choice for juniors getting their senior portrait taken, but it by no means the only studio in the area.  In fact there are more than five professional studios within an hour drive of town.

Something Special Photography

Majesta Heller is the owner and operator Something Special Photography based in Alma Center.  Something Special Photography does the classic senior portraits with a unique and clever artistic twist.  Something Special Photography opened up last year, and its first representative was senior Chelsea Matalas.

“Majesta did a super job, and the session was really fun,” said Matalas. “My photos turned out unique, yet still classic and timeless.”

Dammen Photography

Speaking of classic, timeless photos, Dammen Photography, based out of Sparta, Wisconsin, has been capturing seniors at their best for over 20 years.  Based in Sparta, Phillip Dammen is a master photographer known in the area for his timeless photos.  He is best known for taking family photos, but does quite a few senior photos as well.

“Mr. Dammen will get you to say weird phrases so he can capture you smiling,” said senior Ryan Whaley. “It works really well, and all my photos from him turned out great!”

Design Photography

Yet another great studio in the area is Design Photography.  Design is operated by Robert Zettler. It is most widely known for it’s really unique, fun shots and bright vibrant color schemes in the photos. Zettler has operated Design since 1987.

“I had my senior portraits done at Design Photography in Onalaska,” said senior Leyah Bailey. “I liked their set up and color schemes.  It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the shoot, and the quality was very good, just a bit pricey. I would definitely recommend going to Design!”

If you want to contact any of the studios named in this article check out their numbers below.

608-383-2324 Design

715-964-1300 Something Special

608-629-2726 Dammen

608-782-1018 The Studio

715-333-5059 Starry Photography