Category Archives: High School Seniors

High School Senior Portraits | Model Call | Scotch Plains, NJ

Where my Seniors at??

So I don’t know about you, but I’m just going to come right out and say it. High School Seniors today are WAY cooler than when I was a Senior! From the makeup to their taste in style. They seem so much more grown up looking than I did in the goofy picture that I have to remember my Senior year.

Maybe that is part of the problem? Photography has evolved so much since I was 17! Like there was only one way of doing Senior portraits. Put on an outfit that is SO NOT who you are as a person, go lean up against a tree in a weird way that you would never do in real life, and smile akwardly at some random dude you’ve never met or talked to in your whole life as if this is all natural. Ugh! NOPE! Hard PASS!

And when I THINK back to my Senior year, I have GREAT memories! Memories of my friends, my favorite band, the sports I played, my family <3. THAT’S what we should have captured in my Senior Portraits! Me wearing my favorite pair of jeans and my favorite hippie band shirt! That’s who I was! THAT’S the person that I remember, and it surely is NOT the person I see in those Senior Portrait photos I took and that my parents paid ALOT of money for!

What makes my Senior Portraits stand out?

What I do for my High School Seniors is much different. It’s not just about taking pictures. It is about TRULY connecting with them. Listening to them. I want to learn about the UNIQUE person that they are and I want to capture the REAL them! It is an EXPERIENCE. Not only do we have a great time during our shoot, but we all leave on cloud nine, feeling confident, seen, heard, loved and valued. I swear, I am not exaggerating! It is a major feeling of empowerment! I think EVERYONE should experience this!

I invite Families to come and join in for a family portrait, encourage my Senior to bring a bestie along for the experience and a portrait of the 2 of them. Because THESE are the things that matter.

So why invest in a High School Senior portrait session? Because it only happens once. And it is a HUGE milestone for our babies! They are about to set off onto the next phase of their lives, whatever and WHEREVER that may be! It is exciting and new and these images help us encapsulate the NOW.

Model Call Opportunity!

I am currently looking for 12th graders to do a model call for an upcoming promotional shoot. The dates are TBD, but I am looking to schedule 1 or 2 dates in September. Each child will have about 10 minutes in front of the camera and will receive 4 files that they can share on social media. But that’s not all! The models that we select will also receive $100 off of a full Senior Session!

Do you want to apply for our model call? Do you know a High School Senior who would be interested in this opportunity? Please share and click the link below to apply:


High School Senior Portraits | Scotch Plains, NJ | Joan Marie

The Senior Experience

Remember when you first looked into their eyes? The first time you inhaled that sweet newborn smell? Holding your very own little miracle that you created and brought into the world? Can you believe how far they’ve come? How far YOU’VE come?

I get to witness a very special and unique experience and journey. The eyes of the new parents; the worry, the love, the moments of overwhelming gratitude. We take beautiful newborn pictures that you will look back on for years to come. And one day, you are looking at these newborn pictures saying “I can’t believe you’re going to be a Senior in High School”. And all of those feelings come flooding back.

But they are different now. New worries, a new type of love, and the gratitude. I am blessed to take those FIRST portraits of your children and then the LAST portraits of your children before they are off to college, starting the next chapter of their lives, embarking on adulthood. But we know…they will ALWAYS be that little baby in your eyes <3 And my goal is to show you that little baby, but also that beautiful individual that they have become.

I love Senior Portrait Sessions because I love to capture people. But I especially love taking portraits of these amazing kids who are coming into themselves. To tell their story through my lens. Encapsulating who they are here and now and to show them how awesome they are. As a result, we get fun, authentic, true and empowering images. And everyone leaves these sessions feeling a sense of joy and excitement and connection.

The Senior Experience is a unique way to tell your Senior’s story. Sessions are typically 1-2 hours with time for location and outfit changes. Contact The Studio to schedule your consultation today and let’s start planning your Senior’s Session!


The Senior Experience | Carly

Senior Sessions have my Heart <3

What can I say, I literally get the best of both worlds. I have the opportunity to take the first photos of your babies and then I get to take their last pics as kids before they move onto the next chapter of their lives and embark on their journey into adulthood. It is truly a very special experience I get to have and it is not lost on me.

Carly is one of the coolest kids I have had the opportunity to meet. We had a ton of fun at their Senior Session and just played around as the sun dipped down on the last hours of daylight. We did this session in March so it was actually a bit cold and windy that evening, but Carly didn’t mind and neither did I!

These sessions are really just fun hanging out, talking about their future, their dreams, their plans, dancing to music if we feel like it and me being their hype girl! That’s what these are all about! Capturing your child, their personality, THEM as they are today, in this very moment. I always find that they leave these sessions not only feeling excited about what their futures hold, but a sense of feeling empowered and SEEN! Isn’t that what we all want?

So even though we got a TON of amazing photos from this session, I am going to share the ones that I love the most.

Oh, and Carly also had a more “formal” portrait in The Studio beforehand. Those are also some of my most favorite shoots to do. It’s a new take on a classic shot. You can see some of those further down this page!

The Studio Experience

While I’m at it, let’s take a look at some of the awesome shots we got from the Studio portion of her shoot!

Joan Marie Photography | NJ Newborn Photographer & NJ Portrait Photographer in Scotch Plains

Fine Art Newborn Photography & Portrait Photography

Joan Marie is a newborn & portrait photographer serving the Tri-State area. Joan’s private photography studio is located in downtown Scotch Plains in Union County, NJ. All sessions are custom curated and designed by Joan Marie and include the use of her props, backdrops, outfits and accessories.

Whether you have a new addition to the family or are seeing your High Schooler off to college, Joan Marie can help you freeze time with the images she captures. Giving you the most beautiful artwork and products for you to treasure for years to come.

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What people are saying about Joan Marie Photography

lynn mollick
lynn mollick
Joan Marie understood what we wanted and took lovely photos for us. She was a pleasure to work with as well!
Alexis Maldonado
Alexis Maldonado
With our newborn baby only 2 weeks old, we reached out responding to a facebook post for newborn photos. Joan contacted us and arranged to meet. Everything went smoothly from start to finish and the pictures are amazing. She was so gentle and sweet with our baby boy. He didn’t fuss and was completely comfortable throughout the shoot. Joan had all sorts of cute and colorful props to make the photos one of a kind. We would highly recommend the studio and look forward to working with her again in the future!
Fred Confer IV
Fred Confer IV
Such a talented photographer! Joan Marie is such a cool professional who guides you through the process resulting in fabulous photographs. I would highly recommend her!
Andrea Streaman
Andrea Streaman
We hired Joan for a newborn shoot and to take some family pictures. She was fantastic! She really took her time to capture the best photos she can of our son. They came out great because of her patience and attention to detail. Would highly recommend working with Joan!
Virginie Delwart
Virginie Delwart
Joan is amazing. I did new professional headshots with her and she made me feel at ease immediately. The photos are fabulous and I received many compliments. I strongly recommend Joan. She is so easy to work with and her work is of high quality ! Book your session without hesitation.
Lisa Cooney
Lisa Cooney
Joan is wonderful to work with. She spent time getting to know me before we ever began shooting photos. It made me relax and have fun when it came time to take pictures. The pictures turned out amazing. I have received so many unsolicited positive comments. I highly recommend Joan!
Karen Wassner
Karen Wassner
Joan is amazing! I had a dating profile photoshoot and she is so lovely and welcoming! Joan helped me to feel comfortable as I don’t have my pictures taken often. I can’t recommend her enough!
Bhranti Patel
Bhranti Patel
Joan is the sweetest person and very skillful in her photography. We had our first holiday session with her and she was very calm with our son and took her time and clicked the best pictures we could ask. I would definitely recommend her and would see her in future.


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