Des Moines, Iowa - Photography and Portraits for the Modern High School Senior.

The Jill VZ Experience:

Magazine-Worthy Portraits of the Real You


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Inviting me to make your photographs is you putting your trust in me, and I take that trust seriously in capturing the moments that make you, you. 

Come as you are.

I’ll help you through the whole process and take care of all the details.  


Jill, You outdid yourself! The album just arrived and Jack looked at it very slowly and didn’t say anything while he was turning the pages.

When he closed the last page he looked at me and said, “That’s amazing. Thank you.”

- Amy & Jack -

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Your Portrait Experience: What to Expect

Get ready for a fun, laid-back day.


We’ll begin with your consultation/planning session. It's never too early to come into the studio to get the ball rolling on designing your custom senior session!

At the pre-shoot meet-up, I’ll take you through the whole process, step by step. You’ll tell me what makes you tick and how you want to be photographed. But don’t panic if you have no idea; that’s part of what I can do for you! We’ll discuss location options, outfit ideas, optional professional makeup application and session dates available that will work best for the types of photos you're wanting.

I understand you might feel nervous, but your only job is to just be you; my job is to show you how magnificent you are.

I promise, it’ll be fun!

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the signature session

The Signature Session is customized just for you. We’ll go to multiple locations, at a time that works best for you (and the light, of course). If you’re a fan of dreamy, golden light, I suggest a morning or early evening session. Brighter, mid-day light more your style? No problem.

If you have a sibling, pet, best friend, or props you want to include in your portraits, bring them along! And if you feel like sneaking in a quick family photo, we can do that, too. This is the session that started it all for me, and it’s now my most-requested photo shoot.

Put together around five favorite outfits and let’s plan the when and where. Then you can start to dream of how you’ll spend your $200 credit, which you can apply toward your final product purchase.



More of a get-in-and-get-out guy or gal? The Basic Session might be for you.

We’ll spend approximately 1–1½ hours together, and you’ll get 2–3 outfit changes.

You’ll still get the Jill VZ experience in that we’ll take a great selection of photos, but with limited location options and times available.

Plus, you’ll get $350 credit toward your final product purchase.

What You’ll Receive

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Within 1–3 weeks after your session, my assistant, Jenny, will come to your home (or studio) with your photographs so you can look, touch, and really feel them in the place you’re most comfortable: your own space. And Jenny is fantastic at listening to what you want and helping you navigate through your images to build a collection of 20–40 (or all!) photos that work best for you. It’s almost as fun as the shoot itself!

Once you’ve made your selection for your album, those images are uploaded to an app for your phone, so you can share them with all of your friends and post on your social media feeds. 

And while technology is great, I’m a staunch believer in the tangible; I want you to have images that you can touch and feel. There’s nothing like holding a photograph that you love in your hands. I’ll take your selections and design an album just for you, and in approximately 4–5 weeks, your album and other surprises will be delivered right to your doorstep. It’s the gift that keeps on giving—you get to fall in love with your photos over and over again! 

Portrait sessions are $550 & include credit toward your final purchase.


Want to know more?

Just fill out the contact form below to find out about booking your portrait session.

Contact me and I'll send you all the details for your 2019 or 2020 senior photo shoot, as well as details and calendar info on how to schedule your consultation + planning session.

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Leiana’s pictures are BEAUTIFUL anD we so enjoyed working with you, thank you again.

- Judi -