Shoot Parties: A New Concept in Senior Portraits (and for any occasion…)

Never has an age been more photographed than now, thanks to our incessant picture-taking with our phones. So it’s refreshing when an idea surfaces with a new spin on an old, but cherished, way of capturing a moment in time.

Newton parent, photographer, and owner of Terminal 7 Studios, John Mulligan, recently launched a piece of his business dedicated to “Shoot Parties.” The concept: Bring your playlist. Your sense of humor. And most importantly your closest friends. And then you shoot. Yes, you. Who better to elicit smiles, laughter or pure craziness than your good friends?

There’s something different that happens when John lights the studio, provides shooting advice and hands off a professional-grade camera to his clients (who are typically in 8th grade and up). These shoot parties can be for senior portraits (imagine one photo shoot with your best friends), a birthday, a bar mitzvah, a sweet sixteen or any other reason. It’s a fresh take on both professional photographs and parties.

Recently the studio invited two Newton North High School seniors to check out the studio and to shoot their very own senior portraits. This is what Emily, NNHS Class of 2017, had to say:

This experience can be simply described in one word: fun. After John set up the lighting and taught us how to use the camera, it was just my friend and I taking the pictures. With my friend taking the pictures, I was comfortable being myself…the smiles in all the pictures are natural and don’t look or feel forced. John’s studio was an incredible set up as well because the open space did not feel suffocating after 3 hours of taking pictures. The different settings and lights he had readily available were nice because in a traditional setting, portraits are usually taken outside or inside a building in a small corner with a solid color back drop. Terminal 7 studios had a wide range of options regarding lights and backgrounds to fit your liking.

Checking out their pictures made me wish that we had such a thing when I was in high school. Being a senior is a milestone, a moment before leaping into (adult) life. A time to savor with friends who have made your journey unique and one to remember always. 

If my kids wouldn’t wreck the camera, I’d have them in there for their next birthday party. Luckily we have many occasions to look forward to. And time flies…

Terminal 7 Studios

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