Secondary School

Photography

Celebrate you and your time in high school with amazing photos that represent the real you. Mountain West Studios offers popular backgrounds, products and extras that help you stand out and be you!

Our experienced photographers provide a smooth and orderly photo day. We offer portrait plans with a wide selection of packages and pricing. Orders typically take two weeks to process and deliver. 

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Our Team

Our team at our state-of-the-art digital lab creates beautiful, vivid portraits and a wide array of exciting digital products.

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Portraits

Portraits of students, parents, teachers

and families with a variety of backgrounds, layouts, and style options. 

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Retakes

Quick, easy and hassle-free retakes at your school or at our COVID 19 COMPLIANT photo studio.

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Online Ordering

Choose from the many convenient payment programs and packages available to your school.

How To Prepare For Photo Day

Prepping for photo day can be a bit stressful. But it doesn't have to be when you keep it simple. Bright, solid colours work best and normal things like hats are not your friends on photo day. 

Clothing

Neat and simple.

Avoid white or light-coloured clothing. Solid, medium and dark colours look best on camera. Busy patterns, stripes, or logos will look distracting. 

Glasses + Glare

Glasses are cool.

Glare is not.

Wearing glasses may result in glass glare and/or shadows on the face, and are more difficult to retouch. Cleanse your face to remove shine. Shave before your photo session, the camera will pick up light stubble. 

Hats

Avoid a bad hair day.

Please don't wear a hat; hats create weird shadows and do not make for a good picture. Make sure you check your appearance and fix your hair right before your photo session.

 
 

SECONDARY SCHOOL PHOTO FAQ

What are some tips for great photos?


Long sleeves are recommended, and small patterns or solid bright colours photograph best. Avoid wearing stripes or very pale colours. It's also best to avoid wearing green or solid white if your school is being photographed using green screen technology. Hair should be neat.




Can I wear my hat for my picture?


We follow your school's policy on hats. We do recommend that you don't wear a hat for your first picture, as hats create a dark shadow over the eyes and it's an administration-required photo for reference and yearbook purposes. You're welcome to wear it for your second or third pose. (Students and parents should be aware that wearing hats before having their picture taken may result in messy hair or "hathead".)




Where’s our class group photo?


Due to COVID, Mountain West is producing class group composites in place of class group photos. Most schools that have individual portraits taken in the Fall have their group photos taken in the Spring. If a school opts for group photos in the Fall, the group photos will most often arrive after the individual portraits.




I'm not 100% satisfied with my photos. Can I get retakes?


Due to COVID, second photo days will be scheduled if not restricted by provincial COVID guidelines. Parents will be informed by the school if a confirmed retake date is scheduled.




May I pay by cheque?


Yes, as long as the parent (or guardian)’s name, address, and phone number are printed on the cheque and made payable to Mountain West Studios Ltd. We do NOT accept postdated cheques.




I like the package I’ve received. Can I order more?


Yes! Order more photos online at myorder.mountainwest.ca.




I have kids in multiple schools. Why are the prices different?


We offer differential pricing based upon the program offered to your school. However, online prices are lower than ordering at school. Ordering online is your best value, provides the quickest turnaround and packages are shipped directly to the home.




Do you have a family plan?


Yes. For families with three or more children ordering online, you will receive a 25% discount that will automatically be applied to your order.




Are the finished enlargements exactly like the previews?


Previews are not colour-corrected for printing purposes. The finished enlargements will be "cropped" slightly (excess background removed), and corrected for density, colour, and position. Any remnants of green from the replacement background will also be removed completely.




Can I order if I missed the Due Date?


Yes. If the photo orders have already been picked up from your school, please go online to myorders.mountainwest.ca and use the login code from your order envelope. Orders will be shipped directly to your home.




I only had my ID photo today. May I order packages later?


Yes. Go to myorder.mountainwest.ca to order online. Orders will be shipped directly to the home.





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