Class of 2018

Preparing For Your Senior Portrait Session

At California Classics, we understand that you want a great senior portrait and variety of portrait styles to choose from. While mom and dad really like to display formal poses, grandparents may want a cap and gown photo, while you may desire an image that captures more of your personality with outdoor casual, lettermen or prop portrait. You’ll always have a wide variety of session options to choose from, at a reasonable price to meet your senior portrait needs.

For the Ladies


Tips for Ladies: If you choose to wear makeup, keep it very light, natural-looking and fresh. Portrait retouching on your final order will eliminate small blemishes. Don’t try something new for your portrait session. Plan to wear your hair in a style you are comfortable with or natural to your everyday life. Bring a hair brush. Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait session to avoid burns or tan lines. Most importantly, get a good night’s sleep.

For the Guys


Tips for Guys: Important! Shave right before your session and get a haircut approximately one week prior to your appointment. Style your hair before and bring a comb or brush for touch-ups if necessary. Limit sun exposure prior to your portrait and of course get a good night’s sleep.

Packages and Pricing

School Sessions


at School
  • Formal In-School Portrait with 4 Poses

Senior Portraits

at School
  • Formal In-School Portrait with 4 Poses
  • 4 Additional Portraits Provided of Multiple Poses

Deluxe Senior Portraits

at School
  • Formal In-School Portrait with 4 Poses
  • 8 Additional Portraits Provided of Multiple Poses

In Studio Sessions

Formal Portraits

at the Studio
  • 12 poses in the studio in a tux or drape
  • The photographer will review each image to ensure your satisfaction
  • Call the studio in advance to book this special session. Call: 415.897.4567

Outdoor Casual Portraits

at the Studio
  • 12 casual poses
  • Options include wearing your letterman jacket, poses with musical instruments, or casual shots. Up to 3 Outfit Changes
  • The photographer will adjust the lighting to enhance your portraits with more personal styles
  • Call the studio in advance to book this special session. Call: 415.897.4567
* Cap & Gown / Lettermen Portraits can be added to any session for an additional $10.00


Portraits come in two different finishes

The Regular Finish is a photo finish. This is Kodak’s Endura portrait paper which has a lifetime of 200 years under normal light.
The Premium Finish is a semi-luster that gives your portraits a soft velvet finish. Your 8×10, 5×7 and 4×5 portraits will be presented in beautiful photo mounts with the Premium Finish upgrade. Photo mounts give your portraits an elegant look.

About your proof

Once you receive your senior proof you will need to select which photo you want submitted for publication in the yearbook. Making this selection online is the quickest and most accurate way to indicate your choice, although you can mail your proof back to our office as well. If a selection is not made by the deadline, a selection will made by the studio. All submissions are final.

Additional Poses

When ordering, a common situation comes up when the parent and the senior want different poses. This can be remedied by adding an additional pose to your package for an additional cost.


Basic Retouching: Included in all packages. This is the removal of minor blemishes, softening of eyebags (i.e. wrinkles, crows feet.)

Complex Retouching

For an additional fee, there are techniques available to smooth skin, remove heavy blemishes, heavy eye bags, facial scars, neck lines, moles, etc. Refer to your order form and write in any details for complex retouching.


Announcements ordered before February are not printed & delivered until early March, once the school has finalized their graduation event details that are included on the announcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when are my portraits taken?
Portraits are taken at your school during the summer months. You will receive notification by mail from CA Classics as to the date and time of your portrait appointment. If you need to reschedule your appointment please use our automated appointment rescheduling feature. You may also schedule an at-the-studio portrait session by calling our Novato studio 415-897-4567. Each portrait sitting takes approximately 15 minutes. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled sitting.

When do I see my proofs?
Your proofs are mailed to you usually within one week of the date you were photographed. You will also be able to view your portraits online. Instructions & unique gallery code will be provided on the bottom of your proof.

How do I order my portraits?
Ordering online with your gallery code is the simplest method of ordering portraits. Please go to Order Senior Portraits to order your photos. However, you can also place your order by mail, using the order form printed on the back of your proof. Just return the original proof sheet, for positive visual identification of your portrait, along with payment to our office. 11 Thornton Court, Novato CA 94945. If the yearbook selection is different than the package you are ordering add $11.00 for additional retouching to the second image.

What packages are available?
We offer a wide range of packages to meet everyone’s needs.
View the Price Sheet.

How long does it take to receive my portraits?
Senior portraits can take up to six weeks for delivery. Please call the studio to place your order if you are in need of your portraits before 6 weeks. Additional fee may apply.

What is the difference between Regular and Premium?
Our Premium Package includes a luster finish applied to your portraits plus your portraits will arrive in a deluxe photo folder ready for gift giving.