Top Senior Questions | FAQ’s

Breakaway-Seniors-studio-pictures-graduation-portraits-16MaQ – Why Breakaway?
A –  Because you deserve senior portraits you love – guaranteed!

Q – What is the Breakaway Difference?
A – You’ll feel immediately at home – warmly welcomed at San Juan Capistrano loft studio. Your portraits will be fresh, fun, authentic – capturing your unique personality. Our goal is to capture your unique spirit … and for you to feel like a celebrity!

Q – How does Breakaway make it all about YOU?
A – Your senior session is created just for you – location, outfits, poses, personal assistant … The Breakaway Experience!

Q– Don’t I have to use the “school photographer?
A – Last time we checked, it’s America … and everyone gets to choose. The ‘school photographer’ has a contract to take yearbook pictures. But we don’t remember anyone signing a contract promising to BUY them … right?


Q-  Why not my Uncle Bob with his digital camera?
A – Yeah, you could have Uncle Bob take a few pictures for your senior year … or your neighbor with her fancy new Costco camera could even snap a few. Unfortunately that’s like buying shoes at Walmart and expecting Nordstrom quality. It’s your year, your life – you deserve a portrait professional, not an amateur who is unfamiliar with lighting, posing and editing. You deserve a photoshoot experience and professional senior portraits created so you look your very best!


Q- How long is a senior session?
A – We schedule only a limited number of sessions each year so we can provide our clients with the most personal experience possible … which means we’ll never rush through your session to get to another. Our Simple Session is 30 minutes, and plan on 2-3 hours for the Breakaway Style and Ultimate sessions (outfit and location changes included). Add extra time if your session includes make-up and outfit coordination.

Q-  Can we talk budget?
A – Let’s do! To accommodate every budget, Breakaway offers three session package options – The Simple/Express, The Breakaway Classic and The Ultimate. Session fees start at $100. Check this link for details: Then you can purchase from one of five portrait best-value Collections (Basic, Premiere, Elite, Digital Deluxe, Ultimate – starting at $165 for a Simple session ).

If you’d like to create your own portrait package, we also offer a variety of A La Carte purchase options.  Most clients invest from $900 to $1800 in their keepsake portraiture and custom designs.

IMPORTANT: Although there is an A La Carte minimum purchase, no minimum purchase is required for Collections. 

For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards  – and, if if it fits your budget better, we can usually arrange a payment plan.

We encourage you to compare Breakaway portrait prices and quality with other experienced senior photographers. You’ll find Breakaway prices are right in line! Also, the difference in Breakaway quality will be obvious … and we are worth it!
Breakaway-Sessions-Divider-16MrQ – I am clueless about posing – will you help with that?
A–  Absolutely! Your job is to have fun. Whether traditional-posed or more relaxed, contemporary posing, the Breakaway team will gently guide you into poses that are natural and flattering to capture your style. Watch Dani twirl!

Q – What if I don’t have the body of a model?

A – Breakaway seniors come in all sizes and shapes. We think it’s great we’re all perfectly imperfect! Our job is to bring out your very best self – and you will, we promise! (have you ever even noticed a personality on those skinny runway models? haha!)

Breakaway-Sessions-Divider-16MrQ- Do GUYS actually do this?
A – Yep… we’re talking about senior portraits, not a root canal! The guys just don’t tend to bring as many clothes. If you’ve seen our work, you will see our portraits are not your grandma’s stuffy old studio pictures.