How It Works

‘Different’ Is A Great Thing!
Here’s a quick overview to give you an idea of how we do things at Breakaway. Our process is a little different … but then, we’re a little different. We’re okay with that. And we’re pretty sure you’ll notice that in our case, different is a great thing!

Most clients start with a quick peek around our website (you’re here now, so you’re on the right track!)

Have a look at our non-traditional studio – here: Breakaway Studio.

Check out who we are, our styling, pricing, and how we work. If you like what you see and decide Breakaway is a good fit for the senior portraits you want …

1- Grab calendar & credit card
2- Call us at 949.220.6649 to take care of your Reservation Fee, then schedule your consult/session planning appointment, then your amazing photoshoot.*
3-Fasten your seatbelt for the adventure of your life!

As you’ll see in our portrait galleries, we can photograph our seniors in so many different places in our beautiful Southern California that we could shoot every day all year and never have any two sessions look the same. Whether it’s the town, park, beach … even your own home …  session location possibilities are endless.

Locations to consider: South OC beaches? (we have several faves), your school? parks with pizzazz? Historic San Juan Capistrano? capturing your favorite activity (sports, cheer, musical instrument, community service, the theater, playdate?), beach town urban? fields & trails? Vintage style? (think Anthro or Free People) … or even around your home and neighborhood!

We’ll learn a little about who you are and what you like – then we’ll help you choose the perfect photoshoot location!


Photoshoot Day
The day of your senior session will be great – we promise.  Depending the session you choose, we will be spending  approx two hours shooting at the location of your choice. Before your shoot we’ll send you our exclusive Senior Style Guide eZine to help you get ready and know what to bring.

Once we meet up, we’ll go through all your stuff and prioritize from there. Our theory is that it’s better to have it and not need it, rather than need it and know have it, right? Your session is all about YOU, so be sure to also bring things that are about you – shoes, your car, sports & pep squad uniforms and gear, music instruments … you get the idea.

It’s not uncommon for our seniors to arrive for a session feeling a little nervous about how they’ll look, how to pose, what kind of expressions. But we can assure you this: nobody leaves a Breakaway session feeling nervous. We will help you put together the perfect outfits, accessories and props so you will look your very best.

Then, using what we know about your personality, we’ll help you pose comfortably – letting you know when to be serious, smile, and even laugh. Before you know it, the session’s over … and you won’t want to leave.

Your job is to be YOU. Our job is to make you feel comfortable and shoot portraits that capture your unique personality.

Reveal / Order Appointment
Usually we have already scheduled your reveal/order appointment, so about two weeks later you’ll return to the studio to preview, choose and order your images and custom art designs. We strongly recommend that anyone involved in the decision-making process be present. You’ll want to allow about two hours to choose and order your favorite portraits in a relaxed environment.

Order Fulfillment
Our normal production time is 8-12 weeks, depending on time of year and custom art designs you order.

*Deposits and minimum purchase payments confirm your dates and production scheduling – and are non-refundable.