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The Senior Experience


Thank You for choosing Dan Davis Studios for something as special as your senior portraits. We will do our very best to take care of you and to make sure that you have a wonderful experience, from the time you call us until you walk out the door with finished portraits in your hands. These are memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life, so don’t expect anything less than the best! Here at Dan Davis Studios we think that quality is more important than quantity, therefore we are not a high volume studio. The number one killer of creativity is volume in excess. We spend enough time with each senior to ensure that you won’t feel rushed and that we are able to capture your individuality, about 1 ½ - 2 hours.

On the following pages you will find some helpful hints as to what type of clothing works the best to create a very classic and timeless look, what you should or shouldn’t bring (there is really nothing you can not bring!), as well as our studio policies. Hopefully this will answer most of your questions, if not, please do not hesitate to call us and our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to assist you! Again, thank you for choosing us; we look forward to helping you create timeless memories!

- Dan Davis Studios


Clothing suggestions:

Be sure to bring a variety of outfits, some dressy and some casual. Dark solid colors work best for a classy look and earth tones work best for the outdoors. Also, long sleeves look better than short sleeves. Dark or light jeans, khakis, summer dresses, suits, and white shirts are best for high key backgrounds and outdoors. If you have a favorite outfit, don’t hesitate to bring it along even if it doesn’t “fit” within these suggestions. We want you to feel comfortable and to be yourself, while creating portraits that will be in style 20 years from now, not only today. We work to satisfy both the senior and the parents, despite the fact that you may have different opinions on what looks good.

If you normally wear glasses, see if you can remove the lenses or borrow a pair of blank frames from your optician. Lens flare is both time consuming and expensive to remove in photos!

Make sure that you are comfortable with your hair before the session. It is generally best not to do any drastic changes within 2 weeks of your session. We don’t want you to dislike your portraits because of a “bad hair day” or because you have a new hairstyle that makes you look totally different.

When it comes to bringing props, the sky is the limit! You can bring whatever your heart desires, be it sports equipment, pets, friends, cars (especially Corvettes!), etc. etc. Whatever captures you and your interests/hobbies.

Please follow these suggestions as much as possible, we have them because our style of portraits is timeless, artistic and unique - which is why you chose us!



In the unfortunate event that it should rain on the day of your session (which is not very unlikely here in Minnesota), come in anyway for your indoor pictures. It is much easier to reschedule just the outdoor part, than to find an open slot for a whole new session.



If it makes you feel more comfortable having someone there with you - absolutely! On the other hand, if this will embarrass you and make you nervous, don’t. This is very individual, so it is up to you. If you are bringing someone however, and you want him or her in the camera room, please remind them to be as quiet as possible (unless all of us are chatting of course), and to give the photographer the creative freedom that he needs. After all, this is his passion and he is the artist, trust him to make you look your absolute best! 



As early as you can, and at least 7-8 weeks before your yearbook deadline. Most seniors have their portraits taken over the summer, in June or July. This is when it is the most beautiful outside, plus you can take advantage of our summer specials!

If you should need to reschedule your session, please call at least 3 days in advance for a full refund of your session fee. This gives us time to fill in that spot.



  • Ultimate session – 4-6 outfits
  • Supreme session – 3-4 outfits
  • Couture session – 6-10 outfits





The biggest fear seniors have is “what if they don’t turn out?” After all, you don’t get to see the results until after you paid for your session. At Dan Davis Studios we are leading in technology in this industry, which means only the best for you. Our state-of-the-art viewing system allows you to view and order your images within 48 hours of the session. That means, no hassle with paper previews or waiting 2-3 weeks for your proofs. We also offer something very cool with most of our sessions- your own slideshow on CD, which is awesome for your graduation open house!

Orders usually take 4-6 weeks to complete, sometimes a little extra for books and large wall portraits, depending on how busy we are. Partial orders can be filled sooner if you need just a few images (like yearbook picture) and can wait on the rest, just let us know when you order!





What you pay for your senior portraits is very important, but what you get for what you pay is even more important… That’s value!!!


Gift portraits are available individually (A La Carte), but our senior combinations offer the best value for your money. Our session packages range from just $420, up to the “Ultimate Expression of Love” package for $3790, so as you can see, there is a huge range in price points. Most packages allow you to choose from multiple poses for variety, so your choices are many. The average senior at our studio spends $600-1000, that gives you pretty much everything that you need (including a whole bunch of wallets) and then some. At this stage you can add on a slideshow CD and an art portfolio for next to nothing, and when you buy a portfolio with 8 or 12 images, we let you order from all of them, since we retouched them anyways. Needless to say, this has been a huge success! Imagine your friends having 12 different wallet poses to choose from, and they are all of you!

**prices are subject to change without notice









Each pose you order from is carefully retouched to remove unwanted imperfections. We include free wallet boxes and a yearbook photo (w/package order and don’t forget that it is the students responsibility to turn in their yearbook picture to their school or to call and remind us of email deadlines). All portraits are embossed with a linen texture and 8x10’s and larger are mounted to artist’s board for maximum protection.





When you have your senior portraits done at our studio, we will give you a complimentary family session, a $60 value. This offer is good one year from the day of your senior session. Please make sure to ask to see some examples of our family portraiture while you are here. It has the same unique, artistic feeling that our senior portraits are known for, maybe even more so. We do something here that we like to call “relationship portraits”. They are done in black and white (we do color too), with use of very simple clothing. The main focus in our portraits are the people and the emotions. It can be a little girl peeking over her dad’s shoulder, hiding halfway behind mom, or just a close-up of mom and dad together. Either way it has a very special feeling that you don’t get with any other kind of photography. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. Before you know it the kids are all grown up and leaving for college, you will be glad you took the time to create beautiful memories with them.














Make sure you arrive on time, both for your session and your ordering appointment (for your session you want to show up a couple of minutes early to bring in your outfits and look at some in-studio examples for ideas). We do everything by appointment at our studio, so if you are late, you will be taking time off some one else’s appointment, and we are sure you would not want that to happen to you. If you are not sure exactly how to get here, leave with plenty of time or drive by a few days before your session to ensure you know your way!



Relax, have fun and let us take care of the rest!





From the north:

35 W South to,

Hwy. 13 South to,

first stoplight on Hwy. 13 - take a left on Co. Road 5

Take first right onto Williams Drive

Go ¾ mile to Willow Creek Rd. - take a right

Go down the long driveway and we are the only house on the bottom, 12900 Willow Creek Road










From the south:

35 W North to,

Hwy. 13 South - follow above directions


169 North to,

Co. Road 5 - take a right to,

Williams Dr. - take a right to,

Willow Creek Rd.


From Co. Road 42/McAndrews:

Apple Valley side-

West on 42/McAndrews to,

Co. Road 5 - take a right or north (left if coming from Savage) to,

Williams Drive (last stop light before Hwy. 13) to,

Willow Creek Rd. - take a right


From Cliff Rd.:

Hwy. 13 South to,

Co. Road 5 - take a left to,

Williams Dr. - take a right to,

Willow Creek Rd. - take a right


If you still have questions, please call us ahead of time.

We look forward to meeting you;

we hope you will have a great time with us!!!



Dan Davis Studios

Dan Davis Studios

12900 Willow Creek Rd.

Burnsville, MN 55 337

952-894 2821