Tips & Questions

We’ve seen a lot of cute smiles over our 40 years of photographing kids. Here’s what is takes to make great student portraits:

Parent Tips for Picture day Success:

  • Solid Colors. Skip shirts with stripes, circles or logos.

  • Lots of sleep. Well-rested kids have bigger smiles.

  • A fresh cut. A hair trim one week prior to photo day is perfect.

  • Bringing the right attitude. We encourage lots of personality!

School Tips for Picture Day Success

  • Communicate with your parents. We can email parents and staff directly, or provide flyers for student backpacks. Upon request other tools include text for your school websites, online calendars, newsletters, and assembly announcements. Facebook and Twitter are common communications channels. And, there’s always the good ol’ school marquee sign.

  • Remind your teachers and staff. The same tools listed above can be used to remind your team to ensure picture day is a breeze.

  • Prepare students. We all know kids like structure and lots of notice. It’s helpful to rehearse, or story tell, picture day with students.

Frequently asked questions

How does absent day work?

Students who are away on picture day will have their photos taken on ‘’absent day’’ which is usually the week after picture day. We give you two - three great pictures to select from so ‘’retake day’’ isn’t necessary.

When do you take the class photo?

Same day as individual portraits minimizing classroom disruption.

When will I receive the proofs, then the pictures?

We are a GREEN COMPANY and provide online proofing to save resources. Digital Proofs will be available in the online gallery two weeks after picture day.
After the order is placed with HotShot Portraits, the pictures will be shipped to the home within three weeks unless otherwise arranged by the school.


Pictures were lovely. Parents were happy. Classes were on schedule. Ordering was easy. Delivery was timely. It’s a pleasure working with you and your staff. Everything went well!

/  school administrator  /


I would totally recommend HotShot Portraits to other schools without reservation. They have been delightful.

/  School Administrator  /


You’ve been receiving a lot of great comments from parents..Great job capturing beautiful smiles and the faces look so natural. Parents love a choice of different poses.

/  School Administrator  /


We are very fortunate to have you as our school photographer.

/  PTA President  /