Senior Information

Western Mass and North Central Connecticut Senior Portrait Specialist-we are located in the heart of Western Massachusetts only 90 miles from Boston, 28 miles from Hartford, and literally just a few miles from all of Northern Connecticut

We have been the leading premier photographer in Western Mass for over 20 years.

Actually we were the first to start photographing seniors as models both in the studio and on location.

We developed the first senior Model Program not only in Western Mass but in the towns of Agawam, West Springfield, Ludlow, Chicopee, Southwick, Belchertown, South Hadley, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Westfield, Northern Connecticut and many other locations throughout New England.

Our belief and vision has always been to treat our clients with respect and create portraits of people that look real, relaxed and beautiful.

Our seniors often say that the photography experience they had at the studio was one of the highlights of their senior year.  We take that experience very seriously and make sure that everybody has fun in a relaxed environment, during their  session.

The studio has been located in Western Massachusetts since 1983.  We built our senior business on the idea of having model like photographs from the very beginning. Matter of fact we started photographing models before we actually started to promote seniors.

Steinmetz Photography is located at 235 Western Ave. in West Springfield in the center of Western Massachusetts.

We pride ourselves on being different, creative and incredibly fun. If you choose to have hair and make-up you will have your own personal stylist in our in-house Studio Salon. We have five private dressing rooms for you to lay out and organize your clothing and change in privacy.

Recently The Studio has made a move into video introducing Senior Films. You can see an example of one on this page of Bianca Toto from Agawam High School. We feel that video is only going to become an extension of our photography business. When you really think of it, video is nothing more than many great still images captured and edited into four or five second clips. So after literally taking hundreds of thousands of still images the move into video is now a no-brainer and extremely fun for us. So if you are a high school senior from Western MA, Northern Connecticut, Boston or New England area we would love to work with you on producing your own Senior Film. We have many areas to shoot film on location in Agawam, South Hadley, Belchertown, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham, Ludlow, and surrounding areas.  All of these areas provide very unique and interesting backgrounds.

Walt is at a point in his career where he only wants to offer great photography for people to enjoy for their entire lifetime.

Our West Springfield Studio is located in an old railroad building which provides us with over 10,000  Square ft. of Studio space. With plenty of free parking on the ground level right in front of the studio. It has over 15 different shooting areaswhich have strobes, that gives us the option to photograph using all types of lighting. Our large soft light sources produces very beautiful skin tones like you see in all of the New York Magazines.

We also have a full range of hot lights to produce crisp clean black and white and very sharp color images. If that isn’t enough, we have two incredible window light areas that produce outstanding lifestyle photographs.

We also have a very friendly and professional staff that will provide you with many custom options. We have complete control over all of your retouching and have two amazing Photoshop Artists that work at the studio.

And of course to top it all off we have a very customized projection room so you can see your images in full-size and actually see them displayed as art on your own living room or family room walls. This is possible by you sending us photographs of your different living spaces which can be imported into our software and then proportionally project, your own images, on the walls of your home.

The Studio

Any friends of Walt’s tease him about his love of construction.

Why?   His artistic passion & enthusiasm to create such a customized experience did not simply stop with mastering his photographic crafts.

He completely designed his studio, and did most of the construction work himself.

His profession as a season artistic photographer, has kept him busy overthe years

The Studio‘s environment is extremely “state of the art”, yet extremely inviting. The expanse space of The Studio is over a whopping 10,000 sq foot facility.

A New York feel….definitely, yet we are located right in the heart of Western Mass.

Your Experience

As there are various genres of photography, and different clients & needs; we are confident that we can truly tailor a mutual creative goal. Walt’s welcoming ability to be “customer focused” is what will make your experience be an enjoyable one.


Call us for your Customized Consultation & we can get to know you.

Be the first to get your Amazing Senior Portraits. This will be one of the best experiences you ever had in High School. If you have never been to our studio, then you are in for a real treat because the immense size of the studio will provide you with many choices of sets and… inspiration.

Call us for a private consultation or just call to set up a time to come in and see the studio and meet the staff,  I know it will be an enjoyable experience for you and will put you on the road to having the best senior pictures available anywhere, in Western Mass, Northern Connecticut and The New England Area.

Model Portfolios

Looking for a model shoot in Western Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut or New York City?

Steinmetz photography can help you out with all your needs.

Here at Steinmetz, we have been one of the top studios in model photography in Western Mass, Northern Connecticut, Boston, Rhode Island, and also servicing some New York City agencies as well.

One of the most important aspects we like to try to highlight on is that fresh, new look feel. We like to keep it unique, while still showcasing your own personalities and styles.

We love being able to help you add onto your portfolio or even start fresh and build a new one! We know that starting a portfolio can be intimidating and stressful, which is why we can provide both hair and make-up artists and even a stylist to help you customize photos to your liking.

We have a fully equipped salon set up within the studio to help give you that authentic “New York fashion week” photo shoot feel. We also have four private dressing areas available for you to utilize throughout your session. Our studio is also top of the line, ready to go, with all the essentials you can think of. Looking for a more natural look? We can make that happen! Or, are you more of that edgy feel, grunge type? That’s absolutely possible as well! Here at Steinmetz, we do it all.

We believe the best way to help get you started on your portfolio journey is to start with a consultation. Consultations can take place either here in the studio, or if it is more convenient for you, communicating back-and-forth using mood boards, through emails or any other sources you have to get you prepared for your upcoming shoot.

Another important part of starting a successful portfolio is in the planning. It’s not as hard as you may think. Inspiration can always be drawn from many places such as magazines, online, billboards, television ads, and even other professional models.

The most looked for photos in your portfolio will be the amazing headshots. We always like to shoot head shots with every outfit you wear, and we will also like to use different types of lighting, both hard light, to give you different sculptured looks, and soft light, which can be a lot more flattering and easier on the eyes. Most of the modeling agencies you will find out there, if not all of them, will always ask for not only your glamour shots, but the simple, make-up free and clean faced looks as well. These are known as Polaroids. They are always looking to see your natural structures and features, without the enhancement of a contoured cheek bone.

One of many lighting techniques that we often use is called clamshell lighting. This technique involves a beauty dish, kick lights for your hair, and a reflector so we can draw the attention to your eyes. This is one of the most used lighting techniques for beauty photographers in the fashion world.

Your headshots can not only be used in your modeling portfolio, but also to promote your acting abilities if you choose to do so.

Along with the headshots, we also make sure you have a wide variety of three quarter length, and full body shots, so picking the right outfit is a must. A good thing to remember when picking out your outfits is to think about what exactly full length shots entail. This means making sure you are not only matching your tops to your bottoms, but also matching your shoes and any other accessories. Accessories are definitely not something to shy away from. They can not only enhance your photos, but they also give you something to keep your hands occupied and create a natural look during the photography session.

Don’t forget to be versatile when you’re picking your outfit. We want to not only try to give you the look you’re going for, but also make sure to showcase what the agencies will look for. This includes many different full length shots that show off your body frame. A good way to showcase your figure is a swimsuit. Don’t forget, heels with a swimsuit are always the way to go. Heels always give your legs that needed shape. You also want to have a business and a casual look as well. This could consist of skinny jeans and clean fitted top.

Your portfolio should consist of somewhere between six and 20 shots, however if you’re just starting out, 6 to 10 would be a good beginning. Less is better!

When shooting we will encourage you to move whether it be jumping, or even dancing, to give a more real look so it’s not just one stagnant pose after another. Your poses should always be interesting and expressive to your personality, as to keep the agencies always wanting more.

If you’re interesting in any type of modeling, take a look at some of our work! We are confident that we can help you to achieve the goals and visions you have set for your portfolio, and help you to get your modeling career started. We have both digital and hard-copy portfolios available, so whichever you prefer, and whatever works best for you, we can make it happen. It’s all personal preference! Call us or email us today for a consultation, and let’s get started on making you a star!

Oh, Baby!

Capture me before I grow.

I am so cute, that I deserve my own shoot!

Walt Steinmetz has been sought out for baby photography for generations.

From Babies to High School Seniors & More!

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Limited Time!

We want to see how cute your baby is.

Baby Photography is one of our specialities.

Customizing Your Photography Experience

We offer complimentary consultations

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