Behind the Scenes Exclusive: Cady Studios goes NYC


Five strangers met on Friday in New York City. Two days later five friends departed home with a lifetime of memories.

“Meeting everyone was my favorite part of the trip,” Reagan Reynolds stated. The Oakleaf High School Senior was one of five students selected for the Cady Studios ELITE New York trip earlier this month. “We had an immediate bond the moment we all got together,” she said.

Waking up early to arrive at the styling studio at 5am the morning of October 15 didn’t deter the buzz of excitement that followed on Saturday morning as the seniors and their parents prepared for the shoot starting at Rockefeller Center.


Behind the scenes with Heather at Top of the Rock (above).


As the models and parents made their way through the city stopping at iconic locations like Central Park, they also opted for local food, eating classic New York Bagels for breakfast and authentic pizza for dinner.


Reagan and Tony reviewing photos in Central Park (top left) and Jennifer posing with a hotdog snack (top right). Reid stops for a shot in busy Midtown and Ryan waits for directions at the park (bottom left, right).


After a long day’s walk, the group headed to the most popular city scene in the United States: Times Square.

“[We] felt like celebrities all day,” said Jennifer DiLoreto. “When we were finishing the shoot, there were so many people that kept trying to take pictures of us and asked if we were famous. I’ve never been to New York before, and nothing will top that experience!”

Georgia and Florida seniors photographed by Cady earlier this year were entered to win the trip to New York by scheduling an ELITE session where they are given their own personal, professional photographer, an experience that includes styling advice and tips for posing at various indoor and outdoor locations. Students that schedule ELITE are also given exclusive access to professional hair and makeup artists, a personal photo presentation and retouching services.

“I would have never thought that I would have been picked after scheduling. When you think about how many schools and students there are that do this every day at Cady…it was really cool to be picked,” said North Cobb student Ryan Bacarra, “You never know what can happen.”

To learn more about how you can schedule ELITE for your senior visit our Elite Experience page.