• What Is Jenna Bishop Photography?

    Welcome to Jenna Bishop Photography! I’m a natural-light, lifestyle and wedding photographer based in the gorgeous desert of Gilbert, Arizona, and specialize in high school seniors, children, and families. I strive to give my clients not only beautiful, timeless, creative photos, but a completely involved, completely devoted client experience. I'm all about celebrating life now, and what better way celebrate your now than through photos that capture your unique relationships and personality!

It is that time of year, time for all our high school graduates to head out into the great unknown! Spring is senior photo shoot season, and those beautiful senior photos are just itching to be displayed in all their glory. And what better way to show off your uh-maz-ing senior photos than with super creative, gorgeous grad announcements? I am often asked where soon-to-be grads can design and order unique graduation announcements without the high price tag of having them personally custom designed. The tough thing is that there are almost an overwhelming number of options out there for senior graduation announcements, but one company that has caught my eye lately is Basic Invite. They have several unique features that really help them stand out above the competition when it comes to their graduation invitations.

What sets Basic Invite apart? Well, first, they are one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options, so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. So your school board was trippin’ when they picked your school colors and you need something in fuchsia and deep periwinkle? Basic Invite has you covered. One of their biggest selling points, their color combinations are almost endless.

To top off the color customization, they have over 40 different envelope colors so grads they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. No licking envelopes. Sounds like my kind of fancy.

Another unique feature of Basic Invites is that they offer customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. I would have loved this feature when ordering holiday cards in the past. I’m always worried instead of thick, classy card stock, I’m going to get some flimsy photo paper (I’m looking at you big box warehouse store!). But since Basic Invite gives you the option of seeing an actual printed invitation, you know exactly what you’re getting, and can make changes if needed.  And did I mention that Basic Invites has cards for almost every occasion?

Plus, and this is super awesome, they have an address collection service. You just send out your link to everyone you want to send a card to, and they put in their address, and your envelopes are printed for free. No long email chains trying to keep track of everyone’s information, or having to call great Aunt Sally and talk about her begonias for 20 minutes just so you can send her a graduation invite.

Basic Invite offers some tips when creating your senior graduation announcements:

  • Customize your announcements using your school colors
  • Choose a gold or silver foil design to make your invitation or announcements shine
  • If you are creating an announcement make sure to include where you are graduating from, the year, your name, and any plans for the future if you would like
  • If you are creating an invitation be sure to include all the ceremony information like who, what, where, when
  • Don’t forget to include your graduation year
  • Add extra flare and include an inspirational quote or your school mascot logo

You can check out Basic Invite at their website, or connect with them on social media: FacebookPinterestInstagramTwitter. But most importantly, put those senior photos to good use, whether it’s graduation announcements, grad party invites, or asking your mom to take down the family photo above the fireplace and replace it with one of your (super close up) fabulous senior photos. Because what else would your mom want to stare at every day but your beautiful mug? We all know who’s the most important and deserves all the glory, you, amiright?! Congrats, grads!!! 

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Disclaimer: This post was written on behalf of Basic Invite, and compensation was received in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own, and I only endorse products I would or do personally use and recommend. 

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This girl is full of passion, and we had so much fun grabbing some desert senior photos on a gorgeous spring evening! Though, she’s headed to college on a music scholarship for her all-state skills in clarinet, I’d say, if that doesn’t pan out, she has a promising modeling career… Just check out this gorgeous girl who so clearly loves life! Her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and confidence are contagious. It was so encouraging just being around her, and so fun taking senior photos with her music – I love when seniors incorporate their hobbies and interests into their senior pictures, just another way for them to showcase their unique talents. Good luck next year, Katie!

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This sweet couple is welcoming their first little one, a baby girl, this coming May, and I have to say, this mama is just about as gorgeous as can be! These two were so kind and so positive, it was such a wonderful experience spending the evening with them and getting pretty sunset maternity photos.  And it’s definitely nice to check one to-do off the never ending list of new expectant parents. I’m so excited to meet baby girl – stay tuned for adorable newborn photos!

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Such a beautiful spring evening for some amazing senior photos! I love the spring in the desert, with all the grasses and green! It’s usually so brown so much of the year, it is a welcome change for spring senior photos. Jaycee has big plans of studying to be an orthodontist, but besides being super smart, she looked beautiful in her senior pictures. Check out that rose-colored dress, by far one of my favorites!! Good luck next year, Jaycee!

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