Serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over forty-five years.

Class of 2015

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Graduation is one of the Truly Important Memories of a Lifetime.

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    Located in Novato, California Classics specializes in school photography. Not only do we take school pictures, we do formal senior portraits, individual class groups, sports teams, school clubs, committees and organizations; music, theater and other arts groups; teachers, classified staff, administration and staff, candid, staged, panoramic and various other yearbook photos .

    With forty five years of experience working with the community and school , Jim Gillespie’s California Classics Studio has served clients from the Golden Gate Bridge to the tallest redwood trees in Northern California. At California Classics Studio, Jim Gillespie and his staff will make you look your best for every occasion. We know it is important for you to look great, whether it’s your senior portraits, your memorable graduation, and the perfect shot for the yearbook or school picture. Our goal is provide customers with photographs that they are proud to frame and that will serve to remind them of their most important events in life. Often the occasion we photograph marks a momentous achievement that stands for the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.

    Along with our seasoned and experienced staff, California Classics has devoted limitless time and effort establishing systems and equipment that helps us attain our goal of creating perfect photographs.

    Since the beginning, California Classics has been providing photographs of diploma conferral and the ceremonial handshake. We’ve spent years perfecting our commencement photography. We attend your school’s graduation practice so that we know all the logistics and timing of the ceremony. On the day of graduation our professional photographers will already know the flow of graduates and where to best position our cameras and necessary lighting equipment. Jim Gillespie and his staff will make sure that every graduation is covered professionally.

    The quality of the picture and our dedication to our clients are paramount. We know that you can never recapture that special moment. Our system works and we have the expertise and experience to back it up. For your convenience, graduates and their families can review their proofs and order online shortly after their ceremony. You can choose from a wide variety of package options.

    Our attention to detail, outstanding customer service and years of experience makes California Classics the only choice for your school or university’s commencement.

    Come visit our friendly studio where we can provide your needs for professional headshots, demos, and promo photography at an affordable price. Our pictures will help open doors and get you noticed. Check out our portfolio and please contact Jim Gillespie or any of our staff with your questions.

    Looking for Family Photos, corporate portraits, or other photography services? We do that as well. See some of our examples HERE.

    At California Classics, we understand that you may want a variety of portrait styles. While mom and dad may want to display formal poses, you may want to pass out wallet photos taken outdoors in natural light. Don’t worry, at California Classics you’ll always have a variety of session options to choose from, whether in your letterman’s coat or by a rustic fence, we will meet your portrait needs. If you’re looking for headshots, we suggest you bring multiple outfits (formal and casual) that express who you are. Though not always the rule, solid colors and long sleeves photograph best. Consider bringing letter jackets, uniforms, sports equipment, and musical instruments that express your interests, making your portraits personal