Chances are you've been waiting quite some time for your senior pictures and I want everything to be an awesome experience for you!! We will be doing so much more than just creating some amazing, magazine worthy images! We are going to spend the day of your shoot having a lot of fun!
I will help you pick just the right location for what you want : something urban, something natural, maybe a combination of places. We will work together to style your very best (and favorite) clothes that will not only make you look incredible, but will also photograph perfectly with the locations we'll be going to.
I want to show off what makes you “YOU” and showcase your personality!! Feel free to bring along your favorite props, sports items, favorite hats to incorporate into your session.

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My experience with Phil was so much more than just a typical senior photoshoot - his team made me feel so comfortable and beautiful!

Fitness • Travel • mome life

Heather is our preferred HMUA and she is absolutely amazing!!  She is a believer & follower of Jesus, married to her best friend Justin who is a private pilot. Her and Justin have 3 beautiful children together: Sage (8), Riah (6), and Tatym (3 months).  She is the go to wedding HMUA in the Quad Cities and has also done makeup for hosts on NBC! Heather is super gifted at enhancing your already natural beauty and making sure you still look like you. 

 Beyond her creative abilities, she is an incredible person! Her joy is infectious, her heart is loving and her laugh is one of a kind! There’s no one else I’d want in front of my seniors!

“Every woman possesses a unique beauty, and that is where I draw my inspiration from for each look: from you, your journey, and your vision. No two looks are ever the same, because no two women are the same. I’m honored to take a part in enhancing your individualized beauty so you can feel confident for any occasion.” - Heather


heather ratliff

light chaser • photo taker • taco connoisseur

I'm married to my beautiful wife Kari and have two amazing children, Camden is 8 and Harper is 7 and we live in Bettendorf.  I picked up photography all the way back in 2008 and never looked back! I love creating images for my clients that builds their confidence and communicates who they are as a person! I am very drawn to the creative arts as I'm also a singer and guitar player in a country band and a own content marketing company called Level Up Your Content! I love to create things that bring out emotions and feelings in people, which is exactly why I love photographing High School Seniors. Whether it's helping you realize just how beautiful you are and watching your confidence soar after seeing your images or getting Mom to start crying, because seeing your images takes her back to all the memories you have given her over the years, I just love creating images that breed emotion. 

I have won many different award and been featured in publications for my senior work. What's unique about my style is the editorial look I am able to get that makes your images look like they should be in a fashion magazine or in a brand ad. I developed this style shooting for some major brands over the years such as Urban Outfitters, Lululemon, MVMT, Harper & Sky and others. My seniors love my style, because they actually want to share them on social media instead of getting stuck with stiff, over-posed and cheesy images. 

I also love my athletes. I was a 5 sport athlete in High School, so I have a huge appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice they put into their craft and love capturing them in that element. With my commercial brand background, I strive to give my athletes images that look like they could be in a Nike or Under Armour advertisement. Or something you would see from the media department at a D-1 School. I want to celebrate all your dedication! 

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phil dodds


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