Senior Portraits: Alia Tull


Spartan Alia Tull has reached yet another important milestone in her life with her fast approaching graduation from San Jose State University, and she wants to go out in style. So, she came to us for her senior portraits and announcements.

Alia is a proud member of the Class of 2015 and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in  Political Science with an Emphasis in Thought and Theory. We know her personally, though, as she and Tori are sorority sisters. Chardé Walker, a woman we like to call our poster child (she's featured on a canvas on a wall in our office), is Alia's pledge mom. Even better, Alia herself actually makes an appearance in our USFC Info Night videos (click here to see the latest one), so this is one grad we're excited for.

In charge of this shoot was ISM's Kristine Lee, taking on the role of lead photographer. Meanwhile, Tori came as an assistant, handling the reflector, and Alia's grandmother even tagged along to provide some levity and pose for a few photos herself.

The group's first stop was the Municipal Rose Garden in Downtown San Jose. It was a cold, brisk morning and the grass was wet with dew, but Alia took it like a champ in her wedges. She was ready to model, and despite the fact that the roses weren't entirely in bloom, Alia's smile was radiant enough to make you forget about flowers. Excited and joyful, the idea of jumping in the fountain even crossed her mind.

The fun continued as the ladies continued on to the San Jose State campus with Alia's grandmother cracking jokes the whole way. It was a bit of a challenge to capture the immensity of the SJSU sign, but we love the contrast the blue provided. After that, Tower Hall served as a perfect backdrop for Alia's model walk. Her subtle outfit change made the look all the more fierce. We couldn't be happier with how the portraits turned out.

And so it seems with Alia as well, as she chose her favorite photos for Allen to turn into a graduation announcement. Check it out (along with a gallery of some of our favorite images) below!

Congratulations to Alia and all the graduates of the Class of 2015!

Written by Danika Lam