Welcome to Composite Team and Individual Photos!

A modern twist on posed sports team and individual photography

COVID-19 forced a change, but in the end, the change was good!

Composite Team photos are here to stay and will be the only method of team photos offered by S. Carter Action Images.


Click here for team photo schedule, order form links, and the new pre-pay link option where in most cases, an order form does not need to be completed!



Traditional T&I photos are what many are accustomed to seeing.  Student athletes are posed on their home court or field, for the most part.  Teams are posed all together for one photo.  Traditional T&I photos look like this.

There are pros and cons of traditional team photos and composite team photos, but the pros of composite team photos won the day and thus the permanent change.

Here is how composite photos work:

All players and coaches on a given team will get their photo taken in front of a big white background.  Each player or coach may be asked to pose one way for a “team” photo and another way for their individual photo.  Through the magic of Photoshop and other resources, each player and coach will be “cut out” or extracted off that white background and placed on a designer template and assembled as a full team.  The individual photo will be placed on a similar designer template.  I will still offer personalized memory mates which will have a players image and name as well as the “team” image.  All templates will provide a uniform look.  The same template will be used for the full school year, although there may be minor alterations to the design dependent on the sport. 

Using photos I have taken of past ZHS seniors for Senior Banners, I prepared these as examples of the what the Final Product would look like.  (This was the 2020-2021 design.  Keep reading to see this year's design!)


What should you expect as photo day nears -  About a week prior to photo day, order forms will be delivered to the team via the school and/or coach or coordinator.  An order form will be provided to players through the coach prior to photo day.  This form will also be available online here once team photos have been scheduled.  

But what about “Buddy” photos?Buddy photos are available for ordering only through the use of a paper form and not not available via prepay. In addition, buddy photos are limited to a total of 2 people in the photo in order to make the design work the best.  The cost for buddy photos is $10 per 5x7 print. Buddy's will be posed together and will be posed in a manner which will work with the template for that sport. 

Note:  For Mighty Leopards, all Buddies must be in the same class (have the same teacher).  

What are "sibling" buttons? – Sibling buttons are 3.5'" buttons depicting "siblings" (max 3).  (These were first offered while Covid restrictions were still in place, thus they were limited to actual siblings. That no longer applies, even though I still call these sibling buttons.) These may be created through individual photos of each sibling Photoshopped together into one image or all 3 "siblings" posed together.  It will be the photographers discretion to chose which method is used to achieve the best results.  There too are not available via the prepay option and must be ordered using a paper form.

What if my student is not at school on photo day? If your student is unable to attend school on photo day, but will be available within 4 days and you would like them included in team photos, contact me no later than the second day after the scheduled photo day at [email protected] or at 509-833-9145 to see what arrangements can be made.  However, if you know in advance your student will miss photo day, contact me as soon as possible to make arrangements to get photos taken prior to photo day.  Makeup photos may include being present at another team's photo session perhaps at another school or at another location all together.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to include a student who did not attend photo day in team photos if they cannot get a photo taken within 4 days of the scheduled photo day.

What if I don’t order photos on photo day using the order form process? – I urge all to use the photo order form or pre-pay link as a way to order photos.  In years past, I would always hear, "I will just order them online."  That is much more difficult now and is more costly.  However, I understand that sometimes order forms don't get into the hands of those who want to order photos in time for photo day.  Linked above is a method to prepay for photos without an order form prior to photo day or even the day of photos.  

What will the designs be for this year? - My plan is to offer a new non-sport specific design for schools each year.  All school-related sports, regardless of school, will be offered the same design, with modifications to match uniforms if needed.  Certain programs, such as Mighty Leopards, youth football (formally Gird Kids), youth wrestling, and Cal Ripken baseball/fastpitch will have sport-specific designs, but these designs will be reused from year to year.

The designs (subject to slight modifications) for 2023-2024 are as follows:

Schools (i.e. ZHS, ZMS)

Non School Football such as Jr. Leopards Football

Individual Photo Design Memory Mate Design

Team Photo Design

ZIS Mighty Leopards

Individual Photo Design

Memory Mate Design

Team Photo Design

Non School Wrestling such as Zillah Youth Wrestling

Individual Photo Design

Memory Mate Design

Team Photo Design

Non School Baseball such as Zillah Cal Ripken Baseball

Individual Photo Design


Sunnyside Sharks Rotary Swim Team

Individual and 2-Person Buddy Photo

Memory MateMemory Mate

Team Photo



I hope customers enjoy the Composite Team and Individual photos.  If you have questions, I would be happy to try and answer them.  Use this link to send an email with your question.