Madison is a senior at Perry High School right now. She and her mom are good friends of mine. They are a crazy pair, super fun to be around and never a boring moment. These are just a few images I took of Madison in the late fall. We found this fabulous old car that someone was selling just off the side of the road. I love the let’s-drive-around-and-see-what-we-find type of shoots. That’s why high school seniors are so fun to photograph. 1-Feb-14
Ally, Hamilton High School Senior, Class of 2014. I photographed this cutie’s older brother a few years ago for his senior portraits. Ally is super fun and so is her mom (I even got some shots of her mom rocking out with the guitar). I love the blue Vans with the prom dress, and the blue class ring. 31-Jan-14
Tis the season for family portraits. You’ve scheduled the appointment, planned the outfits, and given the family a pep talk. After all that effort, please don’t ignore this piece of advice…don’t go to the shoot on an empty stomach! You are probably thinking that bribing the family with dinner after the shoot will ensure good behavior during the shoot. I’m all for bribes, but cranky subjects do not take good pictures! When your stomach is grumbling, you are distracted, irritable, and impatient. This is especially true if some of your family members are less than excited about the session in the first place.
Now you are thinking, “We don’t have time to eat before the shoot!” Prepare ahead of time by packing a few snacks and some water to bring in the car. Just be sure to pack food that will not stain their clothes. Crackers, pretzels, nuts, and carrot sticks are all good choices. Stay away from sticky candy, food with red or blue dye, or anything covered in cheese dust. I usually try to have a few suckers or candy canes (depending on the season) on hand at the shoot as a visual motivation to cooperate, but they don’t get it until after the session. Now go pack your photo snacks!
24-Sep-13This year as you are preparing for your family portrait, please please PLEASE listen to this family photography tip: Just Say No to Dad Jeans!
I know how it goes… the kids get cute new outfits, mom puts together a nice little number for herself, and dad is lucky to get a new shirt. I get it. Dad often doesn’t like to shop and is the most agreeable to wearing, well, whatever. But don’t let him wear dad jeans. You know the pair I’m talking about…they are high waisted with a light or faded wash and a tapered leg. As a general rule, dad’s pants shouldn’t be lighter than his shirt. If he doesn’t have any dark jeans, it might be time for a shopping trip.
Please don’t be confused by all the recent articles on Dad Jeans being back in style. If you are an IT nerd sporting a pair of jeans you bought from Sam’s Club seven years ago, they aren’t talking to you! I don’t care if the President wears them. Instead, go out and buy a new pair. What should you look for? Try a dark wash, straight leg cut, and a lower rise waist.
High School Senior portrait sessions are my favorite! I’m finally getting around to posting some my class of 2013 sessions. Baylee is a beautiful girl I photographed last winter with her family. We had a second senior session in the spring. These are a few images from the spring shoot. Isn’t she just darling! The first session with her family was set in a more urban downtown area, so for this shoot we went with a natural setting. The wildflowers were in bloom and there was yellow everywhere. I just love the teals and corals with the yellow and green. Don’t you just get lost in her eyes!
High school senior sessions are so fun because they are all different. Since October is approaching, I thought I would post an image of a high school senior in costume. This is from an older shoot but I love it so much. She actually made this dress. 18-Sep-13
These images were from a high school senior portrait session. We actually had two sessions at two locations with this senior. These are from the first session in a more natural setting. She has great eyes and a great smile. The second session was in a more urban location and she straightened her hair. I love getting shots of seniors when they are not looking at the camera and have a genuine smile or laugh. Those are always my favorites.