I don’t know about you but I remember taking my senior photos like it was yesterday. Such an exciting time of choosing outfits, getting my hair done, and figuring out the best makeup. Of course, all that to end up in a studio with a single dark backdrop and a few canned poses. I’m happy to report that senior photography has come a long way since then. Gone are the studio days…today’s seniors have so much to choose from. Fun locations, a variety of outfits, themed props and more…they can literally design their own session from top to bottom.Of course, the excitement that I felt at the thought of taking my senior photos is not always shared by every senior. Take boys for instance, most of them would rather skip the whole thing altogether. They are simply there to pacify their mothers who use their parental pressure to convince them that they need to show up and pose. I call these my “reluctant seniors”.
My recent senior session fit this to a tee. This poor guy wanted to be anywhere else but out in the woods taking photos with me. The good thing about being chatty is that I can normally distract them enough to capture some great shots anyway.
Even an unexpected smile…Whether it is just chatting about their future plans, or cracking the worst jokes, by the time we have finished our session the general consensus is that it “wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be”. A win in my book!And, I was even happier to hear that he actually liked the photos! I think the words “Thanks for not making me look like a dork.” and “It was almost enjoyable.” might have even been bantered around as well. Score!
And, if you happen to be restoring a cool old car from my high school days….bring it along because I would love to snap a photo of you with it!Fall is a great time to schedule your senior photo session! Spaces are limited to let’s get started today….
People often ask me…what are these Lifestyle Photo Sessions that I keep hearing about? I thought I would share a family lifestyle session that I did recently to give you an idea of how they work, when they work best, and why they are growing in popularity.When this Mom contacted me for a newborn session, I recommended that we do it in her home as she had newborn twins as well as a toddler. Home sessions are always better with little people. After I delivered their newborn photos, she contacted me to do a whole family session for them a while later. Again, we decided on a lifestyle home session as it would be so much easier for the family and would capture them in this very special moment in time. The most important thing to note is that you do not have to have a perfect house, all sparkly clean, for this to work! As a Mom myself, I know exactly how hard it is to keep things in order with little ones in the house, especially newborns, so I have zero expectations as far as that goes. I always tell people “clean as if your best friend is coming over, not your mother-in-law”. When I arrive I will look around to see where the best places would be to stage photos. Sometimes you have an obvious place like in front of the fireplace or in the master bedroom. I like to choose several locations to give our photos some variety.Most importantly, I like to capture moments of your real life. You can choose to cook a meal together, play a game or play outside. All great interactions for photos. Or you can just be yourselves…I will make suggestions throughout our session. I will also let you lead. I asked this guy to show me his bedroom and while we were there I captured all kinds of sweet boy goodness.Mom had a few shots that she wanted to get that were something that she had done with her older child so we captured those as well. So much cuteness!Lucky for me, they had a sweet outdoor area around their house which lent itself to some great photos.And this guy…once he warmed up to me it was on!Stairs are another great spot for posing. We took a whole series of shots just sitting on their stairway. Casual, loving, shots of Mom and her babies. Love it!And, while these are definitely different from posed studio photos, they are equally great for framing and hanging around the house or making a nice book to keep and remember this fleeting time in your family’s life.Of course, this is my favorite shot from our day. Mom had these shirts printed up especially for our session. I’m so happy that I got to spend the day with this family and give them this gift of memories.
If you think that a lifestyle session might be perfect for you…..give me a call!
I was discussing the different newborn options with a potential client a while back and, as I explained the difference between a lifestyle newborn vs a studio newborn session, I could tell that she was torn between the two. But, it was only after determining that she had just recently moved into my very own neighborhood (woo hoo) that I suggested an unusual arrangement…a split session!This client has both a newborn and a toddler. I love to bring newborns into the studio for perfect posing options but I almost alway suggest the lifestyle session when siblings are involved because they definitely do better in their own homes. In this case…it was easy to do both.We started off in their home to accommodate the toddler’s schedule. It was the perfect place to capture photos of this adorable guy and his parents along with the baby.Parents are always worried about their home not being “right” for photos but I try to reassure them that we will use very tiny snippets from your house so it rarely matters if you live in a mansion or have fancy furnishings. And, once I saw this cutie, I knew that I had to capture all of his fun faces and sweet personality of course!Then we packed up the baby goods and shifted our session to my home studio where it was just the baby and his parents. It was perfect for these sweet posed shots…And, I was also able to capture some of my all time favorite black and white newborn photos ever…This little guy was so wonderful. The minute I would put him on either his Mom or Dad, no matter how fast asleep he was, he would break out in the sweetest smile. I didn’t even have to say “cheese”.We grabbed a few parent requests, like this ring photo, and then we were done.Such a great session that gave them a lot to choose from and kept everyone happy!
If you are interested in exploring different session options, please let me know and we can work together to build the perfect session for you!