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….
Meet Michael.I was lucky enough to meet his awesome wife on a local chat about having celiac years ago. We had lunch, became friends, and we have shared many dinners, book clubs, etc since.Recently, we were out to dinner and chatting about photography when the subject of head shots came up. I was sharing my thoughts about how important it is to have great head shots for your professional image when Michael showed me his. It’s interesting to look at a head shot of someone you don’t know. You formulate ideas about who they are instantly. But try looking at a headshot of someone you do know. Does that shot look like the person they are? In Michael’s case…the answer was ‘No’. I suggested that we do some updating and he was in!Anyone who knows Michael knows how appropriate it was that we met in downtown Wheaton at the Starbucks. I thought the urban/vintage vibe would be great for him.Michael is funny, quirky, super smart and interesting. I wanted his photos to reflect all of those things with a more casual feel. Of course, we had a few great outtakes….as I would expect with this guy!I told you…he’s a funny guy. But, mostly, we captured some amazing photos that I think will give someone a sense of his personality long before they meet him.I also put together some photos just for him personally….cool black and white shots that are more artsy than the normal head shot.It was such a fun night. He discovered a side of Wheaton he never knew existed (including my favorite alleyways) and I enjoyed his interesting and fun company.Thinking of getting new head shots? Give me a call…I would love to put together a great portfolio of images that will make your LinkedIn page or website a more effective tool.
I guess they are right about New Year’s resolutions….great intentions, not always great results. So far this year my goal to post more often to my blog has not happened. I blame the gloomy weather we have had here in Chicago for my lack of motivation. Seriously…we have gone DAYS without sun! I need sun apparently…So, let’s catch up! I did post about my new logo. (my one and only post that is) That has led to a frantic ordering of new business cards, revamping websites and reworking promotional materials. And, speaking of promotions, if you belong to any of the Facebook groups that I am on, you will know that I also ran some pretty great promotions to start off the new year. I love giving away photo sessions….it makes me so happy. I have set big goals this year for making sure that I give back to the many people who have supported me and so far…so good!I have also been changing things around in my house. The typical New Year’s purge has happened….my studio has now turned into a prop closet and photography equipment storage center…and we are in the middle of redoing my daughter’s bedroom with an updated style more reflective of her growing up…mixed feelings on that one. She is my toughest customer…it took 6 paint samples for us to finally agree on one. The winter weather and post holiday blahs don’t lend themselves to too many photo sessions but we did have a nice warm day where I was able to visit one of my favorite clients and do a little lifestyle session with them. I am excited that more and more people are requesting this cool photo documentary style. Stay tuned for a whole post devoted to this increasingly popular style of photography. If I could do all Lifestyle sessions for my clients….I think I would. They are very authentic and real and give a snapshot of what your life is like in this moment. What an amazing gift to give your children some day…the ability to capture your memories. So watch for another post devoted to that subject coming soon…I am also adding a whole section to my website devoted to products. I recently ordered a few items for myself so that I could see how my photography translated to the products that I would like to offer. From metal prints to photo books to photo collages….there will be so many great items to choose from. The photo collages are fun and can be customized with more than just photos. They can be printed in any size and are ready for framing. You choose your photos and other items and I put them together. So much fun!At the moment, I am frantically working on the dance decorations for my daughter’s last Daddy Daughter Dance in elementary school. Here is a photo from last year’s dance… The part of me that singlehandedly creates these things every year is happy to say goodbye to this huge undertaking. But, the part of me that can’t believe that my baby will be in middle school next year is not quite so happy.This winter has not been the best for nice snowy photo sessions. I captured this photo of Ella on the one day that we had some white snow. While I am enjoying the warmer winter…my clients who wanted pretty snow photos have been disappointed. Maybe we will get a bit more snow yet….
I am pleased to say that my calendar is filling up with photo session bookings for the upcoming seasons. If you want to guarantee yourself a spot in either Spring, Summer or Fall, please be sure to drop me a note soon. No specific dates yet….I will wait to see how the weather pans out this year…but once you are on my list I guarantee you a spot! Check out my website for more information at…
Becci Hethcoat Photography
The proposal has happened, and the date has been set. (and hopefully you called me to take your engagement photos) You’re busy renting a hall, hiring a caterer, a DJ, and a photographer (me!). It’s such an exciting time in your life! Then the actual day arrives and you are up early, butterflies in your belly, thrilled to finally have gotten to this point with everything in place. The day is full, busy, packed….and you still have to squeeze in time to spend with everyone and to take photos. Will those photos looked relaxed and natural or will they look tense, rushed and stressed? A trend among smart brides is to schedule a ‘Bridal Portrait Session’ separate from the wedding. Yes…it might mean getting dressed, made up, and getting your hair done twice but it’s also a great time to do a trial run in advance of your actual wedding. Bridal Portrait Sessions are a great way to get in all of those special shots that you might not have time for on your actual wedding day. You can travel to different locations, take your time, be relaxed and have fun. And don’t think that these sessions have to come before the wedding. The photos from this session were actually done after the wedding. I was booked already for their actual wedding date so they immediately made plans to take these photos later…thus getting amazing, on location, shots of just them together without the pressure of schedules, guests, etc.I highly recommend that you consider adding a Bridal Portrait Session to your wedding plans. And when you do….be sure to give me a call!!XO