The photo ops in downtown Fredericksburg are unlimited. I took a look at Katie’s bright yellow converse, drop up and down a few streets, and BAM…there was the perfect door! I could photograph Katie all day long, but honestly, we got so many amazing shots on this hot, humid day in such a short period of time. We also wrapped Katie’s session up with a bonus sunset pose! Congratulation to Katie, and all Class of 2017 High School Seniors! We lift you up in prayer for a safe, happy, healthy, successful journey. We are now accepting Class of 2018 Senior Reps. Please call or email for a link to a Senior Rep guide and application.
This is the adorable, smart, funny High School Senior, Julia! As with all of my clients, I touched base with Julia prior to her session to chat about wardrobe. Julia did a great job with solids, textures, and color harmony. The only reservation I had with Julia’s outfit choices was that it was a 40 degree winter day in December! I have no problem photographing in the elements with warm layers! I had Julia pack some layers, and I even packed a few things that I thought she may be interested in. This girl is hardcore because she said she is not a fan of cold weather, or anything (including warm clothes) associated with it, so she decided to forego the sweaters, cardigans, jackets, scarves and coats! So this busy girl, who could only fit in this timeframe, decided to tough it out and rock her 40 degree session for over an hour. If I were to guess, determined and tough cookie may be among the many qualities Julia possesses! She obviously knew what she was doing because that sleeveless (brrrrrrrrr) purple top paired beautifully with the gorgeous stonewall at Gari Melcher’s Belmont Studio in downtown Fredericksburg, VA. We wish Julia and all of the Class of 2017 graduates a blessed, safe, successful journey. We are now accepting Senior Reps for Class of 2018.
Spencer was such a joy to photograph! As with all our seniors, we communicate and coordinate outfit ideas in advance to better plan our location backgrounds. Here are some tips I share with my clients: Choose at least some solids, as we want the focus to be on the face, and busy patterns can be a distraction. That is not to say that I don’t want any fun, colorful, bold pieces, because I definitely want to capture my subject’s personality, so a variety is key. Texture photographs very well, and as you can see, Spencer incorporated texture in her solid colored shirts, as well as the cardigan. Cardigan’s are a great ad-on to give a slightly different look, or even a different season appearance. Denim and leather photograph nicely, and again are great pieces to use as ad-ons. I love how Spencer chose a simple, elegant pearl necklace with her green shirt and cardigan, but then added a bold, colorful, chunky teal necklace to give her black and white striped dress a pop of color and sass! We also used the super cute, chunky teal necklace with her solid coral colored shirt, which just so happened to match our beautiful backdrop at the stunning Gari Melcher’s home, also known as Belmont in the beautiful downtown area of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Attention to detail will go a long way for a successful outcome. Hair, make-up, nails, shoes, dressing in layers (camisoles are key!), proper rest, hydration, tan-lines, all important details. I do photograph a variety of poses, so having a neutral, non-chipped polish is important for those close-ups, and having shoes (and hopefully boots!) that pair well with all outfits, are key wardrobe factors. Speaking of boots, did you see how awesome Spencer’s American Flag Western boots are? I just so happen to have a similar pair! This also adds variety to the look and feel of the session. Spencer paired a solid colored dress with a bit of texture, added a cute denim jacket, and achieved a total different look. I also encourage my seniors to pack their Cap & Gown if possible, for some fun, relaxed pictures in addition to the formal graduation picture. Thank you for taking the time to read Spencer’s blog post, I hope you found my wardrobe tips to be informative! I am now accepting applications for Class of 2018 High School Senior Reps in the Northern Virginia area, including Stafford, Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, Dumfries, and beyond!
It’s always a bonus when we get a high school senior guy for senior portraits. Normally it goes something like “I’m doing this for my mom”! By the end of the sessions, the guys always admit to me that they had fun! Nakia came into the studio for Lacrosse pictures for the North Stafford Lacrosse banner that I sponsored. We got some cool lacrosse pics, and squeezed in some other fun shots, including the ring light. Nakia was super excited to be in the studio, and was lots of fun to work with. When he and his mom came in for their ordering appointment, they shared with me that the goofy picture with one eye closed was one of their favorites! I have to say, it makes me smile too! I love capturing unique expressions, and I like to make sure they are included in the gallery. We wish Nakia and all the Class of 2017 graduates a blessed, safe, successful adventure! We are currently accepting Class of 2018 Senior Reps, call now!
You may recognize this gorgeous gal in future publications, because Devon has signed with a model agency! No surprise, right…she is GORGEOUS, and has that model look! I just so happened to be upgrading some of my gallery photos while working on Devon’s portraits. If you have an opportunity to come in for a consult or ordering session, you will see a life size portrait of Devon! It was adorable seeing how excited she was when she saw the 30 x 50 canvas gallery wrap of herself! In addition to some stunning outdoor photos we took, Devon came into the studio where we took tons of natural look poses. No make-up, no hair-styled, no problem! I will share those pics in an upcoming post, as well as some gallery pics in an upcoming blog…stay tuned! Book your Class of 2018 Senior Portraits now! I am accepting Class of 2018 Senior Reps as well. If you are interested in having two sessions for the price of one, plus lots of other rewards/incentives, call now! Now is also a great time to book Family Portraits, especially before your kiddo(s) head off to college this summer! Thank you for visiting 🙂
This was such a super cool senior session. I was actually in Addison, TX at The Texas School of Professional Photography for the week. A dear friend who once lived in our neighborhood, lives 45 minutes from Addison. It had been years since I’ve seen them. I got to hang out with this beautiful high school senior, Abbie, as well as her equally beautiful mama and grandmother. At one point, Abbie was in my girl scout troop, as well as our neighbor friends, so of course I have a special place in my heart for her, and I was soooooo excited that her mom chose me to photograph Abbie’s Senior Portraits while in TX. I had just went to lunch with some photographer friends the day before at the amazing Ida Claire Restaurant in Addison, TX. Of course as photographers, we were all gushing over the super cool airstream located in their outdoor patio area. Abbie’s mom gave me a glimpse of Abbie’s style, and I knew right away that she would totally dig this airstream! It was a surprisingly chilly day in Texas, but that worked out to our advantage, because there was no one seated in the outdoor patio section. The gracious, kind staff at Ida Claire had no problems unlocking the airstream just for us! We then ventured just a mile down the road to Addison Circle, another awesome place to take photos. My instructor had taken our class there that week, so I was definitely scoping it out for Abbie’s session. I love pairing a super cool location with my High School Seniors. I have some amazing locations here in Stafford, Virginia that I use, such as Parish House Events in Stafford, Virginia, Belmont Gari Melcher’s Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the totally hip downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am always up for new, different locations, so your options are wide open! Call now to book Class of 2018 High School Senior Portraits in and around Stafford, Virginia. I am also available to travel, who doesn’t love to travel!
I absolutely adore High School Senior, Ashlee, and her whole family for that matter!! We photographed Ashlee’s senior portraits in the fall, and we just finished a family session this spring. I waive the family session fee of my high school senior clients if booked within 6 months. What better time to squeeze in family portraits before your senior begins his/her next adventure! I truly value the relationships and friendships gained from working with so many wonderful people in my community. Ashlee’s senior portraits were taken at a Potomac River private waterfront property in Stafford, Virginia. I just love the textures and colors of Ashlee’s pictures, from the outfits to the backgrounds. I am big on client communication, and always work with my clients prior to their sessions to coordinate outfit varieties, colors, textures, and backgrounds. Ashlee did a wonderful job choosing her wardrobe, and with variety, we have a summer look as well fall with sweaters and scarves. Ashlee’s mom also rocked the wardrobe for the spring family photos which you will see in a later post! Call now to schedule your senior portraits or family portraits!
I had such a wonderful time photographing Ali’s senior portraits in Fredericksburg. Ali’s portraits came out beautiful, and I’m so happy that her mom picked up a bunch of gift prints on her way to visit family out of state. I LOVE that Ali’s family values the importance of printed portraits. I am also super excited that Ali’s family loves my new Fine Art frames as much as I do!
This is just one of seven finishes of the simplistic, yet stunning Fine Art frames I have added to my a la carte and collections. I offer a wide array of products to elevate your portraiture in the form of prints, canvas gallery wraps, framing, albums, and more. I believe it is very important to present and preserve your portraiture, and to transform your walls into a gallery of your loved ones. Sadly, very few people pick up a camera, other than a cell phone photo, never mind print their photos. 53% of consumers have not printed a photo in the last year, 70% do no own photo albums, and 42% no longer intend to print photos at all. The “Lost Generation” in the digital age won’t have the shoe boxes of photos and photo albums to cherish. In this “virtual” world, it is so important that we print our photographs so our children can see images of themselves around the house. I can’t say enough about how very important it is to print and preserve your portraits.
You may have heard how quick senior year goes by, and here it is just a few months before graduation! Hopefully by now you have scratched off many of your to-do lists, and you are able to focus on the excitement of graduation and your new upcoming journey. Come March, I start getting the panic calls about squeezing in last minute High School Senior Portraits. It’s not too late, we are still accepting 2017 senior portraits. Fall is of course a very popular time for senior portraits, but Spring also offers so many wonderful options for outdoor senior portrait sessions, and of course, the studio is always an option. I do recommending booking your session now to secure your spot. Please scroll up to my Senior gallery for a variety of portraits. Thank you for taking the time to visit my website, and checking out the blog!
I’m so happy this wonderful family took the opportunity to squeeze in some family portraits while their son was home from the Air Force. Mom knew she had a very small window of opportunity, and made it a priority. We got so lucky with a very mild day in December. As you can see, mom is outnumbered, so I made sure we goofed around and made it fun. After this lovely family viewed their gallery, I was blessed to receive the best compliment a photographer could ask for. Mom said she loved every single one of them, and they brought her to tears. These moments are truly the highlights of my job.
One comment I hear a lot when people inquire about family portraits, is how long they have been putting it off, or how long it has been since their last family portrait. It’s easy to do…time just flies by, and the next thing you know, it’s been five plus years. This is one area where I practice what I preach, so every year I torture my family around Christmas! I completely understand how much work this is for parents, particularly moms! The task of coordinating schedules, outfits, and hoping it doesn’t conflict with hubby’s favorite team’s football game! For as much complaining and push back that I receive, my family is always happy we took the time to do our family portraits. Another comment I often hear from women is that they are waiting for ____..fill in the blank (summer, haircut, lose a few pounds, etc.) My response to these kinds of comments is that in 10+ years we are going to look at our portraits and think “daaaang, I looked goooood”! Don’t wait, you’ll never regret getting portraits taken! Thanks for taking the time to visit my website and reading this post. Please feel free to browse my galleries, and check out my social media pages.