I tend to hoard all of my summer work and post it through the winter. It’s a necessity. Who has time to blog when it’s time to shoot? Dreaming of the summer helps this former Californian survive the long dark winter.
Thinking back on my session with this guy and his family I can’t help but smile! I meet the neatest people in my job! This is Jackson, he is a senior, an athlete, musician, and all around gentleman! Not only did I get to spend an afternoon in one of the most beautiful places on earth, (Pacific Northwest) but I met great people. It was an incredible day. I long for the warm summer evenings when it is cold. A few more months and I’ll be back out there soaking in the rays, taking in the sights, and meeting more awesome people! Until then, I’m dreaming of summer.
So, you are looking for senior portraits! You have come to the right place! Choosing a photographer shouldn’t be so difficult, scroll down to find three things you should consider when booking a photographer.
Look for consistency when choosing your photographer. Do they have a body of work that demonstrates that they consistently take good photographs? With the quality of cameras available today, even on your phone, everyone can get a few great photographs. I mean EVERYONE. You need someone who can produce work you can count on to deliver quality work every time. A knowledgeable photographer will be able to produce good work in a short amount of time in difficult lighting situations. How can you tell if your are booking a photographer who will consistently deliver? I would suggest you look at their blog for a large number of photographs of ONE person. Are all of the photographs in focus? Do the photographs have consistently good color? What do the posing and backgrounds look like in the complete session? Are the photographs edited well? A great photograph can be ruined if the editing is obvious. Skin smoothing and touch ups can be over done.
I’ve been providing seniors in the Spokane area with high quality portraits for over ten years. If you scroll through my blog, you will see that I put the same attention to detail into every single one of my clients! I want my seniors to have a variety of wonderful photographs to choose from! I pay attention to flattering my subject from the detailed posing instruction to the rich finished color. I am cautious with editing to give you flawless skin that does not look over processed.
Making a good connection with your photographer is also important. My goal for every session, is to connect with my subject because you will see that connection in my photographs. Do the people in the photographs look like they are connecting with you the viewer? They should. Not every photograph, not necessarily smiling. You should feel a spark of connection with you look at the work.
Managing how people feel about their time in front of the camera is my number one focus! You have my complete attention from the start to finish of your session. You should have a refreshing, fun session in front of my camera. I need to draw out the individual personality of my subject and make them feel at ease. I have been told by clients over the years that this is one of their favorite things about me! Enjoyable sessions show in the results!
When choosing a senior portrait photographer you should see the beauty of every individual. Everyone has an attractive feature. Did the photographer attempt to highlight that feature? Did the photographer work to get the best possible, most flattering version of their subject? A good photographer can work with the beautiful diversity in people and showcase the most attractive feature of every person.
I promise to flatter you and photograph you the way I would want to be photographed. My photographs will reveal what is beautiful about you. You’ll get my very best. It’s my promise. So, are you ready to book your session? Call today for Consistent, Connected, Beautiful senior portraits.
I provide unique personalized senior portraits and now is the time to book your appointment as most Inland Northwest school deadlines are October 2019. Don’t wait to book, appointments fill up and the good weather won’t last! Contact me about senior portraits now.
Read for your Senior portraits? Navigating the scary waters of how to dress for senior portrait can be daunting. After all, your portrait will be hanging on the walls of your home like an art show piece for years to come! This is the biggest, scariest part of booking someone to do your photography but it shouldn’t be. With a few pointers, you too, will be able to successfully put together a wonderful plan! I think all of us are guilty of falling back on the jeans and a white t-shirt look. It’s easy. It’s safe. Can we say, “boring?” I have a few suggestions (not rules) that will help point you in the right direction! These are guidelines to dressing for success!
#1 Color (3 Neutrals and a POP )
You can dress for Senior portraits like you decorate a room. The most successful looks combine 2-3 neutral colors and then an accent or POP color! Let’s go back to our classic jeans and white shirt combo! Now, using our new rule, throw in one more neutral, khaki for example, and then an accent, like Coral! Now you really have something to shout about! Wasn’t that easy? Everyone has jean, khaki, and white in their wardrobe, buy a coral scarf, handbag, piece of exquisite jewelry, shoes, or even a cocktail ring in a spot of coral and you have a smokin’ look! Now, before you tell me, you don’t like coral, you can substitute almost ANY other color under the sun that you DO like as your pop and still look fab! Besides, you probably have these items already in your wardrobe and that is a bonus! This is just ONE example, I have tons of wonderful color palettes to choose from on my pinterest boards or you can check out my favorite place to discover new color palettes at The Perfect Palette. You can put in your favorite color and they will suggest multiple palettes that coordinate with it! Now, before you run off to crazy land with excitement cause I just solved your problem, consider two more factors prior to falling in love. First, keep your photo location in mind. You want your color palette to compliment your surroundings.
#2 Dress From Head to Toe
This one is a no-brainer. I’m going to shoot your head and your feet so don’t forget to do your hair or accessorize if you need a little help! Hats are always welcome, and they flatter those with a thinning hair line.
Shoes, people, don’t forget to polish ’em, and pack ’em! Unless you are wearing boat shoes or want to look like Don Johnson from the 80’s, let’s get some socks on those feet! Ladies, if you are wearing open toe shoes, make sure your feet and nails are done! That goes double for men! Check out Cammie’s amazing boots and cuff in the photograph below!
#3 Layer, Texture, & Accessorize!
Oh I am a HUGE fan of both of these. Take a look at any magazine ad or Hollywood maven, you will discover that stylists use both layers and textures to polish an outfit! I say, the more, the better! Again, go back to our original color scheme, jeans and a t-shirt become Top Gun when you throw on a rugged leather jacket, cowboy boots, and a pair of aviator shades! Layered outfits are interesting and flattering.
I love accessories, they are the touch of sparkle and shine that every outfit needs. This can be anything that adds a bit of interest (ie. belt, hat, jewelry, scarf, handbag, cuff, watch and the list goes on). In my book, this one is a RULE not a suggestion! Don’t leave home without something! This is always a good place to let your personality shine! Make your outfit unique and personal with the finishing touches! Even James Bond brings a cool watch or a great pair of shades with him to head out! Celebrities always look fabulous in their portraits because they don’t ditch the details! Check out the photo above. Model Carly has on a terrific pair of boots, at least three layers and a great ring! This photo would not be the same without those items! Besides looking great, accessories do something even more important. They give your hands something to do! Hands speak volumes and they say things like, “I’m nervous and uncomfortable.” A beautiful bag, or long chain for example gives your photographers a place to put your hands to work!
Don’t stop short at clothing accessories. Thing that make you, you are great too! Do you play the guitar? Personal items are wonderful for adding a touch of flare or whimsical character to your photo. Do you paint? How about a palette and brush? Love to read? Bring your reading glasses and a stack of your favorite vintage novels. I frequently take photographs of my own children in customs because that is how we roll! What makes you unique and interesting? Bring it!
A Note About Makeup
Wearing the right makeup is equally important. I use light almost 100% of the time while shooting so there are a few things you should keep in mind when applying your makeup. We aren’t going for Rocky Horror Picture Show but Night of the Living Dead isn’t good either ;)! Under normal circumstances I am the sparkle queen, I love it! However, sparkly makeup and photography don’t mix well! Matte make-up is best for all types of lighting. You should wear your makeup a touch heavier than you would usually and don’t forget the blush, it makes you look alive and youthful! Save the shine for the lips! (See below)
How to Flatter and What To Avoid!
If you want to flatter yourself, wear clothing that fits! If you are a figure conscious person stay away from large busy patterns, baggy or excessively tight clothing. Also, longer sleeves and pants are more flattering that shorter ones. In the same token, darker colors are more flattering than lighter ones. When possible, avoid clothing with logos or large patterns or horizontal stripes. Don’t be a walking billboard for a clothing company during your portraits, unless that is your specific purpose (See my Seahawks fan right)! Here is a nice article on how to choose the right neckline for your body shape. Here is another great article on choosing the right necklace for your neckline! I also have a wonderful gallery of images of flattering clothing choices for women, men, accessories, and curvey women!
Images from a private graduation held for 2019 graduates! We are just past the graduation season for the Inland Northwest. These are a few images from a private graduation event for the Washington State Home school Association.
I’m not a size 2, I’m not perfect, not even close. I hate having my photograph taken because inevitably, I look too old, tired, fat , __________(you fill the the blank here). I don’t look like a model but I want to feel like one. I want to feel beautiful just the way I am, big nose and all.
I know how it feels to not want your photograph taken, especially when you feel that it will be the absolute worst version of yourself. It took me several years to work up the nerve to get my own portraits done. I called multiple photographers in the Spokane area and ask one question, “I am a plus sized woman, can you pose me in a way that is flattering to my figure?” The answer I got made me want to disappear.
You will only be ______________(insert your age here) once in your life. DON’T WAIT. How many of you (ok ladies, I’m mostly taking to you) having been saying, I’ll take family portraits when I loose that extra weight? How long have you been saying that? You are getting older, your kids are growing up. You are MISSING your young years, and theirs!
If you do loose the weight, you can always book another session and get thinner photos taken! What happens if, heaven forbid, something happened to me and my children had zero photographs of me. I would rather be a bit chubby than have no way to be remembered.
You will only be ______________(insert your age here) once in your life. DON’T WAIT. How many of you (ok ladies, I’m mostly taking to you) having been saying, I’ll take family portraits when I loose that extra weight? How long have you been saying that? You are getting older, your kids are growing up. You are MISSING your young years, and theirs! If you do loose the weight, you can always book another session and get thinner photos taken!
What finally pushed me to get family portraits was a blog post by a mother, suffering from cancer. She had avoided portraits with her children because she was afraid of the way she looked. Now, after enduring the devastating effects of chemo, she decided it was her last opportunity to be photographed with her family. She lamented over not doing it sooner. It was a heart breaking post in many ways. We don’t know what life will bring, perhaps it will bring sweeter, thinner days but tomorrow is never a guarantee. Each day is a gift. Don’t Wait.
Everyone has at least one outstanding feature. I can help you select the right clothing, position yourself in a flattering way, and smooth blemishes. I want to give you the best version of yourself. Your kids, your husband, the special people in your life love you and want to remember you. Don’t let another moment pass by with no evidence of your beautiful loving family!
I will be as worried about how you look as you are during our session. I am committed to use EVERY trick I know to flatter your figure, your face, your blemish. I will pull out every stop and trick in my bag to get the BEST photographs that I can. I will make suggestions for your clothing and pose you in a way that will get the best results. I will not be able to reduce you from 200 to 2 lbs but I promise that I will be the Houdini of photography.
Please stop running from the camera. Please stop missing your important moments! Let me help you.