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[Southport, NC Senior Shoot]
This year I definitely was in couple mode, but it was really nice to get back into my roots. I love the dynamic you get when you get to photograph one or two people, and I got the honor to shoot a gorgeous senior shoot in Southport, NC.
I met Hannah in downtown Southport to start our senior session. She was introduced to me by her dad who worked with my husband and with me briefly. I was really excited when he suggested I take her senior photos. Hannah is such a sweet girl and so easy to work with. She just got accepted into the Navy too! As the shoot progressed Hannah got more comfortable with the camera, and we giggle and laughed. And it was exactly what I needed to showcase her personality. When we were shooting we did some funny poses that just gave the most genuine smiles.
Hannah is a beach goer and a fan of animals, so we incorporated her pup into our shoot. The sun was starting to set so it was just about time to head to our second location. We ended up finishing the session at Oak Island. Since Hannah’s dad and sister tagged along for the fun, I incorporated them in a few pictures as we waited for the sun to drop. I need the sun to drop at a certain side of the ocean to get that magical light, so I decided hey why not shoot some family photos while we wait.
They were great sports, and we made good use of our time together. The light, the colors, and Hannah were nothing but impressive! I could have not asked for a better client to work with. Portrait shoots are my absolute favorites, and Hannah’s shoot definitely was a shoot I didn’t want to end. Definitely enjoyed our time together and can’t wait to see what she does with her new beginnings!
Senior Photos 101
Back in my day senior photos were just yearbook images. Yes, I just said, “back in my day” =) But, seriously the options now a days are way more fun, and way more exciting and can be ultimately anything you want! Literally, any style you want to accomplish, the sky is the limit!
I love senior photos! They are pretty much my fave sessions! Seniors are extremely opened to any ideas I come up with, and because my style is very editorial driven, we definitely make sure the shoot feels like it came off the latest Teen Vogue, or Seventeen magazine.
So what’s the experience?
Alright, let’s get to the details..
So it starts out with you inquiring about a shoot. We figure out we both love the same music, and clothes, and now what, right!! So ultimately my goal is for us to be besties, and for you to feel utterly completely comfortable when I am shooting. If music helps create the mood, I will have my IPhone ready and Pandora blasting for your entertainment. Whatever it is, we will get it done!
For your shoot we figure out two locations. Preferably these locations will be nearby one another. Once we square out the locations, we will than figure out what your favorite hobbies are, and what defines your style and lifestyle at this age (so, this is important, because ultimately you want your senior photos to reflect where you were at at this point in your life, and how you looked, what you liked, and just something fun to reminiscent about). For example if you are a gypsy soul that loves water anything. We will probably do some photos at a nearby downtown coastal area (so seeking really cool wall patterns, and colors) and than perhaps we will incorporate the water into our shoot, either being in it, or doing some sort of water activity in it.
If you are more into glamour and just really want a soft and feminine shoot. We could send our gears more to maybe an arboretum or garden setting. I’ll play on blooming flowers, and maybe we will figure out outfit choices that are really pretty and dainty. Dresses, floral shorts, or pants, cute tops and accenting with fun jewelry.
What if I am an out state client? For out of state shoots I like to use google maps. This way I can scout locations virtually and still build a location map of where we will be and how your ideas will come into play. Traveling is not an issue at all when planning our senior shoot.
To makeup or not to makeup?
I think because your getting your photo’s done and it’ll be something special, I suggest getting your hair and makeup done professionally. It will just add to the look of the images and also make you feel camera ready. I can definitely provide some suggestions of my favorite makeup artist and hair to give you a new fresh look for your shoot. If you feel like you got this, don’t hesitate to test it out a day or week prior to the shoot to make sure your in love with your idea.
Also something we will go over is your wardrobe choices for the shoot. Accessories are always a must, so the more pieces you have to play an outfit, the better the image is. Feeling stumped on your wardrobe ideas, check out your fave magazine, or use Pinterest for inspiration.
(Seriously though, Pinterest is like a gal’s best friend 🙂 )
How I pose…
In terms of posing, you can kinda get an idea of my posing through some examples below, and of course examples in my other work. I love lifestyle editorial images. Our movements will be talked through and Ill be snapping photos of you doing actions or moving into a pose. You’ll hardly ever be in a statue format. I love fun images, so we will laugh and I’ll do my best to make you laugh to get those candid and genuine moments.
So, if you are someone who doesn’t feel comfortable in front of the camera, no worries! I’ll guide you through it! And, if you are confident and you want to try some new things, we can so do this too!!
After the shoot..
After the shoot, you will receive a digital gallery of your images. You can share these on facebook, twitter, instagram, on a blog, with a neighbor, with a family member, whomever you choose! The turn around for your images is two weeks. A final copy of your images is than placed onto a USB or a DVD format.
To get in idea of the type of shoot you could have, check out the examples below, and I can’t wait to share your ideas and get your senior session started!
This throwback is one of my favorites, and as I look at my blog posts, I realized I may have not blogged about this special shoot!
Once in a while the stars align and I get a magical shooting concept. Sam and Shauna are best friends, they are the cutest together. They are the epitome of friendship. Lucky for me these girls were up for whatever ideas I had running through my head. So, with that said they wanted to have a shoot that showcased their individual personalities at this point in time of their lives, and also get images that could be keepsakes of their friendship.
We had the idea of doing a very much lifestyle of summer shoot… So with that concept I ran with it and incorporated their love for one another, summer, and fun and we got this magical shoot that we got to execute at Wrightsville Beach, NC. Originally I had thought, Bald Head Island would play a nice backdrop, but because of the ferry schedules, we decided to stay close. And Wrightsville Beach, really was the perfect spot! So, we had all the items that make summer, summer.. Watermelon, surfboards, sun, the ocean, kayaks, a hammock, a beautiful beach house to shoot at, and great friends, what more could you ask for?!
Here are a few of my faves of that fun session! Cheers to summer being in the near future! =)