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Friday, August 28, 2009

What to Wear: Senior Guys' Edition

Here are a few tips for the fellas out there on what to wear for their senior photo session!

• A standard senior session includes 3 outfits – the one you wear when you show up, and two changes. If you would like more wardrobe changes, please add $15 per change to your session fee. This will include up to an extra ½ hour shooting time allotment above and beyond your three hours, if necessary.

• Can’t decide what to wear? Bring lots of wardrobe choices, and between the two of us, we'll make sure you look your absolute best! You'll want to wear what you normally wear, but "kicked up a notch". Maybe add a hat, belt, etc. Just be sure that the accessory is not so loud that it distracts from you. (Don’t worry… wardrobe choosing time will not cut into your 3 hour time allotment.)

• Hats are great for a few shots, but please don’t wear one to your session and get hat head. You know what I’m talking about. And that hat? I’m not suggesting you bring the sweaty, stained-up one that you wear deer hunting, but if that’s okay with your mom and dad… okay then!


• Mix up your clothing from dressy to casual – Fun stuff you’d wear to hang out with friends (jeans!), and something sophisticated that will work well for sending a photo in with your college applications. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a jacket and tie (please don’t come in looking like a banker and wanting to jump off a cliff because mom made you), but maybe a button-down shirt or something. Vary the styles – maybe a button-down shirt for formals, a tee with an open button-down and jeans, and another casual outfit. Be sure to run your choices by mom and dad, or you might end up with photos you love that they won’t order for you.

• Be sure to bring along shoes to match each outfit. If you come in wearing a suit and tie but you’ve got your Nikes on, I can’t help you out there. Make sure your shoes are somewhat clean, too!

• Try your clothing on in advance to be sure it fits comfortably and is flattering. Maybe those pants fit you last year, but this year they have the potential to be “he-capris”, and neither of us want that. Make sure each piece of clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. Carry your clothing on hangers to avoid them looking like you just dragged them out from under your bed when you arrive. If you are bringing accessories for specific outfits, I recommend putting the accessories in a Ziploc bag and hanging it on the hanger so that you can change more quickly.

• Regarding clothing colors; white is not actually the best color to wear, indoors or out. It tends to create a washed-out look at times. (I would, however, recommend white for sunset beach photos.) Dark colors are slimming and are perfect for studio shots. If you are having photos taken outdoors, wear a solid color or something with a splash of color to it for a nice contrast in your photos. Bring a variety of colors – not 3 blue outfits. The backdrops I currently offer are: black, blue, wine, brown, grey, and blue/brown.

• Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns, sleeveless shirts, and shirts with writing on the front. Remember…those labels that are cool now, may not be so much ten years from now. Solid colors work best; especially for studio portraits. We want the clothes to accent you; not the other way around.

• Do not wear baggy clothing that may give the appearance that you are larger than you really are.

• Do not wear tight clothing that you are uncomfortable in, as you may not be able to do certain poses this way.

• Remember that during outdoor sessions in particular locations, there may not be a place for you to change your clothes, so plan accordingly (wear clothes that you can layer).

What to wear: Senior Ladies' Edition

What you wear to your session can MAKE or BREAK your photos. Your clothing choices add to the "mood" of your portrait just as much as location and expression!

When choosing your senior session wardrobe, here are a few tips to follow.

• A standard senior session includes 3 outfits – the one you wear when you show up, and two changes. If you would like more wardrobe changes, please add $15 per change to your session fee. This will include up to an extra ½ hour shooting time allotment above and beyond your three hours, if necessary. If you wish to bring your prom dress, I will include a few photos of you in it in addition to the 3 wardrobe changes at no extra charge. (Don’t forget the heels!) Prom dresses look pretty cool in studio shots, but can also add a real boost to a less-traditional shoot, such as the “Urban Edge” session.

• Can’t decide what to wear? Bring lots of wardrobe choices, and between the two of us, we'll make sure you look your absolute best! You'll want to wear what you normally wear, but "kicked up a notch". Add some funky jewelry, a hat, leggings, a scarf, a belt, or some other accessory. Just be sure that the accessory is not so loud that it distracts from you. (Don’t worry… wardrobe choosing time will not cut into your 3 hour time allotment.)

• Mix up your clothing from dressy to casual – Fun stuff you’d wear to hang out with friends (jeans!), and something sophisticated that will work well for sending a photo in with your college applications. Vary the style – perhaps a long-sleeved shirt for studio shots, jeans and a cute top, and a cute sundress. Be sure to run your choices by mom and dad, or you might end up with photos you love that they won’t order for you.

• Be sure to bring along shoes to match each outfit.

• Try your clothing on in advance to be sure it fits comfortably and is flattering. Make sure each piece of clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. Carry your clothing on hangers to avoid them looking less pleasing when you arrive. If you are bringing accessories for specific outfits, I recommend putting the accessories in a Ziploc bag and hanging it on the hanger so that you can change more quickly.

• Regarding clothing colors; white is not actually the best color to wear, indoors or out. It tends to create a washed-out look at times. (I would, however, recommend white for sunset beach photos.) Dark colors are slimming and are perfect for studio shots. If you are having photos taken outdoors, wear a solid color or something with a splash of color to it for a nice contrast in your photos. Bring a variety of colors – not 3 blue outfits. The backdrops I currently offer are: black, blue, wine, brown, grey, and blue/brown.

• Avoid horizontal stripes, loud patterns, sleeveless shirts, and shirts with writing on the front. Remember…those labels that are cool now, may not be so much ten years from now. Solid colors work best; especially for studio portraits. We want the clothes to accent you; not the other way around.

• If you intend to wear a “strappy” dress or light-colored clothing, be sure to wear or bring the appropriate undergarments that will not show in your photos.

• Do not wear baggy clothing that may give the appearance that you are larger than you really are. (This applies to loose-fitting sundresses, too, ladies.)

• Do not wear tight clothing that you are uncomfortable in, as you may not be able to do certain poses this way. Also, a short skirt can really limit the variety of poses that you will be able to do.

• Remember that during outdoor sessions in particular locations, there may not be a place for you to change your clothes, so plan accordingly (wear clothes that you can layer).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chad, Brandi, & Cayden: A repeat from some of my favorite clients!

You may remember this family from A FEW MONTHS AGO when Cayden celebrated his first birthday.

Chad and Brandi



decided to take some time this summer to get some family photos down at the beach, and I was SO glad they did!



(Aren't they ADORABLE?) :)

I even convinced the captain of the Badger to do a drive-by so we could get the big ship in some of the shots. (Only for you, guys... you know I love ya's.) :)



As I mentioned, these are "repeat clients", and I am so happy that we found each other.







I mean, honestly... I couldn't go the rest of my life without seeing this little face on occasion!




Thank you over and over, Chad and Brandi, for putting your trust in me again. I have a feeling we are going to have a beautiful relationship as your family continues to grow!

Thank you, Cayden, for realizing that Miss Beth isn't SO terrible after all, and that her crazy antics (such as going waist-deep into Lake Michigan fully clothed) are maybe just a little amusing. I can't wait to see you again, sweetie!!! :)

"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Joyce Brothers

Gail, Dan, Holly, Jeff & Ashley & MJ- An awesome family from across the mitten!

This family is so amazing, and we had such a great time with them.






Even MJ (a lab) was a great model!



Thank you SO much, "S" family, for believing in me enough to drive 3 hours to get these photos! I hope you love them!

"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." ~Ogden Nash

Ruby... A baby of the fur variety.

I met adorable Ruby today for the first time,



and she is as spunky as she is sweet!



I *believe* her mama said she is a Border Collie, and though she won't get much bigger, she'll get mighty fluffy!



I think she'll be worth every furball swept up. :)



Thanks again to Ruby's Mama, Cindy, for allowing me to photograph Miss Ruby!

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~Ben Williams

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Derrick, Jessica & Hudson: More from my "GAP family" :)

Derrick and Jessica,



who are the brother and sister-in-law of my favorite hairdresser in the world,



were up visiting family, all the way from North Carolina. I am SO thrilled that they chose to have some family photos done with me this year.



They are such a BEAUTIFUL family, (I swear I didn't cut them out of a GAP ad!) :)







and Hudson is just plain adorable!



He is about to turn two, and is alllllll boy!




I even had to break out my ladder, which wasn't really considered a prop until today, to keep this busy little guy occupied!




But honestly, I loved it. He was such a joy to work with. The whole family was. Thank you again, Derrick, Jessica, and Hudson, for coming to me for your photography needs. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope you call on your next visit to Ludington!

"When I grow up I want to be a little boy." Joseph Heller

Kevin, Stephanie, Kyle & Connor: A fabulous family at the beach!

Kevin and Stephanie



and their beautiful boys Kyle



and Connor



visited us all the way from clear across the state tonight for a family beach session. I had a great time photographing them, as well as watching their boys enjoy the sand and lake!







Thank you so much, "M" family, for making such a long haul! (I have made the trip many times with kids and so I feel your pain!) It was great to see you and we truly enjoyed our time with your family. I hope you enjoy your photos!

"The family is a haven in a heartless world." ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

John and Vicki: 12 Years and going strong

John and Vicki (who is Hailey's grandma, if you can believe that!) were in Ludington this weekend, celebrating their 12th anniversary, and decided to make their memories last forever with photographs.






Happy Anniversary, John and Vicki! Thank you for allowing me to photograph you on such a joyous occasion, and I hope you love your photos!

"Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day." ~Gene Perret

Hailey: 2010 South Lyon Senior

Hailey came to me all the way from South Lyon. We had SO much fun together during her extended two-day senior portrait session.

On day one, we started off with a lovely field of wildflowers,




complimented by a bench in Miss Hailey's favorite color,



but outshined by this gorgeous girl.







We then headed down to the beach, where the poor thing nearly froze to death! (But we got some great shots!)



We parted ways thereafter to get some rest, and met up the next morning for a tasty breakfast at the Blu Moon Cafe'. After, we went to the Conrad Rd. Observation Tower,




Sutton's Landing



and Buttersville Park



before finally heading back to the studio.





Hailey and her dad Mark are big UofM fans,



so she wanted to incorporate that into her photos. I was happy to oblige!



I love that Hailey brought this part of her personality (her love of MI football) to her session. All you seniors out there, remember this if you are struggling on what to portray with your images. Remember... these are things that make you... YOU!

Thank you so much, Hailey, for making the trip and trusting me with your senior photos. I am so glad that you like them so much! Good luck to you as you graduate!

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." ~ Coco Chanel