Category: Senior Photography

Reynolda Gardens and Village Portrait Session

Reynolda Gardens & Village is one of my favorite places to photograph sessions at! I recently collaborated with Dovers Photos on this spring inspired session,and realized I hadn’t had a chance to blog this one yet! We had the whole place to ourselves, which is highly unusual for this part of Winston-Salem, but the wind decided to pick up quite a lot that day making it a whole lot colder than it was suppose to be. When the wind wasn’t blowing the sunshine gave way to warmth for us, and the flowers had just begun to bud in the garden so we took full advantage of that!

These girls were already friends before hand, so you can imagine all the stories, and jokes that were being told during our session time. I had so much on this shoot, and I hope you enjoy meeting each one of these lovely ladies.

Jordan is absolutely adorable, and she is a twin! The sweet girl, Julia, that I collaborated with, is actually her twin.  How amazing is that? I use to wish I could’ve been a twin(thank you to the “It Takes Two’ movie for that!).

Amber is such a hard worker, this girl dances full time. She goes to two different studios, and it has paid off, because she has been accepted in to the UNC-G Dance Program! You go girl!

Lilly is so beautiful, this girl could definitely be a model. Her red hair is just the most amazing thing! She is currently attending classes at Surry Community, and does a little bit of theater on the side too.

Erica is so cute, and has the sweetest personality! She actually had been following my Instagram account for a while, so it was so nice to actually meet in person, and work with her.

We all spent the rest of the afternoon making our way around the entire village.

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How To Plan For Your Senior Session

Your senior session is the one thing you look forward to for your senior year. So, how do you plan for your senior session? When do you start planning?  It’s my job to eliminate as much stress as possible for my clients, and senior photography is so much fun. I found the passion for photographing senior sessions when one of my very first seniors came to her session with her basketball uniform, her Ukulele, and 2nd outfit of choice. The whole session was tons of fun, and I loved showcasing her unique personality.  There are so many ways that you can make your session the best experience possible. Below you will find tips for hair, make-up, wardrobe styling, and more! Enjoy!

Choosing Your Outfits

It’s easy to look on Pinterest or Instagram, and compare your personal style, or try to change it. Don’t do that! Be authentic to your personality, and choose pieces that flatter your body.

Be Comfortable

If you try wearing an outfit that is fitted, but you don’t like how it looks, don’t wear it! Chances of you loving it when you see the images are very low. A good rule of thumb is, if it makes you uncomfortable, or self-conscious leave it at home! We will be doing a lot of walking around, sitting, and kneeling during the session, so if you do want to wear heels make sure you wear flats until we are ready to start shooting.

Brighten It Up

I do see a lot of people come to their sessions wearing the standard black & white. If that’s your style, and authentic to you then wear that, but make sure to add pops of color to brighten it up. Wearing just black or white without any pop can make skin tones look washed out on camera. Try wear colors that compliment your skin tone, and hair color. Below you’ll see Sarah paired her dark caprices with a beautiful magenta colored top, and light denim jacket. Karli chose orange which not only flatters her skin tone, and hair, but orange makes blue eyes pop.

Layer Up

During the cooler months spring & fall, add layers to your outfit. A duster cardigans is my favorite go to when adding layers. During the winter months you can always pair outfits with a cute denim or leather jacket to add some dimension. During the summer you can add layers with a cropped, thin cardigan. KayMarie’s outfits are my favorite example of layering for both cool, and warmer weather. For her first outfit she paired her denim shirt with a bright red cardigan, and added a light brown hat. For her second outfit, she pair her black sleeveless top with this beautiful thin laced cardigan.

Accessories

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White Fluffy Flower Senior Session Downtown Mount Airy: 2019 LHP Spokes-Model

Hi friends! I would love for you to meet Trinity. She is this year’s 2019 LHP Spokes-Model!! If you’re not familiar with the LHP Spokes-Model Program just click here, and it will tell you all about it. (There are some pretty amazing perks that are included.)

I love spending time with Trinity, she is funny, sweet, down-to-earth, and so driven to succeed. One of her goals in life is to become a nurse, and use those skills to help those in dire situations. She wants to join a nurse missions program to help out over-seas. She has a huge love for Virginia, and basketball has been apart of  her journey all through-out high school.

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How to Plan For Your Portrait & Engagement Session

Often people look around gaining inspiration for their portrait, or engagement session from Pinterest, and Instagram. They spend hours pinning, and creating the “perfect” session board, only to find in the end they are unhappy with their session when the images are delivered.

Why?

They didn’t infuse their personalities, or story into any of their images. Your story is your life, and is filled the things that make you, YOU! You can’t copy that. So let’s dive right in to planning YOUR session.

Choosing the RIGHT Photographer FOR YOU!

— Photographers all have different styles of images, and different personalities, so choosing someone that fits with you is essential to planning your session. If you have a bright, bubbly personality, and you want that conveyed in your images,  you wouldn’t want to go with someone who has a darker, edgier style. For me, when I’ve planned my own sessions, I make sure to go with photographers whose personalities match mine. For my head-shots, I went with Hope Taylor, who has a bright, bubbly personality, and our styles just seemed to fit really well. It made the whole experience flow seamlessly, and we constantly laughed through the entire session.

Location

— I always encourage clients to think of a location that is special to them, or I help them choose a location that fits their personality, and style. For a high school senior, they may want to choose to have their session downtown in the city, because that’s relevant to their style. For a couple, it could be the place they had their first date, or the place he proposed.

Clothing

— Long gone are the days of the white button up, and denim jeans(thank goodness!). This is where choosing the right photographer can help you decide on what to wear as well. If you want a more luxurious feel, and look to your images try that cute LBD, a pair of pumps, and statement jewelry. If you’re style is laid back, and casual, go for minimal jewelry, a nice pair of jeans with emphasis on the shoes, and pair your casual top with a jacket.

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What Season Is Better For Portrait, & Engagement Sessions?

So often people will plan their portrait sessions, and not infuse their own personalities, and preferences into the mix. They simply copy what they see others doing on Pinterest, or Instagram. While it’s great to gather inspiration from those sources, don’t copy exactly what you see. 

This blog post, will be one of two in a mini-series about planning your own unique session that feels like you. The first step is very simple, you just have to answer one question: “What season is your favorite?” , or “What season holds the best memories for you?” 

My answer is fall all the way! Some of my best memories with friends, family, and business happen in the fall.

Below, I have images from every season that I have shot in, and each one is unique, and beautiful.

Spring: If you love fluffy flowers already in bloom, or are blooming(Cherry Blossom Trees are life, and  Dogwoods), if you love pastel colors, spring dresses, warm days that still turn into cool nights, then this is perfect for you.

Summer: The summer days are hot, but those summer evenings last, and last. The summer flowers are out in their full on bright colors(Red Hot Pokers are my favorite, and my second are Sunflowers!!). The sunsets later in the day, making an evening session so enjoyable.

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Downtown Winston-Salem City Senior Session

I don’t think I could ever get tired of shooting in cities, or photographing seniors like Joseph. This guy right here has the biggest heart, and I know it’s apparent to everyone around him. As of right now, he is learning Chinese, and gearing up to leave the small town life for missions. He will be with a missions team in Hong Kong for 2 years! They will be traveling to different parts throughout those two years, but Joseph already loves the culture, so I am sure he’s going to enjoy himself while he is there. I am excited for him, and cannot wait to hear stories of the impact they will make while there.

Joseph was born, and raised in a bigger city, and then his family made the decision to move to the small town scene, and it was a big adjustment for him. So having his session in the Art Walk District of Winston-Salem seemed like the perfect place for him.

I hope you enjoy these images!

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Mabry Mill Blueridge Parkway Senior Session

You may have seen Karlie, in a few posts last year when she modeled for a styled session with me. Today, I am so excited to bring you her senior session, and though she may be small, she has the biggest heart, and sweetest smile. We wanted to choose a location that fits her personality so well, she loves anything country, all the colors of fall, and wanted to get her boyfriend, Nick into a few of these too. Mabry Mill in Virginia was the perfect location, not only does it embrace all things country, but has that romantic feel too. The forecast that day called for clear skies, when I was 2 miles away from the shoot location, everything was covered in thick, thick fog, and misting. At first, I admit, I had a mini-panic, but quickly became excited at what we could create with this weather.

I hope that you enjoy these images just as much I do! Congratulations Karlie, you are going to do amazing things sweet girl!

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Bright, & Airy Sunflower Field Session || Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm is the sweetest little event venue tucked into the heart of Kernersville, North Carolina. Once you arrive on the property you see the sunflower field on your right, along with their beautiful horses roaming around in the field next to it, and then the manor itself is just beautiful! I had the privilege of speaking with Wendi Johnson, one of the owners of the property before we arrived, and she was so accommodating. Since the property involves a lot of walking, she let us use one of the golf carts to ride from location to location.

This session was just as special for me, as it was for the amazing young lady I had the privilege of photographing. I would like for you to meet Karli Bullins, and her amazing, assistant/golf cart chauffeur, boyfriend Jeremy. I’ve known Karli for a total of 5 years this year, and to be able to do a senior session re-do was a highlight! You are probably wondering what in this world is a senior session re-do? Well, she graduated in 2015, but never had her images professionally done.  So we collaborated together, and we made it happen.

I hope these images make you smile, just as much as they made me smile. She has such a bubbly, personality that is so contagious, even through imagery.

Enjoy!

 

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2016: A Year In Review Part 1

2016, I can say was the most challenging year I have faced in a long time. It was more so in my personal life than in my business life, but what do you do when life knocks you to your knees? You pray, and you keep moving forward. So on into 2017 we go! I’ll share with you what I’ve learned, what is going to change, and more throughout the blog. Part II will be going up next Wednesday. I just had so many good highlights to show you. I really hope you enjoy seeing the highlights as you scroll down.

The beginning of this year was almost like a dream. Everything had started coming together, and I was putting myself out there more with my work. (Please notice the progression of my images throughout the course of this year) 

Over the years I have been so back and fourth with my photography, and I finally put my foot down, and said this will be a full time career. Before 2016 I had actually put down my camera for several months. I had been tired, worn,  restless, and just ready to give up. I wasn’t happy with the quality of work I produced, but something kept drawing me back to photography. So in January I started really thinking about where I wanted to be, and what I wanted out of photography. I wanted to start out specializing in high school senior portraits.

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Why high school senior photography? My senior year was not the best it could have been, and I really wasn’t happy with the images that I received. Around this time I found, Hope Taylor Photography, and started listening, and reading her educational material. Something about it just hit me, and it started making sense.

I want to create an unforgettable senior experience for all high school seniors who cross my path. As of right now, I still want to work towards that goal. I want them to leave me happier, than when they came.

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I love the friendship Kelsey, and Hannah have. They were just so fun to work with. This was the first attempt at trying to put together a senior styled shoot at Cross Creek Country Club. I still had a lot to learn at this time.

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I wanted to keep up with my shooting, and continue to get better so I asked Abby if she wouldn’t mind letting me take her portrait. We met up, grabbed something sweet from Starbucks, and we headed off to TangleWood Park on this beautiful, but very cold day.

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When it first it spring, and started to get warm, I took a day at the park just for myself. There are many things I would love to openly share with you about this day, but for personal reasons I want to keep that to myself. Just trust me when I say it was a beautiful, warm day full of love, and laughter. Full of memories that I will always treasure.

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I couldn’t resist capturing this little couple just enjoying a nice day. Are they not precious? 

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Abigails Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Abigail had contacted me a while back that if I was ever in Boone, that she would be interested in doing a shoot with me. Well, I made a trip up to Boone a couple weeks ago, and we made some magic happen. Abigail has the sweetest personality, and such a cute sense of style. At this moment, she is attending Appalachian State University as a freshman. App State during the fall is just beautiful! I hope that you enjoy these images just as much as I have, and it was so great getting to know this sweet soul.

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

Downtown Boone North Carolina Portrait Session

This little spot was right outside of Bald Guy Brew. Oh my goodness, I fell in love! 

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