Category: Senior Photography

Golden Hour Country Fields Fall Session

Olivia’s fall senior session was literally, picture perfect. As we arrived to the private country estate, everything was just lit with a beautiful golden glow. The temperature was that perfect fall weather. Not too hot. Not too cold. (In baby bear’s words) It was just right.

Some of you may remember this beautiful girl’s face from a post on Instagram I made last month. If you didn’t then I’m so happy to introduce to you LHP’s new fall intern, Olivia! She is exactly what LHP stands for. She’s joyful, kind, and genuine. It’s been such a pleasure to get to know her over, and I’m excited for you to know her too.

This is Olivia’s senior year, and she thought, at first, she wanted to take a traditional career path such as teaching. The more she thought about it, the more she fell in love with photography. It’s her hobby, and it’s her passion. She finally made the decision to pursue photography with all her heart, and will be attending college pursuing a degree in this field next year. With making that decision, she wanted to check out the small business side of photography too.

That’s when I received a sweet Instagram DM wanting to know if she could intern with me. Ummmm….of course!! My motto has been, and always will be community over competition. She has only been interning with me for a month, but I’ve learned so much about her. After sessions, and weddings, we love jamming out to The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, & Ed Sheeran. (This girl is after my own heart!) She loves sweet tea. (This is one way to earn major brownie points with me.) 

Olivia, I just want you to know how amazing you are. I seriously, from the bottom of my heart, cannot wait to see what you do in this industry, and where you go.

Love,

Hope*

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Sunflower Mini-Sessions at Dewberry Farms

Hi friends! You may remember when I did a sunflower session last year. If not, that’s okay, feel free to go check that out then come back here to this one. This year I hosted sunflower mini-sessions at Dewberry Farms. It was a huge hit!

A little backstory before we dive into the images:

Sunflowers all over our area had under gone some abuse due to the lack of rain & hot, humid temps. At this point I didn’t think anyone had fresh sunflower fields left. Then I made a call to Dewberry Farms, and low and behold, their sunflowers were set to bloom late! *Yeesssss!!!!!* *Insert praise hands emoji!*

Flash forward to that evening.

It was a perfect evening for photographing. We had a beautiful sun setting right  behind us, giving us that warm, golden glow. Our first client, Kristin, met us with open arms. Kristin is such a delight, and always brings positive energy with her where ever she goes. I just love her! I was curious though. I was curious about the hot air balloon tattoo on her arm. She told me she had always wanted to up on a hot air balloon, but was too afraid. Then one day, she decided to face her fear & just do it. She said it was an incredible experience.

How amazing is that?? And such a life lesson too. Whatever you may be fearing, just face it head on. Look in the face of your fear & do whatever it is you want anyway.

Our next clients Julie & her little one were so sweet! They wore the same color shade of blue to match during the session. Her little one was so shy, so we made sure to get those giggles. I had Julie whispering inside jokes to her the whole time. So precious!’s

Our last clients Angel & her husband, had us laughing non-stop during the session. At one point I told him to whisper sweet nothings into her ear. She started laughing so hard, and he finally told us what was making her laugh. He was telling her all about his big ole’ truck he wants. To that she replied, “It’s either the house or the truck! You can’t have both!” 

All of these clients were such a pleasure to photograph, and I hope you enjoy these images. I’ve even posted some behind the scenes shots of that day.

Enjoy!!

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Bright & Airy Cody Creek Senior Session

Alex is just the way she appears in the images below. Bright, and full of sunshine. She’s such a sweetheart to work with, & you can’t help, but smile. I made a pit stop, before her senior session, by the place she loves, & works at. Chick-fil-a of Mt. Airy. It was so hot & humid we needed a cool drink to start our session off with! You wouldn’t be able to tell, but about an hour before I made the pit stop, the sky darkened, and the bottom fell out(if you’re unfamiliar with that saying, it just means it rained really hard!).

Are you sensing a theme with every session I’ve done so far? The NC weather doesn’t want to cooperate with me. Even though rain threatened us the whole time, we had some amazing sunshine too. As our session started, she quickly became comfortable with my direction, & could rock a smize like nobody’s business! Pretty soon, “the smize”, became her signature in her images.

Alex you and your mom were so fun to work with! Your enthusiasm, and smile are contagious! You are such a joy to everyone around you, and you can light up a room just by walking in. I pray you get into your first chosen college, Appalachian State, and you get to pursue your dream! Never lose that spark, and smile sweet girl.

Enjoy!

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Pilot Mountain State Park Senior Session

As I started driving towards Pilot Mountain I noticed a dark cloud. I kept driving, the sky grew darker, and rain had set in. I was getting nervous, because this cloud seemed to appear out of nowhere. Threatening our senior session that was just about to take place. I drove up the winding road to the top, and pulled into a parking space. As quickly as the storm popped up, all of a sudden it disappeared. Revealing a beautiful blue sky, with giant white fluffy clouds, and the most beautiful golden sunshine. It had managed to cool off a few degrees, and we had this amazing Beyonce wind to top it off!

You may remember seeing Trinity in previous posts. She is the LHP Spokes-Model for 2019!

Trinity pulled into her parking space not long after me. We both jumped out, and ran to hug each other. Then we planned her the final details of her outfits. She plays basketball for the Lady Patriots so she incorporated her team jersey for one outfit. We chose sneakers to wear with her dress, because that is so Trinity. She loves to dress up & be comfortable.

As we walked to each location, we chatted about life & everything in between. There were many times we would burst into fits of laughter during the session. Like when we were shooting next to tall grass & something moved. I was tempted to run. So was she. I may or may not have even, almost, face planted on the rock ledge. Almost. Twice. 

As we were nearing the end of our session we took a moment. We sat on the ledge that over looks the rolling green hills of Pilot. We sat, talked some more, and took in the view. This is a session I won’t soon forget.

Trinity, as you are reading this blog post, I wish you nothing, but all the happiness in the world. Your joy is not only felt by those who are close to you, but by those you encounter daily. You are such a hard worker, and it shows. Your basketball team is headed to the All-Star games this weekend, & that’s amazing! You are doing wonderful in school, & pursing your calling into nursing. They are going to need a kind soul like you. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you sweet girl

Oh, and one more thing. Happy Early Birthday!

Posted in Photography, 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.

Posted in Photography, Senior Photography

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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