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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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Reynolda Village and Gardens Senior Styled Shoot

Saturday turned out to be one of the best days I have had in a while. I had an idea for a styled shoot at Reynolda Gardens, and Village ever since I shot Madison Whites’ senior prom images there. It is a gorgeous venue filled with beautiful seasonal flowers, trails to exercise on, shopping centers, various restaurants on the property, and of course, the famous Reynolda House hidden right behind the front entrance. I could spend all day there, and just in the garden section, because it’s so peaceful.

For this shoot I enlisted the help of graphic artist Ashley Newton, and asked her to create typography that we could use. Julia Haynes, and Karlie White were our beautiful models for the day, and these girls have great style. The more we discussed the shoot the more excited we all became, and on the day of the shoot everything just seemed to flow so smoothly.

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I wanted the theme of the shoot, to resound the mission and vision of my business. I want young girls to know how much they are loved, that they are more than enough, and they are worth more to gold to God. Being a teenager is hard enough with all the “changes” you have to endure from age 12-18, and there is all sorts of pressure from society too. That’s why I want to work so hard at making this blog a source of inspiration, light, and hope, no matter if I do something different one day. You’ll always have these posts to look back on.

 I hope these images fill you with as much joy as they did me.


Story time: Once we got settled into the shoot, and things progressed we had a word for the day, “Smize” It means to smile with your eyes, but every few images I would find myself saying, “Okay, now smize.” By the middle of the shoot the girls were like, “We know, we know, smize.” We couldn’t help, but laugh every single time.

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The sunlight peeks through these trees so beautifully, and just makes Karlie’s eyes pop.

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I did some head-shots for our beautiful graphic artist Ashley too. She’s so beautiful, and photogenic!

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Even though we couldn’t shoot inside any of the greenhouses, the outside of them was just as beautiful. We would’ve went to more doors, but it was high noon. This was the only door that was even remotely shaded, and not directly facing the sun. 

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