As a senior portrait photographer in Dallas I see a lot of beautiful young faces. And while most seniors are focused on the locations and outfits what I really love is the close-ups. When we look for a connection and the perfect way to capture the personality, the close-up is what grabs our attention. We love both black and white and color but always look for the natural smile and right amount of light in the eyes.
The angles and the use of negative space will add energy and drama to a senior headshot. And a neutral background brings all the attention to the face. So we love it when we can use the studio (the examples here are natural light portraits done in our camera room which has a 10’x10′ wall of glass) and really bring out the detail and focus on the expression.
Our In & Out session is our most popular session because it allows us to do both the classic studio look and also have some fun outdoors incorporating nature or some fun urban settings. Remembering that these portraits will be something you look at for many years — and don’t forget the end use of your portraits, like “what do you want on your wall?” And what will make a great graduation announcement photo. Most seniors choose outdoor settings by default because they’re looking for a location that helps them express what they feel, but studio portraits can make a bold and interesting statement. Studio lighting gives us the ability to give more detail and a greater focus on their accessories like musical instruments, artwork and their keepsakes.Even a glamour look. Why not a some of both! Looking for ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for senior portraits
Fall always means back-to-school and for many seniors, lots of extra activities like football practice, band practice and lots of gearing up. It’s a great time to plan for senior portraits, especially if you plan to use your portraits during the year for yearbook, fraternity/sorority applications, internships, and holiday gifts. The added bonus of fall senior portrait sessions is often the added color we get in our outdoor shooting locations. During our longer IN & OUT SESSION, we are happy to include a few shots of the whole family which helps Mom and Dad with holiday cards and holiday gift-giving! That’s the plus side.
The negative side of shooting in Dallas in the fall is the heat. Often our great fall colors and textures mature because natural landscapes are stressed and the August and September heat causes leaves to fall and grass to go brown. As a general rule, the softer neutrals of fall make GREAT backdrops for portraits, but we schedule a lot of our autumn sessions outdoors and use the early morning hours to avoid the 90+ degree heat. We also choose parks with fountains or ponds to make the setting feel a little cooler. Our calendar is very full in the fall with our non-senior session clients, too, so if you’re interested in fall portraits, be sure and book well in advance.
Spring has lots of advantages with longer shooting days and lots of green landscapes — and seniors often use their prom dresses as one of their outfits during their senior sessions. But spring can also bring lots of wet, rainy days making scheduling senior sessions difficult — not to mention all of the end-of-senior-year activities that compete for their time. So in the Fall vs. Spring discussion, there are lots of pros and cons — but the bottom line is 1. Plan ahead and book a time well in advance. 2. If you’re looking to also include other family members for a family portrait, Fall wins (because of holiday gift-giving) and 3. Be sure and include a few more formal shots for other uses during the school year. #TBseniors #teresabergSENIORS #greenhillschool
Are studio portraits for seniors dull and boring? We sure don’t think so! We love stretching the limits of what senior studio portraits look like. This recent shot of Cameron is a great example of a warm-toned black and white portrait that reflects a young man’s energy and intensity. Just because we create it in the studio doesn’t mean it has to look like “awkward senior photos from the 70s” — and we get the added benefit of using either studio lighting or natural window light to create the right look. We tend to stay away from bright painted backgrounds for senior portraits because they quickly look out-of-date — and who wants that on their living room wall? But we love the way denim photographs and the texture it lends to the image. We are constantly looking for layers of clothing or extra texture in clothing to add depth to the portraits. Denim in a black and white portrait is a real winner in studio portraits for seniors. To look at more clothing ideas — check out our Pinterest board. Oh, and as far as sessions in the studio? it’s about 30 degrees cooler this time of year. Our most popular session is the In & Out session, which allows us time in the studio to explore before we head out to a local park or other outdoor location. This way, we get a greater variety and more options for putting together a senior book or some awesome graduation announcements. Thanks, Cameron for being open to trying something different — and have a great Senior year at Greenhill!
Senior year is the start of so many wonderful things — including portraits. What we hear over and over is “I want something different, I want to look like ME and express what’s special about ME” so that’s our number one goal. We work with each and every client family to make sure everyone gets what they want from a Senior portrait session. And it’s often generational. The grandparents are looking for one look, the parents want to remember “their little girl” and the Senior wants to show off their personal style. It’s no wonder we shoot so many different looks and try so many things. No two portrait sessions are alike.
We love using fresh flowers to add a touch of nature, and our Bishop Lynch model, Ashlee, had lots of gorgeous red hair — so we styled her in front of a deep blue with soft natural flowers that brought out the colors in her dress and her eyes. Our hair and makeup artists teach while they apply the very best products — and everyone loves the results. When Ashlee comes in for her own session, we will do fun shots outdoors and combine them with shots from the studio….. Thanks, Ashlee!
This year BLUE is back in home decor — and our blue wall in the studio is the perfect deep shade (with a little more light on it, it’s very close to Snorkel Blue). Works with denim and GREAT with red hair! The 2016 Colors of the Year were Rose Quartz and Serenity by the Pantone Color Institute. The palette is said to reflect a desire of calmness in an industrial and technology-filled world. More on color trends soon….
What are the top three things to look for when choosing a location for your senior portraits? Photographers will always say Shade, Accessibility, and Texture. Or at least those are the top three in our minds. Dallas area parks often lack mature trees — and we need open shade, the kind you don’t get from 5 year old trees. And because our terrain is typically flat, parks are often more like fields with playground equipment. We always look for parking and conveniences like water fountains and benches which make interesting additions to our portraits. And lush grass isn’t a bad thing, either.
As far as texture — how about stone walls, columns and flagstones for interesting (but not distracting) elements? One of our favorite locations includes a shallow fountain with flagstone steps. So don’t settle for the tree in the back yard. Look for some interesting architecture, mature trees, and stone work — all of these things add interest to your portraits. And most importantly, choose the photographer that knows how to pull it all together at the right time of day. Some scenes look great when you drive by at 9am and then don’t work at all by mid afternoon. Letting the photographer choose the outdoor spots that they are familiar with can be a great advantage since they know the light in their favorite spots at every time of day.
Our 2017 Senior Models met last week for some hair and makeup fun. Two of our models are from different Plano high schools and there is always some friendly rivalry between schools. But we don’t play favorites! Plano Senior portraits are lots of fun but we photograph seniors from lots of different schools –and one of our models is a Bishop Lynch senior next year. After our studio shots, we left for the bakery and we would love to recommend our friends at the Mad Batter Baker on Addison Circle, they were definitely a favorite. We particularly loved the red velvet cupcakes and the lattes –so be sure and give them a try. AND they have pupcakes, with little dog faces on them that are so cute you almost can’t take a bite.
Besides trying out some great hair styles and learning about makeup, our models also learn about posing and being photographed. How to look at the camera without “freezing up” and how to shake off the nerves and come across as natural. Most people find out (eventually) that the most attractive thing you can wear to a photo shoot is SELF CONFIDENCE, and that’s what we hope to share with our senior models. Learning how to be photographed and what makes a good portrait is important in every aspect of their future college and business lives. It’s more than just poise, it’s a confidence building activity that pays big dividends for the future. More fun photos from this shoot on our Pinterest page HERE
Our 1st senior model event for 2017 for TB Seniors was held this Sunday and we had a great time getting to know each other! We use our senior model events to get TB Seniors on the map! Each model agrees to represent us at her campus during her upcoming senior year, so hopefully we will have lots more fun with new faces from Plano West, Plano Senior and Bishop Lynch schools in the coming months. In addition to prizes for referring their friends to us, each model gets lots of education about how to be photographed, what to do in front of the camera to help them look their best — and even hair and makeup tips from the artists that create their beautiful looks. Our first objective was to create some fun headshots for use on social media…
Our floral creations were made just for us by Floral Concepts in Addison — and we had some great gourmet popcorn from Niki’s Popcorn . And MANY THANKS to our wonderful hair and makeup artists, Haley and Ashley from Maitee Miles & Co. We asked each of our models to bring their favorite dress so we had a lot of great variety –and we had a few fun things to share. After our studio fun we went up the street to The Mad Batter Baker’s wonderful bakery and had cupcakes and lattes! So we’ll have lots of fun photos to share from that. If you’re a junior from a Dallas area school that would like to be one of our 2017 models, please call the studio at 972-250-2415 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to step out and shine 2017 seniors! Our annual Model Magic event is this Sunday, May 1st at 3pm. We’ll have hair and makeup artists, fun dresses, even flowers for your hair — all to make you look and feel gorgeous! This event is free for 2017 Seniors who are interested in modeling and representing TB Seniors at their schools this fall. It’s easy and fun. Call the studio at 972-250-2415 to sign up (to make sure we don’t already have someone from your school) and we’ll give you all the details about our studio and what’s required.
We don’t want to confuse anyone, but Teresa Berg Photography just wasn’t the right name for our SENIORS only photo program — so say hello to our new logo!
We’re kicking off a new Senior Model progragm along with the new logo and we’ve got some awesome new ideas for senior photos and senior fashion events. What we’ve heard from a lot of our seniors is how much they love clothes and modeling — so we’re putting together some events for our senior models modeling clothes from local boutiques. It’s a great way to build a portfolio –or just have fun with fashion.
Does a senior portrait session help you get in to professional modeling? The honest answer is MAYBE. Modeling requires a lot of dedication and attention to detail, a flexible schedule, and like anything else, some self confidence. Senior portraits really help with both the confidence and in having lots of great visuals to help you when you get ready to put together your modeling portfolio. We’ll even help you create that first comp card. Don’t know what that is? We can help. If you attend our 2017 Model program Information meeting, you’ll have a lot of fun finding out. Stay tuned for dates, but it’s coming up very soon.
So if you’re a 2017 Senior and want to get involved in modeling some amazing new outfits from local boutiques and get lots of modeling pics of yourself, call the studio and ask about our upcoming launch party. Call us at 972-250-2415 or email us at email@example.com.
We recently had a fun session with the oboe students from SMU for a charity event. These are not senior portraits, of course, but when crazy talented creative people come together for a good cause it always makes for a great shoot. Just to shake it up a bit, we used one of our favorite spots in Deep Ellum. Thanks to Erin Hannigan and her students for donating their time and talents to the 5th annual Artists For Animals concert event.