We love getting out of the city for a change of pace, so a senior session on a country road in the piney woods of East Texas was lots of fun for us. We met Cody on a hot afternoon in September, but he was a really good sport about the heat. The woods and dirt roads gave lots of country “texture” to his portraits. He’s top of his class at Robert E Lee in Tyler and headed for an Ivy League school, so it was fun to get a little Texas country in the background.
Pine trees, split rail fences (even a little barbed wire!) all add texture to these portraits — and although Texas doesn’t have much of a fall “season” the golden colors of dried grass and the end-of-summer fade are great backgrounds. We met in Camp county, just outside Mt. Vernon, Texas for our photo shoot. Letter jackets and musical instruments always make for interesting portraits and make everything a little more personal. The late afternoon light is always a favorite with photographers and even though that’s often the hottest part of the day, we felt it was worth it so that these images would have lots of filtered light and warmth.
Choosing neutral colors found in the surrounding woods worked great with his hair color and complexion but also added to the natural feel of his portraits. And even though it was close to 100 in the shade, the letter jacket shots were worth it. Interested in an outdoor session on a country road? Visit our contact page and let us know what you have in mind!
We use fence lines and long, dusty roads to illustrate the future that leads off in to the distance, but it’s obvious that Cody’s future is bright. We know that no matter what road he chooses, his path leads to success.
We have great urban senior portrait locations in and around our studio in the Addison area of Dallas and we love to incorporate architecture and texture. This session from a few weeks ago has kind of a Palm Springs, California feel with the rock wall and colorful tile backgrounds that are so much fun. This location will work as well for male subjects as it does for females and still look good on the living room wall (unlike some urban scenes). Getting the right combination of light and texture is a challenge for a photographer but so worth it when it all comes together.
To choose the right location, consider strong vertical and horizontal lines that lead the eye in and out of the center of your image – and don’t forget to frame your subject to draw the attention to the face. See what kind of crazy things go through a photographer’s head while they’re moving around like a clown? It’s all about the light…. but it’s all about the background and the body language of the subject at the same time. Urban settings have their own very special challenges. That’s why you should always let the photographer pick the setting.
An urban setting can be stark and linear, but I love some softer elements like the vines and shadows. Adding stronger lines and textures (like this metal gate) contrast with our beautiful subject and actually lend strength and energy to her portrait. We felt this location was the perfect way to bring out her strength and focus in an urban senior portrait, but still show her softer side. Thanks, Zoe, for trusting us with your senior portraits and best of luck as you pursue your goals in journalism!
It’s still August, but every family is getting ready for the back-to-school surge of activity. Some of our area schools have early deadlines for yearbook submissions, so we are booking senior portraits now and only have a few openings left between now and October 1st.
Here’s a few tips for senior portraits in the heat:
- Get up early! The light and the heat are not kind to us after about 10am. So plan on an early start.
- Use the hair and makeup artist — she can make you look good when you start, and make your great look last. Long hair is particularly tricky when the heat and humidity rise — you need that professional touch.
- Dress casual and keep your layers of clothing to a minimum. Even jewelry can make you feel hot and sticky, so pare it down! You don’t want senior portraits where you look wilted.
- Plan for more formal shots to be done in the studio. Lots of seniors need a few headshots for their college apps, sorority submissions or internships — and typically these are done in semi-business casual outfits. Our most popular session, The IN & OUT session, allows for studio time as well as outdoor shooting, so you can take the dressy stuff indoors and stay cool.
Sundresses and sleveless tops are great during an August senior photo session!
We love photographing beautiful clothes from other cultures — Thanks, Ashani for being such a great model — we had a great time!
Planning to bring a suit to your senior portrait session? Always a good idea. The first few years of college may bring lots of opportunities your way –including internships, fraternities, even employment — so it’s never to early to look like you mean business.
Most seniors are photographed just before high school graduation and then not again until after college (or even at their wedding!) so it’s smart to have a professional photo taken that will work for a variety of uses over time. Hopefully, it will be a great fitting suit that shows off your personal style. It never hurts to look like a boss.
We just loved this spring senior portrait session and the senior portrait video from our session with Hannah. She loves fashion, hair and makeup and worked with our makeup artist, Bailey. As soon as she arrived at the studio, they got busy coordinating makeup with her outfits and creating a style that would allow for several different looks during the shoot. I think these portraits really show off her fun personality– and her confidence!
After reviewing her clothing choices, we made a plan. We started in the studio (so we could do a few cap and gown shots for her book) and then moved to the park. We selected one outfit for the “playing in the fountain” series and another that would work for her casual headshots. Mother Nature made a great background. Hannah booked our IN & OUT session which means she had time for 3-4 outfits and about two hours of total shooting time. This is our most popular senior photo session and the amount of variety we can get from one senior portrait session is amazing. Even putting together the senior portrait video preview was fun! We also used one of our quilts for some fun color (sometimes the park is just too green) and chose an outfit for that.
Because we planned carefully, we were able to get a couple of different hair “looks” by pinning part of it back for some outfits. And through it all, Hannah was fabulous. It’s not easy to know what to do in front of a camera for two hours — but we helped her by suggesting ways to look at the camera and coached her with ideas on how to stand and move. We think you’ll like the results!
Here’s her preview slideshow:
Sorority Rush is a great time to do headshots for seniors. Even if you’re planning to do a senior photo session (or you’ve already done one) –and you just need the perfect shots to submit with your sorority applications. We may call it “headshots” but it doesn’t have to just be head and shoulders. Most sororities require a 2/3 body shot or even a full length shot. So bring the specs and we will make sure you have the perfect photos. But they don’t have to be boring school photos!
Our studio headshot session is $225 and includes 2 digital images. The session is about 20 minutes long and we can shoot either outdoors in the nearby park, or we can do studio shots — your choice! If you need more than one outfit, we have an expanded headshot session which is $395 and includes 4 images. The expanded session allows more time for multiple outfits. All prices include complete photoshop editing, so don’t worry if you have a few last minute blemishes, we’ve got it covered.
Need a hair and makeup artist to help you create the look you want? We’ve got the best people. For an additional $110 fee, they will meet you here at our studio and style, straighten or curl your hair and do your complete makeup so you look your best before you step in front of the camera. Our makeup people know the perfect way to apply makeup for the camera to keep you from looking washed out, but they never over do it. We want you to look like you -just on your very best day. Need some fun tips on getting ready for rush? Check out Sorority Sugar
Many of our senior headshot session photos get used for auditions for actors and modeling agencies, so be sure and let us know if you are planning to also use the images we create for you for other purposes and we’ll cover all the bases.
And P.S. It’s fun!
Because of our mild winter weather here in Dallas, winter senior portraits are filled with possibilities. We have shorter shooting days but we avoid the harsh summer temperatures and love the texture and earthy colors of dry leaves and golden grasses. We have more overcast days with lots of clouds to diffuse the harsh sunlight and can actually move around more freely in the parks where we normally shoot. Average weather (if there is such a thing in Texas) tells us most winter days in Dallas with an average temperature of 50 or higher — which is great weather for sweaters and great outfits with jackets –and bare trees and evergreens make for wonderful backdrops that make eye color and skin look fabulous.
Here are some tips for late fall and early winter photo sessions.
- Dress in layers. Add scarves and sweaters to jeans and boots.
- Location. Seek out tall dry grasses that move in the wind to add motion and energy to your portraits.
- Architecture. Use dramatic arches, buildings and stone and brick walls to add depth and texture to the backgrounds.
- Go urban! We like to feature pathways, steps and streets to lead the eye in and out of the shot.
We can make a memories with a cloudy day and use the softer light to highlight eyes and hair in our subjects. We may not have snow on the ground, but falling leaves are gorgeous. So if you’re thinking about scheduling a senior portrait session don’t skip January and February on the calendar. And don’t forget our studio options — our most popular session, the In & Out session includes some studio time, too!
For more ideas for winter senior portraits check out this Pinterest search
Our recent session for Plano East Senior, Steve, was a photographer’s dream. Not only is Steve a great guy and the perfect model, but we had amazing weather and even his dog had fun! We used several different locations and the light was great. Consequently, we had way too many proofs to share with him and his family — but it’s a good problem to have. Our selection process in the studio will be a challenge but I know he will want to design his senior book using a lot of these portraits, so we included images that were designed to help tell a story. And I hope some of his friends from Plano East Senior High will see them and realize what a star he is!
One of the things we strive to do is show the variety of this very important time of life. And Steve is involved in a lot of Plano East activities, like hockey and orchestra –so we wanted to do some studio shots to capture some of the magic of this time in his life. We’ll use his cap and gown images to design a cool graduation announcement (so much more personal than the ones the school offers!). Many years from now he can sit down with his book and his kids and tell them all about his school and what his passions were at this time of his life.
The slideshow below is designed as a preview only. It’s lower resolution so that clients can view it quickly on their phones and tablets. When we meet with Steve and his family to make their final decisions, we will sit down in front of a 60″ television monitor and look at them in much greater detail. The software we use during this process helps us to side by side comparisons and quickly sort through the images and choose the ones he likes the best.
Thanks, Steve — we had a blast.
Book your Senior photo session before the end of 2016 and we’ll include a mini session for your immediate family the same day! Many of our beautiful outdoor shooting spots work great for family portraits, and when the time comes to update your family gallery, everything blends so well. As added incentive, this bonus family session is a great way to knock out a few of those hard to buy for people on your holiday gift list (portraits are one-size-fits-all) and maybe even have a great custom holiday card. What could be better? We will even line up the Hair & Makeup people for you so mom gets a little pampering, too.
Be sure and mention the bonus family session when you call the studio to book your appointment so we can help you with ideas on what to wear and the locations that also work with families. Want to view more of our family photography? Visit our family website.
And seniors don’t need to wear clothing that matches the rest of the family in their senior portraits — we can easily accommodate clothing changes during the session. And for clothing ideas, you can always bring extra options and we can coordinate when we meet. Did you know we had a pinterest page with all sorts of ideas for senior portraits? Visit it here
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