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
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.