The start of the new school year is just around the corner! For incoming seniors that means senior portraits, so you can have them in time to get into the yearbook.
I know many seniors like to wait until later in the school year for a full portrait session with several outfit and location changes (to show off their awesome prom dress for example), invite friends, and have a couple hours to get the amazing shots you see online everywhere. However, doing a mini session in the summer/fall lets you have gorgeous photos for the yearbook too.
I offer Senior Mini Sessions that include 30 minutes in one location and you get 10 digital images with a print release. Viewing and downloading the images is all done online so you can see your gallery from the comfort of your own couch, and share them almost instantly.
I am located on Camano Island and serve Stanwoo
Contact me today to book your session!
A cold winter morning is not usually what you think of as the best time for outdoor maternity photos, but I’m glad we did it. The light was amazing, the couple was gorgeous, and the scenery was beautiful. They are doing a woodland theme for the baby’s room, and wanted outdoor photos to go with it. Her outfit was perfect: light and airy with a touch of warmth in the shoulder wrap, and a cool halo of flowers. I hope they enjoy these photos for years to come.
This awesome family was all together for a short time between their oldest coming home from a mission abroad and their next son leaving for boot camp. I was honored to give them some new family photos. They are such a gorgeous group it was easy to get some great shots.
We went to Four Seasons Lake Preserve on Camano Island an hour before sunset, and the place was beautiful. They have some cool old barns, tall grassy fields, and lovely trees. Perfect place for fall family photos.
We didn’t get snow for Christmas, so we had to go in search of some. An hour and a half later we ended up in Marblemount along the Skagit River. There was a pretty little park with a trail and benches to view the river. We saw several people out bird watching while we were there. I’ve heard it’s a great place to view eagles.
Anyway, this little ballerina (though I’m not sure I can call her little for much longer, she’s almost as tall as me) was such a trooper out in the snow in a leotard. A year ago we bought this lovely white camisole dress from Discount Dance. We’ve used it a couple times for photos, like when we went out for a pretty winter sunset. Today we used it out in the snow, because I love the white snow matching with the white dress. She did lots of pretty dancing, and even attempted going on pointe in the snow (which isn’t easy since snow is slippery).
As a busy mom, I know it can be asking a lot to not only get your family ready to take a holiday portrait, but to get yourself ready as well. I also know that as woman, I tend to be pretty critical of photos of myself (which is why I am found much more often behind the camera than in front of it).
Erika Stadler, at Refinery29, has a great article on “How to Look Good in Every Photo”. With expert tips ranging from posture to clothing to makeup, she covers 20 topics for your everyday photos (selfie anyone?).
Over at WhoWhatWear, Kat Collings shares 12 Secrets to Looking Better in Photos with Model Cate Underwood. If anyone knows about looking good in photos, it would be Cate Underwood. She shares tips on getting a natural smile, and flattering positions as well as simple tweaks to help your arms or chin look better.
Here are my personal favorite easy ways to look better in your holiday photos:
- Stick out your chin – Nobody wants a double (or triple) chin in their photos. Pulling your head, and chin, forward reduces or eliminates the appearance of more chins giving you a thinner looking face.
- Angle your body – A picture taken from straight on will make anyone look larger than they are. Face sideways to the camera, put your weight on your back leg, bend your front leg, and just twist at your waist a bit toward the camera. You will instantly slim down your waistline (quickest way to drop 10 pounds ever!).
- Have good lighting – Nobody looks their best in noonday sun (squinting and hooded eyes are not a good combo). Go for the yummy light that happens about an hour before sunset. It is a soft warm light that comes in at a flattering angle.
Hire a pro. Sorry, but sometimes you get what you pay for. That photographer that gives you all 200 unedited images for $50 probably isn’t taking the time to make sure you look your best. But a real professional will take their time, shoot from flattering angles, help you pose, and even fix stray hairs for you. When it comes to the photo that goes on your Christmas card, which all your family and friends will be looking at for the next year, go for quality and hire a professional photographer.