5 Things to Do to Prepare for Senior Portraits

Preparing for Senior Portraits:

There are lots of lists and tips out there but here are a few things I recommend, as you get ready to have your senior portraits taken.

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  1. Find a Photographer.  First things first, you need to find the right photographer for YOU! I definitely know my style isn’t for everyone, so it is important you check around and see what you like best. Ask to see the images of an entire senior session (not just the one photo that is on display). It’s also important that you are comfortable with your photographer, someone who puts you at ease. I remember when I was having my senior portraits taken (a couple years ago…?!) how at ease they put me…and even to this day I keep in touch with them and love them to pieces!
  1. Decide What to Wear and What to Bring.  “What should I wear?” is the main question I get. I recommend around 3 outfits. Layering is a perfect idea…that way we can get a few different looks with just one outfit. I also suggest that you pick one solid outfit (nothing too busy). It tends to be a bit more timeless (think about the 80s, any regrets there?!). ;) Above all though, we want these images to represent you…so what do you like on yourself? When in doubt ask a friend or text me a picture! In addition to your outfits, I always encourage my seniors to bring props! Whether it is your tennis racket, flute, dog, or best friend, it’s a great way to express you!
  1. Hair and Make-up.  For girls: I think getting your hair and make-up done professionally is a great idea. It alleviates the stress from you having to have THE perfect hair day.  And even if you don’t wear make-up, I recommend a little – any good make-up artist will know what photographs best. For guys and girls: don’t get a haircut too close to your session and don’t start tanning a couple days before your session!  I think we can all guess why this would be a bad idea. ;)
  1. Pick a Location. Definitely discuss this with your photographer. I’m constantly looking for new locations so that I can recommend a scene that would fit my client’s vision. Be mindful of what time of day your chosen location’s lighting will be best. When I lived in Florida, the beach was a popular choice…but the beach lighting is only best around sunrise and sunset! You don’t want to be squinting in all your photos.
  1. End Result.  Think about what you want to get out of these photos. Get your parents involved in all this! What do they want and what is the budget?  In this digital era we now live in, it is so easy to ask for all the images on CD and then you go home with the CD…and then what?

Voilà….

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Ok, that photo is just a joke, not a recommendation! ;)

So I challenge you to think of what you want as an end result…an album, gallery wrap for the wall, wallets to hand out to friends, framed prints for your grandparents, announcements, etc. One of my absolute favorite products we offer seniors is our Senior Memory Book. It is a great way to show off ALL your senior portraits to your friends and family, AND have them write you a message or answer a fun question.

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Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.

1 3 4 6 6a 7 7a 8 9 11 12Ready to get started?  Feel free to give me a call (239-634-4191) or email me (alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com) to set up your consultation and get planning!

 

Family Portraits | Wyoming Family Photographer

Christmas is 89 days away!  Which means I get to start decorating next month (yes, I decorate super early!!!).  Which also means it is time to start thinking about your family portraits for the holidays!

I just took some photos of my niece with all the fall foliage out here in Wyoming and Montana…so if you want those beautiful fall colors in your family portraits, RIGHT NOW is a great time!  If you want a snowy theme family photo, I have a feeling we only have to wait a week or two. ;)  We can also do studio portraits if you want to keep it inside.

Having trouble figuring out what to wear?  Check out my pinterest board on what to and what not to wear.

Ready to set something up?  Give me a call (cell: 239-634-4191) or shoot me an email (alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com) and we’ll get planning!

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My studio is located in Clark, WY but we will travel for your outdoor session (Cody, Powell, Red Lodge, Billings)!

And for all my Southwest Florida friends…I’ll be back at the end of October and I have a couple spots open for family sessions!  :)

HAPPY FALL!

 

 

Senior Portraits | Wyoming Senior Photographer

It’s crazy we are already in full swing for our 2015 senior graduates…wow, 2015!  Time just keeps flying!

Caleb graduated last year and for his senior photos we did a little variety in our location.  I love taking senior photos in a downtown/urban setting because of all the variety it provides…cool old and new buildings, pillars, water, colorful storefronts, etc.  Then to end our shoot, we went back to my studio and took a few more.  This first photo of him in his football jersey (B&W) is my favorite!

Enjoy these photos as you start getting some ideas for your own senior pictures!  We are now booking for 2015 seniors photos so feel free to call anytime to reserve your session.  :)

1a 1b 2a 2b 3b 4 8 10 11 12 13To book your senior portrait session please email us at alison@alisonbeyerphotography.com or call us at 239-634-4191.  We have session times available for Wyoming/Montana area (Cody, Powell, Clark, Red Lodge, Billings) and we will be in SW Florida at the end of October for sessions.  :)

 

Wyoming Baby and Child Photographer

I love photographing these little kiddos!  These two sweet little sisters are always such a joy to photograph, they give me endless beautiful expressions and definitely keep me on my toes.  We took all these baby portraits at my studio, using a few props I had on hand along with their super cute wardrobe.

I really enjoy being able to photograph each stage of a child’s life…they change so much in a short amount of time.  And while there is nothing like photographing children out in nature, I think it is just important to get some studio portraits taken too.

So get ready for some awwwing over this endless cuteness…. ;)

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Tabitha + Bill | Wyoming Wedding Photographer

Finally catching up on some blogging here and wanted to start with this gorgeous wedding!

Tabitha and Bill’s wedding day started out getting ready at the West Bay Club, where their ceremony and reception was held too.  Their ceremony was poolside close to sunset.  For their portraits we utilized all the grounds!  I was super happy that they decided to do some additional portraits on another day so that we could take our time and get lots of variety.  I highly recommend this, especially if you’re planning a full and busy day of events.   Or do a First Look. ;)

I mentioned before when I posted their sneak peek, how much I loved Tabitha’s dress and shoes and bouquet and … haha, I could go on and on!   You’ll see what I mean, everything was so lovely…

 

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Photography: Alison Beyer Photography

 

Lori + Christopher, Sanibel Harbour

Lori and Christopher were such an amazing couple to work with on their big day!  They totally just went with whatever the day brought them.  For example, in the middle of all the pre-ceremony photos we heard the rain getting closer, so they just decided to do the ceremony ASAP!  Which was perfect because we dodged the rain. Phew! :)

Here is a little sneak peek of their beautiful day…

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2a 4 5 5a 7 6 8CONGRATULATIONS Lori and Chris!  I really enjoyed working with you and capturing your wedding day!  More photos coming soon :)

Cheers,

Alison

Wyoming | Montana – Portrait and Wedding Photographer

So my husband and I have officially moved to northwest Wyoming!  I’ve been out here about a month, getting us moved into our new place and getting the lay of the land.  I must say, I’m in love.  It’s amazing to walk out my front door and be surrounded by mountains.  A little different than Florida. ;)

(My husband and me in our front yard)

1(Our dog Baylie isn’t too excited about the scarf I made her wear, but despite that she does like it out here…my cat is another story)

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I got a chance to announce it on my facebook page, but didn’t get to blog anything on here.  These past couple months have been so crazy and since the whole move happened so quickly, I’ve really only been concentrating on packing and unpacking.  My husband got a job working on a ranch out here and we decided it was an adventure we wanted to explore!  Plus, I have the best of both worlds, while I work on getting my wedding and portrait photography business started out here in Wyoming and Montana, I’ll still be coming back to Florida to photograph weddings and portraits.  Yay!

Here are a few photos from our start out here, the first one is one of my favorites…I love that I have a view of Heart Mountain from my office window!

2a4 4bSo my ever-so-thoughtful mother bought us an oh-so-sweet gift to help us “fit in with the locals!”  A nice camera belt buckle for me and a Buckeyes one for my husband!  haha…oh my!  We were going to sport them for our photo but we need to get the right belt. ;)

5So in addition to doing some four-wheeling, we’ve also got to go check out some hiking trails…absolutely breath-taking views!

86I’m excited to get my wedding and portrait photography business up and running here in Wyoming and Montana.  Whether you are planning your wedding or family portraits out west or in southwest Florida, I’d love to be your photographer!  Give me a call or visit my website. :)

Cheers!

Alison

Samantha + Nicholas, a Fort Myers Wedding

Samantha and Nicholas tied the knot at the Paseo in Fort Myers.  I love this location for weddings, such a different twist on country clubs and so many great photos ops!  ;)

Their ceremony took place in the Village Center followed by dinner and dancing in the Bistro Dining Room.  Here’s a quick peek of my favorites thus far…

1 2a 3 4 5a 6 8 9Congratulations Samantha and Nicholas!  I so enjoyed photographing your amazing day!!!

Cheers,

Alison

Tara + Glen, Fort Myers Beach Wedding

I was so excited to see this beautiful couple again!  I met them a couple years ago while they were on vacation, they weren’t engaged yet but they told me they’d be back down to Florida to have a beach wedding one day.  And they did! :)  They had a beautiful, sunny beach ceremony at the Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach.

Here’s just a few wedding photos from their day…seriously love Tara’s veil and bouquet, so unique!  ;)

1 2 3 4 5 6 8Congratulations Tara and Glen!  I loved seeing you all again and photographing your gorgeous wedding!  More photos coming soon. :)

Cheers,

Alison

Julia + Michael, a Sanibel Wedding

Julia and Michael were the sweetest couple!  I so enjoyed getting to know Julia over the phone and was excited to finally meet her in person.  It was a destination wedding for them.  They had a lovely, intimate wedding with their close friends and family on Cove Beach at Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa.

So here is a little sneak peek of their wedding with more photos to come! :)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Congratulations Julia and Michael!  Your wedding was amazing and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

With love,

Alison