I finally got the results back from the competition I entered last month with my local photography guild back in Florida. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the local SWFL chapter (Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida) of the PPA and FPP for the past 4 or 5 years. This year I served as the Vice President and Program Director, but now with my move to Wyoming, I will be stepping down.
Being a part of this group has helped me in all areas of my photography business…but being a part of the competitions we held 3 times a year, definitely helped with me with my skill level. It also allowed me to photograph personal projects for myself, not just for clients.
The photography competitions and I definitely had a love/hate relationship! It was completely nerve-wracking getting my prints ready to be judged live in front of all my peers. And every competition, without fail, the judges would completely dissect all my hard work! AH! Haha. But I definitely think it made me a better photographer.
So before I get back to Christmas orders and my never-ending editing (haha!), here are a few of my pieces from my last competition…
Allure: (we had to name our pieces, which proves to be the absolute hardest for me!)
Off the Beaten Path:
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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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. 😉
- 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.
- 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?
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.
Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.
Ready to get started? Feel free to give me a call (239-634-4191) or email me (email@example.com) to set up your consultation and get planning!
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. 🙂
To book your senior portrait session please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 🙂