Senior Portrait Tips

Senior Portrait season is just starting and I wanted to post a few suggestions on how to prepare for your senior portrait photo shoot. For most of you it’s the first real photo session you’ve had aside from sitting in front of the camera for that awful yearbook shot that’s been on your ASB card for the last 3 years. Now is your time to shine. You get to express yourself through your photos and say, “This is me!”

This is where the fun starts, as an experienced senior portrait photographer from the Spokane area I have shot many seniors and every shoot is different. We’ve only got an afternoon together for me to get to know you and tailor your photos to express exactly who you are. These aren’t your run of the mill “lean against a tree and smile” photos like your parents sported. You’re guaranteed a superior product that you will look back on fondly for years. In order to make things run smoothly on the day of your shoot there are a few steps you can take ahead of time.

Pre-planning:

Make a list of what school based activities you want to highlight:

  • Sports, art, band, theater, math team, foreign languages, debate, ROTC, etc are all great. It doesn’t matter what it is, if you are proud of it we want to show case it.

Make a list of outside interests:

  • Biking, boarding, horseback riding, skiing, fashion, building models, cooking, playing video games, walking your dog, volunteer work, church, etc. Whatever defines you as a person is an important element in your portrait session.

Outfit Planning:

  • Keep it simple and classy. Darker colors help slim, white/beige/grey can dominate a photo and make you look ghostly pale. Patterns can be distracting.
  • Plan on bringing at least 3 different tops, jackets or dresses. Bring letter jackets or sports uniforms if you have them.
  • Pay attention to accessories. Sunglasses, bracelets, belts, etc. will make the pictures more personalized.

Make-Up:

  • Girls, believe me when I say less is more. Don’t get all glammed up, wear it light and make sure it compliments all of the outfits that you chose.
  • No glitter! In photos it tends to reflect light and create little white spots, same goes for super shiny lip gloss. Stick to matte or transparent face powder to cut that shiny greasy look.

Posing/Locations:

  • Look at your friend’s portraits and yearbook photos from the years before you and   think about the various poses and what interests you. If you see a photo you are really excited about it let me know and we’ll try our best to replicate something similar.
  • If there is a place that is special to you then let me know and we’ll see about shooting there, whether it be an urban setting, your favorite farm, the lake where your family has a cabin or just your favorite park I want the location to be comfortable for you. If you have no preference I have plenty of suggestions as well.

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink lots of water to make sure you are hydrated; your skin will thank you.
  • Make sure you are well rested.
  • If you aren’t feeling your best then reschedule, it will reflect in the pictures.
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack so you aren’t bloated but aren’t starving.
  • Come ready to have a fun session and make some awesome images.

Hayley
I know it’s a lot to take in but I will help guide you the whole way to insure that your pictures are amazing and you are proud to show them off for years to come. If you have any questions please contact me and I’ll get back to you in a timely manner. I’m available for portraits anywhere in the greater Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. If you are outside of the area it never hurts to ask as well because I do travel quite extensively.

 

 

 

 

Spokane Wedding Photography and Beyond!


Today I am excited to announce that I am expanding my wedding photography coverage area beyond the greater Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Now no matter where you are getting married in the Pacific Northwest I’ll be there. My expanded service area now covers anywhere in Washington, Idaho, Oregon or Western Montana. From backyard weddings in Missoula to sunset ceremonies on the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula to the traditional churches of Seattle and beyond I’m going to be able to cover your wedding with the utmost attention to detail no matter where you are located in the Pacific Northwest.

Weddings outside of the greater Spokane/CdA area will incur a small fee to cover my transportation but despite this I’ll still be able to offer you a great product at a competitive price and now I’ll be able to cover you where ever you may roam. Some photographers tack on as much as an extra $3,000 to travel with you but I guarantee my travel fee for wedding photography is Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Western Montana will never exceed $300. There’s no reason for me to be renting a presidential suite at a fancy hotel on your dime.

So why should you choose me? I’m fun and trendy and I’m going to take the stress right out of the photography aspect of your nuptials. Don’t think of me as a wedding expense, think of me as a new friend. I want to be there to capture every precious moment. We’ll work together to map out what is important to you and we’ll get you exactly what you envision without any hidden fees or unnecessary headaches.

Wedding photos are one of the most enduring artifacts of the wedding itself. Think of it this away, aside from your ring and lovely spouse what daily reminders will yoHolly & Kyleu have? Everyone eats the cake, drinks the champagne, and runs off with the fancy centerpieces. His tux goes back to the rental store and your veil isn’t exactly workplace attire, but if you have one of my wedding albums sitting on your coffee table you will have something to show off for years to come. Every time you flip through the pages you’ll be brought back to that most magical day. It’ll be just like you’re living it all over again and I want to help bring back the best memories possible.

So no matter where you’re living and where your ceremony is being held please contact me for a free consultation so we can see what I can do for you. I will not let you down.


Senior Portrait Promotion

Juniors! Want to learn how you can get cheap or even FREE senior portraits?

Hey friends and fans, I am looking for juniors who are a part of the class of 2012 to represent and promote my senior photo packages for the upcoming 2011-12 school year.

What does this mean for you? If you get your photos done early I’ll give you a referral discount ($150 instead of $200, to be paid when you pick up your photos in the fall- unless you meet your referral goals, and then they are free!)

I’ll give you business cards with your photo on one side and my contact information on the other side for you to pass around school. For every person that you refer to me you’ll get $25 off of the cost of your photos up to the cost of your senior portrait package, that’s a $200 value! All you have to do is show your photos to your friends and tell them why they should book a shoot with me.

Anyone can apply but space is limited, I’m only accepting 2 seniors from each area high school. Don’t miss out on this great deal! Shoot me an email and ask if I’ve still got openings at your school.

These are not your boring run of the mill photos of you leaning against a tree or smiling with your arms crossed against a brick wall. I want to capture photos that actually show a bit about who you are. Book with me and we’ll go out and have some fun while taking some awesome shots.

My senior portrait package includes:
-One to two hour session at the location of your choice.
-Unlimited outfit changes.
-Professional retouching (skin smoothing, blemish repair)
-Black and white conversions.
-A disk with 10 or more full size unmarked images for your personal use.
-Prints are available for purchase off of my website or you can feel free to print your own with the disk provided.

Check out my Senior Portrait Gallery or Contact Me

Senior Portrait

Website Improvements & Tough Wedding Decisions

Welcome to my newly improved website! Spring is about to be sprung, birds are singing and the world is waking up from several months of cold, dead weather (at least in Spokane, Washington). The change over to Spring in the Inland Northwest marks the beginning of wedding season. There are floral arrangements, venues and dresses to choose, menus to round out, vows to write, announcements to mail, and of course, selecting the wedding photographer… The person you choose to capture every elegant detail of your nuptials. In an attempt to make choosing the right wedding photographer as smooth and easy as possible,  I’ve made some user-friendly improvements to my website.

Along with the all new home page, new price lists, and more streamlined gallery navigation, comes a renewed determination to be the best photographer I can be. My goal has always been to provide my clients with an elegant and enduring final product that they will cherish and proudly display forever.

No matter what you’re looking for in a photographer, please contact me for a free consultation. I would love to have the chance to be part of your special day, preserving it in a way that will greatly exceed your expectations.