As we put Alexa in the senior spokesmodel spotlight for the class of 2015 she continues the trend as the third straight one whose older sibling was a Frameable Faces senior! Alexa’s sister Jordyn was featured in this post from the class of 2013 – she is the fifth one from the top lying down with her face towards Ally’s camera in a close crop. We are big fans of these girls and we have been looking forward to photographing Alexa for a long time! We can say without any doubt that it was worth the wait and we are so happy to have her representing our studio!
We started out on the black background and we love the way the above photo turned out. The shirt, the leather, the shoes – great combo. Often the approach to a photo is a collaboration and the fashion is such a key part of a senior shoot. The seniors bring a couple of suitcases of style. Both Alexa and Sierra in this class said the exact same thing when they showed up for their sessions – “Okay I’m movin’ in!” Then they go through the clothes with Ally who can help match the clothing with the photo set up. Keep in mind for senior pictures we always meet with our senior ahead of time to go over strategy as well. With our spokesmodels we can experiment a little more, but Alexa nailed that first look right out of the gate.
Next we moved to our spotlight set above which we built last year and it has proven to be a popular one. It is versatile too since we can make the spotlights different colors but for this session we went with standard white. Love it! After we finished with the spotlight we broke out some colors. We started out with Alexa in a green dress against the pink background:
We were having fun and laughing a lot as you can see in this vine… :-)
Milian, Milton, and a million smiles seemed like the perfect title for this post, since 6 year old Milian had us cracking up in amazement the whole time he was here. I don’t think we have ever met a kid like this at his age. He is like a little prodigy! He has a sense of humor and an ability to carry on a conversation that plenty of adults are incapable of. Such a cool kid!
We focused mainly on the little man for most of the session before dad Milton jumped in for a few pictures together. We started out on the white background and we actually posted two vines from this session – like I said, we were having fun! Ally did not really need to give Milian a lot of direction. Really we just needed to put on some music and away he went. Milian was in charge of the music – heck, he was in charge of the whole session! This vine is the behind the scenes clip from the photo above!
A spokesmodel session with Annabel 5 years later? Later than what? Let me explain. Almost 5 years ago a 12 year old Annabel was in the mall with her dad not too long after we set up shop in our studio and she brought him in here and told him they needed to do some family pictures! He listened and we did a really fun outdoor fall session with her dad, brother and grandparents back in 2009. We also photographed Annabel’s brother Harry for his senior photos, one of which is featured here (he’s the one with the flaming baseball bat). We knew they were good people from the beginning and we have been talking to Annabel about being a spokesmodel ever since.
For all intents and purposes she has been doing it for a while now – referring seniors to our studio and recommending other spokesmodels from the classes before hers. Last year we featured her and one of our class of ’13 spokesmodels Sierra in a blog post announcing our BFF mini sessions, and now after 5 years of “planning” it is her turn for a spokesmodel shoot all her own! We love her in the close crop black and white photo above. Here is another photo on the white background this time in a full length crop and in color:
Next we moved to the black for this one – she looks great!!!
The whole session was a bit surreal just because we were looking forward to this day for so long! Here is a fun vine with a couple highlights of the day, including the graffiti shot which we had to trek through some seriously deep snow to get to – you can see how it’s almost up to her knees! ”Lean into the love” Annabel!!! :-)
And here is one of the resulting photos with the graffiti wall – we love graffiti and we hope to get some more urban settings as the weather breaks (if it ever does) with our spokesmodels so stay tuned. For now we hope you enjoyed these photos of Annabel!
Sierra’s session starts a little trend with the class of 2015 spokesmodels as the first of three younger siblings of former seniors of ours and she is also one of five in this class whom we have photographed before. Sierra actually appeared on the cover of our brochure from last year with the rest of her wonderful family, and we photographed two of her older siblings for their senior pictures featured here and here. Sierra’s family has a strong athletic tradition and we of course wanted to highlight that here, but that was only a part of her session, and we will get to that a little later. There are plenty of sides to Sierra so we wanted to present some options for the senior who can display versatility! The “glamour AND grit”!!!
For now let’s start with super cute.
Just a simple white background and a nice smile can work every time and we like poses that frame the face like this one. We also like a thoughtful pose up close in black and white like this next one – stunning!
We also love a little bit of attitude – so much fun! Loving the leather…
Now is where the session started to “heat up”! Check out this behind-the-scenes vine of the action and you will see what we mean…
We have always been a big fan of setting things on fire here – athletic equipment, instruments, anything but the senior! We may not have invented this next idea but it was a first for us. We loved the idea of combining the “glamour and grit” in the same photo – beautiful girl, fantastic dress, hair and makeup done but with a basketball on fire – symbolizing the grace, toughness, and the demands of handling the pressure when the heat is on in a tough gritty sport like basketball. Here is the fabulous result! Enjoy!
We have been really excited to get these sneak peeks up on the blog of “a dapper dude and a baby blossom”! Such a precious session with these little siblings and they were a total pleasure to work with. Very sweet and well behaved, they followed instructions like champs!
We started off by getting some photos of the two of them together on the white background. Our dapper dude was styling with his sport coat and tie and his little sister was looking pretty in pink with the flower headband and flowery dress. Flowers were definitely a strong theme for this session and if you have been a regular here on our blog you probably can guess where we are going with that….
The white always looks great – nice and simple and can be displayed pretty much anywhere. Next we moved to the black background and the kids changed up their look a little. We love the red dress in particular against the black – it just pops and both brother and sister are beaming! Big brother looks really proud and happy to be with his little sis!
Next we gave our dapper dude a moment in the spotlight for himself… That smile!
Here we have a fun little behind the scenes vine of the session which will give you a precious peek into the flowery fun that came next…
Needless to say we never get tired of the flower pot babies. How could we? These make us smile every time and the little ones always seem to have a lot of fun being in the pot while everyone is smiling laughing and cheering for them! They are perfect for right around the 6 month milestone or slightly after as long as they are sitting up.
All in all we had a really memorable time with our little friends and their mommy and grandma here at our studio! We hope these made you smile too!
Welcome to “Jessica’s Sublime Siberian Senior Session”! If you are a regular here at the blog you might recognize these snowflakes from yesterday’s post… We were able to get two great sessions in the snow on this particular day since it snowed for several hours. In Jessica’s case it was so perfect because she was specifically holding out for a day just like this one, and as we said the conditions were positively Siberian, which was a good thing as you’ll see a little further down the page…
For now let’s start in the studio as we did with Jessica:
We did photograph Jessica against the black backdrop and we are really pleased with those results, but here we would like to show her off with the pretty color combos because they really pop off the screen – look at all the purples, violets, reds, and golds! Jessica looks great – there was a lot to choose from this session and it was hard to pick…
Okay now let’s take a trip outside into the snow shall we? We love the playfulness of this next shot!
Here’s where the session really takes a Siberian turn… with Jessica’s Siberian Husky Diesel!!! You know you have taken a lot of photos when you have photographed two different four legged Diesels – although they were not both pups – the other Diesel was a horse! Meanwhile this Diesel was clearly at home in the snow and he was loving every minute of it. Running around and playing in the snow with plenty to say too. Love his coloring and we were able to get him to sit still just long enough to get this awesome shot with Jessica! A girl and her pup! Love it! We hope you enjoyed these photos of Jessica’s Sublime Siberian Senior Session! We certainly enjoyed our time with her (and Diesel)!!!
Since we photograph our senior spokesmodels from January to April we usually get a few spokesmodeling in the snow which is fine since there actually is a little demand for snow pictures every year. This winter has been brutal and we have certainly been able to get all the snow shots we need already. However no matter what the conditions are each year it is rare that a day lines up so perfectly where you can get nice big fluffy snowflakes fluttering gently down from the sky. A day with no wind, not bitter cold – just right. We had one of these days ordered up just for Leah! But more on that later….
We started out in the studio so we could get some on the black background. We used the black stool with the black once so far with this class but this look is a little different with Leah in black and crouching on the stool instead of sitting. We are planning on using the black for every spokesmodel girl at least for a few shots even if we don’t end up showcasing them all because 1) we love the black and it is very popular, 2) it is a dramatic look and very versatile and 3) we may do something fun with all of these photos on the black when we’re done with the 2015 spokesmodels – we’ll see… Meanwhile this next shot is a brand new look for us – a different take on being in the spotlight – literally! We love the way this turned out.
We should also mention that hair and makeup for this session was done at The Beauty Lounge here in the Orchard Mall – hair by Tammy and makeup by Gloria. They are right down the hall from our studio and The Beauty Lounge is one of three great salons here in the mall. Next we broke out our cerulean blue backdrop and this next picture of Leah is just sweet and simple.
At this point we were ready to go outside!
Here is a vine that will give you a little flavor of the studio portion of the session and then the winter wonderland we stepped into…
We love the way Leah looks in the light dress against the white snow – white on white or black on black look great in the studio and the white on white looks great outside in the same way – it is an approach we have worked with in the past with great results, and it clearly worked again this time – spectacular!!!
We are thrilled to present some portraits of our three favorite sisters together! You have seen these beautiful girls grace our pages before whether you have seen them here on the blog, on Facebook, our website or elsewhere. It would not even be a big surprise that if you have been around our studio a lot you have met at least one of them before. This is the first time we have had them in our studio together for a session and what a special session it was!
How gorgeous are they…? We have become very close to these three and they are pretty much like family to us now. While they were posing there were plenty of laughs, arguments, disputes, smiles, and overall a lot of love. Sisters doing what sisters do right? We photographed them against the red background quite a bit – we have been into the red lately and it really worked for them as you can see above. Here is a behind-the-scenes vine of the session:
We also think you should see the Instagram we posted of the session because it actually tells a funny little story if you look closely…
Meanwhile back to our photos. Here are a couple more from the red that we love:
Can you tell they were having fun? They are always a blast!
Then we moved to the black background for a bit. Here is a highlight from the black with cream colors to match our silk chair. Love the way this turned out – granted it is tough to produce a bad photo of these girls!
We hope you enjoyed these photos! The bond between sisters is pretty special and we were happy to be able to capture it and be a part of it for a little while!
As we continue along preparing for an exciting year of senior pictures for the class of 2015 we present some highlights from Ellery’s spectacular in-studio spokesmodel session! We are plain giddy about this year’s crew the way these sessions have been going so far and this one was no exception…
The “black and blowy” pose never disappoints – Ellery’s blonde hair looks amazing against the black background! Very dramatic and flat out stunning, you will see this set up repeated frequently in our posts because it is one of our signatures and every senior girl brings a little something different to it. The weather on Ellery’s day was particularly nasty and we wanted some extra time to tinker in the studio and she was ready for that with two full sized suitcases (and an overflow bag) so we could try a bunch of different ideas indoors. As much as we love them four sessions in the snow already is plenty. We have one more coming up in our next post and that is likely it for the snow.
Okay so back to the photos! Next up staying with the black background we have Ellery in a really cute hat! Hats = GOOD! Accessories in general are great and totally encouraged for senior sessions!
Here is the behind-the-scenes vine of this series along with the next one – the “spotlight” set up…
We built the spotlight setup ourselves last year – a little DIY idea Ally borrowed from another photographer friend of ours. There are a number of ways to do this – different colors, different levels of light and the glow of the spotlights on the edges of Ellery’s hair complements her dress here.
Lastly the red backdrop made its first appearance for this year’s class. We like the rich color of this one together with Ellery’s winning smile.
We hope you enjoyed these photos! Needless to say “Ellery’s entrance” into this years portfolio was unforgettable!
We have photographed quite a few children with special needs, and we have always found that special needs children make for very special photo sessions. When Kam Carman from Fox 2 Detroit contacted us to do a story about photographing special needs children we arranged for a perfect little child for the story. Conner is the cutest, most outgoing and lovable little boy you could ever meet.
We approached this like any other session – we started with a consultation to meet Conner and his parents so we could get to know him ahead of the photo shoot and so he could get comfortable with us. We fell in love with this kid right away. Conner has cerebral palsy and speaks with a stutter but he certainly doesn’t let what most of us would consider challenges like those hold him back. He’s a very engaging and fun 5 year old, and his little sister got into the act as well!
As for the day of the shoot, it was very exciting. We had been mentioned on “Kam’s Corner” once before in a feature on the Orchard Mall so we’ve gotten to know her a little and we are big fans of “The Nine” morning show on Fox 2 Detroit. Kam arrived with her videographer and they captured some footage of Ally photographing Conner which was really neat. Conner was excited – he told his friends all about how he was going to be on TV and he got to leave school a little early. When he arrived he practically knocked Ally over running to her and giving her a huge hug! Conner had a blast and he especially loved pushing the button to flash the lights which you can see in the feature. Then Kam interviewed Conner’s mom and Ally to wrap it up. Click HERE to watch the feature from the broadcast!
So fun! Here is a little behind-the-scenes vine of Ally’s interview: