Kicking It Up A Notch With Noah!

Kicking it up a notch with Noah is what we did on his senior session!  This was just a cool and fun afternoon on a number of levels.  For starters it always helps when our senior is fun to be around and Noah is a neat guy – he was totally game for anything and his dad came along for the session which is relatively rare.  It would be cool if more dads came on senior sessions with their sons because this day just felt like a fun hangout with the guys!  Another reason this session was kicked up a notch was the exploring we did at Heritage Park – we didn’t realize how far back some of those trails go and we hit a few new spots (and outdoor props).  So without further adieu…

We started on location in the early afternoon because of a potential storm coming, where we got this shot against the silo early on…

Kicking It Up A Notch

Next we used a farm wagon that was just asking to be used which made for a couple of nice shots.  We hadn’t used it before so it’s now “Noah’s wagon” as long as it’s there!  This shot is a close crop of our guy so it focuses on him but the wagon provides a nice backdrop on this one.

Kicking It Up A Notch

Next we went off exploring a bit and found a cool little bridge that we really like:

Kicking It Up A Notch

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the afternoon:

Then it was time to head back to the studio to get a little work done indoors.  The forecast proved correct as a major storm hit right after we got back and the power went out.  We thought the session might be over right then and there but the power came back in a couple minutes and we kept going!   Ally always photographs everything in color but sometimes a photo just looks cool in black and white and sometimes Ally just knows when she sees it – like this one…

Kicking It Up A Notch

Nice huh?  We were glad to “hang with the boys” and kick it up a notch with Noah!

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Ayla Is A Sweet Little Angel!

Ayla is a sweet little angel indeed and we were thrilled to have her here at the studio!  She is a beautiful smiley little bundle of joy and she brought a ton of style and personality to her session even at only 4 months old!  We have been so busy photographing high school seniors which we love, but having this adorable little yummy smush was a nice change of pace to be sure, and we love her family.

We started off with Ayla in her baptism gown on the red couch.  It is worth noting that Ayla’s grandmother made this gown for her!  How amazing is that?  Such love – so special and so pretty!

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She is so cute!  Next we moved to another fun outfit on one of our chairs for a few photos.  Here are a couple…   First let’s start with the damask backdrop.  We like to call this look the “O” mouth!  :-)

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Such a fun look of wonder on her face!  Then we moved to the brown background:

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Her daddy loves this photo.  Love her smile!  Habibti!

Meanwhile here is a little fun behind the scenes vine of Miss Ayla during her session!

Lastly we will leave you with this precious moment between Ayla and her mommy…

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That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?  As good as it gets.  We loved this session and we hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks of sweet little angel Ayla!

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Awesomeness Abounds With Alexa!

Awesomeness abounds with Alexa when we get together.  We love this girl and we have been so happy to have her representing our studio this year as a spokesmodel.  We had her pegged back when we photographed her sister Jordyn two years ago for her senior photos and we wish we could photograph Alexa every 6 months!  For now we can be satisfied with the two awesome sessions we had with her this year – the spokesmodel session back in the winter which was all in the studio and her senior session which we split  between studio and location which we are proud to present to you here!

This was the last session of our crazy lucky week of weather that we’ve been talking about for the last several blog posts… once again the forecast wasn’t looking great but it didn’t matter.  Once again the weather was perfect for our awesomeness with Alexa!

Awesomeness abounds

Awesomeness indeed!  Love the backlight on her hair, the water, the dress, the pose – it’s all great.  Next we went to another spot with a bridge that we really like and got this shot of Alexa just sitting and being cute!

Awesomeness abounds

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the morning and these two photos in particular!

At this point it was time to head back to the studio where we played around with our damask background and our light blue, and definitely more awesomeness happened.  This would also be a good time to give a shout out to Shifra Raskin for the wonderful job on Alexa’s makeup down the hall at Style The Salon here in the Orchard Mall.  First let’s take a look at the photo against the damask backdrop…

Awesomeness abounds

…and lastly the blue.  This shot in particular we really love just because Alexa is clearly having so much fun here – we just love how she’s in this moment!

Awesomeness abounds

And so there it is – awesomeness all the way around!  We hope you enjoyed these – we certainly enjoyed our time with Alexa!

 

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Sugary Sweet Jenna Is A Grown Up Senior!

Sugary sweet Jenna is a grown up senior and it’s hard to believe!  Time flies – it seems like yesterday that she was in here as the little sister jumping in for a couple shots in her sister Carly’s senior photos, and now the roles have reversed with the spotlight on her!  Jenna is a breath of fresh air – always smiling, always saying hello, and over the years even popping up on Facebook instant messenger once in a while with a simple “Hi Ally!” or “Hi Doug!”  So while we often point out how senior sessions can be surreal when it’s a senior we’ve known for a while, it’s just as much so with each example and definitely so with Jenna!

We started in the studio with some simple black and white backgrounds.  While we have a broad assortment of colors and textures in the studio, the basics never get old and Jenna looks great here first on the white.  Ally especially likes the white on white and the black on black – when it’s lit properly it looks great.

Sugary Sweet Jenna

Next we moved to the black to get up close and personal!

Sugary Sweet Jenna

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the session where you’ll see that we also had a little fun with a Michigan State Spartan football jersey!

Now it was time to go outside once again during our incredibly lucky weather week where the rain continued to move around our sessions and we had wonderful conditions!  Here are a couple photos from our location – just pretty and natural against a tree with a little Queen Anne’s lace in the background…

Sugary Sweet Jenna

…and relaxing on stone with a pop of black-eyed Susans….

Sugary Sweet Jenna

All in all it was a joy to see sugary sweet Jenna all grown up as a senior and it was great photographing her!  We hope you enjoyed the highlights from her session!

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We Are Completely Mad For Maddy!

We are completely mad for Maddy!  We gush often about our seniors but there is a reason for it.  In Maddy’s case she just makes us smile – she is a total character and we mean that as a compliment.  She is so funny, even charmingly quirky if you will, and she is an accomplished ice skater – she just has a lot going for her!  Oh – and, well – you’ll see when you look at her – she is adorable.

We started in the studio where we focused first on the red background.  Keep in mind that Ally always photographs digitally in color.  But just for kicks let’s switch it up – I just got finished telling you how Maddy is a character and so funny and yet she pulled off a pensive and classically beautiful shot that we love converted to black and white…

Mad for Maddy

Next we moved to the black background and we focused on her skating accomplishments.  Maddy showed off her playful side for this fun shot with a bunch of her medals all around her!  The one in her right hand is her very first one and the one in her left hand is her most recent gold medal!

Mad for MaddyHere is our fun behind the scenes vine of the morning – plenty of laughter as you can see!  :-)

Next as you can see in the vine it was time to head outside.  This was still the week of extended forecasts of thunderstorms so this was another session that on location success  wasn’t a given, and while it was pretty humid it was still rain-free.  We were able to get a couple really nice shots here.  The first one is just nice and casual in shorts…

Mad for Maddy

…and this last one we’ll leave you with is so pretty – the dress, the pose, it all comes together.

Mad for Maddy

So yes we are now completely mad for Maddy after spending a morning with her (on Ally’s birthday no less) and we hope you enjoyed these photos!

 

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A Nice Day With Nicole, Naturally!

We had a nice day with Nicole, naturally!  I say that for several reasons…  For starters she’s a North Farmington Raider so as Raiders ourselves we always know that’s a natural fit and that we’ll click.  Secondly she’s just a sweet easy going girl and naturally comfortable to be around.  Third she looked naturally pretty for her session, and fourth she pioneered a new spot we hadn’t seen before in a very pretty natural setting – so yeah, it was a nice day with Nicole – naturally!

This was yet another day where we moved up our start time to account for a stormy forecast and we lucked out again with more great weather!  But first we started in the studio where we used the black background first…

Nicole, Naturally

Then we went to a set up that we’ve really liked over the years which is our red victorian style couch against the gold backdrop (really more yellow/orange than gold but Raiders are brown and gold so work with us here).

Nicole, Naturally

Then it was time to head out on location.  The spot we had picked out was a little rough on the eyes – Nicole’s eyes to be exact because the cloud cover at that time of day was causing some intensely bright glare and making her squint.  It’s the double edged sword of having pretty blue eyes because they are more sensitive to light.  So we moved to where we had a little more cover in the woods and came across this really nice bend in the creek encircled by a patch of black-eyed Susans which will now be known going forward as “Nicole’s spot” because she was the first and that’s how we roll here at Frameable Faces…  :-)

Nicole, Naturally

Here is our fun little behind the scenes vine of the day:

Speaking of Nicole’s eyes – we’ll leave you with this one where the blue she’s wearing really brings out her blue eyes and they look gorgeous!

Nicole, Naturally

So there you have it!  The lucky streak of weather continued, and so did the streak of wonderful seniors from the class of 2015!

 

 

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Jessi Approached Perfection On Her Session!

Jessi approached perfection on her session with a lot of elements working in her favor – some planned and some not!  The continuing storyline of that week was about dodging raindrops, shifting schedules and hair and makeup appointments, monitoring forecasts, and Jessi’s session almost didn’t happen that day.  Yet at the end of the day the clouds disappeared, the sun came out and the perfect light was in the perfect spot at the perfect location and it was almost like it was meant to be that way all along….

Jessi approached perfection

What a beauty, and what a cool girl – just outgoing and fun to be around.  Her mom came along on the session and we had a great time together.  This particular pathway where both the above photo and the next one took place is perfect for this time of day at this time of year when the sun is strong and low.  And if you hit it just right, you can get some really beautiful backlight, which is perfect for Jessi’s awesome long curls.  Take a look at this!

Jessi approached perfection

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the location part of the session – even the vine is extra special with the beams of sunlight around Jessi:

But we were hardly done once we were finished outside.  There was plenty of magic to be made back at the studio!  We love the way Jessi’s photos turned out on the “black and blowy” setup that we love to do.

Jessi approached perfection

Lastly the couch against the brown also worked well – her hair color, her clothes – it all works with this setup.

Jessi approached perfection

You can see what we mean with this session!  We haven’t had a session yet this year that wasn’t great, but sometimes things just break in your favor and everything you try just works.  Jessi certainly had a lot to do with that, and the results speak for themselves!  We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we did making them!

 

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Jackie’s Senior Session Was A Jewel!

Jackie’s senior session was a jewel, and yet it almost didn’t happen.  At least not on this day… The weather forecasts were getting worse by the day that week and when we woke up that morning it looked pretty bleak – a 3:00 start with a 3:00 storm coming according to the hourly forecast.  Well by 10 the forecast changed and the storm moved out to later in the day so we scrambled a little, moved everything up to beat the rain and we even ended up with enough time to start in the studio before we went outside.  And so there we were on location with great conditions and our stunning senior!  But first let’s start with the studio photos.

We focused largely on our black background and Ally captured a dramatic image of Jackie in this full length photo.

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Jackie made this a really fun session with a couple of her poses.  We love this next one and the tutu (which you’ll see in a sec) but they aren’t necessarily in every portfolio we create.  Jackie knows what she likes when she sees it and we show the photos of tutus along with this pose lying down in many of our consultations but not everyone runs with them.  This photo really shows off Jackie’s pretty eyes…

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Stunning right?  This would also be a good time to give a shout out to Gloria at The Beauty Lounge down the hall for the great job on Jackie’s makeup.  Next it was time to head out on location with our updated forecast.  We had a 5 minute drizzle at one point and that was it as our lucky streak for the week continued!  We love Jackie in this next photo in the tutu, and how great are the shoes with this outfit?  When we first got these tutus we thought they would be great for little girls – and they are, but every year a couple seniors wear them and they are so fun!

session was a jewel

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the session:

Okay one more of Jackie in her cute little pineapple dress!

session was a jewel

So there it is – definitely a jewel of a session with Jackie.  We hope you enjoyed these as much as we enjoyed our time with her!

 

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The Third Time Was Truly The Charm For Gillian!

The third time was truly the charm for Gillian!  In our last post we mentioned how the next several senior blog posts will all be from a week where the forecast had called for 7 straight days of thunderstorms.  I have to tell you that as stressed as we were going into that week that we could be rescheduling a handful of seniors, it was Gillian who was the poster child for that potential disaster.  You see Gillian had already been rained out twice this summer!  Gillian is one of our spokesmodels and she is very special to us so this was a troubling development indeed…

Well as the title suggests, the third scheduled date turned out to be the charm as we lucked out with the weather for Gillian – her session was scheduled for the morning and the storms were to come in the afternoon.  So as you’re about to see, FABULOUS things can come to those who wait!

third time

Ahhh – so happy to be able to post these.  We can promise she is as sweet as she is gorgeous too.  When we went on location for her spokesmodel session it was in the Spring and those photos were great too, but now we have nice plush green backgrounds to complement those.

third time

She’s just so adorable isn’t she?  Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of her session:

We also want to give props to Gloria at The Beauty Lounge down the hall from our studio for the awesome job on Gillian’s makeup!  Okay here’s one more outside…

third time

We then came back to the studio for some indoor photos and we’ll share one of those here on our white background:

third time

And so there you have it!  Gillian’s session which was absolutely worth the wait!  :-)

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Excited To Be With Emily On Her Senior Session!

We were excited to be with Emily on her senior session for a few reasons.  For starters she kicked off a jam packed week of seniors which is very exciting for us.  We love our seniors!  The latter half of August is a blast, and this next series of sessions coming up on the blog might not have happened if the extended forecast going into the week had played out the way it was predicted.  They were calling for potential thunderstorms every single day – 7 straight days.  That will be a theme in the story of these next several sessions as we dodged raindrops.

Each night looking at the next day’s forecast we were nervous about whether we would be able to shoot.  With Emily we were able to start earlier than planned (shout out here to Gloria at The Beauty Lounge for her flexibility and for doing an awesome job on Emily’s makeup) and the weather held off long enough for us to complete her session.  This good fortune lasted all week and Emily certainly kicked it off in style!  What a great session!

Excited To Be With Emily

Usually with an afternoon session we start in the studio first, but with potential storms coming we started on location.  When we consult with our seniors we usually explain how we try to avoid location shooting in the middle of the day so we don’t have the sun directly overhead.  But as in Emily’s case if we have enough cloud cover then we’re fine, and as you can see above our conditions were perfect – we even got some nice backlight on her hair!  Next we went for an urban look – Emily has that versatility to pull off the pretty and the gritty (which is still plenty pretty)!  :-)

Excited To Be With Emily

Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of her session:

With the outdoor shots safely completed we headed back to the studio to finish up with some indoor work.

Excited To Be With EmilyWe think the red background is just such a nice rich look and it’s perfect for Emily’s skin tone.  She looks beautiful and we love how this pose frames her face.  Let’s close it out with the black background for a close up:

Excited To Be With Emily

Those eyes!

So we were excited to be with Emily and our excitement was certainly justified!  Sure enough the skies opened up after we were done, and that was just fine with us!  We hope you enjoyed these photos from Emily’s session!

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