SENIOR SESSION: Jess

I remarked to my youngest daughter that we only have 2 more months of school left in the year (at least for those of us here in Ohio)  She whooped and hollared her excitement as we stood at the bus stop. 

However, I know for many Seniors, their new adventure is only moments away...

I am still involved with our Middle School youth at our church.  My husband and I lead a group and our home is filled on Sunday evenings as we have some amazingly deep talks...

I especially am excited when I get to interact with my "graduated" MS gals...they've gone on into HS groups...and I appreciate the new role models in their lives...

I find myself watching the current seniors and seeing their impact even on my own daughters...with how they interact, carry themselves and show character...

Jess is the middle daughter of 3 girls.
She has a love for people, for mentoring, for teaching...

In other words, she has a servant's heart.

Jess had her senior session back in the earlier fall and together we worked to showcase her true heart, smile and a bit of that "fierce" that I think so often goes unseen in middle siblings...

She is determined, and though there is a world of unknown ahead of her, she doesn't back down...I think that is the definition of bravery and courage...to perhaps be a little apprehensive about what the future means, but instead of curling up or shying away and pushing through, one boldly puts one foot in front of the other and does the next "right" thing that they know to do...

I was mightily impressed with Jess and I'm excited to share some of her imagery here.









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5 Perfect Pointers to Perk up your Playground Pictures

I wanted to title this post:

Phive Perfect Pointers to Perk Up your Playground Pictures

because I'm nerdy and love alliteration...

but, I didn't...

because...eye rolling is a thing in our house!  

ahem...I will continue...

I firmly believe that people who understand LIGHT, COMPOSITION and STORYTELLING can create amazing images with ANY type of camera (iphone included!)

I'd love to teach you more in a one on one mentoring session, where you also get to join our private group of Momtographers (moms that like to photograph their kids to capture the everyday life in beautiful ways!) and get extra videos, live broadcasts, encouragement and tips on how to capture the everyday in YOUR life...learn more about that HERE

So without further ado...here are 5 pointers to remember when you head to the park this spring with your camera or iphone.

1. Use the symmetry & geometry of playground equipment.
Allow the shapes of the playground to act as frames for your children. It can give you a perfect frame up situation and also utilize the leading lines of the bars to direct your eyes to the action at hand! The symmetry is also helpful with focal points and being sure to freeze the action.




2. Use Negative space
I love to use the sky or ground to act as my negative space...it shows height, but it also gives the feeling of independence and fearlessness...It's just another trick to show emotion in the little things. It's just a matter of putting your subject in the lower part of your camera/iphone frame and allowing the sky or the sandy ground (if you're in the sandbox) to take up a lot of the space. It makes the picture a bit more dramatic and your eye is immediately drawn to the action.


3. Shoot in a series
Sometimes kids like to stay on the same piece of equipment for a lengthy time...use that opportunity to shoot a series.  You can get them spinning on a merry-go-round, or swining on the swings...think of a storyboard and capture 3 different "elements of a story" (details, character and plot) Zoom in first and get their feet or hands...then back up and get their whole body, then change up an angle and use that negative space again...Or think of a flip book and take a series while they're in motion going from one rung to the next...


4. Don't stop them in the action.
Capture your kids in their moment of accomplishment! Use angles to enhance the action, but let them run & be crazy and do their THING! Just be on your toes and ready to move to capture the moment!

In this shot, my oldest and youngest were playing hide and seek...I had to move around a lot to be sure that I didn't give away hiding spots...and I didn't stop them, I just moved myself to be sure to capture the peeks and action...I also used pointer #1 and allowed the fence to be my "leading' line" to guide my eye to the action.

5. Fill the Frame
Before you leave or just as you get to the park, ask them to "show me how excited you are to be at the park" or "show me how much fun you had"....Get a close up of THEM...it can be full on goofy face and all, or it can be a group hug with siblings...Don't forget to cut out all the background and get in close to get them for at least one shot!

This will be the shot that you'll be noticing the light...it's more challenging on a playground because kids are ever moving and sometimes the harshness of the sun and shadows can't be helped...therefore,  it's important to utilize pointers #1-4 to enhance those photos when the light may not be as cooperative...however, when you have the option and a split second chance to make sure that light is smoother and less edgy...find an open shaded area, so that you can avoid the shadows on their faces and get an image that will definitely make you smile!

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SENIOR SESSION: Lindsey

Lindsey is just as darling as she appears in her senior photos...

I loved her soft-spoken, yet confident nature...she is simply natural and wanted that to come across in her session...I loved her choice of outfits and we made sure the locations we chose complimented the aspects of her personality that we wanted to showcase!

Yes, she is beautiful...her eyes sparkle, her hair is gorgeous and her skin is flawless...
but, the words that come to mind first, when sifting through her pictures are:

genuine,
natural,
warm,
friendly,
and happy

Senior sessions are not a "model search" for me...although, the seniors that I am fortunate enough to meet could very well fit into that category...I LOVE that our focus isn't on the outward, rather what's on the INSIDE...

I'm on a blogging Senior Soiree here of late and I'm loving the opportunity to showcase these upcoming graduates...

a little over a month from now, they'll be accepting diplomas and walking across the stage...
ready to embark on the next journey...

It's bittersweet to watch them go, but so, so wonderful to have captured all that they have become!
(scroll to the bottom to get your FREE CT PhotoMemories Senior Session Guide)











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