We’ll be admiring Annabel always. We always have and we always will! We photographed Annabel with her dad and brother (her brother Harry is featured in this class of 2013 post with the flaming baseball bat) right when we opened our studio and we were impressed with her from the first moment we met her. We had her pegged as someone we hoped would represent our studio someday as a senior early on, and meanwhile as we said in the post for her spokesmodel session she’s been “spokesmodeling” for us for years really… Giving us the rundown on who’s who and recommending seniors. It’s not a total stretch to say Annabel has helped shape the direction of the studio – the girl knows everyone and she has given us great insights over the years! We’re literally not sure what we are going to do without her when she goes away to college.
As for her senior photo session this is now the 4th time Ally has photographed Annabel since we opened and it was a bit surreal and very special. Her dad came along and we had a lot of fun as we always do!
We went to a familiar location but we photographed some of our favorite spots there in new ways with new angles, and then we found a couple spots that we hadn’t used before as well. Pulling back on the crop for a full length on the dock is pretty cool and Annabel’s outfit is really cute in the shot above! She looks fantastic!
We were able to take advantage of the pop of Michigan fall colors in this next close up – love it!
Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the day:
Next we headed down to one of the bridges in the park for this shot that we’re not quite sure we’ve done before and we’re not sure why – it really worked. Not to mention that dress with those shoes…!
Lastly we went to downtown Birmingham for some cityscapes and we went to the top of one of the parking structures which we hadn’t done in a while either and as the sun was getting low in the sky the angle of the light along with a little breeze produced this stunning shot!
So there you have it! We can’t wait to see what big things are in store for Annabel – we are proud to call her our friend and as I said before we will be admiring Annabel always!
Our delightful day with Danielle was one we will always remember for sure. To begin with Ally and Danielle’s mom go back to their college days where they had classes together at Michigan State, so this was a little surreal for both of them. It was particularly cute because the whole scene was making Danielle’s mom a little emotional – it was a special time for her to see her little girl all grown up and having her senior pictures taken.
As for the girl – Danielle is such a sweetheart that we fell for her right away. This seems to be a recurring theme lately as we’ve had some fantastic kids this year, and Danielle really impressed us as we talked about her plans for the future and we just really enjoyed our time together. She’s just, well, delightful!
It didn’t hurt that we had the combination going of such a beautiful girl with such a beautiful day! It really was perfect. We started out on location and headed out onto some trails where we had great lighting and great colors.
Next let’s take a look at our fun behind the scenes vine of the morning where Danielle’s mom was providing the soundtrack from her iPhone when we were on location, and providing the encouragement when we were in studio! Haha!
Okay one more photo outside and the backlight on her hair on this one really helps make the photo – love it!
At this point it was time to head back to the studio to get some photos indoors, and we are highlighting this one on the red background that really worked – you could see us working with the red in the vine. We love when our seniors pick red as one of their selections!
So we hope you enjoyed these highlights from our delightful day with Danielle! We were certainly delighted to share them with you!
Photographic greatness with Garrett was the deal on this perfect sunny fall day. This senior knows how to pose, how to dress and how to have a good time, and the results are just awesome. We’ve known Garrett for a couple years ever since he ended up hanging out with us at our Team Frameable Faces tent at the West Bloomfield Relay For Life a couple years ago. We have been talking a lot over the last several posts about the exploring we have done on quite a few sessions lately, and Garrett led us to an “unauthorized” trail in the park to a stream deep in the woods that we didn’t know existed. So cool!
We’ll get to that spot in a minute, but first let’s start like we did with Garrett – in the studio for a formal shot against our metallic silver background. This one turned out really really cool – like right out of a magazine…
Now we’ll turn our attention to our location photos! As with many of the recent seniors the fall colors were in full effect for Garrett and we’ll have more sessions to show you yet with the colors going forward. Take a look at this one…!
Fantastic. Let’s take a quick look at our fun behind the scenes vine of the day, including Ally commanding Garrett to “be mean”, as well as Garrett sitting on a log over the hidden stream – he walked across on that log which made both Ally and I pretty darn nervous…!
This next photo just seemed to scream black and white so here it is… Very dramatic looking of Garrett here.
Last but not least Ally loves this next one because she loves when guys wear pink!
So there it is – this was a top notch session – photographic greatness with Garrett indeed. We hope you enjoyed these photos from our day with him!
We love twin sister seniors! What’s not to love? There is just something nice about twins in general – they have a bond that the rest of us who aren’t twins may not totally understand, but it’s fun to watch on a day when we can be a part of something special like their senior pictures! But it doesn’t end there… for these girls it was extra special because we did dance pictures for them for years when they were younger, so it’s really neat to see them so grown up!
We started in the studio so let’s start with a photo of Nikki on the black background…
Adorable right? We didn’t spend a ton of time in the studio and from here on out we’ll look at some highlights of the location photos. We think oranges, maroons and earth tones in general look nice when the fall colors are in full effect in Michigan and we love Nikki in the orange in this photo:
Let’s take a look at our fun behind the scenes vine of Nikki from the day! You’ll notice that we posted Nikki’s vine second, but we flipped it for the blog posts… haha!
We actually found a new trail that we hadn’t used before on this session that we named for the girls (constant readers you know that’s how we roll) and we found perfect twin trees there for them! Take a look at this shot of Nikki and Lindsay together – love this!
Now back to Nikki – we have two more to show you on a bridge that you’ve probably seen on this blog before…
And one more – this time a full length of Nikki just being cute in the other direction…
So there you have it – so this is “part one” and the plan is to bring you “part two” tomorrow, so be sure to check back and see Lindsay’s post!
Our 2015 seniors continue with a melodic senior session with Matt! What a great guy – his mom joined us on the session and their interaction was really cute – just cool and enjoyable and they have a great relationship. Matt is a mature and laid back gentleman!
Meanwhile they took us to a new spot we never knew existed right under our noses not far from where we live! I mentioned in the blog post for our last senior that lately some of our explorations have been more rewarding than usual and this was one of those. A long raised pathway through the woods that ends as a dock on a small lake. Such an awesome location and we were shocked! We’ll get to that later. In the meantime let’s start with a photo in the studio on the black background which was how we started our afternoon…
Next it was time to head outside and explore a little. Interestingly enough we made a stop at the same spot we hit with our last session but there are several different options at that location that we didn’t highlight in the last post, starting with this one looking out of the tunnel and down the pathway. It makes for a really cool lighting effect!
Then we used the adjacent stairs for this close crop – now that’s a good looking kid right?
Now here is the melodic part – it’s our fun behind the scenes vine of the session including a little musical interlude by Matt at the end of our newfound dock!
And the resulting photo…
So there it is! New spots, guitars, great guy to photograph – that’s a pretty good day in our book. We hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks from Matt’s session!
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.
Next we moved to the black to get up close and personal!
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…
…and relaxing on stone with a pop of black-eyed Susans….
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!
We knew we were in store for a joyous senior session with Jubilee because this girl makes us smile every time we are with her! When you look up the word “jubilee” in the dictionary you see words like “celebration” and “rejoicing” and words like that are fitting when she’s around. She just lights up the room when she walks in – so at the risk of embarrassing her, yes – we like to gush about her!
You might remember Jubilee from her spokesmodel session earlier this year and we have been so happy to have her representing our studio. At that time we wanted to focus the location portion of the shoot on an urban theme, so this time around we spent most of the session with a pretty and natural setting which we did at a private location.
We had a lot of fun together on this morning, and we had a little luck too because the forecast was not looking good as of the day before, but it cleared up and we had a perfect morning after all. Even Jubilee’s pup Simba got into one of the photos!
We’ll leave you with one more shot on location before we head back to the studio to wrap it up…. So beautiful with the waterfall in the background!
Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of the morning…
As you can see in the vine we played with fire as we often do when we got back to the studio! We also acquired a new chair which we were anxious to break in and Jubilee really wanted to be the first – so as we always do we name a new spot or prop after the first senior to use it. So now it’s “Jubilee’s chair” (even though Reflecto tried to claim it first)!
So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed these highlights from Jubilee’s Joyous Senior Session! We certainly did!
Alesha leads the way for the class of 2015 with these photos from her spectacular senior session! You already saw 14 members of this class as spokesmodels and those are “our” sessions where we test out new ideas. We wrapped those up and now going forward the class of 2015 sessions belong to the seniors!
As for Alesha we have become very big fans of this girl in a very short time and we were very excited to photograph her. We were itching to get going with our new seniors and we already had one rain out so we were not happy when we woke up to pouring rain and even some thunder on the morning of her scheduled photo shoot. We had our eyes on the hourly forecast and it stayed pretty true to the prediction of better weather in the afternoon so we kept the appointment and crossed our fingers…
We started in the studio with our black background:
Next we moved over to the white, but with a blue gel. Using colored gels over our lights allows us to manipulate the color a bit which gives us a cool look. Alesha looks great in the red against the blue! This would probably be a good time to give a shout out to Gloria at The Beauty Lounge for the makeup with this close-up!
At this point we were ready to head outside and as luck would have it “outside” was ready for us! The weather cleared up and we had a perfect afternoon! Here is a fun little vine with a couple highlights of the day:
Love love love these next two photos – the lighting and all the green in this one is amazing! Alesha has a natural and easy smile and this photo just works.
Alesha was a trooper – it’s a little yucky where she got in the water and she stood there and waited for one very large cloud to pass so we could get the lighting we wanted! We took a series of photos here and here is one we like that has a bit of a unique look in black and white.
We enjoyed our time with Alesha and we are so glad to know her! We hope you enjoyed these photos!
Yes Rachel rocked her spokesmodel session and we loved it! Rachel and our own daughter are friends which made this extra special for us, and we must say our Lacey has good taste in friends. We love Rachel’s red hair and green eyes and could not wait to get outside on location with her in some rural and natural settings. The red hair against a barn for example? Yes! Ally was brimming with ideas for this one and Rachel delivered for sure.
We started out with our black and blowy set up and a green shirt to bring out Rachel’s green eyes. Just stunning really! We love this. That was all we did in the studio. As we mentioned in a previous post our remaining spokesmodel sessions for the class of 2015 will mostly be outside now that the weather is (mostly) warming up.
Next we went to a barn as we mentioned earlier and we got this awesome result. So pretty!
Here is our behind the scenes vine of the session starting with the barn and then moving on to a trail where we focused on some more natural settings of trees and water.
A Jubilee is a type of celebration and we want to share a few peeks from a senior spokesmodel Jubilee…literally! Jubilee is her name and being around her makes you want to celebrate! She is smart, funny, pretty and the type of person who lights up a room when she walks in. We were looking forward to this day for sure.
As we have done with every spokesmodel for the class of 2015 we spent a little time with the black background. It seems like a good “warmup” for us to get a session going and it always looks fantastic. Meanwhile our game plan for this session was to get outside and get some photos in an urban setting. We have been itching to get some since the only outdoor photos we were able to get so far were snowy. We love the snow scenes but with the temperatures warming a little we thought we could walk around outside comfortably and get some shots on pavement without snow around. It turned out we were half right…
The part we were right about was that we were able to get great shots in an urban setting without any snow around. The part we were wrong about was that we would be able to comfortably walk around outside. It was still really cold – windy and frigid! Jubilee however was a total pro and did not let the cold affect her!
While it may have been cold we still had some sunlight and the backlight looks nice in the photo above. The last thing we did was an experiment that we had not tried before and we think it yielded an interesting result. There was a glass-enclosed stairwell in a parking structure and I suggested that Ally photograph Jubilee through the glass just to see how it would look… here is a little behind-the-scenes vine: