A high school senior who goes retro on the music for their session is a senior after our own hearts, and when Tori told us she liked Prince we were excited – we love jamming to Prince! Besides Prince goes with purple which we already had in the game plan with our new purple backdrop. Plus Tori’s school colors include purple and she really owned her session, so yeah – you could say Tori had a Purple Reign!
Tori came in with her mom and both of them are so nice – not to mention her grandma stopped by as well! We were actually impressed with Tori from our first meeting when she told us her plans for college and postgraduate study – she’s a girl on a mission and she has a great game plan.
So let’s get to her pictures shall we? We started out on the white background with Tori in her cheer uniform – love this! Blackhawk spirit!
Next let’s get to a couple on the black backdrop – love the ‘tude in these next couple photos starting with the hoodie. A little “fierce” and a lot beautiful – so cool!
I mentioned in the last blog post that the next two sessions will be one all indoors and one all outdoors. An all studio or all location session is a nice change of pace and allows us as in this case with Tori to fully explore our studio options. As I said earlier Tori owned this session and she really had it going at this point…
Here’s our fun behind the scenes vine of the session…
Lastly we moved to the purple backdrop which we are really in love with and it really worked for Tori as you will see in this last photo!
And that concludes our highlights of Tori’s purple reign! We hope you enjoyed them!
We are unabashedly and openly admiring Alayna and we don’t care if we embarrass her a little by saying so! This girl is unassuming and modest, but she is beautiful and she has a cool style all her own. After moving away for a while she came back to Michigan to finish her senior year and we are happy she did! Her grandmother joined us on her session and what a cool grandma! Our day with them was really just a total pleasure.
Okay so let’s get to the photos. We started in the studio on the black background and we love Alayna in the grungy look with the ripped jeans, sneakers and flannel style shirt!
We grabbed a few other photos on the black background before we headed out on location and here is a nice close up of Alayna’s lovely smile!
Next it was time to head out on location and the fall colors were still at their peak on the day we spent together – this year it really seemed like we had an extended window with the colors over previous years.
We love everything about this next image – the fall orange behind her, the breeze slightly blowing her hair, the jacket, her eyes – all of it!
Here is our fun behind the scenes vine of our session!
Next we moved across the street from the nature preserve where we were shooting to a different park in order to use one of our favorite bridges. There we produced this photo that we will leave you with…
All in all we had a great day and enjoyed hanging out with Alayna and her grandma! You can see why we are “openly admiring” her and we hope you enjoyed the highlights from her session! 🙂
We definitely had a sunny sensational senior morning with Sid! What an impressive, smart and engaging young man! Sid is a busy guy with tennis and school and it took us a while to get a day that worked for all of us, but we finally made it work and our conditions were sunny and sensational – even if it was a little chilly out! Like 30 degrees chilly!
We started on location on some trails and got this shot first against the tree…
You can see that we had some great backlight to work with there! There were also some nice fall colors around which we see in the leaves surrounding Sid in this next spot. We went to a different location on another trail where we came across a nice flat rock and we had been chatting about how when we find a new spot with a senior we name it for them. That’s when Sid chimed in saying “Hey it’s Sid’s Slab!!!” We love it! Here is a shot of Sid on Sid’s Slab! Haha!
Next we’ll share our fun behind the scenes vine of our morning…
Next it was time to head back to the studio for some photos indoors (and to warm up a little). Here we started with the grey background which we really like for formal shots in suits and ties. Sid nailed it and Ally always says she loves when the guys wear pink…
Lastly we broke out the black background which we are always fond of for this one:
Great times! We look forward to big things from Sid and we had a sensational sunny morning with him on this session! We hope you enjoyed the highlights from our day!
Rachel was resplendent on her senior photo session on location, in the studio, with her hair curly and straight! Her session had it all and why not? This girl has it all. She’s got the looks, brains, personality, a great family and a great future! We were proud to have her represent our studio this year as a spokesmodel and we were looking forward to photographing her again since her spokesmodel session was so great!
Rachel was torn between having her hair curly which is how it is naturally or wearing it straight which is what we did for the spokesmodel session, so we decided to do a little of both. Her mom joined us and we had a blast! We started outside on location with the curls where the fall leaves were all around…
Really pretty lighting here and as I said before – Rachel looks resplendent!
Meanwhile we had another “wildlife adventure” on this shoot as a snake decided to join us making Rachel scream which pretty much made me scream… kind of a chain reaction…
Ally was able to grab a photo of our little friend…
Next we moved over to a pavilion in the nature preserve that has several elements that we like to photograph with our seniors, but while we have noticed this mural in the next photo before, we never used it! We’re not sure why we hadn’t but we’ll call it “Rachel’s Mural” from now on and we think it made for a really nice backdrop!
Here is our fun little behind the scenes vine of the day!
Next it was time to head back to the studio and Rachel went down the hall to get her hair straightened for the second half of the session where we focused mainly on the black background. The black always has a nice dramatic look to it:
Straight-haired Rachel looks just as good as curly-haired Rachel! And let’s look at one more on the black…
So that’ll do it! We hope you liked these highlights from Rachel’s session in all of her resplendence! We certainly enjoyed spending another day with her!
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!