We had a wonderful time – extreme enjoyment you might say a few weeks ago with Ellie for her spokesmodel session for the class of 2021! We are pleased to share these highlights during times of stress as we continue to prepare for the upcoming senior class, and Ellie is representing our studio for North Farmington High School – our alma mater!
Meanwhile we go way back with Ellie’s family – Doug went to Michigan with Ellie’s mom Kari and she joined us for the session which we did mostly in the studio, but we did manage to get outside for a bit even though it was just slightly chilly… hehe. So let’s get to some highlights!
Extreme Enjoyment With Ellie
You’ll see for yourself how delightful Ellie is in the behind the scenes stuff, and we’ll get to the photo highlights in a bit, but first we have an added element to this session that we are playing with to start offering this summer…
Susan Adams is a fantastic local photographer whom we have admired for a few years now. She specializes in sports and she has captured some great images of our son Tony as the photographer for Bloomfield Hills Schools. We are looking to bring Susan and her talents on board for yes – sports (more on that in the future), but also for an idea we had for professional behind-the-scenes storytelling through photos of the day with our seniors! As you know Doug documents plenty of behind the scenes fun during our sessions with livestreaming and more on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok with his iPhone. But senior photos are really an event for our peeps and this could be a great option for those who want to include it in their experience. With Ellie, Susan met up with her while she was having her makeup done by Class of 2011 Frameable Faces Senior Gabby Zilberberg! We love when things like this happen! She also came over to the studio to grab a few photos as well, so we’ll start with Susan’s pics:
Great stuff right?
Now let’s get to the sneak peeks from the session!
We started off with a little pink on pink. Love this sweater on this background – just adorable!
And here is some fun behind the scenes from Facebook – should bring you a smile or two!
From there we moved to a wooden backdrop that we love:
Adrianna has been a part of the Frameable Faces studio since it opened in the Orchard Mall over 11 years ago! You may recognize her as the adorable little girl in the big frame by our theater in the back of the studio…
…and now she’s a beautiful young lady and the first of our class of 2021 senior spokesmodels! She even gave us a little side by side in the Facebook livestream you’ll see below which was so much fun! So this is an exciting moment for us to kickoff the new class and a surreal one for us since it’s Adrianna! She’s a West Bloomfield Laker and we’re so happy to have her back! We did a little reminiscing with her mom Lillian when we sat down to plan, and she had a fantastic spokesmodel session! These give us a chance to try out some new lighting techniques (as well as backdrops and locations as we move through the rest of our crew over the next few months) and Ally is still playing with her new camera. Plus we use these images in all of our upcoming marketing for the next senior class which will be coming through the studio in just 4 short months from now!
Adrianna Leads The Way
So let’s get to it:
We started out on the white paper backdrop and sometimes the white on white looks very cool – especially with the ripped jeans!
Adrianna was on her game!!!
Next we moved to the black backdrop and here we went black on black. People sometimes are surprised when we tell them they can wear the white on the white or the black on the black assuming they’ll blend in, but if your lighting is great it looks fantastic. We also want to give a shoutout to Caroline at Mandy Rose Studio for Adrianna’s makeup! They do an awesome job over there.
We also have our first behind the scenes clip here from Facebook Live and this is the one where Adrianna gives us the “double take flashback”! So much fun…
Next we moved to the fire red fabric backdrop which we love:
We have a little more behind the scenes fun here this time from Instagram Live:
We’ll leave you with one more on the red:
Wow – we’d say we’re off to an amazing start with Adrianna leading the way. More to come with the rest of the crew so keep on the lookout, and make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter and podcast! All the links are below! We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with Adrianna!
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We were sitting and talking with one of our high school seniors and her mom yesterday and it was a conversation I really enjoyed – one that got me thinking about our seniors and why their sessions are so special.
We have had parents thank us before for “making it such a great experience” for their senior and “really capturing them” or “making them feel so special”. Yes – we are really good at what we do. Ally is an awesome photographer and she connects with people really well.
But here’s the thing, and I said this yesterday in what was a similar conversation to many we’ve had with comments like the ones above:
Often the case is that we made someone’s daughter or son feel good NOT just because we said lots of things, complimented them and focused on them, but because the senior kicked butt. At the end of the day the senior gets credit too. It’s the senior who has to prep, dress, smile, pose – for hours! It’s the senior who projects the confidence and the personality.
Sure Our Approach is Key…
Take the girl who was here yesterday with her mom to place their order. Did we have something to do with her having such an amazing session? Well sure we did. We meet with each senior ahead of time to get to know them. We want to get a sense of what their style is, their personality – and we empower them to be involved in planning their session. We know what questions to ask, we know tons of great locations, we have a great studio with perfect lighting, fantastic backdrops and really cool vintage furniture. We’ve been at this a long time and it’s our livelihood, but we want them to know this is about them. So yes this approach breaks down barriers and paves the way for a better session. It’s really important, and once we’ve done it the senior can own their part.
…But it’s a Team Effort & The Seniors Make It Special
It’s truly a collaboration. No different than a coach and an athlete, a conductor and a classical musician. The girl who was here yesterday really rose to the occasion. SHE was what made it special. She looked great! You could see the fun she was having and the confidence on her face in the photos. Ally laughs at how I always say the senior is “killing it” or “slaying the game” haha… But that’s not B.S. – it’s true! And with yesterday’s senior everyone brought their A game, everyone feels like we really accomplished something great together, and now we’re friends. We can’t imagine the tedium of doing it any other way for something that can and should be so special and our clients come here because that’s what they want.
So yes, we love what we do and we’re good at it, but it’s the team – us, the parents and the SENIORS that make senior pictures at Frameable Faces so special!
Frameable Faces Photography
Frameable Faces Photography is a small biz retail mom & pop shop of Doug&Ally Cohen located in the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States Of America!