Just being able to write “Leah Leads Us Back To Action” is a joy for so many reasons! For starters this was our first photo session in months after being home to flatten the curve of the pandemic, so just getting out and being back at it doing what we love was exhilarating. But to be with Leah and her mom Emma made it even better because we’re friends and have been for many years. So to have that interaction for the first time and to do it with people we already know and care about was sustenance for the soul! Leah is representing the Bloomfield Hills Blackhawks for the class of 2021 and when you add in the fact that she brought her “A game” and SLAYED – well that’s just the icing on the cake…. Let’s get to some highlights!
Leah Leads Us Back To Action
We decided to go edgy and head to Pontiac, masks and all! We like to photograph in Pontiac from time to time for a little urban vibe.
Love. The. Shoes. And the gorgeous girl wearing them.
We also have some fun behind the scenes action for you first from our Facebook Livestream:
Leah had a few outfit changes so next up we have a lyrical costume with pointe shoes – this next setup is amazing:
Just so cool – the costume matching the rail, Leah on pointe – just the whole thing…. wow.
Moving around downtown Pontiac we discovered a little spot we either hadn’t noticed before or was newly painted since last fall:
Such a fun wall and Leah has that little smize going! Here’s some more behind the scenes this time embedded straight from Instagram TV!
This was probably the easiest blog post title I’ve ever had to write! Going for the gold was easy with Grace because she’s a sweetheart, she’s an accomplished track and field student-athlete, she’s friends with another of our all time fave seniors Jojo, and she’s a gold medal hurdler herself! Like – for real!
Going For The Gold With Grace…
This was a session of firsts for us – we found a new spot that we photographed for the first time in Pontiac, and we set a hurdle on fire – we’ve set plenty of stuff on fire before but never a hurdle! Before we get to the hurdle we’ll start with the location photos in Pontiac where we noticed a little marble structure that we never used before that framed Grace nicely:
We also have some fun behind the scenes for you first from the replay of the Instagram LIVE:
We were all a little hungry at this point too, so we stopped for a snack and discovered that while Grace likes guacamole she has zero interest in avocado toast. We’re not totally sure why. Hehe…
So an outfit change later we did a little more exploring in Pontiac and captured these next couple images…
We are always fans of the fire escapes…
Grace looks amazing!
At this point it was time to get back to the studio where the session got REALLY LIT!!! Grace brought a hurdle to the studio and we lit it on fire – kinda like the fire Grace leaves in her wake as she hurdles to greatness! Check out the behind the scenes broadcast of this from Facebook – it’s sooooo cool!
And here’s the fiery result!
We’re going to leave you with one more video…. We don’t usually post these types of things here but we can’t help it – we’re just SO excited for Grace! Not long after our session Grace was off to Argentina to compete in the Summer Youth Olympic Games where she took the GOLD in the women’s 100 meter hurdles! Here she is going for gold!
And there you have it – now you see what we meant when we said we were going for the gold and hurdling towards senior session greatness! We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day with Grace!
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What can we say about Tori and the hands of fate that were all over this story from how and when we found her all the way to the epic spokesmodel session with her and her mom Lora in the YAK! The “yak” would be Pontiac which is where Tori was born hehe… Let’s just say we already have multiple inside jokes and stories from our short time knowing each other – we just seemed to fit from the first minute.
It all started with Tori’s mom Lora walking into the studio and asking about senior pictures really early in the game for the class of 2019 at the urging of another senior mom we love while we were (and kinda still are) in recruiting mode for our new crew. When she told us her daughter went to West Bloomfield Ally and I looked at each other right away and both our wheels were turning… Next thing you know we had Lora and Tori come for a little pow wow and we knew immediately we wanted her on our team! The rest is his-TORI!!! See what I did there? Let’s see how many ways I can work Tori’s name into this blog post lol…
A Vic-TORI-ous Session
We decided on Pontiac as I mentioned earlier on a fairly chilly day and even with some technical difficulties with Ally’s new off camera flash we still pulled off a handful of outstanding photos! Let’s get to a few…
Let’s also take a look at the hilarious behind the scenes Facebook Live – we LOVE this girl…. haha!
One more photo outdoors before we move to the next phase…
Love. Great style on Tori here and we are pretty pleased with the lighting (when it worked)! That’s the nice thing about spokesmodel sessions – they are a great opportunity to try out new spots, new equipment and new techniques, and while Ally was a little frustrated fighting with the equipment we do love the results!
At this point we headed over to the Flagstar Strand Theatre which you should check out for a show if you get a chance – what a gem of a venue in downtown Pontiac and special thanks goes to them for the access. They set us up in the dressing room where we decided on a whim to get a few really fun shots of the star backstage like this one!
We played around in the theatre and got some cool stuff but the lighting and the angles we tried were a bit challenging. We’ll go back and try again at some point – you can get a sense of what we were doing in this fun Instagram Live we did from inside…
A couple of behind the scenes shots like the pano I grabbed and the shot Lora took below are pretty cool too – they give you an idea of what we were trying to do even if the finished images weren’t quite ready for prime time…
Now we’ll head outside for one more photo which could be our fave of the day with Tori in a cute winter hat…
Just love that one!!! Gorgeous girl.
And that’s a great way to end it for now – we are thrilled to have Tori representing our studio and we cannot wait to get her in front of Ally’s camera again! We hope you enjoyed the highlights of our day!
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