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Archive for August, 2012

Morgan : Mason City High School : Senior Portraits

When Morgan and her family arrived to my studio, I knew they were serious about their senior portraits! 🙂 There was Morgan, and mom… but there was Dad too!!! I know!!! When does dad ever come with to senior portraits??? Well, I’ve had two of them in the studio so far this year.

They are BIG into sports and athletics since both parents are teachers and coaches. I just loved working with them. Honestly, it was a blast to do all the sports and try to think of fun poses for each one. They did a collage of images when their son graduated so that’s what we kind of have in mind for these.

Also, Morgan had a bunch of really, really cute outfits to wear for the rest of her indoor/outdoor, on-location session.

I love the little red shorts… and the flowy, yellow and gray top. Beautiful!

Enjoy!
Becca

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Alejandra: Senior Portrait Session

Every once and a while, you have those seniors that just want to do one or two outfits. I don’t have it very often, but I always appreciate those customers just as much. You know, even if they only want a couple outfits, they chose my studio because they really wanted to look AMAZING in those two outfits. 🙂

So I was happy to photograph Alejandra here for her senior portrait session. We did a few outside too, since the weather was so nice that day.

Enjoy!
Becca

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Schlaak Family : Family Portrait Session

You’ll probably recognize this adorable family if you’ve been reading my blog for over a year now. These boy’s mama has been diligent about having their annual portraits taken ever since she discovered my studio and fell in love with my work.

I have to say, I fell in love with them too! I love these guys. The boys, Aiden and Ryan are sooo sweet. Just rumble, tumble, healthy little boys. And the family as a whole, they just have that young, fun-loving personality that I adore.

This year we decided to try out the long grass by the pond and I must say it looks darn good considering we had bright, open skies. Then, later we traveled to another location I have and did some with the steel siding on the shed and the old doorway.

I captured some really funny facial expressions of the boys, ones that I’ve seen on their faces over the years so I know it’s very “Aiden” and “Ryan” of them… if you know what I mean.

I am thinking a 9 opening collage of square images would be perfect to use these in.
I’m pretty sure their mama’s going to want to strangle me because I uploaded a gallery of about 100 images! YIKES! Normally, I am able to keep theirs below 80, but the extra 9 face shots of each boy added up.
I’m thinking it will be hard for her to “eliminate” any of them since they’re all so cute! But that’s what the multi-opening collages and proof books are for.

I only wish I had the time to design coffee table books because that would be a fun thing to create from a session like this.
Enjoy!
Rebecca
P.S. If the slideshow below shows up kind of “wonky” I apologize… I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t been able to get them to work lately.

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Christine : Austin High School : Senior Portraits

Christine, or Teeny, as her mama likes to call her is just the sweetest little thing!
It was so funny, because I’ve been asking the seniors to send me pictures of their outfits before the session, via text message, so I can be a little more prepared with backgrounds and location ideas.
Well… Christine’s mom made her pose in her clothes right after tennis practice when she was all grimy and she had her hair in a ponytail for some of them, and it was curly, and she was wearing glasses. And for some reason she looked super tall.
You can imagine my surprise when this tiny little thing with straight hair and contacts walks in my door. LOL!

We had a great time that day. Teeny had lots of cute outfits and we made them ALL look AMAZING!

Enjoy!
Becca





Abbi : Mason City HS : Senior Portraits

It’s been so crazy around the studio the last few weeks, with high school seniors stopping by almost every day. Between the photo shoots and the ordering appts… the time just flies by!
I feel so blessed this year. I’ve been meeting some amazing high school seniors and their families. Abbi here was one of the latest. She blew me away with her personality. She’s beautiful, inside and out… but she really knocked my socks off when she posed in her cheerleading and danceline outfits.

Maybe it helps that Mason City’s colors are the same as my old highschool colors, but I LOVE their uniforms! Marketing research proves that red, black and white are the most effective attention grabbing colors. And I agree, whole heartedly.

But back to Abbi’s sweet jumping skills… isn’t she amazing! LOVE THIS! We definitely need to do some kind of multi-opening collage with these. They are just TOO good to just simply be in the proof book or a wallet sized print.

I also loved all of Abbi’s other outfits. Seriously, if I could fit in her clothes, I would have done a reprints/wardrobe swap! heheee. Not sure how thrilled my husband would be about that idea. 😉

Of course, we had to do the images in the field of flowers… this time I loaded up my big orange chair. Definitely a favorite garage sale find! The girls laughed as I drove it down my driveway on my ATV. LOL! They even took my picture.
(I believe you can’t take yourself too seriously! Show your personality and don’t worry so much about impressing people. They should love you for who you really are.)
Enjoy!
Becca



Paul : Clear Lake High School : Senior Portraits

Well, it’s true. I do take lots and lots of portraits for senior girls, but this year the guys have been few and far between. Paul here, was actually my first for the ’12-’13 school year! Crazy!
I love working with guys. At least the ones like Paul. He was so happy and smiled a ton. I didn’t have to beg for a little grin like I do with some moody teenage boys.
His mom was thrilled to see her little boy all grown up and looking so handsome in his shirt and tie studio shots.

I adore the outdoor images, with the black and whites and the vintage toned images.

And the indoor ones for drumline turned out pretty darn cool too! They rock.

Great job Paul!
Enjoy,
Becca


Ashley : Mason City HS : Senior Portraits

Yup, I’m back! With another beautiful senior girl to share. I just loved working with Ashley and her mom.
They also brought along Ashley’s doggie, Morkie… isn’t he the cutest???

And her sister came along for a few sibling shots. They are both so gorgeous! I love the funny expressions, myself!

It’s always hard to narrow down the images when you have so many good ones, but I’m always able to get it down to about 6 or 7 of each outfit usually. Then, the family gets the hard choice of picking from the best of the best for their reprint order.
It’s a rough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. 😉 *wink!*
Enjoy,
Becca