Wanderlust Wednesday | Jami's Shoot

And so this is it, the very last Wanderlust shoot for the class of 2016, featuring Steele High School senior Jami Breedlove.

For Jami's session, she chose a few outfits that speak to her free-spirited, non-conformist soul.  Jami is a musician, a dreamer, an intellectual, funny as heck, and absolutely charming, and I truly believe the images below capture all of that.  We kicked around for an entire afternoon, just the two of us, at The Club at Garden Ridge - a stunning wedding venue on the outskirts of San Antonio.  This was a refreshingly different session from any I've ever done before, and I absolutely love how it turned out:

Wanderlust Wednesday| Brittany's Vineyard Shoot

With graduation almost here, most of my regular senior sessions have been photographed and delivered, which means that these last few weeks I have time to devote to doing shoots for myself and my model team.  We call these our Wanderlust Series; the concepts are a collaboration between the model, me and my creative team.  This is where I try to stretch myself as far as using new shooting techniques and/or equipment, and so far it's been an enormous success!

The inspiration for Brittany's shoot came mostly from Brittany: she wanted to wear this FABULOUS red dress and she wanted to do her session at Oak Valley Vineyard, a gorgeous restaurant and wedding venue in Garden Ridge, TX.  

I've photographed there before so I knew we were going to get amazing images, but I really wanted to take this session up a notch and go beyond my usual "bright and sunny" signature look; this time I wanted to get something more moody and dramatic.  I recently bought a new lighting set, and this was going to be my first time to test it out on something besides my dog, cute as he is.

 The day of the session the weather was dark, overcast, wet, gloomy and absolutely perfect! As long as the rain wasn't actively falling, we were good to go.  Miraculously, it stopped just long enough for our shoot and as we pulled out of the parking lot, the skies opened up.

Another first for this shoot:  my adorable niece Shawna did Brittany's hair!  Shawna recently graduated from Paul Mitchell Beauty School, and I've been waiting for months for her to move back to Texas so that she can do hair and makeup for my seniors.  She did an AMAZING job on Brittany's hair; I had envisioned very smooth, 1940's era finger waves, to keep the look  sophisticated and sleek.  If I'm lucky, I'll be able to snag Shawna for many, many more senior shoots!

I have to give a huge Thank You to Jessica, Brittany's mom for trusting me when I wanted to move forward with the session even though the weather looked like a complete mess.  The moms I get to work with are always amazing and Jessica is top of the list!

For the class of 2017, I'll have the option to add a twilight session to any regular senior shoot.  Be sure to ask for details when you call to book!

Charlotte | Ever After Model Team 2016

I'm thrilled to welcome Charlotte, a senior at Clark High School, to the Ever After Model Team!  This busy girl somehow finds the time to play Clark basketball and softball, and she runs on the cross country team.  And when she gets cleaned up, she looks THIS GORGEOUS:  

2015 Ever After Senior Spokesmodels | Ever After Photography | San Antonio TX Senior Photographer

Wow!  The first group session for my 2015 Senior Spokesmodels was amazing!  We had a few hiccups with props and locations, but in the end I am completely thrilled with the images of these fabulous kids! This year for the first time ever, I am collaborating with an amazing hair and makeup artist for my senior sessions.  Kara Brumgard is a genius, with exactly the right touch for each session.  The theme for our group session was an All-American picnic at the lake, so Kara's job was to polish up the girls while keeping their looks simple and fresh.  Oh. My Goodness.

professional makeup used during senior portraits
professional makeup used during senior portraits
Makeup applied prior to senior portrait session.
Makeup applied prior to senior portrait session.
Senior Portrait before and after
Senior Portrait before and after
Senior Portrait before and after
Senior Portrait before and after
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits
San Antonio TX Senior Portraits

SHAWNA | SAN ANTONIO SENIOR PORTRAITS

My beautiful niece, Shawna, is graduating from Johnson High School this year, and I can't seem to wrap my head around it!  When my husband and I met, Shawna was only 3 years old, a tiny little thing.  The first thing I noticed about her was her unbelievably long eyelashes.  Ah, I would love to have her lashes.  And her hair.  And her teeny waist. Sigh.  Just to be 18 again would be so amazing.  Lucky, lucky girl!

The morning of our session was the most beautiful sunshiney day, but by the time we got out to our location and started shooting it was completely overcast, which darkened the sky almost too much.  Even though we got some great shots, we're planning another session in a few days to supplement these

San Antonio Senior PortraitsIsn't my niece beautiful?!

HELLO AGAIN, HELLO

I love blogs.  I love to read them, and for a very long time I loved to write one.  But in the last two years or so I fell out of the habit.  Facebook was the biggest reason; why write up an entire story about a portrait session when I could upload a few images, tag my clients and reach hundreds more people?  It's fast and effective, and it appealed to my need for instant gratification.  What's not to love about that? But like so many other things in life, the easy way isn't usually the best way.  Facebook can be superficial, like a quick phone call to catch up on the neighborhood gossip.  Blogging is more like a weekend trip with your best friend.  You go a lot deeper, laugh, cry and share more than you probably should.  Of course, blogging takes a ton of time; from getting to know my clients really well so that I have something to say, to organizing my thoughts, to actually sitting here writing it all down.  But looking back on it, I realize that it brought a level of connection between me and my clients that Facebook can't touch.  And I miss that connection.

So here I am!  As you can see, I have a new blog  that better reflects the direction my business has taken.  After we moved back home to San Antonio last summer, I decided that my business was looking shabby and it needed some sprucing up.  I've revamped my products, paired down the types of sessions that I do, and completely overhauled the experience that my clients will have with me from now on.  It's a new Ever After Photography, and it deserved a nice new blog.

I've done this too long to make any promises about how often I'll blog (in my very first post in 2006 I thought I'd do this every single day-INSANE!), but I am incredibly excited about my upcoming clients and I'm already looking forward to sharing their stories.  In fact, you can look forward to a post about Paige Andabaker, my fabulous Clemens High School Senior Portrait Rep very soon.  Just to whet your appetite, here's a little peak at what we did last week:

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you come again soon!

xoxo, leah