Introducing Lauren- Ever After Senior Model Team 2016

My Senior model team has grown year after year, and this year I'm incredibly happy to have nine AMAZING girls to represent Ever After Photography at four different schools in and around San Antonio. Please welcome Lauren Hickman, Clemens High School class of 2016!

Lauren is a 5'3" bundle of sweetness and joy.  Her favorite things in her closet are her shoes (see below for a peak!), and she has a flawless sense of style (again, see below!!).  Lauren is featured below wearing two of my favorite styles for this year, an open knit, sleeveless lace tank and a casual, perfect-for-South-Texas romper with a fabulous wide-brimmed hat.

I am thrilled to have Lauren on the Ever After Model Team for this year, she truly makes my heart sing.

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What to Wear for Senior Portraits | Soft or Bold?

"What should I wear for my senior session?" It's the most asked question I get, and after almost 10 years of doing high school senior photography, it's something I know a thing or two about.  Today I'm going to talk about how to chose a color scheme for your session, and why it's important.

During a typical senior session we have time to do 4 or 5 different outfits.  Typically, seniors want to show as much range as they can with those outfits, choosing bold colors for one outfit and soft, romantic colors for another.  I totally get it: they have a ton of clothes and look great in all of them, and it can't be a bad idea to show as many different looks as possible, right?

Well, yes and no.

Almost every senior wants grad cards, albums and wall galleries with multiple images to show off all the different looks that we captured.  This means that it's important for all of the outfits to blend with each other, giving a cohesive look to anything we create from the session images.  I've found that the best way to do this is to choose a color intensity, just one, and apply it to your entire session.

So what do I mean by "color intensity?" Basically, go soft, go bold, or go somewhere in the middle.

"Soft" colors would be pastels, creams, light gray, small floral prints, intricate details, flirty skirts:

Senior girl wearing two pastel outfits.
Senior girl wearing two pastel outfits.
Senior girl wearing two romantic, soft outfits.
Senior girl wearing two romantic, soft outfits.
Senior portraits girl in three pastel colored outfits.
Senior portraits girl in three pastel colored outfits.

"Bold" can mean strong, bright or primary colors, jewel tones, saturated inks, outfits with strong lines and high contrast.

Senior Girl mid-tone fashion
Senior Girl mid-tone fashion

"Something in the middle" is harder to define, but it seems that many more outfits fit in this category.  Basically if it doesn't fit perfectly in either of the first two categories, it's probably a mid-tone:

senior girl wearing dark-midtoned outfits
senior girl wearing dark-midtoned outfits
girl wearing several mid-toned outfits
girl wearing several mid-toned outfits

What you DON'T want to do it mix it up.  It's hard, I know!  But your gallery of images will "flow" better if all of the outfits are of the same color intensity.

Now, how do you know which one to choose for an ENTIRE session?  Most of the time, it's pretty easy to choose because we can base it on personality or even skin tone and hair color.  Are you a hopeless romantic or the life of the party?  What colors do you wear most often?  Where is your session taking place, city streets or country lane?

However, this doesn't mean you can't have a ton of variety in your outfits!  You still want to show off a range of styles, so now you can mix up the styles of each outfit, while staying within the color tone you choose.  So if you're sticking with pastels, you might choose a mint green sundress with wedge heels, a pair of faded denim shorts with a light gray woven knit top and boots, and a dressy silver bodice paired with a long organza skirt and strappy heels.

Going bold?  Easy!  Just follow the same steps, choose something dressy, something casual and flirty and something comfy and relaxed, all while sticking to a similar color scheme.  You gallery of images will look more put-together and cohesive, while allowing you so show off all of your different looks.

Now, have fun shopping!

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