Thank you Caroline for coming to me for your senior portrait experience! Best wishes for an amazing senior year!
It's Caroline's turn to be in front of the lens and oh my gosh, isn't she gorgeous? We started out at Waves Hair Studio for her hair and makeup by Stacey and Shante and she went with straight locks and a subtle pastel palette for her makeup, giving her a beautiful fresh look (see Behind The Scenes on Instagram). We arrived in Carytown and headed out in search of a brick wall and whatever else caught our eye. We found her brick wall as well as some other fun places to pose around town. Her black dress looked great just about everywhere we went and the casual jeans and rose-colored top looked great on her, but that blue patterned top was just amazing for pictures! When all was said and done, we had a wonderful variety of images for Caroline's gallery reveal! Here are some of her favorites!!
Thank you Caroline for coming to me for your senior portrait experience! Best wishes for an amazing senior year!
So many things to love about Megan's session at Belle Isle as we kick off senior portrait fall sessions!
We started out with hair at Waves Hair Studio in Ashland, VA. Stacey did a beautiful set of soft curls on Megan (as seen on Instagram) and then Cameron started on her perfect makeup! Megan is a girl who really doesn't need makeup, but it really puts a finishing touch and adds to the polished look you want for senior pictures!
Once downtown, we trekked over the pedestrian bridge to Belle Isle and we were able to create some gorgeous images for Megan! From her blue top to her white dress, to her yellow dress and one perfect hat, every outfit was stunning on her! Take a look below and you can see what I mean.
Thank you Megan for bringing such awesomeness to your senior picture session!! I just LOVE your images. I can't wait to see where life takes you after high school, I'm thinking it will be something amazing!
Photographing Devin at Hanover Fire Station #3 was lots of fun! As a student in the Hanover Fire and EMT program at Hanover High School in partnership with Hanover Fire/EMS and J. Sargeant Reynolds, Devin is receiving the basic training necessary to be an EMT or Firefighter!
We started off at the studio for his tux yearbook photo and a few studio style shots of him in uniform. Our next location was the fire station where you could see Devin was in his element and enjoying himself. The guys on duty were so helpful in moving trucks and getting Devin to smile :)
After we got some fun shots around the station and with all the shiny emergency vehicles, we ventured outside to get some photos of just Devin, Devin with his sister Erika, and of course, Devin with his truck!
Thanks Akers family for having me out for Devin's senior portraits! It was a blast and I'm so happy with what we created!
Michael's summer session at Pole Green Park in Hanover County was practically perfect and it's one of my favorites! The light was just right (y'all know how photographers love the good light, right?) and Michael was easy going and relaxed. After a quick set of tux photos for the yearbook, we were on our way to the park to set the stage for some amazing senior portraits! Greenery, soccer goals, fences, and a skate park would prove to be perfect backdrops for this laid-back high school senior.
We had a great time at Michael's gallery reveal going through his proofs and I love the final set of images he and his family selected. Take a look and let me know if you're interested in booking your own senior portrait session!
Wow, Theresa! I love these senior portraits! From the bright colors of your Vineyard Vines shirt to the classic look of your Lilly Pulitzer dress, you showed such different looks and wore them both well. I love that we found such great places in Carytown to really show off your style, too. It was such a fun evening and I wish you the best for the rest of your senior year.
This was a SUPERFUN session in downtown RVA! Alex wanted to do something with his superman shirt and we had a blast shooting these scenes. Once the superman shots were done, he transitioned into his coat and tie and we roamed around the area just outside of Brown's Island. We laughed just about the entire session and I absolutely enjoyed the evening.
Thanks Alex & family for allowing me to be your Senior Portrait photographer!
Theresa comes to the Class of 2016 Senior Model Group from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia, right down the road from me! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have this girl in the senior model group. The first time I met her, I was struck by how well she presented herself. I can only hope I had half of that poise when I was her age!
She has been great to work with, always turning the ideas in my head into something way more beautiful. Here are some of the highlights from her model sessions. I can't wait for your actual senior session this summer, Theresa!
We are going to have so much fun!
Your junior year is almost over and it's finally your turn to experience one of the best years of your life - your SENIOR YEAR! You'll get to make some pretty big decisions over the next 12 months, some bigger than others but they will all contribute to the memories you'll hold near and dear of your senior year. The decisions you make about your senior portraits will have an impact for years, even decades to come. Here's my list of the top five things to consider throughout your senior portrait experience to make sure you'll have something that lasts a lifetime!
#1. What photographic style fits you best?
Every photographer has their own unique style. Some may have similar styles, but no two are just alike. Some may have a more classic look with traditional poses, while others may take a more modern approach using fashion-inspired poses. Another big distinction is lighting. Natural lighting can give images a softer look and feel with no harsh shadows while some studio or off-camera lighting may appear to have more contrast and darker shadows. The best way to determine which style fits you best is to take look at their work and see what kind of images they create. Do they match up with how you envision your own portraits? Which ones are you drawn to the most? Make a list of 2 or 3 photographers in your area and make a list of what you like about their photos.
Key Tip: Once you select your favorite photographer, contact them and let them know what you loved about their images. This will help them plan a session just right for you!
#2. What kind of background do you want for your photos?
Natural outdoor backdrops, urban scenes, or studio backdrops top the list of possibilities. If you're going for natural outdoor backdrops, consider the time of year that fits your vision. If you want the greens of summer, you'll need to book your session the summer before your senior year. If you prefer the look of fall or spring, then make sure you book early enough to secure your dates. Many photographers are booked up to 6 months to a year in advance.
Key Tip: Book your session before the end of your junior year to secure your favorite photographer and get the best date selection.
#3. What will you wear?
Two things to consider here are style and color. Most senior portrait sessions will allow for at least a few different outfits, so you can dress it up a bit for one set and maybe go a little more casual in another. Find clothes that really fit you well, that allow room to move without revealing too much (short shorts and low cut tops can really hinder posing options, so I recommend you avoid wearing them for your session). The other big decision is what colors you will wear. Color can have a huge impact in the overall look and feel of your set of photos. Here's where I usually direct people to check out lots of photos and see what colors are most pleasing to them. Do you prefer the dramatic look of bold colors or a softer more subtle look of pastel shades?
Key Tip: If you are unsure, ask your photographer for advice and they can give you some guidance on this topic. Even if you are sure, show them your options so they can let you know if something won't work well in front of the camera or in your chosen locations. They are the experts, so let them help!
#4. Do you want to showcase any props or locations?
Maybe you play an instrument or a sport. Or maybe you have a passion for photography. Whatever it is that you love to do, think about any related props that you'd like to include in your photos. Or maybe it's not so much a prop as it is a special location you want to use such as your high school football field or your favorite hangout spot.
Key Tip: Definitely make sure you discuss props and locations with your photographer before the session so they will have time to plan the perfect set of poses and backgrounds for you.
#5. What will you do with your photos?
Yes, it's fun to have a senior portrait session. So much excitement and planning. But in the end, it's all about documenting a very special time in someone's life - the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. When you're older, you or someone you love will look back at them and be reminded of who you were and how you looked at this time. And trust me, they won't be looking at them on a CD or on a computer. The best way to preserve your photos is by making sure they get printed. Whether it's an album, a storyboard for your wall, or photographic prints, you'll want something tangible to preserve. While having your images on a CD or computer may seem convenient so you can print as much as you like, the reality is most people don't print them and they often get lost, deleted, or files get corrupted.
Key Tip: Selecting professional prints and wall art at your ordering session is the best thing you can do to make the most of your investment.
Making these decisions can have a big impact on your overall experience and final product, but you don't need to stress about them. Discuss your ideas with your photographer and get their advice and guidance. I offer all clients pre-session consultation meetings or phone calls to make sure everything is discussed and that we are in agreement with the overall vision of the session. Some really amazing ideas have come out of these collaborative meetings.
If you'd like to learn more about the portrait process at Katie Cartwright Photography, please contact me at 804-286-2424 or email@example.com. I'd love to hear all about how we can personalize a session just for you and create portraits that will last a lifetime.
What can I say about Rachel? She is an amazingly strong and beautiful person. She cares whole-heartedly about the well-being of others and spreads her faith in God wherever she goes. She is truly an inspiration to others.
She texted me a picture of her outfits and I immediately knew we needed to use a certain location with bright orange bars for one of her sets. With lots of other hot spots around, we had a full and fabulous evening of shooting.
Too good to be true! This is what happens when you collaborate to create amazing senior portraits. Laura's mom responded to my call for senior models, and I'm so glad that she did. Laura was so positive and friendly and looked so amazing through my lens!
Even though she's a stunner to begin with, we had some help with having her look her best. Her hairstylist, Hair by Heather, came out on location to give her hair some soft curls. Even though she has great skin, her makeup artist, Image by Melissa Miller, gave her a beautifully polished look. Our gorgeous location was compliments of Cindy at Coventry Farm in Ashland. Laura and her family have horses at the farm and Laura rides and competes in local events. Thank you ladies for working with us on this photo shoot. The amazing results are part of your hard work, too!
I absolutely enjoyed my time with Laura. She's sweet and isn't afraid to be a bit funny, too. She doesn't sit still much these days, either. Most days you'll find her practicing for show choir, riding her horse, or helping out at her church. She's such an all-around great girl. Enjoy your senior year, Laura! May it be one of your greatest memories!