When Did She Grow Up?! A Senior Shoot 18 Years In The Making

I’ve known Maryn since she was born. Literally. So, before we get into it, let me show you how I still pictured her in my head before we started this Senior photoshoot (she’s in the middle):

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Fast forward to today … Maryn is 18 years old, and about to go to UCM to major in Theatre Technology/Design.

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HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! Kim, Ike, anyone?! Tell me how!

And it’s not even her height. She has been taller than me since she was, like, 8 … it’s that she is old enough to go to college … like in a few weeks!!! :O

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Maryn, who was active in theatre throughout her high school career, wants to work as a costume designer in a professional theatre setting.

And she’s already well on her way. She hand-beaded this vest! She said she worked on it for several years. You can tell by the detail!

I also want to point out that the little alien on there was a trinket that I gave to her older sister, Sadie (one of my BFFs), when we were younger! I was touched it was still being put to good use!

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Every year, Maryn goes to the White Hart Renaissance Faire. She’s also been known to frequent the Kansas City Renaissance Festivaland the St. Louis Renaissance Festival!  It was an obvious choice for her to wear one of her handmade outfits for her senior photos!

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And, of course, we had to whip out the fan she brought for a prop! I spent more time than I care to admit editing this one! And we also spent a while looking for it in the grass after the photoshoot! Hahaha.

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For another outfit, Maryn rocked this vintage dress she found in a thrift store. She said it was only a few bucks — #winning!

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Maryn was such a good sport about all of the crazy things I asked her to do (thankfully, my clients already know I am a little out there, they know what’s coming!).

“Maryn, lean against that tree … backwards!”

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“Maryn, I really love how the moss looks on these logs!! Sit down in front of them … then look backwards … but then look at me with your eyes!”

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“Maryn! I am going to lay down in the grass upside down to get this shot … try to look normal!”

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But, hey! That’s how you get the shot! Thanks for putting up with me and my crazy antics, Mare!

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In closing, Maryn had a message for her parents: “Thank you guys so my for putting me on the path to my future! I couldn’t have done it without you, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Love you!”

Isn’t she the sweetest?!

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Top 6 Reasons To Get Senior Photos

It’s that time of year! High school seniors are looking toward their futures and gearing up for graduation. If you’re a senior — you’ve probably contemplated getting senior photos taken either for the yearbook, your friends and family, or all of the above! If you’re a parent — you’re likely so proud of your senior. They are officially entering adulthood, and you kinda wanna brag to the world, right?

If you’re still on the fence, here are our top 6 reasons why Senior photos are worth the investment.

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1. They reflect who they are during a big change in their life

After high school graduation, everything changes. They grow and mature so fast, it’s hard to keep track. With graduation comes many life-changing decisions. Will they join the workforce right away or go to college? What will their major be? What is it they want to do with the rest of their life? They will meet new friends, new co-workers, and live on their own for the first time.

Capture who they are right now — because it’s all going to change so quickly. These are the last photos before they leave the nest and become adults. They’re on the cusp of greatness.

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2. They need a yearbook photo

Sure, you can use the one with the same blue background they’ve had for the last 12 years from the same photo people the school has used for the last 50.

But those photos certainly don’t capture personality. And they certainly don’t show off who they are, or their interests. This is a chance to stand out, and be remembered.

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3. They make great gifts

Tell the world! You’ve likely got your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends … send the photos to your great-aunt twice removed! You can make prints, or you can put the photos on keychains, canvases, etc.!

Plus, the more people you tell … the more likely your senior will get a congratulatory gift, right? 😉

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4. They can serve as professional headshots as they enter the workforce

This is actually important! As soon as I started college, I applied at a local television station (my degree is in Broadcast Journalism). I had the immediate need for a headshot!

This goes for many other professions. Headshots are that little extra to attach to a resume to make them stand out from the crowd.

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5. Great to use for Senior party invitations!

Everyone loves a good party, right? If you are hosting a celebration for your senior, even in this digital day and age, people still tend to send actual invites by mail. You can have your seniors picture printed onto the invite, or just put one of the photos in there with the invite! Maybe they haven’t had time to visit lately and will be shocked to see how much they’ve grown up!

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6. As a reward / present for graduating!

Senior photos can be used for all of the things above, plus as a gift from you for your senior! Something that celebrates them and this exciting and ever-changing time in their life!

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Ready to book a senior photo session? Let us know today to get your date in the books! We have several senior photos packages and are in KC and St. Louis!

On-Location In Kansas City: Featuring West Bottoms!

Today, we’re here to bring you some historical urban jungle goodness!

West Bottoms is one of the oldest areas in Kansas City, located west of the newer downtown. Due to its atmosphere of rich culture and inner city vibes, it’s one of our top 10 favorite locations to shoot!

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Whether it’s graffiti or just vibrant brick walls, there are so many epic backdrops to choose from!

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It has so many great uses for photography. Especially for solitary photos like Halee’s senior photoshoot.

Halee chose this location for all of the fun pops of color. And it’s always a treat for us photographers because the graffiti is different every time! Seriously. We’ve never seen the same artwork twice!

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Pleasing pops of color, exciting artwork, and a surprise at each brick wall you stumble across!

Around every corner, there are unique doors and entryways. These are perfect for symbolizing your path opening up to the future, like Sydney and Zane wanted to portray with their engagement shoot.

And, of course, we are ALWAYS down for a location that’s pet friendly. <3

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The contrast of the brick with the metal rust and pop of color of the gate is a prime example of how unique this locale is!

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And we seriously could not do a blog on West Bottoms without featuring the inner-city junkie herself — our former photographer, Dawn!

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During Dawn’s family photoshoot, her son Aidan proved that there’s always a new and exciting photo opportunity when he ran over to this random pile of tires!

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So, there you have it! West Bottoms is a diverse location fit for pretty much anything! A solitary shoot to showcase some self accomplishments, celebrating an engagement, or exploring with family.

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Book with us today and let’s go on an adventure downtown together!

What To Wear For A Photoshoot [Our Recommendations For Stellar Photos]

You’ve booked the shoot! Hooray!

There are three questions we often get right after:

  1. Where should we shoot?
  2. Do I bring any props?
  3. What should I wear?

We already have a solid answer for No. 1 & No. 2. 🙂

As for No. 3 — that’s what this blog will be for!

In this post, we will go over recommended dress codes for maternity, engagement, family, and senior photos!

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What Do I Wear To A Photoshoot?

Well, our recommendations really vary depending on the type of photoshoot we’re doing. Since we have our friend Ally featured up above, let’s start with maternity!

Maternity:

I love anything flowy for maternity pictures. We can angle you right into the wind and get that gorgeous wind-swept look. This typically involves some sort of dress or shirt/shorts, combined with some kind of flowy shawl / vest thing … I am not sure what to call it! But you know what I mean!

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Definitely something form fitting for the top — we wanna see that bump!

I’ve also had clients skip the flowy shawl and instead opt for a dress with flared sleeves, which achieves the same effect!

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Or, any dress that hugs that tummy! It all works!

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As for the guy responsible for that bump — we usually let his significant other pick out what he wears. I personally love it if it’s a little matching — using the same color concept, or working in the same color our mom-to-be is wearing into his outfit somehow.

We don’t recommend the guy wears anything flowy … that’s just for mom!! 😉

During the shoot, I will still always do some of just mom solo. But, then I’ll include him in the rest!

Sometimes I have had moms come to us and want shoots that only include her — and that’s fine, too!

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We are celebrating that life growing inside!

Engagement:

As with maternity — we still love anything flowy. Although in these photos, the focus isn’t on your stomach — so we can be a lot more lax about the outfits.

Anything that would possibly pick up when the wind blows, or if he gives a playful twirl. A long skirt, a tunic with flared sleeves, a dress that has an extra layer on top.

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Again — if you decide to be match-y, that’s always adorable as well. I love it when couples plan their outfits together! It looks like you belong together, which you do!

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Family:

We don’t need anything flowy for these photos. Since we are going to have more people — we aren’t going to be able to get those individual shots where your gown is flowing with the wind.

However, matching can be tricky with more people. If you’re having a large group, I highly recommend assigning each “family unit” a color. Like the Miller family did:

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From there, we can break off into smaller family groups after the initial big group —

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As you can see, the family can take the color recommendation however they’d like! They’re all in pink, but it’s not all the same shirt or style. The oldest daughter wore a pink top, the youngest a pink dress, and the middle some fun pink leggings and matching hair tie!

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It also just makes you look like the lovable family unit that you are when you can tell that you belong together!

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My biggest recommendation is to pick a color, and then have everyone incorporate something of that color.

It doesn’t even necessarily have to be the same “shade.” Here are some outfits I personally picked out for my own family photoshoot this week. I usually pick two colors — this time I went with pink and gray. I have pink, and so does one of my daughters. Then my husband has gray, and so does our other daughter. This is another way to match!

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Senior:

Senior portraits special! It’s a time to focus on your uniqueness and the likes and interests you have at this time in your life. For seniors, I always recommend a few different outfits.

  1. Jerseys / Sports Attire & Paraphernalia

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What are you into? Sports? Let’s incorporate it! Bring jerseys, a ball, anything related to the sport that we can work into the photo.

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2. The Cap & Gown

I always want to snag cap and gown photos as well! These ones are usually the fastest, and it’s really easy to throw the gown and cap on over whatever you’re already wearing!

It’s a great symbol to the world that you’re a graduate! You did it! And it’s your turn to turn that tassle to the other side of your cap.
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3. Something nice!

I also usually recommend something a little nicer. A dress, a tux, whatever you think of when you hear the word “nice.”

You’re an adult now, you’ve come of age — I like to get some shots that reflect that!

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4. Something that reflects your personal style

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Are you always wearing Chucks? Do you have a favorite hat? A dress you’ve worn approximately 15 million times? Some jeans your’ve worn holes into that you’ll never part with? A promise ring? A bracelet or necklace that you never remove?

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These photos are about you, your likes, your favorite things, what makes you the person you are now — we want the photos to reflect that!

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Phew!! This should help you decide what outfits to wear to your photoshoot — we’re so excited to be working with you! And if we’re not yet — feel free to reach out to us and book a shoot!

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