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2018 Senior Photo Trends

Gone are the days of super cheesy, posed studio photos.  You won't see any Olin Mills inspired sessions from any of your more popular senior photographers, that's for sure!  And you DEFINITELY will not see seniors draped over a giant 2018 or posing with their hand under their chin.  

1. IT'S ALL ABOUT NATURAL LIGHT

Hello Texas sun!! Senior portraits that embrace natural light are often more authentic-looking than a more posed session.  You can get that vibe of "hey, look at me... just hanging in the park"... as opposed to very staged and "cold"!  

2.  THE MORE THE MERRIER

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Upcoming graduates are ALL about doing senior photos with friends, significant others and groups!  This is a great way to get some interaction between friends and capture those relationships!  Just be sure to get some individual shots as well - nothing is more awkward than having all your senior photos with your significant other and breaking up after graduation!  A-W-K-W-A-R-D!!

3.  THEMES ARE "IN"

Love your car?  Are you all about music?  Is gymnastics your life?  It's totally fine to incorporate what you love most into your senior session!

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4.  CANDIDS 4-EVER

There is a time and a place to pose but nothing captures your personality like a good candid.  A great photographer can get these without you even realizing she is doing it!  

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5.  HAIR AND MAKEUP AND WARDROBE, OH MY!!

Many senior girls are splurging to have their hair and makeup done professionally and their wardrobe styled for their session.  Most photographers can recommend a hair and makeup artist and are happy to talk through your wardrobe with you.  I often have clients send me snapshots of outfits they are contemplating.  

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For guys: casual, more dressed up (think suit) and then a hobby (baseball, trumpet, etc.)

For girls: casual, a pretty dress and something that is really "you"... this can be a hobby or one of your signature looks (I went to high school with a girl who wore orange Converse every single day!!)  

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6.  A COOL OR UNIQUE LOCATION

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A park is great but not everyone is into nature.  Are you more edgy? What about a graffiti wall in the arts district? Or a cute downtown area.  Let your imagination fly!  

 

It's not too late to book senior photos for 2018 graduates!  Email me at sarah@sarahtothphoto.com to get on the calendar ASAP!!  

The Maternity Boudoir Session

Sexy for days!  Cutest baby bump ever!  Glowing mama! Awesome pregnancy hair!  This session gave me ALL the feels!  

I've been wanting to do a maternity boudoir session for a while now, but haven't found the right person to come to my new studio and "play" with me.  Enter "Mrs. KRob"...  she is fun, sassy, confident, sexy and gorgeous... but most importantly she is even more beautiful on the inside!  

Mrs. KRob... 35 weeks and counting

Mrs. KRob... 35 weeks and counting

Mrs. KRob and I know each other a couple of different ways... we have worked out together. (PS - she looks better in yoga pants than me for SURE!), we are part of the same local MoMs group and we have lots of mutual friends.  But no matter how much you like someone, nothing says "I think you're awesome" like asking them to come get naked in your photography studio. 

Mrs. KRob is fit and active so I knew she wouldn't be offended if I asked her this and much to my delight, she was ALL about it!   

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I'm not going to lie - we had a blast!  There was lots of giggling and girl talk.  I have to say this might be my favorite kind of session.  

 

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Lace + bump = amazing

There is something magical about knowing this is your last time to be pregnant.  Mr. and Mrs. KRob have decided that 2 is their magic number and the baby factory is closed after "Baby M" arrives. So now is the time to embrace the belly, the constant need to potty, the swollen ankles .. oh, and all the good stuff, too.  The kicks, the nudges, the flutters...  it's pure magic!  

We got so many unbelievable, super-sexy photos, but these are just a few of the more blog-friendly ones.  We'll let Mrs. KRob save the best ones for her Mr.  

Thank you to my partner in crime for this session.  I had an absolute blast photographing you and "Baby M" and I can't wait to meet your little princess!!!  Muah!!!

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Remember...

You don't have to be "naked" to be sexy!!

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That hair, though!

  

Clients and friends...

I'm so fortunate to have many clients who are also friends and many friends who use me as their family photographer.  Some of my very best friends started out as clients - how cool is that?  

I have a love/hate relationship with the fall rush for family photos.  Many people choose this time of year to do their annual family photos in time for holiday cards.  I love being busy and I love what I do... but...  I do not love being away from my family so much.  

At the end of the day, it's so wonderful to be a part of making so many special memories with my clients.  And it's SO fun when the holiday cards start arriving in December!  I'll share a few of my faves with you shortly!  

There are a LOT... so consider this my first installment!

More to come!  

Bluebonnets in April

Bluebonnets are  double-edged sword for Texans.  We love to celebrate our state flower, but unfortunately they are becoming much more rare up here in North Texas.  Luckily there are still a few impressive fields in the area.  

I don't offer that many bluebonnet sessions anymore, but I certainly love the ones that I do!

M&M are some of my favorite girls to photograph.  They are sweet and fun and I love the memories we make together!  

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Sweet Miss K is too cute for words!  We have lots of fun twirling and being silly!  I love watching her grow!  She gets sweeter every year!!

Twirling, twirling... 

Twirling, twirling... 

And no spring in Texas would be complete without taking my OWN munchkins out for some bluebonnet fun!!

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