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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!!  

Valentine's Shopping Dilemma and Ideas

If you're like me, buying Valentine's gifts for your special someone can be a challenge.  First, we've been doing it for 14 years, so I feel like I used up all the "good" ideas a while ago.  Second, we don't "need" anything, so my practical self struggles with purchasing frivolous gifts he doesn't really need.  

I decided to come up with a few fun gifts for those of you who, like me, struggle with shopping for this Hallmark holiday.  ;)

Here are a few general things I try to look for when shopping for Mr. Toth:

1.  Something funny

2. Something sexy

3. Something he wouldn't buy for himself

4. Something to compliment one of his hobbies


1. SEXY

Ok, so I'm not going to lie... just about every man would fall over and die if his woman had the guts to do a boudoir photo session.  SO - first and foremost - I recommend you do THAT.  I did one last year for my 40th birthday and I've never felt sexier or more empowered!  

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Photo by Robin Sherman Photography

2. FUNNY

3.  WOULDN'T BUY FOR HIMSELF

And this one right here might be Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner for Mr. Toth.  Lord knows my man loves anything having to do with BBQ!

4. COMPLIMENTS HIS HOBBY

My guy already has one of these, but trust me... you won't regret buying this for him to make you delicious meals with.  Best filet mignon I've ever had!  Nom, nom, nom.  

Disclaimer: I haven't been compensated in any way by the manufacturers of the above products.  They're just things I've found online that I thought would be fun.  The "Buy" button is just to make it super easy for YOU!

Happy shopping!

 

 

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!