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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!!  

Bluebonnet Safety

The little blue flowers are starting to pop up all over Texas... first in the hill country and now heading north to DFW.  Love 'em or hate 'em, Texas bluebonnets put locals into a frenzy as they try to get the perfect shot of their kids in a field of Texas blue.  

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BLUEBONNET PHOTO SAFETY TIPS

1. Look down.  Yes, that's right!  Have you ever sat in a pile of fire ants?  Well, right before you take bluebonnet photos is not the time to check your toddler's pain tolerance!

2.  Snakes like bluebonnets, too.  The odds of finding a record-breaking rattlesnake while taking family photos is probably slim... but you never know.  Isn't it worth a few extra minutes checking the area to make sure your bluebonnet session will be snake-free?

3. Bluebonnets hang out safely next to highways... but you really shouldn't.  Seriously - use common sense. Don't unleash your children next to Texas' busiest highway to get a photo of the little blue beauties.  It can only take a second for an accident to happen.  It's just. not. worth. it.  

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4.  Bug. Spray.  You can thank me later!  Really, though.  There's no reason to fight off a swarm of mosquitoes when a couple of sprays here and there can make your session MUCH more pleasant!  

5. Don't trespass.  Texas landowners can be very grumpy when you wander into their fields to frolic in the bluebonnets. You may not think it's a big deal, but if you've ever encountered an angry property owner, you'll know they can get pretty miffed about people lollygagging on their land!  

6.  Wear real shoes. Barefoot bluebonnet photos are super cute but remember there are other types of weeds mixed in with them and some of those buggers are really prickly!  So... wear your shoes and remove them and place them behind you before you take the photo.  

Shoes keep your feet clean, too. Nobody wants to see dirty feet!!

Shoes keep your feet clean, too. Nobody wants to see dirty feet!!

7.  Allergy medicine.  Spring.  In Texas. In a field of weeds.  Do I need to go on?  Benadryl is your friend, people!  Snot-filled bluebonnet photos are NOT cute.  Take your allergy medicine.

Most importantly, have fun!  Bluebonnets are a treat we Texans get to enjoy for about 2 weeks all year, so enjoy their beauty while you can!!  

I will be offering a very limited number of bluebonnet mini-sessions.  Email me at sarah@sarahtothphoto.com to be put on the list to receive info and be the first to sign up!  

Bluebonnets are coming...

Spring is in the air in Texas which means we will soon see our state flower - the Bluebonnet - popping up next to most highways.  Although beautiful, this doesn't mean you should throw caution to the wind and stop by the side of the road to take photos with these blue beauties.  

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Bluebonnets are a double-edged sword here in Texas... residents love to see them and plop their kids in the middle of a big patch to get those coveted yearly photos.  Photographers often cringe at the actions of those who mingle dangerously close to the edge of the highway to get the perfect shot!  

Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about bluebonnets...

1.  Bluebonnets bloom for about 3 weeks with the peak being from late March to mid-April.  

2. The bluebonnet is toxic to humans and animals.  As part of the lupine family, the flower is considered poisonous.  

3. Bluebonnets come in several colors including blue, white, violet, red, pink, lavender and even Aggie Maroon! So if you see a flower that "looks like a bluebonnet" but is the wrong color... fear not, it's likely still our state flower!!!

4. Bluebonnets are really pretty... and yes, rattlesnakes think so too!

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rattle, rattle...

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5.  It's not actually illegal to pick the bluebonnets... but do you really need to?  Just leave these little blue flowers alone!  If every Texas took home a bluebonnet bouquet, we soon will not see them coloring our highways!  

6. Don't trample them!  I totally understand trying to find the perfect spot for your yearly photo, but please be kind to the flowers.  There's nothing uglier than beautiful fields of bluebonnets dotted with crushed "butt prints" and flattened paths.  

7.  Bluebonnets are getting harder to find in suburban areas due to construction and land development.  Soon residents will have to travel to the "country" to see our state flower in all its glory! 

8.  If you haven't been to the Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis, Texas... GO!  It's so fun!  This year it's April 20-22.  http://www.bluebonnettrail.org/

blue for days!!

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BLUEBONNET PHOTOS

I will be doing a very limited number of bluebonnet sessions this year, so if you want to be one of the first to sign up, send me an email at sarah@sarahtothphoto.com and I will contact you when the date and location are chosen!  

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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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