Before you Graduate: Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Senior Portraits

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Accessories Make or Break Your Outfit

You’ve got your outfit planned, know exactly what you’re doing with your hair, and have already spoken to the makeup artist about that wicked cat eye. Now it’s time to consider your accessories, which can make or break your outfit. Here are four things to keep in mind.  

  1. Don’t let the accessories wear you. Too big or too zany can overwhelm your face and body, taking away from the overall image. This is about you. 

  2. Choose accessories that mean something to you. Maybe you want to wear a ring your mother gave you, or those earrings that always earn you compliments. 

  3. Try not to choose anything that’s heavily ornamented. In a few years, ultra trendy items can look really, really dated. Funky and fun are A-OK, of course, but be thoughtful in your decisions. 

  4. Make sure your accessories all work well with your outfit. For example, a thin belt may flatter your figure more than a thick belt. And those dangly earrings may look best with your hair up while the studs look good with your hair down. 

  5. Get a second, and third, opinion. Wear everything you plan to put on for your session day and ask for someone else’s advice. Take some pictures, even, and ask your friends and family if they have any suggestions. 


How to Prepare for Your Autumn Session

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Autumn is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions. After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather.

1. Make use of accessories and clothing that play up the "autumn" feeling. For example, opt for leather boots, cable knit scarves and comfy cardigans look amazing on the whole family and can really bring a picture to life. Tip: neutrals do really well in the fall against all that foliage. 

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2. Timing is everything. Start paying attention to that shift in weather as summer melts into fall. Once the leaves start changing, call up your photog and book a session. 

3. Location is everything. If it's autumn, you better believe we're playing outside in the gorgeous weather. I have a lot of locations to choose from that have particularly pretty backdrops. I'm also open to your suggestions. 

4. Plan for a mid-afternoon to early-evening session, when the light is just gorgeous. The days are shorter in the fall, so we need to plan accordingly to get that golden hour light.

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5. Play in the environment. Chances are there are leaves on the ground or a few buds lingering around. I may have you throw leaves up into the air or something similar. Remember, this shoot is all about capturing your family bond and having fun, so let loose and get into the season! 

6. Pack the necessities. It can get chilly in autumn, so you may want to bring some necessities on hand. I recommend a lip balm, moisturizer, warm packs for your hands, tissues, water, snacks for the little ones and, of course, warm apparel. 

7. Wear comfortable shoes and accessories. Since we're going to be outside, we'll probably do lots of walking. If those boots look amazing, but kill your feet, scratch them. If the scarf looks adorable on Timmy, but it's scratches his face and makes him unhappy, it's better to not even go that route.

Kendall + Shannika : Meet the Johnsons

Kendall + Shannika : Meet the Johnsons

The deal is sealed. Kendall and Shannika have wed!

Senior Portrait Week Is Here From August 20-26

Senior Portrait Week Is Here From August 20-26

This is one of those posts I’ve been meaning to write for a good long while, and WELP, today’s the day! Today we’re kicking off an entire week celebrating SENIORS! Whether you’re graduating High School or University, look no further.

Senior Portrait Week

Senior Portrait Week

This is one of those posts I’ve been meaning to write for a good long while, and WELP, today’s the day! Today we’re kicking off an entire week celebrating SENIORS! Whether you’re graduating High School or University, look no further.

Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Michael And Cyarra

Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Michael And Cyarra

A love to last forever

 

Michael and Cyarra couldn't be more perfect for each other. These two said I do on a crisp fall November evening in front of God, friends and family...

Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Mario And Portia

Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Mario And Portia

The Yancey's love wins! Together for ever! It was the absolute pleasure of Reggie and I to capture this beautiful day with such a perfect for each other couple.

Fred + LaQuiesha: A Love to Last

Fred + LaQuiesha: A Love to Last

This love is one to last! Stephen, affectionately known by his friends and family as Fred, met LaQuiesha...

 

Lamar and Quanetra Wedding Blog Post

Lamar and Quanetra Wedding Blog Post

A truly elegant and unique union took place this weekend in the historic town of Suffolk, Virginia.  With all of their closest friends and family present, this couple said I do. There was not a dry eye in the house as the couple exchanged their handwritten and heartfelt vows.

Carey & Tiffeny Engagement Shoot

Carey & Tiffeny Engagement Shoot

Love was always cooking between these two from day one! Plenty of FISH brought them together. Carey professed Tiffeny as his RIB and he wasn't a CHICKEN about it.

Mario & Portia

Mario & Portia

A love without a limit, that's what Mario and Portia share. With mutually friends in common, the met at a house party which ended up being the first brick to their house of love...

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Brandon & Gabrielle Wedding Day

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Brandon & Gabrielle Wedding Day

The happiest day of their lives, Brandon and Gabrielle committed themselves to one another on Saturday August 13th, 2016 before God, their friends and dearest family. Although Gabrielle's father, the late Clifton Martin was not physically with us, his spirit and presence was still felt as his love shined down on his "Toots" on her wedding day...

 

 

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Dereck & Shay Wedding Day

Exclusive Wedding Day Sneak Peek: Dereck & Shay Wedding Day

Nestled on the illustrious campus of Hampton University, Dereck and Shaquaia said I do with all of their closest friends and family present. 

Draped in a gorgeous one of kind custom made wedding gown Shaquaia was ready to say recite her vows and marry the man of her dreams. Dereck looked daper in his 3 piece suit with bow tie and matching loafers but his smile outshined it all. He grinned from ear to ear as he eagerly awaited the arrival of his best friend and mate for life. 

Jordan & Casey

Jordan & Casey

Smitten by Jordan's big brown eyes and stellar integrity, Casey is counting the days until I do. Jordan is reveling in anticipation to marry the woman of his dreams that has the most positive and bubbly personality he has ever seen.

Aurise & Sheena

Aurise & Sheena

Eternal love never dies. 

22 years ago, this beautiful couple met and fell in love, but they just didn't know it. Apprehensive to this growing attraction, Sheena decided to give ladies' man Aurise a chance at love. High School took the two their separate ways but they always stayed in touch. Life gave...

Meet the Rays of Sunshine

Meet the Rays of Sunshine

First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes the babies in the baby carriage! This schoolyard song is the theme song for Fonzie and Tamika Ray’s beautiful love story. Celebrating 3 years....

Lamar & Quanetra

Lamar & Quanetra

The one that got away came back! A careless middle school crush was reintroduced with the help of friends and family to spawn a meant to be match! 

Michael and Cyarra: Engagement Session

When God made Cyarra, he certainly had Michael in mind. These two are more than perfect together. This couple's engagement shoot started on a beautiful Sunday evening in the lovely Pagoda Gardens of Norfolk. 

Sporting her sun-kissed jumper and sunny smile to match, Cyarra, was ready for her close up. Michael was just as ready with his linen blazer and laid back smile. This couple came prepared with props, ideas and a great imagination. We had fun posing and laughing the whole day through. 

Suddenly, the clouds opened and it rained, and rained and didn't stop raining. But not to worry, Reggie, thinking quickly own his feet, decided to move our good time to the closest parking deck, careful not to disturb Cyarra's beautiful curls. 

Optimistic and determined, we all pressed through and continued our party despite the weather. We cranked up our tunes, and made the most of the day. Cyarra and Michael did not let the rain stop the show. Just like their lives, no matter what comes, their way, they will always lean on God first and then each other to get themselves through. 

This match was truly made in heaven and Reggie and I are looking forward to their big day.