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Before you Graduate: How to prepare for your session (for guys)

Preparation Tips for Senior Guys

Now that you’ve booked your session, we have a few tips for you to help you get ready for your close up. Follow these guidelines the weeks leading up to your session and we’ll take care of the rest!

Wedding Series: Photogs Get Hungry, Too!: Feeding Your Photographer

Feeding your Photographer on your wedding day

A wedding typically lasts 10 to 12 hours. If we take getting ready shots and are there all day, we try to eat a big breakfast before we get there, but that only lasts so long. We are often running around like crazy all day trying to cover the whole wedding, and don’t have time to snack or take a break.

Before you Graduate: Beauty and Fashion Tips and Tricks for Your Senior Portrait 

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Fashion, Hair and Makeup Tips and Advice


Obviously, you want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and peers for many years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned. 

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  1. Keep crazy accessories to a minimum. For example, if you want to wear those funky cat eye sunglasses, go for it, but plan don’t let them compete with a super splashy print, giant earrings and a headscarf. A wise person once said: always take off the last thing you put on. 

  2. Makeup reads differently on camera than it does in real life. If you book with us, you’ll be in the informed hands of a makeup artist who knows just what to do. 

  3. Think about all the details: nails, hair, teeth, skin. Use a whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to your session, really look after your skin and don’t pick (we do offer free blemish touch up, though), and get a manicure the day before. If you’re wearing open toes, spring for the pedi, too. 

  4. Practice your hairstyle in advance and take a few selfies to see how it photographs. Try to keep your true essence and don’t wear a hairstyle that’s “not you.” For example, if you wear bangs on the regular, don’t pin them up on your photo shoot. If you always wear your hair down, keep it down on your session day. 

  5. Don’t make any major changes in the weeks leading up to your session. No faux tans that have the potential to convert you to oompa loompa status, don’t go from black to bleach blonde, no major haircuts that could incite tears, etc. 

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.

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.

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...