Back in the day when I was first starting out I would give my clients a disk of all their images and call it a day. Months later, I would often hear that my clients hadn’t printed any of their photos and that they were still on the disk. My heart would break because they were enjoying the family wasn’t enjoying the lovely I photos I took. It was like the shoot never happened, because there was no proof of the gorgeous affair.
Fast forward to when I started to doing in-person sales and creating custom collections for my wonderful clients. Now all my clients have a premier ordering session, where I invite them into my home and show them a gorgeous slideshow of all their images. I love this part, because it’s the first time the parents get to see their gorgeous daughter in all her photographic glory. Tears often well up in their eyes and they are filled with love.
We then look through all the pics one by one and decide which ones are their favorites. Even though I take oodles of pictures, I think I do my clients a favor when I only show them the best of the best images. More often than not, the love pile consists of almost all the photos I show them.
After I show them all the beautiful products I can make for them, I help my clients make the best decision on what to do with all their photos. My gorgeous albums are by far my most popular product because they pretty much get all the images from the shoot. Even though I don’t know that my client is going to buy an album beforehand, I shoot for the album, designing page spreads as I shoot. So when it comes time to design the album, I can easily create stunning layouts that tell the story of the day.
And with every album now, I am gifting my clients with a fun look book magazine of all their images. I know the parents I work with are super appreciative of this, because they don’t want their high school senior taking an expensive keep sake to school. And there is room amongst the pages for their friends to sign it, as if it’s their own personal yearbook.
Beyond albums, all my collections include gift prints of 5×7’s and 8×10’s, so mom and dad can give photos to the grand parents or have a nice print for their office desk.
And no sale is complete without a fun canvas print for the wall. Our seniors are about to graduate, so you want to make sure you have some exceptional imagery around the house to celebrate all their accomplishments. Most likely they are going off to college, so it’s vital to have marvelous photos of your little girl for those moments where you are going to miss them.
So before your darling little one ventures off to college, make sure to book a session with me, so we photograph your daughter. It probably wont be till they get married that you will hire a professional photographer to take beautiful photos of them, so don’t wait! Before you know it, you will have an empty nest.
I had so much fun photographing Michaela’s senior portraits! Michaela is about to graduate from Fullerton High School as a class of 2013 grad. Michaela is stunning! She has gorgeous hazel eyes, strong features and beautiful hair, all making for a perfect combination to photograph. We had so much fun taking all sorts of pics, in a variety of locations for this very special senior portrait shoot.
Michaela’s mom had requested that we take pictures against a green backdrop, which in drought Southern California is hard to come by this Spring, but I knew just the spot. With Michaela’s soft and airy graduation dress, the field of wildflowers accented it perfectly.
We then headed across the street, for a different sort of look and the light was just gorgeous! And of course we had to change outfits! If you notice, Michaela is wearing a super fun necklace. She is into Steampunk, so we thought it would be fun to incorporate a hand made necklace into the shoot.
One of Michaela’s greatest passions is horses. She has been volunteering with Paramount Performance for the past 4 years, starting out as a father-daughter bonding venture. From taking care of the horses to riding, Michaela truly shines when she is around her horses. I could really tell how comfortable and at ease she was with her darling Fire.
This location had all sorts of awesome backdrops. I could have photographed here all day! A wall of bugenvilla…oh my goodness!
And this cool wall! Seriously, a plethora of fun backdrops. Seriously, Michaela, you could look gorgeous against anything though.
And then the light disappeared and we got these last few shots. Girl, you are beautiful!!!
Michaela, thank you for trusting me with capturing your senior portraits. You are beautiful young woman. I hope you enjoy Cal State University of Fullerton and have an awesome rest of your senior year at Fullerton High School.
I LOVE this young lady. Brittany’s smile just radiates from every part of her, which made her a joy to photograph. I am so excited for her as she is about to graduate from Troy High School, as a member of the Class of 2013. Woo hoo!
This lovely shoot took place in one of my favorite spots in Downtown Fullerton and another fun nature spot in the hills. The locations and light were gorgeous, just like Brittany!
Seriously, can you just tell from these photos how much fun we had?!
And the ladies at Salon Lujon, did a fabulous job on the hair & makeup! One of the awesome things about doing shoots with me, is that all my girls get to get all dolled up for their photo shoot. Professional hair styling & makeup application not only makes you feel & look like a model, but it really creates a whole experience that is SO much fun!
And then we took it to the hills and got some pretty light.
Brittany, you are so much fun!
Those eyes of yours are insanely beautiful! Brittany, I just adore you. I pray that your future is bright! I know you are going to love everything about college and everything that lies ahead of you. Big virtual hug! xxxooo
So way back in high school, this super mean girl would always make fun of me. I had photo fifth period, right after lunch, and my tummy always stuck out. I would get super bloated after eating my peanut butter sandwich. It’s funny because I used to think peanut butter was bad for me, because it was high in fat, so I would barely put any on, just enough for taste. But what is hysterical, is that I was putting it on white Wonder bread, which has to have zero nutritional content. Anyways, back to the mean girl. Little did I know, that behind her snarky comments, she was right; my stomach did stick out.
Growing up I always had tummy aches, dark circles under my eyes, terrible acne and burped like a guy (did I just admit that online?). I even remember this total jerk back my freshman year of college tell me I looked like I had a black eye because the circles under my eyes were so dark. Because of that comment, I wore under eye concealer for years!
Fast forward to almost 10 years later, my husband and I were backpacking through Southeast Asia & Japan. On a diet that was mainly rice based, I ate virtually zero bread. For nearly two months, I didn’t eat what I call “white people” food. On one of the very few occasions that we strayed and ate Western food, the lady at the hostel we were staying at asked me if I was pregnant. I was shocked by her boldness, but she only thought so because I was totally bloated and looked like I was 4 months pregnant. But no, I was just allergic to the flour used in the pizza we ate for dinner.
When we got home from our Asian adventure I didn’t want to admit that I was allergic to one of the best foods ever invented, so I cut back on my intake of white people food, but not entirely. I started to eat lots of Thai & Vietnamese food and continued to feel great.
That next summer we went to South America and traveled through five countries, most of which have a very meat and carb heavy diet. The grocery stores in Argentina practically have a whole isle dedicated to diabetes friendly foods and people come onto the buses selling cures for diabetes. This country loves it’s bread. Consequently, all the weight I lost back in Asia, the high energy levels I discovered and the fresh face I had, was all gone. Instead, I had a very large belly that hung over my pants and I was utterly uncomfortable all the time. I felt like crap and looked it too.
Once we got home, I got off all forms of gluten and haven’t looked back. That was 5 years ago. I am always full of energy, despite only sleeping 5-6 hours a night (hello baby twins), have no dark circles under my eyes, no longer get bloated, don’t burp at all, and I never have to worry about putting on weight. Because of my gluten free diet, and breast feeding twins, I easily lost the 90 pounds I gained during my pregnancy.
And having to give up all forms of diary, including butter, wasn’t that hard either. I myself don’t have a problem with diary, but my sweet boys have sensitive tummies. My doctor told me that they were most likely allergic to my breast milk, but I refused to give my boys formula. Since I have been gluten free for so long now, having to give up another food group I knew wouldn’t be that hard. And you know what, it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Well, my husband does all the cooking in the house, so it’s been harder for him, but we have adjusted really easily.
If you think you are gluten intolerant and my story sounds similar to your tummy problems, I would highly suggest reading this link. I LOVE the Gluten Free Goddess and her site is my go to recipe guide, but she has the best online resource I have found for how to go gluten free. I also really loved the book, Gluten Free Girl, as I finally felt understood. Good luck to you my friends.
Sarah is a gorgeous girl around. Sweet, beautiful, smart, athletic, ambitious and super fun, Sarah was a joy to photograph! She is about to graduate from Sonora High School and I couldn’t have been happier to capture her senior portraits.
I love to photograph my seniors during this time of year. Everything is green and lush, sprinkled with pretty yellow wildflowers. It is my all time favorite time of year to take pictures! The green behind Sarah is just gorgeous and really helps show off her beauty.
Um, girl, you have GORGEOUS eyes!!!
Sarah has dreams of going to college in Texas, specifically Baylor University. With dreams of maybe one day marrying a cowboy, we thought it would be fun to do some shots with a lasso! So fun!
And then the wildflowers!!! Eeeek, I could have done the entire shoot in this very spot. So freaking beautiful you are!
Sarah also has dreams of studying abroad, specifically in England. I love this shot, because it captures her dreams of where she is going one day, but also looks straight out of a magazine.
And we of course had to get some shots with a beautiful party dress. Yes please!
I was so excited to get these last shots, as the sun started to hide behind the horizon. Sarah, you are stunning.
The light soon disappeared, but I could have photographed Sarah for hours on end! Sarah, you are such a joy! I pray that your future is bright, that you pursue your dreams and that you get to travel the world. Embrace life, because it really is that awesome!