When it comes to the total package of grace, beauty and talent Alyssa has it all.
Well we are well into the Senior portrait season and it seems that year after year I have two groups of Seniors, the prepared and the not prepared. So I hope this post will help my future Seniors prepare for their sessions and get the most out this great experience.
First thing - Do not schedule at the last minute! I see too many Parents and Seniors schedule their sessions as an after thought. Part of the senior year experience is your senior portraits. This is your celebration in pictures and stepping into a new faze in your life. I recommend scheduling your shoots several weeks in advance so you can plan and not rush.
Second - Get the right clothes! I can't tell you how many times a Senior would show up to the studio with just a couple of T-shirts. You at least want to bring 3 or 4 full outfits with a variety of shoes and accessories. If you do not know what to wear it is always good to call a friend. This is always a great excuse to go shopping!
Third - Hire a makeup artist. Yes I know you do your own makeup and you fancy yourself an artist but for your senior photos you want to hire a professional makeup artist. Professional makeup artists understand how much application is necessary for photography and how to provide coverage a for a day of shooting. They can achieve the right tones and blend to create a natural and polished look.
Third - Hire a photographer that fits your unique style. No one photographer is for everyone, example a professional baby photographer may not have the right connection to you as senior in high school. Do your homework, interview your photographer and make sure you love their work.
Last but not least - Enjoy yourself! Your photos are to reflect you and your interests. This is you at your best and we want to capture it. If you follow these simple tips your experience will be as advertised.
Well it was bound to happen. This will be my most emotional post on this beautiful dancer. I have watched her bounce around as a toddler, and now she has developed into one of the most polished dancers I have had the pleasure of watching.
Milan has had a passion for dancing since she was in diapers. She began her classical Ballet training at Dance Institute of Dallas, and has increased her repertoire to include Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, African and Hip Hop. She is currently a Junior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she is a member of the World Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Zada Hall. Additionally, she studies at Dallas Black Dance Academy and performs in its Allegro Performing Ensemble under the direction of Katricia Eaglin.
She has received training from world-renowned dancers and choreographers such as: Madame Adrienne Dellas, Baba Chuck Davis, Juel D. Lane and Arthur Leeth, and has spent summers training at Léon Dance Arts NY, Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, and Debbie Allen Dance Institute in Dallas.
Additionally, she studies at Dallas Black Dance Academy and performs in its Allegro Performing Ensemble under the direction of Katricia Eaglin.
Milan has a reputation for dancing as if no one is watching, yet dancing as if everyone is watching at the same time. When it comes to beautiful dancers, she is definitely one to watch!
I am just amazed on all the tools made available to get a message out to the masses. I never could have imagined that social media has crept its way to almost everyone's life and that primarily all of our interactions or done online.
Well in away it's cool but I'm an old dog and still enjoy meeting people one on one creating relationships based on sight, touch and voice. I guess that is primarily why I love photography so much! The interaction with your subject, the set design, make up and hair, talking to people!
So the moral of my post is yes I am using social media to spread my passion of photography, but I do not want to lose myself behind a computer screen or my smartphone. I want to get out there and meet you.
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”
― Joan Miró