Looking to make a statement with your senior portraits? Check out these cool and fashionable images of Abigail! For her images, we incorporated both urban and fashion styles to give her portraits a unique flair with just the right amount of edge. Combining these two styles together created the ultimate package for Abigail- and you can create that in your own way, too! You’ll be sure to stand out with these high fashion styled images. To show off your unique portraits, you can customize a high end portrait themed Folio or Accordion Book, both perfect to share with family and friends. You can even choose a Boutique Framed Portrait to emphasize your perfect, fashionable look! The possibilities are endless… schedule a fashion themed session today!
Unique Locations for Pittsburgh Senior Portraits
Here’s a great example of the variety of looks we can get out of an Ultimate Plus Session, the best of the best out of all of our Senior Portrait Sessions. Cassandra chose the Urban and Fashion Session Styles for the location portion of her shoot. We applaud her on her careful consideration in her outfit choices for this shoot. She brought a variety of clothes in different styles, colors, and patterns and she also did a great job of accessorizing with funky necklaces, which makes her style unique and 100% Cassandra. To learn more about picking out the perfect outfits for your Senior Portrait Session, read our blog post titled “10 Senior Portrait Clothing Tips”. Great job, Cassandra! The sky is the limit, where will we take your Senior Portraits?
Choosing your clothing is the fun part about getting Senior Portraits done! When choosing clothing for your session you can be creative, stylish, and express your unique style in what you wear. Sound challenging? No worries, we break it down into 10 easy steps:
1. Your Personality
The number one rule of clothing is simple, wear what reflects your personality! Do you have a necklace that you love and wear a lot? Bring it. Is being apart of a sports team a big part of your life? Wear your uniform. Do you like to stand out with wearing bold colors and patterns? Do it up! Senior Portraits are all about showing who you are at this point in your life. Don’t be afraid to show off your unique personality with your clothing, this is all about you! We don’t recommend buying a new outfit (unless you absolutely love it) just for your Senior Portraits. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with what your wearing, so pick outfits that you find your self wearing a lot, and outfits that make you feel confident. It’s simple, the more comfortable you are the better your pictures will turn out- let your outfit work for you! Also consider your Session Style and Session Type. For example, if you are going for an Urban Session Style, consider clothing that would look great in an urban setting next to buildings, concrete, and lots of texture.
2. Solids, Patterns, and Styles…oh my!
Be sure to bring a variety of clothes including solid colors (a must have!), and clothing that varies in texture, patterns, design, and style. Solid colors are important because they put the focus on YOU. Solids work great outside because there tends to be a lot of detail or distracting elements in the great outdoors, so wearing very busy patterns outside can be detail overload for Senior Portraits. Avoid large patterns, wide stripes, and large logos. They tend to be “faddish”, busy, and can draw attention away from you. We love texture in clothing because light falling over it can create interesting shadows and highlights. Lace is a great example of a texture we love! We feel that Brenna picked out some great outfit choices for the enviornment of her session. Check them out below:
3. Picking Colors for Your Skin Tone
Choose colors you look good in and that flatter your skin tone. There are two basic skin tones — cool and warm. You can decide what you are by investigating the color of your veins as seen on the underside of your arm. If the veins show through blue, you’ve got blue or white undertones, meaning you’re a cool skin tone. Those with green veins have yellow undertones and are therefore warm. Skin tones can also be narrowed down into the 4 season categories: winter, summer, autumn and spring. By matching your skin tone with the right “season”, you’ll be able to dress your best.
Winter skin tones can be pale, yellow, or dark with blue or pink undertones. Sharp colors like black and blue are great for winter skin tones, but light browns won’t help you out, so give them a wide berth. If your skin is pink, then you fall into the summer category. That means you’re best suited for pastels and you should only bring out the orange and black on Halloween. Red heads and brunettes generally belong to the autumn camp. They look best in oranges, browns and other earthy tones. Black and white on the other hand won’t do them any justice. If you have freckles and light skin, you are spring, so you should wear yellows, greens and blues. As for things to avoid, you could start a club with your autumn friends and start boycotting black and white. You can read more about matching your clothes with your skin tone here.
So which season are you? Find out with the quick quiz below, courtesy of Cindy Busch Color Analysis.
5 Colors All Skin Types Can Wear:
4. What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) for the Close-Up
For close-up or yearbook poses, pay attention to the sleeve-style and neckline of your shirt. Short sleeves or sleeveless shirts should be avoided. Long sleeves or three-quarter sleeves work best. For necklines, a wide-open neckline tends to thicken the neck. On the other hand, a neckline that comes up to the base of the neck, like a collard shirt or a v-neck top will thin the neck and frame your face beautifully. If you have a slightly longer neck, choose a shirt with a higher neckline. If you have a shorter neck, choose a shirt with a v-neck.
5. Keep Potato Sacks for Potatoes!
Choose clothes that are form fitting and not too loose or baggy. In other words you don’t want to wear clothes that just hang off of you. Clothing that has a structure and goes in at the waist generally looks best. Stay clear from poncho style shirts, tube tops, and excessively baggy clothing as it tends to make you look wider.
6. Jeans, Levi’s Had the Right Idea
Jeans are always a favorite and may be easily combined with a favorite shirt or blouse. They can add a casual flair to pictures, and they look best when form fitted and in a darker shade. For wider hips, choose a boot cut style or a slight flair. Stay away from jeans that are excessively baggy, and guys watch the amount of sag, gotta keep Grandma a happy camper!
7. Gals get Dressy with a Dress!
For girls, don’t be afraid to bring a dress! Dresses are a great way to add a unique touch to your portraits. Wearing a formal dress in an informal setting can make for an interesting photo. We recommend dresses that have a cinched in waist and flair outwards like a bell at the hips (think 1950s), this style of dress works beautifully for any body type. Dresses that have a flowing bottom look great too, and they can be magical outside if we catch a gust of wind! White lace dresses are always a nice addition to Senior Portraits, as they offer a timeless look and highlight your femininity- precious! ModCloth is a great source for finding a wide range of adorable dresses (and cute accessories!) to fit any budget.
Jewelry, hats, props, instruments, a vintage camera, pets…the sky is the limit! It’s a great idea to include accessories in your Senior Portraits to make a statement about your personality. It’s good not to go over the top with accessories, but one or two items can add a nice finishing touch to your pictures. Common accessories include: jewelry specific to an outfit, guitars, hats, your car, and sports gear. Also, don’t forget to change up your look with different pairs of shoes. Below Kylie is sporting a unique braclet that stands out next to her white dress, and Ryan is striking a pose next to his truck- both great examples of how you can spice up your Senior Portraits with props!
9. Still Not Sure? Bring Extra!
When in doubt, bring extra outfits and accessories to our studio! We know how to style Seniors, so let our expertise make it easy for you. We recommend that you bring 1 to 2 extra items and we will
help you pick the best ones to use. Plus we have a large variety of studio backgrounds and colors to coordinate to your outfits.
10. The Details
Last but not least, be sure to pay attention to the little details that can make our break your outfit. Dust spots and wrinkles in clothing are a photographer’s worst nightmare! The more polished your clothing looks, the better your pictures will turn out. So take some time ahead of your session to carefully look over your clothing and make sure it’s camera ready!
Unique on-location Senior Portraits to fit every senior’s personality!
Just as a lady would never reveal her true age, photographers never reveal their favorite shooting locations. We feel that a little mystery is a good thing; we want each Senior’s experience to be 100% unique! Check 0ut these diverse places that we take our senior portrait clients.
We had a great time doing Kelly Burak’s nautical themed High Fashion Senior Model Rep shoot! The sky was blue, the water was sparkling, and the wind felt great…ships ahoy!
We were able to get a little bit of everything nautical into Kelly’s shoot. We had her splashing in the water, leaning against a boat, and eventually we had her paddling around in the water like a champ!
Before we photographed her by the water, we spent some time with her in the forest. There was sunlight streaming through the trees that we were dying to capture, and Kelly’s coral colored dress looked great among the vivid green leaves. After we got some shots of Kelly looking like a woodland goddess, we then ventured down to the lake.
Kelly picked out perfect outfits for the lake, you could tell that this girl did her homework! The first outfit was a bright yellow dress, which looked fantastic next to the blue water. The second outfit showed her true sailor pride with a navy and white striped shirt. Kaela did Kelly’s makeup and hair, and we think she turned out great! For her eyes Kaela used gold and brown tones to make her honey brown eyes sparkle. For her hair, Kaela gave Kelly loose curls. Luckily for us, Kelly’s mom Carol is a hair dresser, so she was very helpful and even gave us a bottle of professional hairspray to use at the studio! Thanks Carol, that stuff is a lifesaver (no pun intended!).
Looking at Kelly’s album, we are very pleased with the variety of looks that we were able to get out of her shoot. We worked in shade and full sunlight and used a flash, allowing us to have complete control of the lighting. We even used the flash right next to the water and some how managed not to sink our flash unit to the bottom of the lake- go us! We also worked with natural light and reflectors. Aside from our lighting, we are happy with Kelly’s cooperation, styling, and great posing! The nautical theme offered something unique, and we had a blast working with the water with Kelly. Great job Kelly, we’re glad to have you on the Senior Model Rep Team!
We had a blast during Senior Model Rep, Sierra Downing’s High Fashion Photo Shoot. She choose fashion meets the farm as her theme, and she really rocked it out!
The weather was incredible for Sierra’s shoot. The sky turned a scary shade of dark blue, and it looked like there was going to be an epic storm heading our way. Luckily the storm never happened during our shoot, and it just lightly sprinkled at the end. Guess the sky was all bark and no bite that day! The sun stayed out the whole time, and provided us with a nice contrast with the bright yellow and green fields next to the dark sky (see the tractor picture for evidence of the intense colors!). The wind was also a big help and looked great with Sierra’s golden tresses. Could it get any better than that? Needless to say, we were very happy photographers.
Sierra picked 3 fashionable outfits for the farm. The first outfit was a beautiful white lace dress with a leather belt, the second was a colorful tribal patterned top with a black skirt and some killer wedges, and the final outfit was light and feminine, featuring a light pink top, white scarf, and a matching pink flower hair piece. Kaela kept Sierra’s makeup natural with a little bit of glam for the farm scene. Soft curls were added to just the end of her hair, and the makeup featured a subtle smokey eye that made her eyes sparkle.
We love how Sierra’s shoot turned out! When working outside, you can never be sure of what the weather is going to be like (especially in good ‘ole western Pennsylvania). We were thrilled to be photographing Sierra while we had such vivid colors outside. Don’t you think it suites Sierra just perfectly? Some of our favorite pictures consist of Sierra leaning against the tractor, the closeup of her with the texture of an aged wooden wall behind her, and her playing in the high grass in a field.
Thanks Sierra for picking out a great theme, putting together some fashionable outfits, and working so well with us! We had a blast photographing you and are very happy to have you on the Senior Model Rep team this year!
We just photographed an incredible hair fashion shoot for the Revelations Hair Designs Salon of Moon Township, PA. These photos were taken for the Wella’s Trendvision 2012 Hair Contest, which is a contest that provides stylists from all the country with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and creativity on a global scale. Owner/Expert Stylist Bonnie Lipke created this amazing artistic hair style that is sure to wow the judges!!! Locks of oranges, reds, and blonde intertwine in an artistic arrangement underneath the outside layer, creating an eye catching look. We photographed two different looks – the everyday down look, which is more subtle and the stunning up do, where her true colors were revealed! Model Cassandra Vazquez rocked this shoot, she came alive in front of the camera with this totally fashion forward hairstyle. The salon has a chic atmosphere and that energy definitely transferred into these photos. It was an awesome experience, thank you Bonnie for allowing us to photograph your stunning hair style and we wish you the best of luck in the competition!
Vogue should be threatened by Moriah’s amazing Senior Model Rep High Fashion Photo Shoot! She wanted a fashion theme in a luxurious location, and that’s exactly what we gave her. We found the perfect location for her at the Inn on the Mexican War Streets, a beautiful historic gem in Pittsburgh. A special thanks goes out the the owner Karl for letting us photograph in his gorgeous Inn- thanks again Karl, we hope you like the pictures! The Inn was complete with a huge spiral staircase in the entryway, and rooms filled with intricately decorated fireplaces, large mirrors, a grand piano, and glistening chandeliers. Even the outside was just as amazing as the inside, with huge pillars, big white curtains, and prestigious handing lamps. Can you say glamorous?!
Moriah picked out perfect outfits and accessories for the Inn, and truly looked like an old Hollywood starlet! Her first outfit included black sequins shorts, a cream and black form fitting blazer, cream high heels, and a black sequined out hat. We felt that this outfit was perfectly styled and gave her lots of attitude and edge. Her second outfit was a beautiful multi colored pastel sequined dress that shimmered in the natural light, and her last outfit (our favorite) was a long black dress decked out in elaborate metallic beading- it looked like it was made for this location!
For Moriah’s makeover Kaela did a Hollywood look to her eyes by doing a neutral colored smokey eye accented with bold black eyeliner with a slight tapered wing on the ends. We switched up her look later by using red lipstick to pump up the Hollywood glamour feel- va va voom! Moriah’s sister Jena did a great job in styling Moriah’s hair. She created flowing curls that stayed intact for the entire shoot, great job Jena! We loved all of Moriah’s outfit choices for this shoot, and feel that the wide range of accessories that she brought completed her look perfectly.
Thanks Moriah for coming up with such a glamorous theme and posing like a real model for us! And thanks again to Karl for letting us shoot at his picture perfect Inn, we couldn’t be happier with our model and our location!
Gabbi Hamer’s High Fashion Senior Model Rep Shoot was all about the peace, love, and epic photography! We had a great time finding some nature loving goodness locations. We shot in a field of daisies, among rustic cabins, near an old abandoned fireplace and chimney (…yeah, not your typical stuff here!), and among a magical forest.
We dug deep into our inner hippy souls and got creative with making props for Gabbi. We strung colorful paper lanterns in a tree, found a unique lantern for her to hold, used her own personal guitar, sat her in a vintage chair in a field, got her a sweet light up hula hoop, and used flowers and jewelry to deck her out. Gabbi’s session shows you just how creative we can get with props- we love them! Even though Gabbi’s shoot was for the Senior Model Rep program, doesn’t mean that we aren’t open to using props for Senior, Family, and Wedding sessions. We encourage our clients to take inspiration from Gabbi’s session, and get creative with themes and props! A special thank you goes out to Gabbi for picking such a creative theme and working with our props.
Gabbi wanted a really natural look for her makeover. For her hair Kaela added some soft waves and curls and did her eye makeup with gold and copper tones. Since she wanted that all natural tree hugging look, we decided to use a neutral lip color on her, which kept the focus on her amazingly natural multicolored eyes! We also thought that Gabbi did a great job picking out her outfits. She went with a long dress, a knee length dress, and a tie dye shirt with jeans. These outfits were fun and colorful, and allowed us to create a wide variety of looks.
To put a finishing touch on her pictures, we used a variety of special effects in post processing, like vintage colors, bold split toning, and increasing the contrast. We feel that the bold colors in Gabbi’s pictures would make any hippy happy
Great job Gabbi, we think your pictures look far out and we absolutely love the theme that you picked! We’re glad to have you on the Senior Model Rep Team, and feel that you make a great representative for Moon High School!
Kylie’s theme was filled with the exotic yet fashionable side of nature. Kylie looked like a nature loving diva anywhere we put her with her colorful outfits and long dark hair.
The locations we found for Kylie were really unique, and brought a vintage hippy feel to the shoot. We photographed her among tall grass, dandelions, a funky abandoned pavilion, bright green ferns, an old abandoned spring house, and even a waterfall! Kylie was a real trooper for us and had to be a risk taker for the shoot with scaling cliffs, hiking trails to get to locations, and dodging waterfalls and all. Some of our favorite photos of her were taken inside and outside of the spring house. We love the texture of the stone and the aged white painted wood on the exterior. Kylie seemed to fit right in with every location we photographed, and she was a real natural for the camera.
We love the bright outfits that Kylie chose for her shoot, as they let us get vivid eye catching photos. Kylie wore 3 fashionable outfits, including a bright salmon colored dress, a form fitting floral navy blue dress, and a cute bohemian belly shirt and white skirt combination. We tell our Senior Model Reps to pick outfits for their High Fashion Photo Shoot that make a statement, and we feel that Kylie’s outfits did just that!
For her makeover, we did a pretty dramatic smokey eye using dark brown and gold tones. This really brought out her honey brown eyes, and complemented her hair perfectly! Kylie did her hair herself, and we think she did a great job. The most amazing part was that her waves and curls remained intact throughout the entire shoot, and let us tell you, this is typically never the case! Between the wind, rain, sun, and multiple clothing changes most of a models take quite the photo beating.
Great job Kylie, we love that you are on our Senior Model Rep team. The great outdoors never looked so fashionable with you in it!