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Summer Senior

Kaitlyn - City high class of 2019

Because summer still seems far away (this rain and chilly weather can just stop now) I would like to feature Kaitlyn’s summer session from last year. I still have a few available summer dates for the class of 2020 and really want the weather to come around so I’m throwing out all the summer vibes today! Kaitlyn’s Luxe Senior Session started off at Lavish Beauty in Coralville with hair styling by Rhiannon. Then Lindsey Michelle MUA met us there to do air brush makeup. Her first outfit was her most formal, a classic black romper with light blue heels at the Voxman Music Building on the U of I campus.

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After that we picked a simpler outfit and headed to the top of one of my favorite parking garages in IC. If you’ve been following me on Instgram for a while you know how much I LOVE shooting at parking ramps.

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Kaitlyn loves bubble tea so we stopped and grabbed one on out way to some funky yellow chairs downtown. It was a fun pop of color to match her casual outfit.

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Iowa City recently had some new murals commissioned and they are SO much fun to work with. A perfect spot for Kaitlyn to hang out and walk around with her friends.

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The next look was a little more comfy/cozy and we wanted to get some greenery in for her session. Ivy walls are so great to work with and paired with her mustard yellow sweater was perfect!

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From there we headed out to a beach to get the perfect summer look with the water. If you are looking for a summer session don’t wait to contact me! I only have a few spots left and would love to be YOUR senior portrait artist. Drop me line in the contact session and I’ll send you a copy of the Senior Magazine with all the deets! Check out some of Kaitlyn’s custom at the end of this post!

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Stylish Senior Guy - Iowa City

Tommy - City High class of 2019

Amazing senior portraits aren’t just for girls! I photograph just as many guys as I do girls and love finding just the right locations to fit their personalities. Tommy has such great taste, we had a blast getting him the styled look he was after. Not only did he get killer images but read to the end of this post and see some of the products he got too! First outfit was more formal so we started out at the U of I School of Music’s Voxman Building. Tommy is a performance artist, so what better place?

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If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I can’t get enough parking garages in my life. Tommy’s next casual outfit was perfect for just such a place!

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To add variety we looked for a location with a little more color. The sun was out so we just had to feature some great shades with outfit #3.

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Lastly Tommy wore a classic black sweater and grabbed a jacket to add part way through.

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Tommy and his mom chose some great products to display in their home. Pictured is a 12x24 metal wall art piece, two 5x7 gift prints, a couple 5x7 curved metal prints, a Signature Album with distressed leather cover and a USB containing all the full res files from his session!

THANK YOU for a great session Tommy! Good luck with all you do and CONGRATS on your upcoming graduation!

Class of 2020, it’s not too early to get your custom senior experience started! Contact me TODAY for a list of available dates. Spots are limited and sell out fast.

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Iowa City Senior Feature

LAUREN - twenty nineteen

Lauren's Luxe Senior Session was amazing to say the least.  After hair and makeup at Zen Salon and Spa we headed out into the downtown Iowa City district for her first and most formal outfit.  Her classic black and white striped romper goes perfectly with the clean and modern design of the U of I Voxman Music Building.  A few of her friends even jumped in for  shot!

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Her next outfit lent itself well for bricks and ivy.  I love how her jacket pops against the greenery!  We even got a few shots of Lauren with her family in this outfit!

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Next it's time for something a bit more casual.  Lauren wanted to showcase her love for Iowa with a fun tee and we picked a funky mural to set it off.  On our way to change we can across some steps with the perfect yellow stripes and just had to stop and use them!

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After having some fun in the Iowa tee we ventured over to the Northside of downtown Iowa City where we found a backdrop to compliment Lauren and her sisters maroon outfits.  Aren't they the cutest sisters ever?  I couldn't resist getting a couple images of Lauren's sister Anna by herself as well.

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If you've been following me on social media you know that I like urban settings for seniors, however this more natural location might be my favorite of Lauren's session.  The light was AMAZING at the Fossil Gorge and we found a field of clover as well as those striking birch trees.

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As if this session wasn't epic enough we ended up at the Coralville Lake Beach for a grand finale.  The sun was starting to set giving us the sweetest light yet.  Lauren was even up for getting in the water!  Her bestie was right there with a towel as soon as we were done.  We even managed to escape stepping in goose poo!

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What to Wear for Senior Pictures

"What do I wear?!"

The most commonly asked question by seniors (and parents) after booking their senior portrait session is "What should I wear?".  Well that is an easy answer, wear your all time favorite cloths!  Picking outfits for your session is one of the best parts of your senior portrait experience, and with a little help, is easy too.  Don't stress!  Not only will you get a What to Wear Guide in your welcome packet to give you ideas and places to shop, but I can even help you put together the perfect looks during your in-home styling consult.  

The key to picking outfits for a well rounded session is variety.  Choose looks ranging from formal to super casual including different types of tops and bottoms.  Don't forget to accessorize.  Hats, jackets and scarves can switch up the whole look without having to change cloths, like two outfits in one! 

Emma's session is a good example of outfit variety.  She chose to start out with a classic little black dress paired with the cutest pale blue heels to put her own twist on the look.  

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Emma's next outfit was perfect for a more funky location.  Trendy and fun, this crop top and mini skirt went perfectly with the ally way graffiti for a more urban yet casual look.

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Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans, right?  Emma wore hers with a chunky sweater for that laid-back look.

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And finally we ventured just outside of town and into some prairie to show off her love for Iowa.  Most casual outfit yet; Iowa tee, oversized cardi and shorts. 

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