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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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Senior Picture Outfit Tips

Take a basic outfit to the next level

Putting together just the right look for your senior pictures can feel overwhelming. But it’s not that hard to add a few accessories to a really simple outfit and change up the whole look! I’ve put together a short video with a few tips on how to take an outfit from basic to BOLD.

Did you know that a couple weeks before every senior session we get together for an in-person styling consultation right in your own home? That means you don’t even have to worry about the details because I will be there to help you! We can go through your closet together and choose just the right pieces for the locations you like, or I can assist in narrowing your outfits down to your ultimate favorites. We will also go over hair and makeup ideas and talk about what kind of locations will be just right for YOU!

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to ‘Say Hi’ through the contact tab. I can’t wait to plan YOUR custom senior experience.

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Senior Fashion - Summer Edit

Show Those Shoulders!

Planning your outfits for a summer senior pictures?  One of the hottest trends right now is off-the-shoulder tops, dresses and rompers!  Whether you're at the beach or in town there is a cold shoulder look to fit your style.  These Iowa City and Washington, Iowa senior girls aren't afraid to show off their summer tans with bare shoulders.

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Product Feature

Books and Albums

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Each senior I photograph is unique and so are their sessions.  Between multiple outfits and personalized locations they usually get to see from 40-60 finished images.  Needless to say, it's not easy for them to pick just a few favorites!  That is exactly why books and albums are a great choice to include in the order.  The Signature Album pictured above includes all the portraits from their session in a custom design that perfectly showcases the images.  There are so many cover options that there are countless ways to add their personal style from linen and leather to acrylic and metal.  

Another, more affordable option is a Book, the Signature Album's little sister, pictured below.  It includes up to 25 images from the session with multiple solid cover options.  It makes a great companion to it's larger counterpart, ask about a duplicate design discount!

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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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CEDAR RAPIDS SENIOR PICTURES

JADE - XAVIER HS CLASS OF 2018

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Whoa, it's been a minute since I've blogged and way over due.  I am so excited to share this session with you.  Jade and I met a few years ago when she came along to her sister's senior portraits and has been excited for her senior portraits ever since!  We started out at the Cedar Rapids Public Library with an urban look.  I love the glassy cool tones of the background that perfectly set off her skin tone.  

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After this spot we ventured a couple blocks away to an old building with the most amazing blue garage type door.  I could not get enough of this location!  Her outfit looks KILLER against the blue and perfectly matches the color of her eyes.  

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From there we wanted to go for a more natural look with greenery so we headed out to Palisades Kepler State park.  Her floral dress went with the grass and trees perfectly and that last outfit in the sand....to die for!

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Thank you Jade for an amazing time during your session.  It was a blast and the images turned out amazing.  Good luck with the rest of senior year!

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City High Senior

Kenya - class of 2017

I am so thankful that Kenya's mom showed me a brand new location right in the middle of Iowa City.  It has the coolest rocks and went perfect with her green jacket!  I just love the accessories this time of year.  Kenya had great jackets and scarves.  The weather was beautiful!

Kenya told me during her photo shoot that she aspires to be a pharmacist.  I can't wait to find out what kind of adventures she will go through reaching those dreams.  For the last outfit we found an old basketball hoop to focus on her love of basketball instilled in her by her dad. 

thank you Kenya for a fun photo shoot!  I'm so glad to have enjoyed a beautiful day outside with you and your mom.  Good Luck with your senior basketball season!

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SENIOR GIRL - IOWA CITY

Elaina - WHS class of 2017

Elaina loves nature and being outside and it was important to have that represented in her senior photo shoot.  We started out at a rustic bridge surrounded by the changing leaves.  Perfect for her casual and laid back style!

The second spot brings out the yellow in her dress.  I love the stone and yellow leaves we found at this spot.  You would never guess we were right next to a busy highway!

The Ivy in the third spot couldn't have been more perfect.  I love how Elaina's skin pops against the colors...and those eyes!

thank you elaina for a great time finding spots with nature!  P.S. really jealous of your "drug rug" ;)

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Senior Pictures - Downtown Iowa City

Abbi - West HS class of 2017

After starting out with some family shots of Abbi and her mom and brother we stayed in the rustic ally to get some of her in black dress.  The wind was a little out of control but blowing hair is never a bad thing!  We stayed in the downtown Iowa City area for 3 of her looks.

Abbi's looks were all so different and it's hard to pick a fav, but the third outfit might be just that.  I love how it paris with the sidewalk and greenery.  Even the twinkle lights in the background add just the right touch.

Thank you Abbi for a fun photo shoot with so many great outfits!  Good luck with your senior year and I can't wait to show you more from your session!

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Iowa City Senior Photo Shoot

ANNA - WEST HIGH - CLASS OF 2017

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Anna is one of the first to be photographed this senior season and I am so excited to show some sneak peeks of her amazing photo shoot!  I knew her session would be awesome when we met for her styling consult and saw the outfit choices she had made.  We had such a great time exploring downtown Iowa City finding the prefect locations for her wardrobe.

For her first outfit I chose one of my favorite places to photograph...a parking ramp.  The neutral tones and clean lines matched her grey top and made her jewelry pop!  I can always find interesting light patterns on sunny days near a parking ramp.

Anna rocked a sweater despite the upper 90 degree weather, and wore a super cute romper for her last look.  I paired it with some greenery while staying true to the urban style she wanted to achieve for her senior portrait experience.    

Thank You Anna for a crazy fun senior photo shoot, I can't wait for you to see the rest of your images!

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