Team Reps

img_1456-012019 is coming to an end. 2020 is right around the corner, and that means that new teams will be chosen for the new year. If you have ever wondered how to get on the team and take advantage of some great sessions throughout the year then this is the blog post you should be reading.

Come 2020 I have set up a new way to go about my Rep. team and set up a new following schedule so that everyone will know when to expect shoots!

 

The great thing about being on the Senior Rep team is the fun shootouts you will get to take part in as well as being able to meet new people and make some great connections. You will get to take part in some group shoots as well as some single shoots that just involve you.

I also add something a little special for my team when they sign up.You will get your birthday session added in! If you don’t know anything about the birthday session then now is the time to ask any of your friends who may have been on the team. Your senior session is also included! That will include your fall or spring casual session, even both, and then your senior session with your cap and gown on top of some great themed and non themed shoots.

And did I say Birthday sessions!! Yes I did and repeating because it’s all so fun.

I have a newsletter coming up that will let you know when applications for the next senior team will be able to apply. There are so many goodies that come in your welcome package if you are chosen to be on the team.

If you are an upcoming senior graduating in 2021 and haven’t signed up for the newsletter, what are you waiting for? This is a huge opportunity to have fun your last year in high school being involved with shoots and getting your senior pictures done without having to have the hassle of looking for a photographer!

For anyone 9th grade to 11th grade I also have a program for you as well! Stay tuned for that upcoming information!

 

Before and After

Today on the blog we are going to talk about before and after.

You ever get your pictures taken and been so ready to see them and get them back? Who haven’t been!! Your all excited and just want to see just one. Sometimes we may put a sneak peek up the same night, but then again maybe the next day.

Just in case your to anxious to wait, just know that there is work that goes into getting your photos ready for a beautiful reveal.

I wanted to show you a few of my before and afters. The first one is during a great sunset we caught. On the before you can see a little of the sunset, but not much of the light I really wanted to showcase behind her.

Here is where you are able to see the difference in the lighting as I brought more of the sunset out behind her, which in turn makes the picture brighter as well.

Here is another before and after, except in this one I show you a location we were at and where she was actually posing to get the shot I have. This gives you an insight as to where I may have you take a picture in a somewhat crazy location to you, but to me I see something totally different to get a great shot!


Look at the before and after in the photos above! Look how the colors are brought out in this photo to give you a better feel, and to make this photo pop!

For the set of photos above you can see the difference in the color after editing, but I also cropped the photo as well. Actually bringing them closer for a better feel of what I wanted.

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Once again you see the difference in the color! You can also see the difference in the lighting.
Natural light photography comes with all kinds of challenges, including the sun coming in and out, clouds, and more.

Anytime that you book and decide on a date is when you would contact me. Once contacted we will go through a day and time for a consultation. Keep in mind once again that it takes time to get all your pictures ready for you to view. Most of the time your viewing of your images will be slightly edited, but once you choose the products and pictures you want, they will go through a full edit.

I hope that this gives you an idea of what you can expect for your finishing products.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me on the contact page.

RIYAH

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I had a great time getting this young lady back in front of my camera. A former senior and a Rep on my team. Riyah was in town for a little visit and I just had to get her back in front of the camera.

It was a last min decision on where to shoot, and so we had to think quick to find the right location. I thought about a park I go to. I would have loved to go downtown, but for other reasons we couldn’t make that one. It wasn’t a big deal, it’s all about using the location to your advantage.

Her biggest cheerleader is her sister who is also a rep on my team and a senior this year. It’s always a joy to have them together because I love the bond that they have with one another. When I get them both in front of the camera it’s magic!!!

 

Anyone who knows Riyah in front of my camera knows that this young lady always rocks it!! She came in a great fitted mustard colored button down dress and these clear hills that topped it off!

The weather was perfect outside with just the amount of wind blowing and some great sunlight, enough to get just the lighting I needed for every angle she was in.

I even took a backdrop with us and tried that out to see how that would work. It was only a test and I had my two helpers holding it up.

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We stayed over in the one location for awhile just walking to different areas to get a different shot, but each shot was a keeper!

I have a lot of girls that are looking into getting into modeling or even building their portfolio. If your looking to get in front of the camera and get to being comfortable let me know. We can shoot in different locations, in or out, and we are able to get dressy, casual, or just down to earth! You can contact me in my contact page for more information.

Alexis Mini documentary

 

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Hello!!!!

Today I am doing something a little different for my blog post. My blog is a small documentary of a senior, who has recently graduated. When  I started photographing Alexis, she really touched me after I received back her questionnaire for senior photos. This  made me want to really learn a little more about her.

 

This blog post was based on a questionnaire I sent Alexis to fill out and I narrated it with her speaking.. I wanted to share this blog post for a couple of different reasons. Many times young ladies and men in school are bullied and parents are not aware, as well as going through society thinking we have to look or dress a certain way to be accepted, or loved. That’s not true. It’s all about who you are and loving that person in and out. As Photographer’s we know that confidence shows through your pictures.

Take a moment and listen to her story and even leave a comment afterwards!

Alexis:

Hello! My name is Alexis.S.

I have been a dancer for five years but I have expanded my dance to hula hoop dancing which lead to fire spinning and now I have been doing that for 4 to 5 years.

I’m 18 years old. I came across Shunta with Pink Lilly Photography through a childhood friend of mine who’s name is also Alexis, who had been shooting with her and suggested that I contact her for a shoot.

When I first met with Shunta I was extremely excited and nervous, I was hoping that I could pose how she envisioned me and that I’ll meet her expectations for a good model. she made me feel comfortable with myself and the pictures we were taking, and by the end of the shoot I was excited to try new poses and ideas.

I have felt low about myself, my looks, my voice and my talents and abilities since I was younger due to bullying and negative comments my biological father used to say to and about me. Although my self-esteem is not the best I still manage to live my day, day by day and the feed off the small amount of positive words whether it be someone giving me a small compliment on my success, or looks. I’m living my best days on that, which allows me to build my self-esteem and find new things to love about myself.

 

 

I could give a list on what I’d like to change about myself but I wouldn’t do any of them because I feel like I am a better person because of what I have experienced. The hardest thing I have been through would be coming to terms with and overcoming my many disorders.

When I was diagnosed with bipolar anxiety and manic depression as well as anorexia I ended up in the hospital because I tried to commit suicide, this was hard for both my family and myself because no one knew how to overcome these disorders but knew we had to get through it. I was easily saddened and the simplest things would put me into depression, I had a hard time eating weather because I was trying to fix myself “for a date” or fix my looks. even eating made me feel repulsive. I would have horrible panic attacks in which sitting still was impossible and breathing felt Impossible, they became so bad that I would black out due to hyperventilation.

When I woke up in the hospital and saw how sad my family was, the way that they were crying and confused as to why, it made me change things, gave me motivation because my little brother found it hard to go about his daily due to fear of losing me. I will admit it’s not easy and I still struggle, but focusing on the more beautiful things in life like being able to see how beautiful the sun is rising in the morning and being able to put a smile on somebody else’s face. Seeing the progress I have made has help me to look past it all.

having the opportunity to be photographed and used as a model has made me tend to focus on the outcome of the photos and after the first couple of shoots I have found to see more beauty in myself and have come to be more confident about my looks.

It has been an honor to model and get photos taken by Shunta, I never expected my photos to be featured on another Instagram page let alone a magazine,(smiling) but she has made that possible.

She goes into a shoot with an idea and makes you come alive, I truly feel beautiful in her photos, and I’ve had a hard time finding a photographer that can do that for me. I think I should add that despite my doubt about myself Shunta always finds a way to make you feel beautiful weather through small comments she makes throughout the shoot or the photos she delivers at the end. I’d like to thank Shunta for being such an amazing photographer and helping me build my confidence back up.

Xoxo

Alexis .S.

Being who you are and loving who you are are so important in life. I love my motto “JUST BE YOU” and there are a lot of photographers who also due the beautiful campaign for anti bullying.

 

From the time that I actually met Alexis till now, we still have a connection. I have since then photographed her and I also have a project that I’m working on with her as well as some of the other seniors that have graduated high school already. I have a project with them telling their stories, and to be honest I really can’t wait to share it!!

Alexis is a very brave and strong young lady who was willing to share all of this with everyone before graduating. To be a part of making her see the true beauty she is will always be something far more special!

Alexis story was also shared and published inside of Inspiring Teens Magazine who’s was an honor and also really made her and her mom so proud!

 

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The Guys sessions!!!

Ok, so most guys don’t like getting pictures taken, well let me put that differently lol!!

 

most guys don’t like to get their pictures taken professionally when a parent wants them to get pictures done, let alone senior pictures. If they were taking a picture with a friend or a selfie to post on snap chat or instagram for friends and followers they are all open.

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Why do you think this is? Guys are not like females who absolutely love to be in front of the camera, but some are. Guys tend to feel awkward in front of the camera with someone they don’t know. First they are expected to dress up all nice in something they probably don’t want to be in, and then they are expected to go and just get in front of a camera with someone directing them to pose and smile. Uuumm ok!! Guys you have to come across a little different. We have time to get to know the females a little better then we do with the guys,  one of those reasons is because the females come in for full hair and makeup. There isn’t much that need to be done with guys.

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A nice hair do and dressed and ready to go. So with the guys when we meet with them and their parents for their consultation, that’s our time to really get to know him and see what he likes. From there we need to take that information we  learned and build his session around that. If he plays football have him bring a football or letterman jacket. Even his uniform and work around that. Make him feel more comfortable. If you have to start his session with something that fits him more then do that if it helps to loosen him up.

Now that you may have him talking and a little more comfortable in front of the camera and with you, now you can move on to other outfits that he may have brought, casual, dressy. Also don’t forget to talk to him all during the session as well. Showing him behind the camera just like we do the females. Tease him about looking like a model, (which I’m sure he does) asked him about favorite T.V shows or characters he like and why. Ask questions that might get a natural smile or laugh.

Guys are easier and harder all at the same time. Make it fun!! Parents will love you for getting some natural awesome pictures of their son.

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RAVEN MINI SESSION

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I’m sure that you have been seeing all the pictures of Raven on my instagram page! If not then your in the right spot to see them all. We went out and did a little mini session. The reason behind this mini session was because I am in the middle of creating my style closet and I wanted to test out an outfit that I had added with some small jewelry.

One of the things that I have been wanting to do is to create and build my style closet, for anyone coming to take pictures can have a big verity to choose from, as well as mix and match with something that they might already have and own. So when i saw these cute yellowish striped shorts I knew that I had to get them with the white tank. The jean jacket I had already had in a light color which you see on her and a dark color which I didn’t want to pair with this outfit. Then the jewelry i found on clarence and had to get it. The bracelets were so cute, topped off with the earrings and the shades.

I had her come in an outfit that I helped her pick out because I wanted something with  colors, and that tank top that she had was more then perfect. when we finished with the first outfit we made a move to go ahead and head over to the park before we missed that great sunset light. This time for the shoot I bought along the black hat to add to the frame of he session. The wind decided that it wanted to blow at that time so we put it back in the car and headed on out around the park. We gathered any and every little area that we could. We went from the trail to the bridge to a very very very small patch of flowers that the bees were trying to get the last of the pollen from them, which in that case we moved around until we found another small patch to capture the pic I wanted to go for. My only complaint was that the flowers had been cut down so they didn’t come to the height that I really wanted them to, but that’ts ok. I still got the shot that I was going for.

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Oh did I happen to mention that I love the two little buns!!!! Raven had her hair down with her natural curls showing, and I wanted a little different look with the second outfit so I helped her make the little buns and she didn’t even get to see what they looked like until after I had taken some pictures and then showed her. LOL she actually liked them a lot.

If you are at any time not sure or feel like you don’t really have something that you can wear to a shoot, I am building my style,closet, but all you have to do is reach out to me and I bet you that we can pull something together even if it’s out of your closet. Just a little mix and match here and there, and some things that you may have never thought to put together will come out better then you think.

 

Take a loot in some of the fashion magazines and just look at some of the outfits that they have on, and then think about how the fashion world thinks about it! It’s always something so unique and out of the normal.

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Arjhanae Session

 

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Today I’m doing a throw back for a session I did with one of my team Reps. Arjhanae.

This session was really a joy to do. I had decided on a location that would go so great with the outfit that she picked out, and the red braids that she had in her hair really stood out to fit her perfectly. The weather was great! We decided to do the session close to sunset as most of my clients love because of that last glow of  sun and the way it looks! I always get there more then enough time before sunset because let’s be honest, the sun waits for no one and it always seems as though it sets faster then anything when your trying to get the shot!

We started off near the water and the dock that was there with these wooden log benches.

Her outfit was this cute little jumper that opened up in the front. She wore these brown open bills that laced up and these huge hoops that stood out perfectly.

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We then moved on over to the bridge which if faced the right way has such a beautiful view! This bridge had a bird watch telescope on it so I had her go stand near it. Just with the sun setting and the light hitting just right on her we were able to get this cute shot of her with the birdwatch.

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Just look at the glow off of her!

This location can be used in so many ways if used the right way. These grey poles are beautiful just by the way they stand. Because they aren’t just standing straight up but in different directions, it makes them unique.

I placed her in between the two poles and had her look away from me and then I had her stand just in between the two and give the pole a little hug.

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I was in love with this session and to be honest I still am! The colors were perfect! That’s one of the great benefits of the summer days. Sessions are great during any time of season depending on where you stay. I love outdoor natural light photography just as much as I love studio, but outside locations can give you so much more for what your going for.

Think about when you want your session done. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring! When thinking about the season also think about location and what it looks like. In the winter may not give you the beautiful colors like Spring, Fall, or Summer, but maybe your looking for studio at that time with a sweater jeans and boots! Making those decisions play a great role in deciding on when you want to get your session done. Also think about if that’s a busy time for your photographer.