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Downtown Phoenix Senior Pictures
Lizzy’s senior portraits fit the definition of “go with the flow.” It seemed like everything was falling apart…until it wasn’t. As of 30 minutes before her session, we still were unsure of the exact location. Her hair and makeup appointment was moved, so she ended up being closer to Phoenix that I had expected. I met Lizzy and her mom at the salon, and it just happened that there was a Starbucks across the street, and Lizzy cannot exist without coffee!
So yeah, she asked if we could stop and Starbucks to grab a drink before heading out to Phoenix. Of course! Only they didn’t know that I thought it would be a great way to kick off her senior portraits! I checked with the manager first to be sure it was ok to take pictures there. That is incredibly important when you’re on private property or any business establishment, please ASK before you assume it is OK to use their location.
Pet Peeve: As a professional photographer, it makes me crazy that people don’t do this and then we all lose out. We’ve had a few beautiful developments that used to allow us to use their grounds for portraits. All they required was a single sheet of paperwork listing your business and contact info, and they’d give you gate codes and access. However, too many people didn’t ask, went in uninvited, and now photography is no longer allowed.
So anyways, I need to mention Lizzy’s height. Yes, she’s tall, exactly 6 feet tall so I definitely needed a ladder. I wanted to show off her height so we chose this gorgeous dress and heals as her first outfit.
Movement and Fun
Headshots are always a staple at a senior portrait session, but what about showing the fun carefree side? Sliding down a handrail? No problem! Though I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, it ended up being one of her mom’s favorite pictures!
Headshots, Hair Flips and Floppy Hats
It’s almost a requirement for senior pictures! That’s why we have a Style Closet, and it’s always growing. Despite that, our black floppy hat gets used for almost every senior girl! Even those that say they <ahem> don’t look good in hats. Sure, whatever. I’ll let you be the judge of that. Lizzy ended up loving them, which is the important part! Did I mention how envious I am of her gorgeous long hair?!?!
Include Your Sports!
I love it when my seniors choose to include their high school sports for senior pictures, and this was even more exciting because she was my first volleyball player! Lizzy has been part of Dobson High School’s volleyball team throughout her career. It turns out these became even more important in the weeks to follow since Lizzy’s season was cut short due to a foot injury.
Such a beautiful senior! Coffee shop sessions are so fun, I love them! Good job!
Awesome pics! Love the street shot and sliding down the handrail!!
Thank you! I wasn’t sure about her sliding down the handrail and it ended up being one of our favorites!
Beautiful girl! Looks like a super fun session 🙂 Has to be when you start at Starbucks!
Loved the way you turned this around and made it a fun session! I also love seeing the fun shots along side the actual portraits.
Thank you Molly! I feel that is one of my biggest assets when dealing with seniors. I seem to be able to make it work and keep the stress level down no matter what obstacles we face.