Here's why you don't want boring senior photos

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There’s nothing wrong with railroad tracks, water fountains, fields of green and country bridges, but who looks back at those senior pictures and says that’s who they were at that point in their lives?

Senior photography should reflect one’s personality, but they should also be creative. After all, you’re only a high school senior once, right?

Tai'na, a senior at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, has a lot of aspirations, including modeling. So I wanted to turn her senior session into a mini modeling session.

And I knew just the spot.

This was my first photoshoot since returning to North Carolina, and plenty has changed in the three years I was gone - especially Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

The area was already popular for photoshoots, but with the building of Raleigh Union Station and The Dillion Raleigh, both of where we took pictures, I’ve seen multiple photographers the few times I’ve been in the area.

And I don’t blame them.

As for Tai’na, we were able to capture some pretty cool pictures despite the early Saturday morning wind and cold.

Want to do a creative senior session? Let’s talk about it!

3 + 1 Reasons to Include Photography in Your 2019 Budget

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You’re likely already planning your non-routine spending for 2019. 

And I bet photography isn’t one of those items.

I get it. Photography isn’t a reoccurring expense for you. But it’s no different than choosing a new cell phone, because what was once a product for the few has become a needed asset for everyone.

And the quality of your pictures, just like a cell phone, comes down to cost.

Can you get a cheaper phone with less storage? Of course. Will it work for you? Likely. Will you be satisfied with what you end up with? Maybe.

When it comes to hiring a photographer, can you get one that’s less expensive? Of course. Will their pictures work? Likely. Will you be satisfied with what you end up with? Maybe.

We save for items such as vacations and new vehicles because we want an experience that meets and exceeds our expectations. A Ford Explorer and a Land Rover perform the same basic function, but you pay more for the Land Rover because you desire a certain level of quality.

It should be no different when it comes to your photographer.  

It’s easy to say that everyone needs professional pictures, but if you fit into these three reasons, then photography should be a priority for you in 2019:

A Growing Family

Plan on giving birth or adopting in 2019? Kids growing up before your eyes? It’s better to capture those maternity and family moments now before they’re gone. Even better if those photos are creative.

The Business of You

Never underestimate the power of a professional headshot. From your LinkedIn profile to owning your business, if you’re representing yourself in a professional nature, then you need professional headshots. The same goes for models looking for creative photos for their portfolio.

A Major Event

Engagements and weddings are obvious, but what about that big event your organization is hosting? If you’re sweating over every detail of your event, then you should sweat over the quality of your event pictures

And of course, there’s the “you never know” factor, from photos of your property to special pictures for yourself. Either way, it’s likely you’ll need and want professional photos in 2019.

Schedule an appointment to talk about your 2019 photography needs, and don’t forget to plan for them in your budget!

One last Florida shoot

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Of course my final Florida shoot would be on a beach.

But while the beach shoot was planned, the fact that it was my final Florida shoot was not.

Kayla and I decided to spend a morning at Clearwater Beach, which is one of the country’s best beaches. And as such, we were up nice and early.

Despite not being able to use my lights (a Clearwater PD officer nicely said I needed a permit to do flash photography), we still had an awesome time.

And I’m so glad that we did.

I’m writing this post from Durham, N.C., where I’ve since returned to where it all began. It was in Durham back when I was a reporter for the News & Observer (2005 - 2010) that I really started taking photography seriously.

So while I’ll miss some things about Florida - including Kayla, who became a great friend and one of my go-to models - I’m one who definitely prefers seasons.

We shot in a tunnel, and it was awesome

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Sometimes, it only takes a look to make a strong connection.

Or in this case, an e-mail, lol.

I reached out to Racquel in hopes I could do a quick shoot with her while I was in Atlanta for a few days.

Not only did she respond, she was down to shoot!

We did a quick shoot in the Krog Street Tunnel, which is a graffiti-filled vehicle/pedestrian tunnel not too far from Downtown Atlanta.

Although I've been to Atlanta plenty of times, it was my first time doing a model shoot in the city. I'm already looking forward to doing more shoots in the 'A' with Racquel.