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Lodi Senior ... in Mt. Shasta for Photos!

It's good news to me when someone comes all the way to lil ole Siskiyou County from Lodi for a shoot. Okay... That's not why she came! But it was a benefit when she came. ;) 
I've known this girl since she was 3.  THREE! I can't even believe it. She is turning 18 soon and growing up to be a really wonderful gem of a person. Like a baby sister I never had, I'm proud to know her and be that "like family" kind of person in her life, and I'm excited for the difference I know she will make in the world. Tali - Be strong. Stand up and lead girlfriend! You've got a beautiful heart, and kind soul, and you've got this! Can't wait to see how God uses you and what your future holds Tali! 

aaaand we kinda had a great time at our shoot ;) It was during this shoot with her I discovered a new favorite location in Mt. Shasta too!  

Now you, dear reader,  have a task - There is something about someone you care about - turning 18 that makes you think back to being 18...  


If you had a chance to go back, and give yourself one piece of advise to yourself at 18... what would it be?

If you're 18 or younger... let me know what is something you've heard as advise that you know will stick with you forever?


Leave your answers in the comments. It'll be good for any seniors scrolling through! <3   Thanks for checking it out - and Enjoy! If you spotted this in your FB news feed, be sure to give it a like and share it with a Senior or a Mom of a Senior :) 

 

 


 

The Senior Spokesmodel Search is on!

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The last time that I did a Senior Rep Program, it was fairly simple. These two lovely ladies did some good work, and even though I wasn't "working" my business much... I've had Seniors coming to me even up to this past year based on these two and their hard work. 
As most of you know, in January of 2016 I went full time with my business. VHP is now Full Service Photography  and I'm focusing on your experience. I want my clients to know they're taken care of, that I'm there to help, to make sure you have a great time in actually capturing your current life season, and making sure that you get prints on your walls.
I've been researching a lot and have compiled so many ideas! I've come up with something that I think is going to be SO much fun... and should be a really great experience. For myself and for my Seniors of 2017!  Take a look at the launch page. I encourage you to send this, forward this, share this... whatever works for you, to anyone you know that fits the criteria or to a parent that you think would be interested! I just know this whole thing is going to be a blast and I can't wait!! 

The What to Wear Dilema!

I'm not talking about my clothing choices here. That's a whole other story for another time! But, have you ever been unsure of what to wear, or what to dress your kids in for a photo shoot? I'm doing a shoot in a few weeks of 3 little kiddos. My client wanted suggestions on clothing for them so I went scouting. Now, little kids are easy. Honestly they look cute in anything! I've done shoots of my kids in crazy mis-matched, dirty play clothes... and they're adorable. Biased? eh.. maybe. So really, I don't feel a ton of pressure  on perfect dressing when it's kids! It does turn out amazing when outfits come together perfectly.. but they turn out pretty great none-the-less. The hard part comes when it comes to dressing ourselves for this sort of thing right?? Ha! Anyway... I digress! 
First step - Figure out what item it is that you really want to incorporate, or find something you like that has multiple colors in it. One piece, for one person... It totally takes care of your color scheme for you! Then try basing other items off of that. Coordinate Schmoordinate! not Matchy Matchy! 
Since we were starting from scratch and getting all new things - I went searching for something with a pattern or print that I could base the other outfits off of. I'll be honest - its easiest to do this for the girl of the group usually... not always. I found an adorable plaid shirt for my 2 year old boy last Fall for our photos, and that became the center piece that our other colors were based around.  I figured since I'd basically be sending my client suggestions - I would try and keep everything at one online store. I checked my go-to's: Target, Gap, Janie and Jack, Gymboree, Children's Place....andfinally landed at Old Navy. There were a lot of single pieces I liked at each store, but the coordinating 2 boys and 1 girl part proved to be best suited to Old Navy this time around. I found this shirt at OldNavy.com - and it was perfect! (A little Pantone Color of the 2016 slipped in here!) 

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After finding her shirt, I worked on the boys outfits. Toddlers and babies are easy, so I started with the older boy. One thing to keep in mind is texture and layers. So I went with layers for him... Notice how I'm pulling out the dark and light blues. This is the set I put together to send to my client... Obviously there are some choices there for her to choose from... but I'm basing the outfit for him, off of the colors in her shirt. I don't usually worry too much about the combining patterns thing, because I've seen some super cute shoots with stripes and plaids.. You just have to be careful. But stripes and florals are a total YES. :)  

The little guy was easy - something about a button up with rolled up sleeves is adorable on a little one! Kept him simple, but I think he ties both of the other kids together well. Here is a case of options to coordinate, but not matching... I feel like its done well!  

Little Miss ended up with some Navy leggings,  and we will throw in some accessories to brighten things up for the little miss some.. and bam! 
 

Can't wait to see it all come together! 
 

Loving Pink Bokeh!

I do NOT know much about trees, and plants so I can't tell you what kind, but there is a line of really pretty trees out front that are usually red leafed.  In the Spring they have the most beautiful pink blossoms! It SERIOUSLY makes me want to visit DC and the Cherry Blossoms everywhere! I've noticed a few times how amazingly the sun sets behind the row of these trees and told myself - I really need to get some pictures before they're all gone! They are definitely transitioning to their red-state. So a few evenings ago... in the best impromptu type of unplanned way (as you can tell by my daughter's super coordinated outfit) I popped out there to just snap a couple of shots. 
One thing I really am drawn to in these, is the Bokeh!! So often that beautiful bokeh when I get it, is filled, and lush with greens, yellows with maybe a few spots of color here and there... This is just so different! I love it! 

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Of course this girl had to get in on the action and bring her style ;)
 

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