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Senior year is an amazing time. Friends, sports, activities and clubs, prom, senior projects, texting, homecoming, college applications, waiting and hoping for acceptance letters, final exams, snapchatting, realizing this is it, and graduation mixed all together is what we call senior year. Crazy, stressful, amazingly good times. And then you go your separate ways. You leave high school behind.
The tradition of senior or graduation pictures is almost as old as photography. In the main office at Boise High School, you can see the senior pictures of the first graduating classes in the early 1900's.
Today, after 12 years of annual pictures, Seniors get a chance for the big and final photo session. After that, annual photo sessions aren't there, and there may not be more professional photos until a wedding - if there is one. It's an important tradition with this family, so we put together a session that showed her interest in drama, the outdoors, her dog, and her school. Our makeup artist took great care of her for the first glam part of the photo session. Then our lighting assistant, editor, and Marit, the photographer, put together a collection of photos so she could join the wall of fame where her brother is displayed and mom and dad can enjoy their portraits for a lifetime.
So, how would I describe the time with Tara? Fun. Getting different looks and locations takes time, but it's worth it. After all, she'll only be a senior once.
High School Senior Pictures Boise Idaho PhotographerBoise High School will never be the same, after Tara leaves. She is SO much fun. And her love of drama, the outdoors, her dog and her cow stool are all a part of her. Senior Pictures should be about each individual senior and a senior photographer needs to make this happen and make it fun. Our Makeup Artist, lighting assistant, editor and photographer Marit Welker work together to create something that's right for each person. Welker Photography of Eagle Idaho, serves all of Boise. Call us for more information at 208-871-2878
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Welker Photography wants to fill your home with love. It's what inspires us in everything we do. Everyone is different and finding what makes you tick and what is important to you helps us create something unique for you. We've crafted a system to create an experience to make this happen.
Recently I came across the kind of family you want to adopt. They are so happy and full of energy and love. Seriously. Their pictures tell all.
Though preparing for a photo session, especially if you schedule it on short notice, is a stressful experience, Carmen did a great job at preparing the kids so they looked good and most of all were relaxed. Sometimes, people are not as at ease in front of the camera. Getting them to relax so we can really get great pictures with a sincere connection can take a while. The family was patient with how long it took for a few of the pictures, but we were able to get the pictures we wanted and turn them into beautiful portraits. I can't wait to see what they look like on their walls!
Without further ado, I give you the Hernandez family:
My parents came to town. They aren't usually excited to have their pictures taken. AT ALL. So, I didn't think I could coax them into a real photo session comfortably. After church, they were dressed up, hair done, etc. I suddenly asked if I could take some pictures and they said yes.
My parents don't relax as well in front of a camera. (neither do I) but I was able to get real smiles, real expressions, and real personality. The quality of the pictures isn't up to my normal standards, but the expressions and emotions are always more important to me and these were great. All I had to do was bring up the UNO game from the night before to get us all laughing. It was a lot of fun taking the pictures making for some good memories.
Can you tell how much fun they are? Can you tell how much they love each other? Can you see why I love them? Just for kicks, I told my mom that I was going to take some "senior pictures" of her since she's a senior. So I posed her like the teens I take pictures of. It was pretty goofy, but fun.
These are not my best work, but I love them anyway. It's been many years since they had a formal portrait. And I didn't want to miss out on this chance. They are both in good health, but in 15-20 years, when they're gone, these pictures and memories will be such a treasure to me and my children.
Mature clients don't usually want pictures taken of themselves. And women sometimes avoid the camera as they age or gain weight. But, capturing fun through the years is important. I was really self conscious about pictures of me after I had children. I thought I looked awful. One day my daughter saw a picture of me. She squealed with delight, "MOMMY!!" I vowed then that I would be in more pictures. It wasn't for me, but it is important for the future. Pictures of the people I love will be valuable beyond words when they are gone. And even if I just spontaneously did this to get my parents to sit for me, I have their smiles for a lifetime!
Get pictures taken. Get them of your parents. Get them of yourselves. Your children and grandchildren will thank you!
Here's the video of my parents and our spontaneous pictures in my living room.
This choice can make or break the final picture and needs to be a high priority. But the rules change depending on who is getting their pictures taken.
For a high school senior photo session or individual child, we want clothes that flatter them and that they love. We also want something that will look good hung in your home. What they wear is unimportant as long as they love it, mom and dad love it (or at least approve) and it looks good on them.
But for a family photo session, and especially in an extended family, it's Essential to coordinate as a group. If you are an individual, you dress a coordinated outfit. But, when doing a family photo session, we are not taking a picture of 7 individuals, but on 1 family. That's how it will look visually, so to keep that united feel, it's important to choose the whole wardrobe of everyone as one individual outfit. This is challenging when you have quite a few people participating, especially if any live out of town.
Welker Photography offers a clothing consultation as part of our service. We find out what your personality style is. Will you be formal, relaxed, somewhere in between? Did you wear red and yellow in your last portrait? To keep things focused, we emphasize the final goal. If you want one large wall portrait over the sofa or fireplace, then we want to coordinate with the color and style of the room. Then, your art will not only be personal and priceless, but it will also be beautiful decor.
Here's an example:
For this particular family, there will be 3 men, 4 women and 4 young children. If they all come in with matching shirts, it looks silly. People don't really dress that way and it's the first thing you notice when you see the picture. The response isn't: "oh you look so beautiful," but "oh you were all matching!" It's distracting. And if each person wears and nice outfit, it can clash. A lot.
The best way to handle wardrobe is to create a color scheme - in this case, we chose 5 colors in the parent's home that will coordinate with their home. They initiated and hired me, so we want to create something beautiful for them. Then, we recommend that family members wear colors from those selected. By spreading the accent colors around the group, it gives the final portrait a cohesive look without drawing attention away from the family.
The individual outfits people might never chose to wear. But, the sum total looks great on the group. And since this is not a picture of individuals, we want to create that cohesive and together feeling that emphasizes the closeness and love in the family. Staying close to the chosen colors is crucial, especial when we have multi generation photos and have clothing coming from different homes. When people are in the same home, I recommend laying all the clothes out on a couch in the room you will display your portrait. It makes choosing so much easier! Since extended families can't do that, it makes it even more important to stick to the chosen colors.
Most clients won't go out and buy new clothes. The purpose of this illustration is to educate and inspire them to make cohesive choices with what they already have. Not everything has to be solid colors, but high contrast, bold patterns, plaids and loud stripes should be avoided - like the plague. And be careful to not introduce other colors into the mix. At the very bottom there's an illustration of what it looks like if you do break the rules. Last, consider what the photographer recommends. For instance, these photos will be taken on a white porch. If the kids wear white or cream, their clothing will not stand out from the porch and they will be camouflaged. We want the subjects to be the important part of the picture. The right clothing makes that perfect, or draws attention away from the family. Choose wisely and have fun!
If you still aren't sure what to wear, talk to your photographer. What looks good on the couch, may not read well on camera. In a worst case scenario, bring a second set of clothes in a similar color pattern, so items can be swapped out at the suggestion of the photographer.
Good luck and have a great photo session!