Molly's Senior Session

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Molly's Senior Session

Molly’s senior photo shoot had a rainy start. We were keeping an eye on the forecast and were pretty sure it would be done before we were finished at our first location, which was covered. If we were right, that meant we were going to be able to capture some very rare lighting conditions! We were also up against a narrow window for Fall colors and the leaves were likely to be gone soon after the storms passed. So, even though it was pouring during Molly’s hair and makeup session, and still raining once we got on location, the excitement was high!

Our first stop was at the abandoned Cotton Belt building in St. Louis. Molly wanted some urban grunge and graffiti for part of her session and this spot always delivers! Shielded from the rain, she was free to show off her dance moves for her session trailer. We also took advantage of the opportunity to shoot through the rain for a few fun photos. Then, right on cue, the rain stopped and the amazing light began!

We headed out from the Cotton Belt toward Market Street but found a couple of really fun locations on the way that we decided to stop at instead. One of which afforded us a steamy street with puddles for reflection shots, the Eads Bridge in the background, and even a train rolling by! The timing and weather were perfect for this rare photo op!

We decided to skip the downtown portion and head straight out to the Art Museum in Forest Park.

The. Leaves. Were. PERFECT!

The walkways were glowing red with Fall colors, and the sunset was just starting to pop out from the clouds and really set fire to the treetops! We spent a good portion of time shooting on the walkways under the trees and also grabbed a few shots on the stairs of the museum. We might have even had Molly climb up in one of the big arch windows on the front of the building (thanks for not kicking us out, security dude!)

Then, with the light finally fading, we decided to wrap up the location portion and head back to the studio for a few last shots for each of her sports. She showed off her basketball, soccer, and tennis uniforms, and we shot for a sweet soccer action composite! Check out her video and photos below!

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Faith's Senior Session

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Faith's Senior Session

For Faith’s senior photo shoot, we were chasing the light all day! We got started down on Market Street where the sunlight was kicking around some of the buildings and giving us some really interesting backlight and lens flare opportunities. Faith was rocking her pink sweater and some matching sunglasses which gave us a lot of options to play with.

After wrapping with the downtown portion, we headed out to Forest Park for a little more greenery. We made a quick stop at the skating rink, which was full of some perfectly place puddles and golden light, for some reflection shots. Then we were on the hunt for some nature, which we found in the form of a variety of flowers and trees in some beautiful soft light. Faith even brought her own camera along as a prop to show off her passion for photography.

Check out her gallery!

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The Making Of Our Senior Promo

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The Making Of Our Senior Promo

So, I had this idea to do a fun, stylized shoot at Ferne Clyffe, a beautiful location in southern Illinois I enjoy hiking. I wanted it to be something that showed off the possibilities of a senior shoot in a location fairly close to home with a dramatic style. I envisioned a flowing red dress, dramatic rock cliffs, tall forest, water, amazing light, and lots of movement. I had mentioned the location to Cailin, one of my Luxe Senior Models, and her mom during their consultation, and being avid hikers themselves, they LOVED the idea but her senior session was still a year away. So I said “Let’s go anyway!” I bought the red dress, they made a fun family weekend out of it, and we had an amazing shoot!

We showed up early to get setup and film some of my footage to open the video. We needed some establishing footage of the location, and a few shots to place over the short voiceover. Then, when Cailin arrived, we started the good stuff! We hit a number of different locations within the short trail back to the waterfall (which unfortunately wasn’t active at the time), including fallen logs, caves, rocks, some beautiful wooded paths, and a variety of foliage. Kami was the primary cinematographer (as she is on most senior shoots), I handle the photography, Sara was all things assistant, and Cailin’s parents were even put to work holding reflectors, throwing fabric, holding lights, etc. It was all hands on deck!

We finally made it back to the falls which were just a shallow pool of water at this point. Our light was getting low by this point, so we had to move fast. Cailin kicked off her shoes and braved the water for some of our favorite shots of the day! We knew we wanted to get the dress wet (which she was super excited about) but we wanted to keep it dry long enough to get her positioned across the pool on the waterfall side (which you can hike and it’s amazing). By this point everyone is soaked from sloshing around in water, so we waded out to help her across some stepping stones and into position. With lights setup, we filmed and photographed away for some truly original content.

Once the day was over, all that was left was a little post production magic! Check out some of the final results below!



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Model Team Sunflower Shoot

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Model Team Sunflower Shoot

When the sunflowers are out, it’s time to play! Alex and Cailin, two of my Luxe Senior Models, braved the bees for a fun summer shoot in the sunflower fields of the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. We headed out toward sunset for that perfect light, and they came dressed in shorts, floppy hats, and summer style!

Check out some of the images below!



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Alex's Senior Session

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Alex's Senior Session

For Alex’s senior session experience, she wanted to hit up historic St. Charles, as well as find somewhere with beautiful open fields for sunset. The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area fit that bill perfectly. We had an early start to make sure we built in plenty of time to fit her hair and makeup in at the studio, and still be able to hit all the locations we wanted - and it was worth it! We walked the streets of St. Charles, taking advantage of the town’s rustic charm, and even stopping for some ice cream. Then we headed out to the gravel roads and open fields of the conservation area for sunset.

Alex was rocking her different outfits, and since she booked our Movie Star session, she got to model them like a pro for her own highlight video. Between beautiful locations, amazing light, Alex’s ability to handle any pose or expression I suggested (for real, she could go from full laugh, to dead serious, and back again better than a lot of professional models I’ve worked with) we were able to create a killer video and incredible images. The one thing she doesn’t do? Bugs. :P

Oh, and her album and wall art turned out absolutely gorgeous!

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