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This is Kaitlyn

“I’ve known Tia for awhile and every second we spend together is full of laughter and smiles. I knew she would capture the best moments of my shoot and allow me to really be me!!

Fall senior pictures in evergreen trees and red leaves in Huntington indiana with feather and key photography.

Tia really makes it all about you and allows you to show your creative side with your shoots. Nothing is more fun than showing your natural beauty and being encouraged to do so by your photographer :)

Huntington Senior in front of vibrant red trees for senior pictures with feather and key photographer.

My biggest fear going into my senior shoot was how comfortable I would or wouldn’t be, and my dreams came true! I felt so happy and comfortable with my poses and am in love with how my pictures turned out.

Senior girl in natural environment for senior photos with feather and key photography.

Okay I haven’t always seen myself as the prettiest girl but Tia made me feel GORGEOUS! All of my friends and family believe she really captured my true beauty and that’s all it’s about! I am so happy with how they turned out :)

Huntington North senior Kaitlyn lays in yellow leaves for her senior pictures with feather and key.

My first impression of my photos was just happiness. I’m glad I could show my true colors and personality through each picture. I felt so pretty!

Girl senior pictures in Huntington forks of the wabash with feather and key photo.

My time spent with Kaitlyn was amazing from start to finish, she was so open to ideas and put her trust in me to bring out the best in her. From finding the perfect little yellow ‘leafy bois’ to getting in the ice cold river with me she was in. This girl has such an amazing heart and and is so genuine., truly someone who is beautiful on the inside and outside. <3

The Secret to Real Confidence

Probably one of the most common pieces of advice people will give you is ‘just be confident,’ but for many people that’s easier said than done. What does it really mean to be confident? A common misconception about confidence is that it comes from thinking you are good at something or that you are a good person in general. The problem with this is the measurement we are using to determine that we are ‘good’.

Huntington north high school senior, Emma sitting in a natural environment for her senior pictures with feather and key photography.

Some people base their confidence on the judgments of others, needing the approval and acceptance of their peers, family, or society. By allowing our self-esteem to be reliant on the judgments of other people, we are really making ourselves the victims of the meanest, most judgmental people with no option to ‘win’. This source of confidence will never be enough, and will even have the opposite effect of fostering insecurity. How can you be confident when you’re always on trial?

HNHS senior Josie hoola hooping at the heirs park fairgrounds for a summer themed photo shoot with feather and key photography.

But here’s the secret: true confidence comes from not judging yourself at all. It’s a mental state of unbothered, of non-worry, of accepting yourself as you are, rather than in comparison to others or to an ideal standard. You can only be truly confident if you change the habit of judging yourself, it won’t come from asking yourself if you are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at something - it comes from not even asking the question. A lack of confidence is really the flip side of judging people. If we spend our time comparing ourselves to others and judging who’s ‘better’ it’s not surprising that they would feel insecure.

Rather than trying to artificially boost confidence by judging others or participating in competition, just opt out. You can start by offering yourself (and others) more empathy and less judgment. *

HNHS senior, Saige laying in a milk bath with floral elements for a portrait with Feather &amp; Key.

This is exactly what Feather & Key photography is all about. This is a judgment-free zone! I’ve built this business on the concept of encouraging and empowering girls since 2010. That’s 100% what I do. A photo shoot can leave you feeling self conscious or it can be a huge boost to your self image and the way you feel in your skin. I work with each senior’s natural body language and guide and coach them into poses that flatter their body shape and personality. I want to bring the best you forward so that you can see yourself the way I see you: amazing, strong, funny, bold, soft, caring… those things that make you YOU.

Huntington North Senior Elizabeth Allred, in downtown huntington for her senior photos with feather &amp; key photo.

*Excerpt from an article I wrote for NE Indiana Teen Magazine: Issue 02 Spring 2018.

This is Bailey

"I was afraid that I would feel overwhelmed and nervous and I wouldn't like the outcome of my senior photos but that didn't happen. Instead it was easy to get comfortable especially when Tia was taking the pictures and always making encouraging and sweet compliments.  She has a great personality that always has you laughing and makes the shoot comfortable and fun.  

It was hard to narrow down my favorite photos because I loved all of them. I was very pleased as to how they turned out. I wouldn't change anything about my experience, I think everything went as planned and was pretty much perfect." - Bailey

What is your typical weekend like?
At the lake

What is your dream job?
Dentist/ artist

What makes you laugh?
My friends

What are some of your favorite songs or artists?
Ed sheeran

What is you favorite thing to do in your free time:
Draw/ sports/sun

Favorite color:
Blue

What's something weird or unique about you?
Lopsided ears and can make one ear move

Something you have too much of:
Clothes

Favorite TV series?
Walking dead

What is your happy place?
The lake

Dream Team Carnival Photo Shoot

The Dream Team girls and I braved the carnival this week. We had so much fun, won some cute prizes, and got sugared up on cotton candy.

Thoughts on retouching and photoshop

Let's be honest, girls get plenty of reinforcement from the world at large about the importance of their physical appearance. The majority of this information is female models and celebrities who have been digitally altered / edited to completely impossible standards. These people already have a literal team of stylists, make up artists, hair gurus, nutritionists, trainers, etc. And even then, they are still digitally manipulated. 

The problem with excessive Photoshopping is that it creates an unrealistic and unhealthy standard of beauty. An unrealistic standard that normal girls are judged against.  Photo shop is a powerful tool, and I believe it can be used for good: to refine and enhance. To show a girls how amazing she is ... as a real person. 

My goal in using Photoshop on your portraits is to present a person as their best self. Removing a blemish or a funky hair, brightening that sparkle in your eyes. These are editing moves I'm all about. So that when you view your photos; you see yourself, your you-ness.

Image without any retouching

Image without any retouching

Fully retouched image

Fully retouched image

What I won't do: I won’t change who you are. I’ll happily remove a blemish, but not your freckles that look just like your mommas. I won’t liquify arms and tummies, (but I will pose and light you in ways to highlight your best features.) I’ll fix a windblown hair, but not that birthmark on your arm. I won’t take away from your you-ness.

Your portraits will like like *you*. In ten, twenty, fifty years you'll want to look back and see how you looked and who you were as a teen, not a glossed over manipulation. You'll see a real girl, not an overly edited idea of what someone 'should' look like. You are alive and real and are here for a real purpose, and that purpose is so much more than an un-achievable beauty standard. 

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