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This is Emma

"Tia is such a fun person to be around. She makes you feel so confident about your self and makes you feel so comfortable while getting your pictures taken. I’m so glad I had Tia do my senior photos, I wouldn’t have wanted anybody else to do them!!" - Emma

HNHS senior girl smiles in front of wooden pallet wall in downtown Huntington indiana with feather and key photography watermark in corner.
Two images side by side of HNHS senior girl in urban downtown Huntington locations with feather and key photography watermark in corner.
High school senior girl smiles  with small dog sitting in her lap in woods location ft wayne, with feather and key photography watermark in corner.
HNHS senior smiling and laying on a dock at lake at sunset in Huntington indiana with feather and key photography watermark in corner.
Portraits of HNHS senior with her puppy in a fall location, with leaves, for her senior pictures with feather and key photography.
High school girl laying in fall leaves for senior photos with feather and key photography.
Huntington North High School senior laughs surrounded by fall leaves for her pictures with feather and key photography.

Introducing (most of) the 2019 Dream Team!

Introducing (most of) the 2019 Dream Team!

A week or so ago eleven girls poured into my studio in Huntington. A couple dream team alumni but mostly new faces from HNHS, and even two new schools: Norwell high school and Central Noble high school. Many of the girls didn’t know each other yet but I was so impressed with how kind and open they all were to each other.

Before the welcome party the girls and I were joking about a meme I saw where everyone had a presentation on a topic they loved; that turned into us doing ‘about me’ powerpoints at the party. It was surprisingly so fun and a great way for us all to introduce ourselves (and show off our pets haha).

We talked about our plans and ideas for the year and the girls voted on photo shoot themes and service projects and for our destination photo shoot location! This is the first year the dream team is doing a destination photo shoot and I am so looking forward to it! I love offering this experience to the girls, I don’t think it’s something that anyone else is doing in our area!

We finished the welcome party with Favorite Things photos and head shots of each of the girls, and of course a group photo! I’m beyond excited for this year’s Dream Team, I can’t wait for all the amazing events we have planned for the year and to grow closer as a team!

I intended to limit the team to ten girls this year because, honestly, my studio is hella tiny. But so many amazing girls applied that I had twelve that I just couldn’t turn away. One of the girls couldn’t make it to the welcome party because she wanted to spend her birthday with her family … which I guess is fair ;) It makes for a tight fit at some of our events but I can’t imagine the team without a single one of these girls. Each one brings a unique perspective and personality to the mix and as a whole makes the team so perfect.

High school girls from HNHS, Norwell, Central Noble stand in front of the Feather and Key Studio in Huntington.
Cupcakes, fruit cups and welcome gifts at the Dream Team welcome party in Huntington IN
The dream team voting on our themed photo shoots and acts of kindness projects at the feather and key studio in Huntington.
The 2019 Dream Team opening welcome gifts at the feather & key studio in Huntington
Addi || Eryn

Addi || Eryn

Macy || Kadi

Macy || Kadi

Alayna || Kelsie

Alayna || Kelsie

Mikayla || Maddi

Mikayla || Maddi

Morgan || Shae

Morgan || Shae

Sophie

Sophie

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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