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

8 Myths About Senior Photos: Part I

#1: I have to go to the school yearbook photographer
Yes, but guess what, you only need to have a photo taken for the yearbook! You DO have a choice and you are NOT required to purchase those images. Get your mugshot done so you can be included in the yearbook then make an investment in your senior portraits from a photographer that will capture who you really are as a person based on the quality, options and style that suit you best.

#2: The school pic is good enough
Oh honey, no ... I personally believe you deserve so much more. You’ve worked hard for 12 years to get to this point and it should be celebrated! This is 100% about YOU. You deserve a memorable experience that results in stunning images and tangible keepsakes that will become heirlooms.

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#3: We just need a few good pics on a disk
I going to be honest with you here. There’s two problems with getting files on a disk. One: they stay on the disk and are never printed. Which means the only place these photos live are on that disk, lost somewhere in a file cabinet and maybe posted on your social media. That’s pretty risky; technology changes fast, (ask AOL Messenger or MySpace).
Two: If they are printed, it’s at a retail store. All prints are not created equal. A print from a retail store is literally ink printed onto shiny paper. A photograph from a professional lab is an actual emulsion on light sensitive paper. It won’t fade, crumble, stick to the glass or get wonky like a retail print will. Retail prints are for snapshots. Portraits belong on photographs.  

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#4:This is all overwhelming
I totally feel you on that one. It can be overwhelming if you don’t have the right tools to help you. Just take the time to research your options and choose a photographer who will hold your hand through the whole process. 
I prepare my seniors every step of the way: before the photo shoot, I give each of my clients a survey to help them choose the locations, and style guide with everything they need to know about what to wear including a checklist to prep. During the shoot I let them bring unlimited options and help style their looks based on the locations they like best then coach them through being in front of the camera naturally. I send them home with hugs and homework to help them prep for the reveal which I help them through too. The best thing you can do is ask the prospective photographer how they will help you through the process. 

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8 Myths About Senior Photos: Part II

#5: People will think I want to copy my friend’s look
If you’re nervous about looking like you “copied” someone else’s look, don’t worry one bit - that is totally avoidable. Personally, I focus on senior portraits exclusively so that I can make each shoot unique to every one of my seniors by taking the time to get to know who they are. Even if we shoot at the same locations at the same time of day, I have the ability to create a limitless variety of looks. It’s my personal goal to infuse their images with their own style and personality. Make sure you choose a photographer that does more than just the basics to get by.  

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#6: I won't look good, I'm awkward
Like, you don’t even know what to do with your hands? That’s totally ok. If you choose a custom photographer that takes the time to notice your little quirks and help make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, you’ll totally forget you even have hands. For me, I’ve studied how to pose different body types in the most flattering ways. Ask your photographer if retouching your blemishes and flyaway hairs is included because I GOT YOU and they should too (but not too much retouching, you still want to look like yourself, not a Barbie doll).

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#7: My friend with a nice camera can just do it
A nice camera does not equal a good portrait. And you don’t deserve just a nice camera, you deserve an experience.  An experienced professional not only has a nice camera but has also studied lighting, posing, styling, retouching as well as translating personality to an image. Anyone can click a button, but a portrait is designed. Please don’t trust something as important as this to an amateur.

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#8: It's expensive
If you choose a photographer who offers quality products, your investment will literally last a lifetime. This experience is to celebrate this amazing accomplishment in your life, these images and keepsakes are for future you to reminisce. Imagine being eighty years old and looking through your senior year album with your grandchildren reliving the memories of a time when CDs still existed and cars couldn’t drive themselves. 

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What She Wore: Caleigh

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Tell us about each piece of your outfit, and where ya got it!

Flower Printed Dress: Dry Goods
Heels: Charlotte Russe

What helped you in selecting this outfit?
I really loved the simplicity of the dress and the colors of the flowers. It was simple but effective. The heels added an extra touch to it, making the look more complete.

What do you love about this outfit?
I love wearing this outfit because it makes me feel confident and beautiful. It's something I would wear on a regular basic so I felt very comfortable in it.

What tips or advice would you share for shopping/preparing for a senior shoot: 
Pick outfits that represent you and will reflect your personality. You don't have to spend a ton of money either, work with what you have! Just be you.

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