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FALL SENIOR SESSION AT AVON TOWN HALL PARK | LOGAN

Simply put, Logan’s fall senior session at Avon Town Hall Park was easy. He was full of jokes and the time flew by! We laughed our way through his session, and I got some great images for his senior year.

The sky was extremely cloudy on the day of his session, so we took his portraits an hour earlier than we planned. I am thankful that we made that decision because the images turned out awesome!! Logan’s first outfit was a classic Ralph Lauren shirt. It was a great neutral choice that accented his hair and eyes. His second outfit was a University of Illinois shirt. He and his father are huge Illinois fans, so he had to represent during the session.

 

High school senior guy laughs while on bench.
High school senior smiles at camera from bench.
Senior guy looks at camera while sitting on bench.
Senior guy stands in front of lake during fall.
Senior guy with glasses sits on bench.
Senior guy smiles at the camera.
Senior guy with glasses looks up.
Senior guys smiles in front of lake.
High school senior looks at camera for pictures.
Senior guy stands in front of lake during fall.
Senior guy looks at camera.
Senior guy sits on ground and smiles.
Senior guy sits on ground in front of lake.
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NATURAL SENIOR SESSION AT McCLOUD NATURE PARK | RACHEL

The breeze was gently blowing on this crisp night. The air smelled of campfires that were being built by campers before sunset. The water was cold and the sunset was golden. Friends, fall is coming!!! And Rachel’s senior session is proof! The sweaters, cool weather, and glowing yellow trees were all part of her natural senior session at McCloud Nature Park!!
We started Rachel’s session in the fields of McCloud park. She wore sweaters and jackets because she loves fall!! {Just like me!!!} After the fields, we moved closer to the river, where the beautiful yellow reflected into the water!! It was gorgeous, and made for such a pretty pop of color next to the riverbank!
Finally, Rachel changed into a cute floral dress with a green cardigan to match! We first took pictures on a large bridge. Rachel really wanted pictures on the bridge, and I am so glad! This bridge was perfect for her session! The open top allowed the beautiful, soft light from sunset to make these images amazing.
After the bridge, we ventured to a field with grass taller than us. It was so fun to take pictures through the grass. Finally, we ended Rachel’s senior session in another field with the sunset peering through the trees. It was a beautiful sunset and a beautiful ending to our night!
Girl in white sweater stands near river.
Senior girl takes pictures during fall.
Girl in white sweater stands in front of river.
Senior girl smiles at camera with river background.
Senior girl stands in front of river and smiles at camera.
Senior girl looks over shoulder during fall.
Senior girl smiles with hand in her hair.
Girl stands near river and looks at camera.
Senior girl smiles at ground in front of river.
Senior girl sits on sand and looks up at camera.
Senior girl stands on bridge during fall.
Girl looks at camera and smiles while on bridge.
Senior girl in dress looks at bridge.
Girl smiles over shoulder during senior pictures.
Girl looks up at camera.
Girl in green cardigan looks at ground.
Girl in dress stands on bridge.
Senior girl stands in field at sunset and smiles.
Senior girl smiles in field of grass.
Senior girl looks off camera while in field.
Senior girl laughs towards camera in field.
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DREAMY GARDEN AND URBAN SENIOR SESSION | BRIDGET

Friends, I called this the dreamy garden and urban senior session, and I meant every word. Bridget and her mother did an AMAZING job picking the locations for her session! We had such diverse locations to choose from at Avon Gardens and downtown Zionsville, and it turned out gorgeous!!!
Bridget’s senior session began at Avon Gardens, where she wore a lovely floral dress from Ella Mae’s Boutique. The soft lavender was perfect with her brown hair, and the gorgeous print made it pop! We had such a fun time enjoying the gardens while we shot there. The weather was cool and the light was gorgeous the entire time! Plus, everywhere we turned there was a different setting that made such a beautiful backdrop!
After shooting at Avon Gardens, we hopped in the car and made our way to the quaint suburb of Zionsville. Bridget had told me that she wanted pictures with the brick road in the cute downtown area, so we focused on getting those shots first! Bridget’s mother acted as our lookout while Bridget and I would {safely} get a few shots during lulls in traffic.
After we got some stunning images on the main street, I had an idea. A few metal chairs were sitting on the sidewalk next to a less-traveled side street. I pulled one of the chairs into the middle of the deserted road, so we could take a few more portraits before the light was gone. And I have to admit, these images are some of my favorite. The light was so soft and flattering that these pictures are simply breathtaking. It was a wonderful way to end our session.
I am so glad that I had the chance to work with Bridget for her senior session! Her sweet disposition and eagerness to laugh made it so easy to capture beautiful images that her and her family can treasure. Plus, she picked amazing outfits, locations, and the perfect time of year!!!
Senior girl stands on bridge at Avon Gardens
Girl wearing high heels walks along brick path.
Senior girls stands on garden path with hand on hip.
Senior girl stands on garden path and plays with hair.
Senior model has head propped on chair looking away from camera.
Senior girl leans over bridge railing and smiles.
Senior girl smiles off camera while standing in garden.
Indianapolis senior girl sits in chair and smiles in garden.
Senior girl smiles while standing on garden path.
Senior girl smiles during downtown sunset.
High School Senior looks at ground with hand in hair.
Senior girl smiles at camera during sunset.
Senior girl has one hand on hip and looks at camera.
Senior girl smiles while downtown during susnet.
Senior girl looks off camera at sunset.
Senior girl looks at ground and smiles.
Senior girls stands with hands in back pockets at sunset.
Senior girl sits in chair and smiles off camera.
Senior girl in purple shirt stands on downtown brick road.
Senior girl stands on brick road in Zionsville.
Senior girl looks at camera and smiles.
Senior girl smiles on brick road in Zionsivlle.
High school senior sits in chair and smiles at camera.
Senior girls laughs and leans towards camera.
Senior girls stands on brick street and smiles at sunset.
Senior girl looks off camera in downtown setting.
Indianapolis senior girl smiles while sitting in metal chair.
Senior girl smiles while sitting in chair downtown.
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BLUSH AND BURGUNDY SENIOR SESSION IN DOWNTOWN ZIONSVILLE | EMMA

From the moment I met Emma, I could tell how excited she was about her senior portraits! So her blush and burgundy senior session in downtown zionsville was a dream come true! The sun was a golden hue even two hours before sunset and the leaves had just started changing. Everything was perfect for us to have an amazing time!!!

First, we started on the backstreets of downtown zionsville. We stumbled upon a gorgeous white wall that we feel in love with because Emma seemed to pop against the simple, bright background! (I think that her blush blouse and dark hair took these images to the next level!!!) Then, we then made our way to the main brick street in downtown zionsville. We had so much fun taking portraits on this street. We laughed a lot as we watched for cars and took some amazing images!!!

After we finished the first half of Emma’s portraits in downtown Zionsville, we drove 25 minutes to Holliday Park in Carmel, Indiana. Her first outfit at Holliday Park was a forest green jacket with a cute blouse and jeans, and we took pictures in what looked like a field of tall grass!! The sunlight was perfectly hitting Emma, and the pictures look sooo dreamy. But, in reality, these were taken in a 10×6 foot space in the middle of a PARKING LOT!!!!!! That’s right, friends. On either side of Emma were SUV’s, and a house is directly behind her!! It might have been an inconvenient location, but you can’t argue with the beautiful results!!!

And then, Emma and her mother changed the pace. The whole reason that Emma wore the forest green jacket is because she wanted to use a special prop. Emma’s grandfather has served in the military during his life, and Emma wanted to take a few pictures with his dog tag. As we positioned the tag and started shooting, both Emma and her mother started tearing up. It was such a special memento for both of them, and it was a beautiful way to commemorate their love for him. This moment, where they remembered Emma’s grandfather and what he did for their family, was the most heartfelt moment I have ever had during a senior session.

Finally, when the sunlight was perfect, Emma changed into her last outfit, a burgundy, lace dress. We took portraits directly in the sunset light for these images! I absolutely love the halo that envelops her gorgeous brown hair in these portraits. Sunset is my favorite time to take portraits, and this session was no exception.

Along with the sunset, our session ended perfectly, and we had SO much fun!! Emma was a natural and we couldn’t believe how beautiful the sunset was!!

High school senior smiles down shoulder with white background.
Senior girl stands on brick road and smiles.
High School senior smiles over her shoulder in front of white wall.
Senior girl smiles up at camera while seated.
High school senior looks down at brick road.
High School senior stands in front of white wall and smiles.
High school senior smiles up at camera while seated.
High school senior stands on brick road and smiles off camera.
Senior girl looks down shoulder in front of white wall.
High School senior looks down shoulder in front of white wall.
Senior girl headshot with white wall in background.
Senior girl looks down shoulder at sunset.
High School senior laughs off camera.
Senior girls looks down shoulder in field of tall grass.
Senior girl looks down at her grandfathers military dogtag.
High school senior stands in tall grass and smiles.
Closeup of grandfather's dog tag during senior session.
Senior girl laughs off camera in open field.
High School senior girls smiles and holds her dress.
Senior girl smiles at the camera with hands on hips.
Senior girl laughs at sunset.
Senior girl smiles towards camera at sunset.
High School Senior smiles at camera at sunset.
Senior girl smiles with sunset behind her.
Senior girl smiles at camera with sunset in the background.
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DREAMY AVON TOWN HALL PARK SENIOR SESSION | LIZ

Liz’s dreamy Avon Town Hall Park Senior Session was the highlight of last week! Liz and her mother are so sweet and kind! They were willing to try anything I asked and even laughed at my jokes!! The golden sunset hues, cool temperature, and slight wind also made this particular evening the perfect shooting conditions for her session!
We started Liz’s senior session at Avon Town Hall Park. This park is a gorgeous option because of the grassy fields and lake that are on the property. The rustic barn also makes a great backdrop for portraits! She chose an adorable pink top and some fabulous jewelry for this location. We also shot her volleyball portraits at the park as well! After finishing at the park, we drove downtown to the Indianapolis Canal Walk. There, we finished the session with sunset portraits in front of White River and also used downtown Indianapolis as a backdrop after the sun fell below the horizon.
This session was so unique and full of personalized props. We had so much fun shooting and the backdrops really complemented Liz’s hair and eyes! This session really does deserve the title Dreamy Avon Town Hall Park Senior Session.
Senior Girl Stands in Field
Senior Girl Looks Over Shoulder
Girl Stands in Field and Smiles at Camera
Senior Girl looks down and laughs in field
Senior Model looks to the side and laughs
High School Senior Girl leans towards camera and laughs
High School Senior sits in field and smiles.
Girl looks down while wind blows her hair during senior pictures
High School Senior sits in field and smiles for pictures
High school senior lays in field with volleyball
High School Senior holds volleyball over head.
High school senior smiles at camera while in field
High School senior sits with volleyball for pictures
High School senior stand in front of white wall with volleyball
Senior girl holds volleyball in field and smiles.
Senior girls holds volleyball out in front of her.
Senior girl smiles while holding volleyball to the side.
Senior girl holds volleyball out in front of her with white wall behind.
Senior girl sits on steps and smiles.
Senior girl smiles while standing in green field.
Senior girl poses on downtown sidewalk.
Senior girl smiles while on downtown sidewalk.
Senior girl puts hand on her face and smiles.
Girl stands next to river with her hands in her back pockets.
Senior girl stands on downtown walkway and poses.
Senior girl looks up at camera while sitting on steps.
Senior girl stands next to river with hand on hip
Girl stands on downtown Indianapolis walkway
Senior girl smiles in downtown Indianapolis.
Senior smiles while standing in green field.
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SUNSET PORTRAIT SESSION AT HOLLIDAY PARK RUINS | CAROLINE

 My evening spent with Caroline was such a lovely evening because SHE IS AMAZING.
I feel as if a statement that big needs some explanation. So, here it goes.
Caroline has a special talent, and I picked up on it immediately after meeting her during her portrait session at Holliday Park Ruins. She has the unique ability to make people feel completely comfortable around her, and, on top of that, you automatically know that she genuinely cares about you. Friends, her joy and laughter is so prevalent with every sentence that I feel as if we are already best friends. Her questions about your life are so honest and sincere that conversation flows so naturally and beautifully. And I feel as if you can see that honesty, sincerity, and joy in her images.
Caroline and I arrived at Holliday Park about an hour and a half before sunset. We walked and talked as we looked for gorgeous light in which we could start her session. She started the session in a pair of cute denim jeans and a white blouse. We used this outfit to take a lot of shots with greenery in it. After a quick change into a blush top and white pants (I was super excited about the color combination.), we headed over to the ruins. We found a perfect spot to take pictures nestled back in between parts of the ruins!! So we shot there… a lot. The old brick and weathered architecture were such a lovely backdrop that we didn’t want to leave. But, eventually, we knew we had to move on… and I am so glad that we did.
Caroline quickly changed into a flowing, pale blue top for the last section of our portraits. Sunset was in full swing by this time, and Caroline and the light were GORGEOUS. We pulled her out in front of the ruins to shoot her with the sunset and the lighting was wonderful. She seemed to glow as we took the pictures. I felt that it was a perfect end to our session, and I am happy to say that I gained a lovely friend that night.
Senior sits on stone wall and smiles.
Senior laughs while sitting on stone wall.
Girl stands with hand on hip in front of pillars.
Senior stands in tall grass in park.
Senior leans against brick wall and laughs.
Senior laughs at Holliday Park Ruins.
Girl sits on fountain at sunset.
Senior laughs in front of ruins.
Senior smiles while leaning against rock wall.
Girl smiles at Holliday Park Ruins.
Senior stands in front of stone ruins.
Senior laughs while playing with hair at Holliday Park Ruins.
Girl smiles in tall grass while looking off camera.
Senior smiles at Holliday Park Ruins.
Senior smiles at sunset at Holliday Park.
Senior stands on concrete walkway at Holliday Park.
Senior smiles at sunset in front of pillars.
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WHIMSICAL AND URBAN SUMMER SESSION | LAUREN

Lauren and I had a blast while we shot at various locations downtown during her whimsical and urban summer session. Her continuous smile and her mother’s adorable encouragement made this session fly by! We started our session in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana War Memorial. The creamy stone made Lauren’s blue dress really pop in contrast.

After some time at the memorial, we wandered to the park directly beside the memorial. Here we used the fountain as a backdrop for Lauren’s next outfit! The whites and blues complemented her blush top and white pants! This pairing was my favorite part of the whole session!!! And since we loved this outfit so much, that we kept it on for our time on the canal. At the canal, we found blooming lavender (Lauren’s favorite color just happens to be purple!!) that made an AMAZING backdrop for a few shots.

As we continued, Lauren changed into her last outfit. The darker bohemian vibe paired well with the sunset during the “golden hour” of her session. As the sun set and we finished, we turned Lauren around for a few quick images with the city right behind her. Her expression in these images are some of my favorite because of her vibrant laughs that accompany the orange glow of the sunset.

Senior stands on Indiana War Memorial Platform.
College senior looks down and laughs.
Senior stands on Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.
Senior girl laughs at Indiana War Memorial.
Senior in blue dress looks off to side.
College senior looks off camera and smiles.
Indianapolis Senior smiles with stone steps behind her.
College senior smiles at camera.
College senior laughs on edge of fountain.
Senior smiles in front of lavender background.
Girl laughs at downtown fountain.
Senior girl poses next to purple lavender.
Senior sits on Indianapolis fountain.
Senior smiles next to lavender on Indianapolis Canal Walk.
Senior smiles next to lavender on Canal Walk.
Senior stands on fountain in downtown Indianapolis.
Girl laughs at downtown fountain.
Senior smiles at downtown fountain.
Indianapolis senior laughs in front of lavender.
Senior hold lavender and smiles.
Indianapolis senior laughs while holding hand in hair.
Indianapolis Senior girl smiles for headshot.
Indianapolis senior twirls skirt at sunset.
Senior laughs in front of White River at sunset.
Senior Twirls Skirt next to White River.
Indianapolis senior smiles at sunset for senior pictures.
College senior laughs off camera with cityscape behind her.
Indianapolis senior poses with cityscape.
Girl smiles at camera in front of Indianapolis city.
Senior smiles at camera in front of city.
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SUMMER SENIOR SESSION IN DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS | MIKAYLA

On Saturday, I had the absolute pleasure to spend time with Mikayla and her mother. We chatted, enjoyed late night ice cream, and, of course, took quite a few pictures for her summer senior session!
We started Mikayla’s session with portraits at a basketball court. She loves and plays basketball so much that it was only natural take pictures on a court. However, we wanted to make it a bit unique, so we stopped at the IMA’s Hundred Acre Woods. Outside the park, there is a giant basketball court/exhibit. Although it would be confusing to play on this court, the pictures were very cute.
After that, we headed to the Indianapolis canal. And the bridges, parks, and city were all a perfect backdrop during the session! We were able to easily get urban and natural settings! Oh, and friends, the sunset was gorgeous! We took the most beautiful portraits of Mikayla at sunset.
We ended her summer senior session with milkshakes from Steak ‘n Shake. It was a gorgeous session and delicious ice cream.
Senior poses on Indianapolis basketball court
High School senior sits on basketball court in Indianapolis
Senior holds basketball on Indianapolis court
Indianapolis Senior smiles with basketball
High school senior stands on basketball court
High School senior's basketball ring and net
Senior twirls dress on Indianapolis Canal Bridge.
Senior smiles on Indianapolis bridge on canal
Senior smiles on Indianapolis bridge
Indianapolis senior smiles over shoulder in canal walk
High School Senior sits on bridge in Indianapolis
Senior poses at Indianapolis canal
Senior laughs while on an Indianapolis canal bridge
Senior Smiles at Indianapolis Canal
Indianapolis senior sits on bridge on the Canal Walk
Indianapolis senior smiles in Indianapolis Park
Senior smiles in Indianapolis park
High School Senior smiles next to river walk.
Senior poses on Indianapolis Canal Walk.
Senior smiles over shoulder in Indianapolis Canal
Indianapolis High School Senior smiles on bridge
High School Senior stands in Indianapolis park at sunset
Senior sits on steps in front of Indianapolis city
Indianapolis Senior Stands near river at sunset.
Senior Smiles near White River in Indianapolis
High School Senior poses at White River State Park
Indianapolis senior laughs in front of cityscape
Senior Smiles at Sunset at White River State Park
Senior Smiles with an Indianapolis city backdrop
High School Senior laughs with Indianapolis backdrop
Indianapolis Senior sits in front of flowers
Indianapolis Senior sits on bridge in front of city
Indianapolis senior takes pictures with a city backdrop
Indianapolis senior sits on stairs
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SUNRISE SENIOR SESSION AT FRIENDSHIP GARDENS | ASHLEY

Ashley’s sunrise senior session at Friendship Gardens was amazing! As part of her session, we took pictures at Friendship Gardens in Plainfield, Indiana at 8am!! She was brave to take a sunrise session!! And even though it was early, she and her lovely mother were such a joy to spend time around.

Just a few minutes into the session, Ashley was a natural in front of the camera. Her laugh is so natural, and she is so talented! During the session, we took images with her viola and her soccer gear. (Guys, this girl plays the viola and soccer! How cool is she?!?!) I have to admit that I loved the viola pictures…. They are so classic and elegant!

High school senior laughs towards camera.
High school senior sits and laughs.
High school senior smiles towards camera while posing.
High school senior plays viola during pictures.
High school senior laughs over shoulder.
Avon senior plays viola under gazebo.
High school senior laughs while sitting in park
High school senior poses with tip of viola
Avon senior laughs over shoulder.
High school senior plays the viola.
High school senior plays viola at Friendship Gardens.
High school senior holds viola during senior pictures.
High school senior holds viola.
High school senior holds soccer ball.
High School senior smiles at camera on bridge.
High School senior holds soccer ball during senior pictures.
High school senior smiles down towards bridge.
High school senior smiles while taking pictuers on bridge.
High school senior poses with soccer ball.
High school senior holds soccer ball while wearing letterman jacket.
High school looks senior while looking down on bridge.
High school senior smiles and stands on bridge.
High school senior smiles during senior pictures.
High school senior smiles off to the side
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THE ULTIMATE SENIOR PICTURE CHECKLIST | FROM A MONTH BEFORE TO DAY OF

Your senior pictures is getting closer, and you haven’t even thought about outfits, hairstyles, or anything. Here is the ultimate senior picture checklist with practical items for prepping for session.

One Month Before Session Checklist

□ Practice Hairstyle Multiple Times Until Session

□ Haircut/Color Appointment (Girls)

One Week Before Session Checklist

□ Haircut/Color Appointment (Guys)

□ Don’t Get a Sunburn or Highly Visible Tan Lines

Day Before Session Checklist

□ Outfits Chosen

□ Accessories Chosen

□ Undergarments for Outfits Chosen (no visible bra straps, etc)

□ Iron Outfits

□ Shoes for All Outfits Chosen

□ Props Chosen (and Communicated to Photographer)

□ Clean/Trim/Paint Nails

□ Towels/Blankets for Makeshift Changing Room

□ Glasses – Remove Lenses or Borrow from Optometrist

□ Lots of Sleep

Day of Session Checklist

□ Shave (Guys – face; Girls – legs, underarms)

□ Eat Before Session

Make Sure You Have…

□ Outfits

□ Undergarments

□ Shoes

□ Jewelry

□ Props

□ Makeup Bag

□ Makeup Remover Wipes

□ Chapstick

□ Curling Iron

□ Straightener

□ Hairspray

□ Frizz Spray

□ Water with Straw (Lipstick-friendly)

□ Snack

□ Sunscreen

□ Bug-repellent

□ Safety Pins

□ Stain Remover

□ Lint Roller

□ Blotting Papers

□ Deodorant

□ Hair Brush

□ Bobby Pins

□ Mirror

□ Hair Gel (Guys)

 

Want an explanation of the things you should bring? Check out these posts:

27 Tips for Great Senior Pictures

How to Have Stress-Free Senior Portraits

 

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