We chose downtown Wapak and The Temple of Tolerance for part 1 of Cammy's senior session. I seriously had so much fun with her! She was instantly at ease in front of the camera and giving me micro-movements without coaching <3 This girl killed it!
We split Maddie's session into two parts, believe it or not these two sessions were only taken a few weeks apart! Loved working with this beauty <3
Emma, Senior Model 2018, attends Apollo Career Center. When we started discussing locations for her session she knew she wanted sunflowers. A good sunflower field isn't something Lima has to offer :( Any takers on starting one?!! I know many photographers that would be grateful! Emma had been to Yellow Springs with her family and suggested we go there. Not only do they have sunflowers but really cool nature trails and waterfalls. Unfortunately the water fall was a bit too much of a hike for the time we had allotted but I was still in awe of the area! Gosh I wish I lived closer to something cool like that! I was a bit of a drive to get to Yellow Springs but definitely worth it!
Dakota was also one of our 2018 Senior Models. She was my "assistant" because she always reminded me of things and pointed out details that can sometimes be missed when working with a group of girls. She was so helpful! We decided on Bluffton for her session so we could make a visit to the graffiti wall and swinging bridge at the nature preserve. Dakota also had the idea to do a glitter shot and I love how it turned out! I'm pretty sure I still have glitter in my bag and we are a couple months out from her session lol....totally worth it <3
Grace was one of our 2018 Senior models! When we talked about her first session she definitely knew she wanted water and rocks. Coming back from a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my husband a month before left me a little disappointed in the local selection for this type of scenery ;) (My heart belongs in the Smokies <3 someday I will live there friends!) Anyway...back to Grace!! I was racking my brain for a location when this little spot from my childhood came to me. I grew up in Bluffton, and even though I definitely appreciate the beauty of that sweet little town I forget to view it through my grown up photographer eyes. It is so nice to go back and rediscover all the things I took for granted during my growing up years! Grace is stunning and looked amazing in all the spots <3
I am IN LOVE with how this year's model shoot turned out!!!! We were so fortunate to have such a sweet (and gorgeous, I might add) group of models apply this year. I could tell right away at the icebreaker shoot [click here to see] that they were going to blend perfectly.
The day turned out to be a beautiful 66 degree sunny spring day. I couldn't have asked for anything better! This year our hair and makeup was completed by the VERY talented team at Beauty By Jill on Main street in downtown Lima. Beauty By Jill is a salon offering all hair services, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, body waxing, and private spa parties. If you haven't checked them out make sure to do so! Jill decided to do an edgy editorial style and I LOVE it! She warned the girls in the beginning that it was going to be different and they weren't going to show them the inspiration photos :) She even asked me half way through if they were scaring me yet. I laughed, heck no! I couldn't have come up with those looks but I could see her vision in my head when she described it to me. I had total faith <3
Again this year, Jamie Burger owner of Simply Torn, an awesomely sweet boutique for women, teens, and children, did a stellar job of styling outfits from head to toe for our models. Simply Torn is located on Elida Rd in Lima and is AWESOME so stop in or swing by their Facebook page to see their stylish clothing and accessories! Jamie and her staff are so talented when it comes to fashion and they are more than happy to help you when you come into their store (which I am grateful for since I am style challenged lol)
I am so thankful for Jamie and Jill and their amazing talent and vision for this years shoot. It came together beautifully and seamlessly. Our models embraced their edgy looks and fell right into character. They were incredibly easy to pose with general direction and fine detail tweaks. This year was a HUGE success and I am in LOVE <3
Big thank you to The Hollander for letting us hang in their sweet outdoor patio area! The Hollander is a new restaurant downtown with healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch items, wood fired pizza and in-house, homemade ice cream. I can't wait to visit and eat outside!
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This is the 2nd annual Senior Model Paint Fight; this time with our Class of 2018 models. This year for our big group shoo we are teaming up with Simply Torn again for the styling, and Beauty by Jill will be joining us to do the hair and makeup. I am so excited to see what these talented ladies come up with for me to photograph! We have a sweet and beautiful group of girls to work with, I know it is going to be amazing!
Finding the perfect day to hold the paint fight is always a challenge. I came up with the paint fight idea to be an icebreaker for our girls since most of them come from different schools. During our upcoming group shoot they are going to have to act like besties so what better way to break the ice than throwing stuff at each other lol. This means we have to have the fight sometime before the group shoot and this time of year weather (let's face it...any time of year in Ohio is a toss up lol) can be a challenge. It wasn't freeeeezing that day but it was cloudy and about 42 degrees but hey... no rain!
I like to start the girls out before the fight with a mini session with me so they can get used to how I direct and also posing together. These beautiful ladies were naturals and we done in 10 minutes!! While I was editing their pictures I just kept saying to myself " THEY ARE GORGEOUS!!!" YEEE I can't wait for the group shoot!!
Special shout out to my friend Melissa for being my 2nd shooter for this so I could jump in for some of the fun. [I'm the old one below ;) ]
Aren't they stunning???!!
^^^Jordan with the sneak attack bahahaha...sorry Emma, this was funny!
^^^ I'm in there trying to capture the action for our Snapchat story!
Practicing laughing on command...it's a lot harder than you think!!
Annnnnndddd if you aren't following me on Snapchat you need to hop on over and follow me: capturedbylydia !!!! The video below is the stuff you are missing out on! This is the 1st of several senior takeovers, where I give my Snapchat story to the girls to show the behind the scenes stuff.