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
Gosh!! Isn't she just beautiful??? Julianne, her sweet grandpa and I walked through the downtown alleys capturing her beauty. Grandpa was so nice and helpful and even jumped in a few of the photos. We ended up over by the convention center where her graduation ceremony will take place and took the fun picture in her cheer outfit and gown. Grandma jumped in after that, which I loved. And let me tell you what...I only got to talk with Grandma for about 5 minutes but she is a crack up lol. Julianne you are very lucky to have such amazing grandparents and I am so happy they are a part of your senior photo experience <3
Jade is one of our Class of 17 senior models! This is part 2 of her senior session so if you happened to miss her first session check it out HERE! Jade really wanted a sunflower field for her session but that just doesn't work in May :( so she decide that Amherst Green House would be an awesome substitute! I love how bright and colorful this session is! I also love how she incorporated her Bible and a quilt her grandma made into the end of the session. It was wicked windy and cold but Jade's bright personality warms up all the images <3
People!!! Is he not the cutest thing??!! Ben was so fun to photograph. I just loved his style and confidence. And can we talk about his hair swoop for a second? The first time I saw him do this I was like "Oh man, that is going to be used often!" I would say "Ok now do the hair thingy" lol. His posing was so natural and he had the model walk down pat. I don't get to photograph many senior boys...I'm not sure why, but I photography MANY girls, so having this session with Ben was a wonderful break from the norm. Ben I know you only have a few weeks left of school! Congratulations and thank you for allowing me to be your photographer!
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.
Cameron is so sweet and such a beauty! She will be graduating this year from LCC where she played soccer and runs track. She has the cutest dimples (I know she never hears that lol) and was a joy to photograph. She pushed through the 40 degrees and wind with no sleeves like it was nothing!! These senior girls I tell ya...tougher than nails ♥
My dream job is: being able to help people and loving every second of it
My biggest accomplishment so far is: being resilient through everything that life has thrown at me
Plans after graduation: to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio
Something unique and quirky about me: I was once stranded by a mud slide in Wyoming with my family
My friends would say the phrase I say the most is: the word "like"
One goal I have this year: to have a good transition to college and keep God first even when times are busy
Favorite thing to do is: spend time with family and friends, play soccer
Something that makes me happy is: food (most importantly buffalo chicken dip)
I may or may not be slightly obsessed with: sleep, La Charreada
The best part about high school has been: growing in my faith, having fun with friends, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
I will never: smoke
The perfect day for me would be: spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and eating my favorite food
Best advice I have ever received: "People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway." -Mother Theresa
I met with Lydia and her mom a few months ago to shoot her second session. I know, I know...I got lazy with my blogging in my down time. I guess I go into a mini hibernation during these months to recover from the craziness of fall! Anyway, it was 40 degrees out which is a dream for an Ohio winter...but MAN was it windy. You wouldn't know it though from Lydia's pictures! Complete champ...I think I may have whined the most that day because she didn't complain one iota. We decided to shoot downtown Kenton, and then the middle school theater because theater plays such an important role in Lydia's life. I like the moodiness of some of these images, I feel like they show off the different sides Lydia can pull off. Love this girl! So glad she joined my modeling team last year. Lydia, I hope that your dreams come true! Dream big ♥
This girl is AWESOME! Her name is one of the prettiest used in all of humanity ;) and this year she has been a volleyball player, baton twirler, member of the homecoming court, musical lead of her school's Little Shop of Horrors musical, and one of our beautiful senior models [see that shoot here]
Lydia is a natural when it comes to posing and was so easy to work with! The weather was perfect, the colors were perfect, and she just looked amazing! I'm super excited that I get to do another session with her this winter ♥
Makeup by: Hayley Palmer
This beauty is so much FUN and has accomplished some things I can only dream of! Elizabeth is another of our stunning senior models. Her personality is bubbly and fun and shines through in her images, but MAN this girl's serious look is to die for ♥♥♥♥ If you missed her senior model shoot check it out here >>> 2017 Senior Model Shoot
Makeup by: 12 Month Beauty
Jade is one of our gorgeous Senior Models for the class of 2017. She attends Allen East High School and is an active member of their girls' soccer team. Jade was absolutely stunning in our model shoot this past spring [see here] so I was really excited to shoot with her again this fall! And once again she killed it!
For her senior session we traveled to downtown Wapakoneta where we played around with a vintage bike, movie theater, old yellow payphone, and all the neat nooks and crannies downtown Wapak has to offer. Liz Flowers of 12 Month Beauty did an amazing job on the makeup and then joined us for the session, which made me a HAPPY girl! I ♥ when my Liz comes to work with me ♥♥♥ we always have fun!
Can we just talk about how much Nikole looks like Shailene Woodley in Insurgent??? Talk about doppelganger! I wonder if people tell her she looks like Shailene as much as people ask the question "from State Farm?" when my husband says his name is Jake :) [Seriously...if you run into a Jake somewhere...don't say it...he has heard it a billion times and probably wants to hurt you, but politely smiles lol]
Nikole!!!! You are stunning! Those cheekbones and gorgeous eyes, I could take photos of you all day ♥ She isn't just a pretty face folks, this girl is super smart and the goalie for the Shawnee Indian Soccer team. Nikole I had a great time exploring downtown with you and thanks for being willing to do all the goofy things I asked you to do ♥
Makeup by: 12 Month Beauty
My dream job is: an engineer for BMW in Germany
My biggest accomplishment so far is: maintaining above a 4.0 gpa in high school while playing soccer
Plans after graduation: to attend college and major in electrical engineering
Something unique and quirky about me: I appear very stoic but I'm very emotional
My friends would say the phrase I say the most is: “alright then”
One goal I have this year: to get accepted to my top choice of college
Favorite thing to do is: go to concerts, listen to music
Something that makes me happy is: hanging out/catching up with friends
I may or may not be slightly obsessed with: Two Door Cinema Club (favorite band
The best part about high school has been: all of the new friends I’ve made and relationships I’ve formed
I will never: stop pushing towards my goals
Best advice I have ever received: “Time will pass and things will change, this is only temporary”
The perfect day for me would be: A bright, snowy day spent up in Michigan on the slopes, snowboarding and staying warm in the lodge
Olivia was SO much fun! Sometimes it can take a little bit for girls to warm up to being in front of the camera....but not Olivia ♥ Right away she was model walking down the sidewalk in downtown Lima and acting silly. Acting out of the norm can be hard when people driving by can see you, but it didn't phase her a bit and I knew instantly we were going to have a great session. I absolutely loved her outfit, I so wish I could pull off the black hat look. And I'd like to say I am pretty stoked that chokers are making a come back, I was definitely a choker wearer in my middle/high school days :) Olivia you are beautiful inside and out and I am grateful you allowed me to capture that beauty! I am really looking forward to our fall session in October!
Makeup by 12 Month Beauty
My dream job is: cosmology
My biggest accomplishment so far is: becomin VP of my schools student council
Plans after graduation: to move away and go to Beauty school
Everyone, meet Kirsten! Kirsten was one of our beautiful 2017 senior models [see that shoot here]. I loved going back home to take her pictures. Bluffton is a sweet little town with lots of nooks and crannies to utilize. Kirsten, I am so glad you participated in our program, I hope you had a fun time! Have an amazing senior year! ♥
Makeup by: 12 Month Beauty
My dream job is: elementary teacher
My biggest accomplishment so far is: controlling my type 1 diabetes
Plans after graduation: go to college
Something unique and quirky about me: i love to wear exercise clothes but hate to exercise :D
My friends would say the phrase I say the most is: lets get food/ lets go out to eat
One goal I have this year: get accepted in college
The best part about high school has been: meeting new people and connecting with people
Favorite thing to do is: play with Karsyn (my nephew)
Something that makes me happy is: children
I may or may not be slightly obsessed with: DISNEY , ALL THINGS DISNEY
I will never: become a Yankees fan
Best advice I have ever received: never settle for less than you are worth! Dream big
The perfect day for me would be: going to Disney World and see a giraffe in the same day
People!!! Look at this beautiful girl ♥ We decided to go to one of my favorite local locations and it did not disappoint. It was hot as heck but the light was gorgeous and so was Ashley and she powered through the heat [in a sweater and jeans!!] like a champ. I didn't hear her complain once! And can I just say...THOSE EYES♥♥♥♥ Thank you Ashley for letting me capture your beauty. I hope you have a stellar senior year!
Makeup by: 12 Month Beauty
One goal I have this year: buy a new car
Something that makes me happy: eating junk food knowing I don't have to work out the next day or wake up early
Best part about high school: my Apollo fitness and exercise class
Best advice I have ever received: be yourself and don't settle for less
Perfect day for me: going to Cedar Point with my friends and family
I've known this girl since she was 7! It is so hard to believe that she is graduating soon! Serena is part of our family and has saved my butt babysitting my kids more times than I can count! We ♥ you Serena! Good luck as you finish out these last few weeks and prepare to start a new chapter in your life!
I'm so excited for this year's senior model program!! I've joined forces with Liz Flowers owner of 12 Month Beauty, Jamie Burger owner of Simply Torn Boutique, and Angie Wauben owner of Angela's Hair Design to provide our senior models with the complete model experience.
We've selected 7 AMAZING girls to participate in our program, and we are excited for the group shoot we have coming up in a few weeks! Since all of our models come from different schools we thought it would be fun to have a casual icebreaker shoot to get to know each other before coming together for the official group shoot. We decided on a paint theme and I think it was a great success! Thanks for braving the cold girls! Hope you had fun ♥
I mean...I gotta get in on this!! ↓ ↓
Huge shout out to my friend and fellow photog Melissa for capturing some of these images ♥