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Here’s our very first photo shoot pictures for my new blog series about Senior Picture/Family picture ideas that anyone could take.  You don’t have to be a pro to take these pictures.  I can’t afford a pro!  And I know a lot of you can’t either.  So here are the first pictures to get your imagination going.

My daughter Becca took these pictures. These would be great as Senior Pictures.  We took these at a park that happens to be in the woods behind our house.  We took the pictures in mid-afternoon when the lighting is fantastic.  These shots show that you don’t need anywhere fancy, just look in your own backyard, some woods or a hiking trail.  As my daughter Emily said “ I hiked with in the woods in a dress!”  I recommend bringing an extra pair of shoes to hike in.Emily 3MB

I used autocorrect on all pictures.  The picture above uses the Orton effect.Emily 4

The above picture uses Cross Process effect.Emily5

The above picture uses the Dusk effect in green. It really brought out the moss.  The pictures below show the difference between doing a simple autocorrect and using an effect.  It’s up to you which one you want to use and what look you are going for.  Play around with the effects!

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Just a couple of tips: Make sure your subject is using good posture, it makes a difference.  It doesn’t have to be perfect; you want them natural but not slouched. Also make sure their hands and feet look good.  Like Tyra Banks says, “Model to the tips of your fingers and to your toes!”  Use a time of day when you have really good lighting but it’s not harsh.Emily8  Overcast days are amazing!

Also, make sure to check what is in the foreground and background of your shot.  I love this picture because she is so relaxed and happy, but there’s a funny little stick poking out of the water and there is a stake just on the edge of the water behind her.  If you have an amazing editing program, you can probably remove those.  If not, check your background before you shoot.  I still love the picture!Blog Signature

Here’s everything we used.  Nothing was on heavy, it was all light and natural.


Foundation:  Merle Norman Total Finish Compact Makeup in Light Neutral

Concealer:  Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair

Powder:  Rimmel Stay Matte in 005 Silky Beige

Eye Shadow:  Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet as Candy Eye shadow Trio

Brow bone Color used in inner corner and lid

Crease color used in crease and outer corner of lid

Mascara:  Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara


Peach-blush color dress and belt from Rue 21


Laredo’s from Lebo’s


Blown dry straight with a small braid pinned back with bobby pins for most shots.  Later we left the small braid, pulled her to the side and very loosely braided all of it.  Then I took a small strand and wrapped it around the elastic.

Pictures edited using PicMonkey