Ben's mom and dad -assistants for the night!
Ben is a Senior at Mayo High School who is active in Robotics, Science Olympiad and Band. He plans to pursue mechanical engineering in college. We recently had senior photo-shoot downtown. It was definitely one "for the books" as there was the downtown concert series going on called, "Down by the Riverside" and it featured the Gin Blossoms. What great background music for a senior session!
KMP: What advice would you give to a fellow senior who is soon to get their senior photos taken?
Ben: Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, and go into it with a good attitude.
KMP: How did you decide on your location(s)/what to wear?
Ben: Primarily I took advice about good spots from Mrs. Murphy and I looked at what my friends were wearing for their sessions.
KMP: What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
Ben: I liked that I got to enjoy listening to music that was playing from Down By the Riverside during my session.
This looks like it is out in the middle of the countryside, but it was actually taken downtown right by the Civic Center!
KMP: What surprised you about the experience, or what was the most interesting part of the session?
Ben: I thought that I would feel more uncomfortable being in such an active public setting as downtown Rochester than I ended up feeling.
KMP: If you were to recommend this experience to your best friend, what would you say?
Ben: I would explain how Mrs. Murphy treats you as her subject. She not only takes great photos, but does a very good job at making sure that you are comfortable with the situation/scene.
Mom and Dad photobombing Ben!
Tina Fague - Mayo 2019
What are your Interests/activities at school?
I play softball and I really enjoy being a part of the school spirit activities like GOFA, homecoming and football season, prom, etc.
What are your future plans once you graduate?
I hope to head to college to become a probation officer or work as a child advocate.
If someone you knew expressed that they were nervous about getting their senior photos taken, what advice would you give them?
The professional pictures Kathleen Murphy took of me were SO much better than the pictures my friends and I take of ourselves. It was scary and seemed weird at first, but Kathleen made me feel at ease and comfortable.
How did you decide what to wear?
I chose my favorite clothes and the things I thought I looked best in. Since I am a simple girl, I chose two looks and two types of backgrounds.
What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
None of it was forced. It was easy going. My suggestions were taken by Kathleen and she made my vision even better.
What surprised you about the experience?
It was easy going and not worrisome at all. Usually, for school pictures, I have a forced smile, but I was relaxed and so my real personality showed through.
How did you decide on your location(s)?
I didn't want the basic pastures, stereotypical pictures etc. I wanted something that reflected my personality more so I told Kathleen that I wanted urban, architecture, etc. and she knew just the places to take me. She saw things in a way I didn't.
What were your favorite images from the session and why?
I picked two pictures that showed me in a way I had never seen before. I loved the way I looked in them. (the two white outfits) and then I picked two that had an amazing composition. The foreground and background, were amazing, as well as the way I was framed in them. I really like art and photography, so seeing this was really cool.
Meet Caleigh one of my former high school seniors who returned in front of the lens for a creative shoot. She and I recently collaborated with my hair and makeup team from Lasata Salon and Day Spa on a photo shoot. Read all about Caleigh's experience as part of the creative team! Special Thank you to Makeup Artist, Elena and Hair Stylist, Jodi Lynn
KMP: Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
I wouldn’t say there is any one person in particular that serves as my fashion inspiration. I usually am constantly paying attention to what people around me are wearing and when I see a look or piece that I like or interest me then I try and find something similar that works in my own wardrobe.
KMP: What is your favorite fashion magazine?
It really depends; I find that I read Vogue, Marie Claire, and Glamour. The three offer a good mix of couture, contemporary and trendy fashion that I get to see the full spectrum. In looking at all three its interesting to see the different takes there are for what “fashion” is at the same time in the world.
KMP: When you dress up and go out, what are your favorite "go to" pieces in your closet?
I have a large collection of black tank tops, the range from plain and simple to different fabrics and appliques, so on a given night out I would say that a black tank and jeans are usually a go to outfit with some jewelry and maybe a jacket if its colder out.
KMP: What thematic ideas were you initially looking at for your photo shoot?
There were several ideas that came to mind when planning out the shoot. One was a 20’s inspired photo shoot, another was Hollywood glam or possibly and Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O inspired shoot. However after looking at all aspects involved in the photo-shoot the ethereal came out as the direction we choose to go in. How did you narrow it down to the ethereal look? I think one of the big reasons for the photo-shoot was to play with angles and lighting, and the ethereal look offered the most room to play with that. We saw the potential to manipulate lighting to make some interesting and unique shots happen as well as take and artsy approach to portraits, which I think we achieved in some of the final shots.
The first dress was a beautiful mint green. We loved how it photographed in black and white!
KMP: Tell us about your hair and makeup experience?
The hair and makeup was something that was actually pretty familiar to me going into the photo shoot. As a former competitive figure skater I am used to some non-traditional hair and makeup looks so this was really no different. Although it was different to not know what the outcome would be going in and just watch it unfold, and while I was not totally aware of where the look was going it turned out to work really well in the shoot.
KMP: Tell us about the shoot? What is it like to model for the afternoon?
While I thought I had an idea of what it would be like going in I realized I was not as prepared as I thought. Having done senior photos not that long ago I figured it would be similar but really it was a totally new experience. Posing for artistic shots are a whole other animal, there needs to be so much more creativity present in order to get cool shots and just another level of physical ability to hold poses and positions for long periods of time. And while it fun it’s also so much more work than you realize. By the end of the day and two outfit changes I realized just how tired I was. And once I got home, I was beat, but eager to see if the work had paid off.
KMP: What surprised you about the experience?
TIME. We had so many ideas and plans going into the shoot and time just flew by. We were not able to go to several of the locations we planned and the session went to the very last available minute, even though we had ideas to fill up many more hours. It was crazy to see just how quickly several hours could go by,
KMP NOTE: The second dress we shot (pictured below) was actually an old prom dress that Caleigh gave new life. She added a pair of long opera gloves, attached some black tulle and draped some chiffon fabric to cover the flashy sequined top. A terrific no sew/low sew option! Add a crown and we had a completely new look-almost medieval. This old and cracked plaster wall was everything to the look and feel of the second half of the shoot.
KMP: What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do the shoot again?
I think breaking up the session into two parts would have been helpful. It was a super hot day and right during midday so being in the sun that long did take its toll. If we had planned ahead of time to do a couple hours in one dress, then take a break and get some food and just hang out for maybe thirty minutes and do a couple more hours in the next outfit it may have produced some images we lost out on due to time and fatigue.
What is your favorite image from the shoot?
"I really like the lighting on this photo that was done in editing, this makes the vibe of the shoot really come through, I would make this the album cover photo!”
Any advice for someone who wants to plan a shoot like this?
DO IT! Although it may seem like a daunting challenge its really not. Kathleen is a great creative partner and helps to make the vision some alive, but also makes sure you are totally involved and your opinion is heard. If its something that interests you, then I would take the plunge. You will get one of a kind images that are one of a kind and will be glad when its done because the experience is almost as fun as the photos.
Meet Drew, a senior at Century High School. Drew and his mom arranged for his senior photos to be taken downtown on a Thursday evening. It was also "Thursday's on First" and for locals you know what that means!!! Our meeting place, usually complete with ample parking suddenly had a shortage! This led to yours truly standing in the middle of a newly vacated spot, saving it until they could snag it. Whew! Once that was settled, we took few shots down by the Zumbro River and then headed to another location to snag a skyline picture of Rochester. We capped off our tour of downtown at dusk, with twinkling lights behind him.
I am obsessed with the way light falls on a subject and how light can dramatically change the way we see things. From the age of eight, I have owned a camera. First, a Kodak Insta-matic; then I graduated to a Minolta 35 mm. Eventually, my dad, a great photographer with a fantastic eye for a good photo, gave me his treasured Nikon. I took classes to better develop my skills, learned to develop film in a darkroom, and while in college I interned at a commercial studio with my mentor, Tom Trammell. At the studio, I learned lighting techniques, as well as how to shoot fashion and commercial photography. Three Nikon's later, and I love photography just as much as the day I took my first photograph. As a former classroom teacher, I used to photograph my students as a yearly gift to their parents, (a teacher who did photography) but now I find myself a photographer who teaches. While I am on location, I am often explaining to my subjects how the camera works what light modifiers I need and why. Over the years I have had several students who have interned with me to learn a bit about photography. Once a teacher, always a teacher!
I have a wonderful husband and two amazing sons. We love to travel, grill out, and ride our bikes. We also love to make up funny lyrics to well known songs. If you are in need of a laugh, ask us to sing: "Just a Small Town Squirrel" modeled after the song by Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'" You won't ever hear that song the same way again...
Our legendary dog, named Ombre was not only famous for his talents of peeing "under" the refrigerator and for winning a "Cutest Pet Contest", but he also became an internet sensation back in 2015 when his photo went viral after we posted it to Reddit. It was picked up by an, "I Love Dachshunds" page on Facebook where he received 7156 "likes" and 602 "shares"
We lost our sweet dog in August of 2016, and we miss him like crazy.
Why have one poodle when you can have three? In September of 2017, Flynn's brothers joined him. George Windsor and Charles Lafayette (AKA: George and Charlie) are major fluff balls and still sporting their long puppy fur. George is a lover and constantly snuggles. He is also an Olympic jumper, nearly reaching our countertops! Charlie is a strategist and the smallest of all three, he is constantly using his intellect his to outwit his brothers who can play rough sometimes. Charlie often hides under the sofa to plot his next move. Charlie and George are recent graduates of Puppy School.
I love my family, cappucino cake, family hugs, giggling babies and sand under my feet....