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!
Welcome to Part Two of Passport to Paris! In order to give the reader an inside look as to what it is like to be a part of a highly stylized shoot, our model, Sophia has been kind enough to answer a few questions below. ~Kathleen
KMP: What was your favorite part of the experience?
Sophia: My favorite part of the experience was the high fashion part of the shoot with the formal dress and the interesting backgrounds, like the Civic Center and the street/traffic in front of the library. I liked it because I really liked the dress and it was exciting being dressed up and made up and taking the photos in interesting places.
KMP: What would you say to anyone considering a stylized photoshoot? For example, what tips would you have for them? (like...wear a button up shirt to the salon, look through magazines for some inspiration...etc..
Sophia: For anyone considering a stylized photo shoot, I would recommend picking a theme that you are passionate about and researching styles online, looking at ideas on Pinterest and other internet sites related to your theme for ideas. I love fashion and Paris and I worked with the photographer to share ideas and come up with the look. I would suggest you wear comfortable clothes to the salon that won’t mess up your hair or make-up, like a button-up shirt or zip up hoodie.
What surprised you about the experience?
Sophia: What surprised me the most about the photo shoot was the end result. I have never seen myself so sophisticated and during the shoot I couldn’t imagine what it would look like. The hair and makeup was different from what I typically wear so I wasn’t sure how it would end up and I was a bit anxious about that, but the end results were so different from what I expected and I loved the look and how it all came together. Kathleen made it so comfortable for me and even though I had never done any modeling before, she helped me feel like I was doing a great job, even when I wasn’t sure of what to do.
KMP: If you could only pick one image from the shoot and publish it, which image would it be?
Sophia: If I could pick one image from the shoot and publish it, it would be the one where I am laughing. It was the most natural one that feels like the real me and it shows how fun it was. I also really like the one near the street with the traffic in the background because I saw a picture online of someone in Paris that did that and it reminded me of that photo. The sophisticated dress with the traffic in the background looks so cool and I couldn’t imagine how it would look at the time, but it ended up one of my favorites.
Our shoot was scheduled for a day when all forecasts predicted rain. But, since hair stylist, Jodi Lynn and makeup artist, Elena from La Sata Salon were booked and ready to make our Paris inspired photo session a reality, we decided to thumb our nose at Mother Nature and go for it!
La Sata Salon's very talented makeup artist, Elena, carefully checks the application after applying blush to the cheekbones.
Applying the classic red lipstick....
Notice the beautiful and timeless chignon, a classic hair design by the extremely creative and talented Jodi Lynn of La Sata Salon.
Our model, Sophia looked lovely in her black and white gown; her hair softly framing her face with beautiful pin curls: the back neatly gathered into a chignon at the nape of her neck. Her makeup featured a strong red lip with a simple soft palette of taupes in a matte finish. Her eyes are defined by mascara and liquid liner slightly turned up at the corner for a classic Parisienne look.
We began our shoot near the Rochester Civic Center and gradually worked our way over to Central Park where we had a lovely vintage style clock and classic Parisienne street lamps as a backdrop. There we took her chignon down; made a loose side pony tail, donned a red beret and peacoat with a classic tartan plaid skirt and simple suede flats. Afterwards, we opted for a few urban shots; Sophia's hair completely down with loose, soft curls courtesy of the pin curls. And, just as the rain began to fall, we finished up in a green space near the Baldwin Building downtown with the Plummer building in the distance.
Next blog post.... we will interview Sophia about her experience a find out what surprised her about the experience and which is her favorite image.
Do you want a photo shoot with a fashion edge, that reflects a specific feeling or atmosphere? If so, lets talk about your ideas, and together, we will come up with a one of a kind photoshoot that reflects your personality.
I love my family, cappucino cake, family hugs, giggling babies and sand under my feet....