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School Photo Series 5

Every few days, I’m going to share a reason school photos so often end up disappointing kids and parents alike.

Want to add to the list? Show me examples by posting on my facebook page or post to instagram and tag me in comments! @ekate_photography

Reason 5 – Terrible Backgrounds/Lighting/Editing.

 

Have you ever seen the school photos that have the fake outdoor background? Maybe it was obviously a flat picture of a three dimensional object? Maybe the scene was outdoor but the floor was indoor school carpet or tile? Whatever the telltale signs were, those outdoor backdrops have to be used correctly and lit correctly to work well.

I’ve also seen those “wonderful” school photos that are over edited to the point of skin looking so blurry it seems to be glowing. It almost seems like some companies use an all or nothing approach to editing/retouching. Some of the photos I’ve seen are worse than celebrity selfies when it comes to bad and obvious retouching!

Is your child’s artificial looking school picture leaving you disappointed? eKate Photography’s School Picture Makeup Day is the solution! November 4th from 12pm-2pm in the eKate studio.
http://blog.ekatephotography.com/2017/09/school-picture-make-up-day/

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School Photo Series 4

Every few days, I’m going to share a reason school photos so often end up disappointing kids and parents alike.

Want to add to the list? Show me examples by posting on my facebook page or post to instagram and tag me in comments! @ekate_photography

Reason 4 – Fake Smiles.

Cheesy big smiles aren’t always bad! If your kid is truly excited and smiles that way naturally, I think they are awesome! What isn’t awesome are the forced, fake smiles.

Photographers just trying to get through the day probably don’t care whether a smile looks real or fake, and they might not even know the difference. Some kids are much more comfortable than others, and photographers need to be aware of that and adjust their approach accordingly.

I come ready with lots of kid friendly jokes, weird props, and even potty humor when needed (what kid doesn’t laugh at potty talk?). Laughing and huge smiles are always better than tame and polished fake ones.

Is your child’s forced/fake smile making you cringe? eKate Photography’s School Picture Makeup Day is the solution! November 4th from 12pm-2pm in the eKate studio.
http://blog.ekatephotography.com/2017/09/school-picture-make-up-day/

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School Photo Series 3

Every few days, I’m going to share a reason school photos so often end up disappointing kids and parents alike.

Want to add to the list? Show me examples by posting on my facebook page or post to instagram and tag me in comments! @ekate_photography

Reason 3 – Awkward Posing.

How many of us have had or have seen a school picture with that awkward head tilt that looks unnatural and uncomfortable?? Or one that has a kid sitting up so unnaturally straight you wonder what put her on edge?

It irks me to no end when I hear someone instructing a 5-9 year old to “tilt you head slightly down about an inch.” A. most kids that age don’t have a concept of distance that small in relation to body movements, and B. most kids are going to hear “You’re doing this wrong and I need to correct you.”

Either option results in awkward and uncomfortable photos. I let kids stand instead of sit so that they can be more comfortable, and I give them the chance to pose naturally. Yes, I still adjust their posing some, but I do it in a fun and cooperative way!

Think your kid’s school picture should be turned into a meme about awkwardness? eKate Photography’s School Picture Makeup Day to the rescue! November 4th from 12pm-2pm in the eKate studio.
http://blog.ekatephotography.com/2017/09/school-picture-make-up-day/

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School Photo Series 2

Every few days, I’m going to share a reason school photos so often end up disappointing kids and parents alike.

Want to add to the list? Show me examples by posting on my facebook page or post to instagram and tag me in comments! @ekate_photography

Reason 2 – Food.

 

You may be wondering, “What does food have to do with school photos?” You’d hope nothing, but usually school photo companies are working all day at your school and if your child’s class picks the short straw, they get to take school photos AFTER lunch.

Since most school photos are unedited, you get to see ketchup stains, milk mustaches, crumb face, and even food in teeth. Sounds like a dream photo to cherish for all time, right? I’ve even seen photos with food in kids’ hair!

Got leftovers on your face? eKate Photography’s School Picture Makeup Day to the rescue! November 4th from 12pm-2pm in the eKate studio.
http://blog.ekatephotography.com/2017/09/school-picture-make-up-day/

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I don’t even know what to write in this post. Maren is one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life (and I’ve met a lot). She is beautiful inside and out, a true individual, and incredibly caring. She is understanding, accepting, extremely solid in her faith, and she doesn’t judge those who aren’t any of these things. She is really the kind of person who makes you want to be better at everything that you do. I wish she lived closer so that we could see her all the time, but luckily our families were together in South Dakota last summer and I was able to take her senior portraits then. We love you Maren!

We went out the night before and did some night shooting.
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Then shot at the University of South Dakota:
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I spotted this mural the day before and knew we had to use it.

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The rest of these were taken at Valiant Vineyards:

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Maren is also a photographer! Check her out: Maren Christine

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I’m excited to announce that this month I am running a contest to win a free photo shoot!  Anyone can enter, and you can use the shoot for family portraits, engagement photos, headshots, or whatever you like (within the bounds of the law and good taste)!*  All entrants need to write a little paragraph about themselves and why they should win the free shoot.  Then, I will post all the entrants here on my blog.  Voting will be held for ten days, and whoever gets the most Facebook “likes” wins!  The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.

Anyone who enters but doesn’t win the free shoot can still receive a “prize” in the form of a free 8×10 print if they book a session with me in 2012.

I will be accepting entries this week until the end of the day on December 9.  To enter and to receive more details about the contest, email me at info@ekatephotography.com.  Please include your name(s), best way to reach you, and your blurb to be posted on the blog.  Make sure to state why you want photos and why you should win!

 

*Winner will receive credit for a free 2 hour photo shoot to be used in 2012.  Date and time are subject to my availability.  Shoot location will be worked out between myself and the contest winner, but will be local.  No more than 10 people in the shoot if you are entering as a family or group.  If you have any questions about this, feel free to email me.

Visit this page to view the entries and vote!

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Northern Virginia Senior Portraits

These are two of my favorite shots from a senior portrait shoot this past weekend.  I didn’t know how much walking I would be up for, so we spent most of the time at Ox Hill Battlefield Park.  I always drove past this little park but never stopped to check it out until about a week ago.  I walked the path that goes around the entire park, reading all of the history described on the markers along the way.  It seems so small for such an important place, and I’m glad I finally know more about it.  If you are ever over by Fair Lakes or Fair Oaks Mall, you should stop and check it out – only takes a few minutes to cover the entire circle:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/oxhill/

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Where I grew up, everyone had senior pictures taken in the summer before their senior year of high school, or in the fall of their senior year.  I was really looking forward to developing a large portion of my business doing senior portraits.  After talking to some of the girls I coached in rugby, though, I found that seniors very rarely have their portraits taken outside of school in Northern Virginia, and that many seniors and their parents don’t even know that it is an option available to them!

The schools in the area do require that a student’s yearbook picture be taken in school, but aside from that one picture, the rest is up to you!  Enter Miranda – a rising senior who agreed to let me take her senior portraits and help me spread the word that you DON’T have to have the same boring school photos as everyone else your senior year!

We went to the historic area of Leesburg for her shoot, and here are some of my favorites:

This was on the steps of the old courthouse.

Walking by the Government Center, we stopped to get a few shots on this bench.

We wanted to “make” a 2012, so we used strings of seeds that had fallen from the trees.  I promised Miranda I would make them pink in editing 🙂

While this is too close to tell, we used some of the huge columns outside the courthouse for some of the shots.

I LOVE iron fences like these, and this shot is definitely one of my favorites!

Miranda – I hope you and your mom had fun!  Thanks for letting me take your senior portraits and for being my “ambassador” to help spread the word!  I really appreciate it.

 

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