Audrey Hepburn Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Audrey Hepburn Inspired senior portrait

Audrey Hepburn Icon Session | Leanna | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior models. Last year we had color inspired sessions and I was thrilled with the way they turned out! This year I decided to do something different with my 2017 senior models. Each one of them chose a different icon and through out the year, we’ll have a session based on their icon. We’ll pick photos of that person that we love and use them as inspiration for our photoshoot. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

My first icon shoot was Marilyn Monroe and we had a blast! Today I’m happy to share the second one from the icon series…Audrey Hepburn!

When Leanna, a Charlottesville High School senior, selected Audrey, I was ecstatic! I love everything about Audrey and Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies ever!

We made a Pinterest board with the Audrey photos that we liked and then we narrowed it down to three looks. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

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In addition to being an extremely talented actor, Audrey was known for her elegant style and kind nature.  To reflect this, I wanted this session to have a gentle feel to it. We went with a white background and soft light and that I really went well with the theme.

The first look we went with is actually a drawing of Audrey by Greg Dubuque! I had no idea that it wasn’t a photograph until I started researching it. You should check out his work…talk about amazing!

Mary swept Leanna’s hair back into a pony tail and Tyler kept the make-up very simple. As you can see in the behind the scenes photo, I had to do a little bit of photoshop work to Leanna’s top to make it match the original but in the end, I think we did a pretty god job replicating the drawing!

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I once again had the pleasure of working with a fabulous hair and make-up team (thanks Mary Neifert & Tyler Wilcher) and they knocked this one out of the park! Mary used some clip in hair extensions to give Leanna bangs. I wish I’d snapped a before shot of the bangs. She truly is a miracle worker! She put her hair up in a french twist and Tyler added in the iconic red lips Audrey was known for.Audrey-Hepburn-Inspired-senior-portrait-(30)Audrey Hepburn Inspired senior portraitAudrey Hepburn Inspired senior portrait

Leanna changed her outfit and we moved onto the next look. We were replicating a series of promo photos that were taken on the set of the movie Funny Face. I love the how simple this set up is. The black shirt and pants really show off Leanna’s long neck and limbs. The short hair worked perfectly too, you’d never know that she has long blond hair!

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For some shots, I only cared about them having an Audrey vibe. For a few though, we wanted to try to replicate the photo as closely as possible. Looking on Pinterest can be difficult because there are multiple versions of the same image, some of which have been edited like crazy. I think we got the photo below pretty close to the original!

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Last outfit of the day was the extremely iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. Mary changed up her Leanna’s hair again we added in the hair clip, a few different set of pearls and the long black gloves.

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Lastly, we gave Leanna the hat, earrings and sunglasses and had the look we wanted! Leanna you are SO gorgeous!!!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Leanna. You totally pulled of Audrey’s beauty and quiet elegance! Another gigantic thanks to Mary and Tyler, I couldn’t have done it with out you guys! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, James Dean, John Mayer and many more!

CLASS of 2017 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portrait photography in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Senior Portraits Ashli – MHS – Class of 2016

 Ashli | Monticello High School – 2016

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! I am woefully behind on adding senior portrait sessions to my website so I figured it was high time to get busy! Last fall was my busiest time ever and I am honored that so many people have chosen me to take their senior portraits in the Charlottesville area!

Tonight on my blog we have Ashli, beautiful senior from Monticello High School’s Class of 2016. I first met Ashli and her mother Tammy when I took her yearbook photo over the summer.  They also scheduled an outdoor session for the fall which I encourage. Yearbook photos are great but outdoor senior portraits are where you really let your style shine through!

Ashli wanted to have her session at the Darden School of business in Charlottesville, Va which happens to be one of my favorites. It’s such a fabulous location…tons of columns, brickwork and beautiful landscaping all in one small area!

It was a beautiful fall afternoon and the weather was gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, holy cow Ashli, you looked absolutely amazing!

I loved the outfits that she brought with her. They were the perfect mix of dressy and casual…and those boots! I swear I wanted to keep them for myself! 🙂

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You never know what’s going to happen when you add the family pet into a few photos but thank goodness Smokey decided to cooperate for this shot!

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I almost started drooling when I saw this Burberry shawl. The style and colors went perfectly with the fall leaves! Man Ashli…you have the best smile!

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Last shot of the night and hands down my favorite from the session. We must have looked crazy while taking this shot. I was balancing on a bench while Tammy and Savannah (my awesome assistant) dropped leaves on Ashli! It was well worth it though! 🙂

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Thank you so much for a fabulous afternoon Ashli and Tammy! I had so much fun with you guys. Ashli, good luck at JMU…I know you’ll have a fabulous time and wish you nothing but the best!

CLASS of 2017 – Though I do have a few winter openings available both in the studio and outdoors, if you’d prefer a spring session it’s never too early to get on my calendar. Contact me today to schedule your session! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portraits in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna County VA

Marilyn Monroe Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Marilyn Monroe Inspired senior portrait

Marilyn Monroe Icon Session | Ema | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior models. Last year we had color inspired sessions and I was thrilled with the way they turned out! This year I decided to do something different with my 2017 senior models. Each one of them chose a different icon and through out the year, we’ll have a session based on their icon. We’ll pick out photos of that person that we love and use them as inspiration for our photoshoot. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

Today I’m happy to share the first one from the icon series and it’s one of the most iconic people out there…Marilyn Monroe!

When Ema, an up and coming senior at Fluvanna County High School selected Marilyn, I was super excited but not surprised. When I photographed her at our very first session I totally got a Marilyn vibe!

We made a Pinterest board with tons of Marilyn photos that we liked and then slowly narrowed it down to three looks. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

For the first look we went with the photoshoot Marilyn had with Milton Green in 1954. Here’s an interesting bit of trivia I found out when searching for photos from this session. Apparently the dress that they had planned on her wearing was too small in the chest. That’s why she’s either leaning forward or is holding her arms crossed over her body. Otherwise the top would have fallen down! Even though Ema’s outfit fit her perfectly, we decided to try to recreate the same poses.

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Though I LOVE Ema’s serious look, the laughing shots are amazing! This one is just about the cutest thing ever!!

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Ema changed her top and we had a whole new look! ANother interesting side note, Ema’s hair is actually pretty long…way past her shoulders. I was working with an amazing hairstylist, Mary Niefert, and she must have magical powers because somehow, she was able to make her hair look short!

We then moved onto the next look. A red dress that may not be identical to the dress Marilyn wore but it’s pretty darn close!

I started out this part of the session using a white background but it didn’t have the feel I was going for. We moved back to the black background but a quick test shot showed by background was too bright. They’re totally different from the rest of the photos from this session but I love them both!

Finally back on track with the lighting the way I wanted it and we moved on with the session. Man oh man Ema…you looked absolutely gorgeous in all of these looks!

Last look of the day was this incredible black sequin dress I bought. Mary made a few changes to Ema’s hair because I really wanted to recreate a specific look in the inspiration collage. We didn’t have a fancy black jacket though. I had the a feather boa (from who knows where) and  it worked perfectly to add some coverage. Talk about stunning!!! I know this was a Marilyn shoot but something about this photo makes me think of Vivian Leigh playing Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind!

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The fabulous Mary changed up Ema’s hair again and we had a completely different look. Time for another interested side note. Ema’s makeup was done by a former senior client of mine, Tyler Wilcher. Tyler is an up and coming Junior at VCU but I she could totally be doing makeup full-time. What a fantastic job! Oh and if you’re wondering, the Marilyn Monroe birthmark is thanks to Tyler’s handwork!

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Last shot of the night was the recreation of Marilyn’s jumping shot. I have NO idea how Ema managed to be pull this one off…she’s wearing a tight long dress and is jumping up and down on a concrete floor (after hours of shooting none the less) but she looks like a superstar!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Ema! You absolutely channeled your inner Marilyn Monroe and blew me away!! Another gigantic thanks to Mary and Tyler, I couldn’t have done it with out you guys! Stay tuned for the next icon session…Audrey Hepburn!

CLASS of 2017 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? Weekends in October are full and September only has two more weekend openings left! For more info click here or contact me! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portrait photography in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Studio Senior Portraits | Charlottesville Headshot Photographer

Studio Senior Portraits | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Holy cow, the school year has flown by!! Fluvanna County High School just had their graduation for the Class of 2016 and the other schools in the Charlottesville area are coming up soon. It may seem hard to believe but it’s time for the Class of 2017 to start thinking about their senior portraits!

Did you know that you have a choice when it come to your formal senior yearbook photo? The schools in our area allow you to use whomever you’d like! If you allow me to take your yearbook photo, rest assured everything will be taken care of!

After you’ve selected the photo you love, I’ll edit and resize it to the precise yearbook specifications. I’ll also deliver the file directly to the yearbook adviser. You don’t need to worry about a thing.

I’ll be taking yearbook photos through out the summer but they are by appointment only so schedule your session today!

You have two different options for yearbook sessions.

Senior Yearbook Photo – $40

  • 15 Minutes
  • In Studio
  • Drape or Tux outfit provided
  • One image provided via download (print release included)

Senior Yearbook + Studio Session – $150

  • 30 Minutes
  • In Studio
  • 5 images (Yearbook photo + 4 additional images) provided via download (print release included)

I understand that not everyone wants or needs the outdoor lifestyle sessions that I offer. Sometimes you just want a few great photos that you can send out along with your formal senior yearbook photo. That’s why I also offer the Senior Yearbook +Studio sessions.

Over the past year, I’ve added tons of new backdrops (and a few floors) to my studio so I thought it was finally time to photograph them all. Last weekend I had my 2017 models come to the studio to test them out. This way you can see the different options I have to offer when selecting your outfit choices!

First off we have Savannah and Lindsay modeling two of my favorite urban backgrounds. I love the fact that I can swap out the background and floor and get two different looks!

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I also had Lindsay try out a new floor to see how it looked when shot from above…I love the results!

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Cameron and Aurora tested out one of my newest backdrops. The pattern on the backdrop adds just enough interest without overpowering the photo.

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Changing up the settings on my camera and lights, really changes the way the backdrops look!

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For these shots of Aurora, I turned the backdrop I used earlier with Savannah sideways and got a whole new look!

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Matt and Emily were next with another new backdrop of mine. I may be biased but I really think it looks like a brick wall not a fabric background!

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Another example of how changing up my settings, totally changes how a photo looks! Emily and her awesome shirt really stand out against the bricks!

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Megan and Gabby modeled another backdrop and floor combination. The pattern on this green is so subtle, it will go with both prints and solids!

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Next up is Grace. Though I’ve had the backdrop for a while, both the floor and the chair I found at Goodwill are new. That chair was such a great discovery!

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Charlie’s shirt went perfectly with this blue backdrop that I’ve had for while…that blue color really makes his eyes pop!

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Kristen tried out both the blue backdrop with my new floor and this awesome black & white screen paired with my dark wood floor.

So glad we had the thought to photograph her on this floor while wearing this hat…such a fantastic look!

Another backdrop that I’ve had for a while. It’s one of my favorite colors for a backdrop and I use it all the time! It looks so great with Toria’s beautiful blonde hair!

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The rich brown tones of this backdrop totally compliment Leanna’s hair and eye color…so gorgeous!

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I love using this black background, especially for dramatic shots where you want your subject, in this case the lovely Sadie, to be the main focus.

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Ema, one of my FCHS reps wasn’t available when I shot these so I saved one background out for her. I’ll be adding it to this page soon though!

I’ll be announcing the dates for my yearbook photo sessions in the new few weeks so stay tuned! I’ve also begun scheduling fall outdoor portraits, and my schedule is filling up fast! Have you scheduled your portrait session yet?

It’s never too early to get on my fall calendar, contact me today! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portrait photography in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

Senior Portraits Charlottesville – AJP 2017 Senior Model Team

 Senior Portraits Charlottesville – AJP 2017 Senior Models

Graduation is right around the corner and summer is coming fast. I’ve loved working with the Class of 2016 but now it’s time to pass the torch to the class of 2017!

I absolutely love taking senior portraits in Charlottesville but I’m even more excited than usual because last week I had my group session with my 2017 senior models! We had to postpone our session THREE times due to the weather. I actually thought we’d have to reschedule this time too but we braved the wind, humidity and impending rain and had SO much fun!

I’ll be photographing this awesome bunch throughout the school year (including our icon themed studio sessions) so stay tuned!

First we have the up and coming seniors representing Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Va.

Aurora – FCHS | Class of 2017

I’ve never met Aurora before but when she walked right up to me at our first session and gave me a hug, I knew she’d be a wonderful person to work with! She is a sport manager at FCHS and LOVES cats! 🙂

Cameron – FCHS | Class of 2017

Cameron runs Track and Field and Cross Country for Fluvanna and photography is actually one of her hobbies! She is super sweet and is actually good friends with one of my 2016 reps!!!

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Charlie – FCHS | Class of 2017

Charlie plays baseball and golf for Fluvanna and is a welcome addition to the team. This year I actually have two guys as reps and I’m super excited!

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Ema – FCHS | Class of 2017

Ema runs cross-country and swims for FCHS. I actually followed her on Instagram a few year (and loved her photos) so I was really happy when she applied to be a rep!

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Emily – FCHS | Class of 2017

Emily cheers for FCHS’s Football and Basketball Team and she dances too. Welcome to the team Emily I’m looking froward to working with you this year!!

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Lindsay – FCHS | Class of 2017

I’ve known Lindsay and her family for years. I actually took her sister’s senior portraits a few years ago! Lindsay is very involved with school activities, is a cheerleader and has played soccer for Fluvanna County High School since she was in the eighth grade. She’s also a member of an elite travel team too!

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Matt – FCHS | Class of 2017

I’ve known Matt’s family for quite some time too. His mother was my older son’s first grade teacher and Matt played soccer for FCHS with my youngest son. He’s also an absolute natural in front of the camera!

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Megan – FCHS | Class of 2017

Megan is a baton twirler (really looking forward to photographing that!) and is another rep whose family I’ve known for a while. I even took her brother’s senior portraits back in 2013!

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Savannah – FCHS | Class of 2017

Next up is Savanna. Not only is she my wonderful assistant and loves photography, but she’s also involved in the school plays, is on the speech team and she sings too!

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Toria – FCHS | Class of 2017

Last but not least from FCHS, we have Toria. She plays volleyball, softball and she cheers. She also has been a weightlifter for FCHS’s power team for the past three years!

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Leanna – CHS | Class of 2017

Leanna goes to Charlottesville High School and she is involved with art, softball and swimming. I took her brother’s senior portraits a few years ago and am very happy to have her on the team!

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Gabby – LCHS | Class of 2017

Gabby attends Louisa County High School where she is a cheerleader. She’s also been dancing forever so we’re definitely going to incorporate that into her one of her sessions!

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Grace – GHS | Class of 2017

Grace attends Goochland High School where she cheers for the football team and is involved with athletic training. She is very outgoing and I’m looking forward to having her as a senior rep!

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Kristen – WMHS | Class of 2017

Kristen goes to William Monroe High School and has a long list of activities she’s involved with. She is a ballerina, a swimmer and is a Girl Scout too. She also sings, acts, paints and reads poetry!

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Sadie – MHS | Class of 2017

Last but not least we have Sadie, from Monticello High School. She hikes and rides horses and one of her sessions will involve her horse…I can’t wait!

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What a fantastic group of kids!! I am thrilled to have you all on the team and really look forward to our sessions throughout the year! Thanks again for a great afternoon guys! I had so much fun and can’t wait until next time!!

It’s never too early to get on my fall calendar, contact me today! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

Ali Johnson is a portrait photographer specializing in senior portrait photography in Charlottesville, Crozet, Keswick, Albemarle and Fluvanna County VA

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