Kay Perry Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Katy Perry Icon Session

Katy Perry Icon Session | Emily | FCHS

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior spokesmodels. 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’ve had sessions based on their icon. We picked photos of that icon and used them as inspiration for our photoshoots. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

I’ve already photographed Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Taylor Swift and John Mayer and am in love with the results! I had to take a break from the icon sessions because my fall was so busy with outdoor senior sessions. With the new year I started back up and today, I’m happy to share the sixth one from the series…a Katy Perry icon session!

I was really excited when Emily, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, choose Katy Perry as her icon. Not only is she an amazing artist, but her constantly changing fashion style is so cool! It varies from over the top avant guard looks to her Cover Girl beauty ads.

For Emily’s session, we decided to focus on the beauty shots of Katy Perry. Here are some of the photos from Pinterest that we used for inspiration:

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Turning Emily into Katy Perry was so much fun! I can’t take the credit though, it was all thanks to Mary & Sydney (the incredible hair & makeup artists I work with). All I had to do was buy some hair extensions and they did the rest! Emily, I love how the dark hair makes your eyes pop!

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We switched up the dark ponytail for a purple one and though I know it isn’t a look Emily would ever wear, she totally nailed it as Katy Perry!

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Some of the clothing that Katy Perry wears is either a one of a kind, or is crazy expensive so we had to go a different route for some shots. This wasn’t an exact match to the blue dress I showed above but thought it had the same feel. Especially with the heart sunglasses and red lipstick!

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I am in love with this series of shots! Emily captured two sides of her icon. Fun loving and playful nature and drop dead gorgeous serious looks!

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Sometimes the shots are inspired by the icon and other times I try to recreate the original. I think we copied this one perfectly!

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We tried to copy this shot exactly too. I have no idea how Katy Perry can raise up the one side of her mouth like that! Emily couldn’t figure it out either but I had a lot of fun watching her try! 🙂

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Last shots of the day and another pretty good job of recreating the inspiration photos. Especially the ones with the black hat. Emily you are so unbelievably gorgeous!!

We ended the session with a few shots of Matt playing the guitar. Since my husband is a musician, we had plenty of props at our disposal. Guitars, microphones and studio headphones. It was fantastic!Katy Perry Icon Session Katy Perry Icon SessionKaty Perry Icon Session

Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Emily, you were the perfect Katy Perry! Stay tuned for more icon sessions throughout the school year. I have Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Janis Joplin & Melanie Martinez coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

 

John Mayer Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

John Mayer Icon Session

John Mayer Icon Session | Matt | FCHS

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior spokesmodels. 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’ve had sessions based on their icon. We picked photos of that icon and used them as inspiration for our photoshoots. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

I’ve already photographed Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, and Taylor Swift and am in love with the results! I had to take a break from the icon sessions because my fall was so busy with outdoor senior sessions. Today though, I’m happy to share the fifth one from the series…a John Mayer icon session!

When I first mentioned the idea of icon session to my 2017 team, Matt, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, instantly knew he wanted to be John Mayer. He’s a huge fan of his and I knew he could pull of the look perfectly! Here are some of the photos from Pinterest that we used for inspiration:

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Matt didn’t have to worry about makeup or hair, but he did face a challenge that the others haven’t…getting a tattoo! Okay, he didn’t actually get a tattoo for the session, he had a friend draw one on him! Thanks so much Maddie for your amazing artistic skills, it looks amazing!

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Matt is such a natural in front of the camera, I never have to give him any direction. He completely pulled of John Mayer in every single photo!

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Most of the shots we duplicated were dark and moody but these photos have a completely different look. Of course, Matt recreated the look perfectly!

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I had plenty of vintage cameras to choose from but didn’t have a hat like John Mayer was wearing. For some reason, the top hat called out to me and I knew that if anyone could pull this off, it would be Matt!

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We had so much fun recreating these shots! Since we didn’t have a photobooth, we had to get creative with one of my backdrops. I think they look pretty spot on to the original!

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You may recognize this jacket from the James Dean session. It belonged to my father and I wore it in high school. I’m getting a lot of use out of it with these icon sessions!

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We ended the session with a few shots of Matt playing the guitar. Since my husband is a musician, we had plenty of props at our disposal. Guitars, microphones and studio headphones. It was fantastic!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Matt. As always, I had a fantastic time photographing you! You were the perfect John Mayer! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions throughout the school year. I have Katy Perry, Beyonce & Melanie Martinez coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

Taylor Swift Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Taylor Swift Icon Session | Megan | FCHS

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior spokesmodels. 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’ve had sessions based on their icon. We picked photos of that icon and used them as inspiration for our photoshoots. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

I’ve already photographed Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean and am in love with the results! I had to take a break from the icon sessions because my fall was so busy with outdoor senior sessions. Today though, I’m happy to share the fourth one from the series…a Taylor Swift icon session!

Megan, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, decided on Taylor Swift…she even had a pink guitar to use! She also has beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair like Taylor Swift. It was the perfect match!

We made a Pinterest board with the Taylor Swift photos that we liked and then we selected outfits and poses based on that. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

It’s so much fun copying the look of the icons we’ve chosen. Especially with someone that’s had a ton of different looks over the years like Taylor Swift! With clothing, props, and the help of Mary & Sydney (the incredible hair & makeup artists I work with), we were able to transform Megan into a few of the many Taylor Swift looks!

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The red heart glasses were an absolute must. Megan you look absolutely adorable!!

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When Megan showed me her new bunny shoes, I about died! They are the cutest thing ever!!

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We didn’t find any shots of Taylor wearing this exact hat but with the red lips Megan had, I had to take a few shots with it. She has the best smile ever!

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For the last photos of the session, we utilized Megan’s pink guitar and added a little glamor with a sequined tank and a black tutu. It was perfect!

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My gosh Megan, you look so beautiful in these. Your eyes are over the top gorgeous!!!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Megan. You absolutely captured the essence of Taylor Swift! Another gigantic thanks to Mary & Sydney, I couldn’t have done it with out you guys! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have John Mayer, Katy Perry & Beyonce coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

James Dean Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

James Dean Icon Session

James Dean Icon Session | Charlie | FCHS

Every year, I try to come up with an interesting photography concept for my senior spokesmodels. 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’ve had sessions based on their icon. We picked photos of that icon and used them as inspiration for our photoshoots. With outfit choices, accessories and hair and make-up we hope to capture the essence of the icon!

I’ve already photographed Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and am in love with the results! I had to take a break from the icon sessions because my fall was so busy with outdoor senior sessions. Today though, I’m happy to share the third one from the icon series…James Dean!

When Charlie, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, selected James Dean I was so excited! Talk about an icon. His look and style have inspired so many people over the years. I’ve been a fan since high school when I watched Rebel with a Cause!

We made a Pinterest board with the James Dean photos that we liked and then we selected outfits and poses based on that. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

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Charlie had it pretty easy because he didn’t have to sit for an hour getting his makeup done like the girls did! I did have Mary (my amazing hairy stylist) work her magic on his hair though. Charlie, I swear you should wear your hair like this every day…it looks fantastic!

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Are you kidding me?! Charlie, you look so incredible! I swear it looks like you stepped out of 1955!

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Many people don’t know that James Dean wore glasses but he sure did. In high school, I had a photo of him with glasses on plastered on one of my notebooks!

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I think it’s so awesome that James Dean played a brooding loner in a lot of his movies but he also had an awesome sense of humor too! This photo is a little different that the one we saved but I still love it!

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For the last photos of the session, I wanted to try low key lighting. They ended up being some of my absolutely favorites!

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This leather jacket belonged to my father. He gave it to me and I wore it in high school. It was the perfect addition to the session!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Charlie. You absolutely captured the essence of James Dean! Another gigantic thanks to Mary, I couldn’t have done it with out you! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have Taylor Swift, Katy Perry & Beyonce coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

Caleb | Western Albemarle High School – 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

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Tonight on my blog we have Caleb, a senior from Western Albemarle High School’s Class of 2017. Before Caleb’s session, I had a phone consultation with his mother Ginger. We went over possible session locations and clothing choices. It also gave me the opportunity to find out a little bit about Caleb’s interests and hobbies. Among other things, he is an Eagle Scout, loves to off shore fish and has worked at Pollack Vineyard for the past three years. Much as I would have loved to incorporate deep sea fishing into the session, we decided to stick to the vineyard.

I’d never been to Pollack Vineyards before but it was gorgeous! Mountain views, a pond, interesting outbuildings, and of course the actual vineyard itself. Since Caleb works there were we pretty much able to have access to the whole place. There was so much variety…it was awesome!

Thanks for a fantastic afternoon Caleb & Ginger! Caleb, you were so laid back and easy to photograph; I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you! Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck at Christopher Newport University!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you applied to be an AJP senior spokesmodel yet? Find out all the details here!

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Since going deep sea fishing wasn’t an option, this was a little nod towards one of Caleb’s favorite things to do!

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

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

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