NaRayal | FCHS – Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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NaRayal | FCHS – Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have NaRaryal, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2018. Her session took place back in September but things have been so busy around here, I’m just getting a chance to post it! This has been my busiest year ever and I am honored that so many people in the Charlottesville area have chosen me to take their senior portraits!

I love going to beautiful locations for my sessions but sometimes you can find beauty in unexpected locations. The photo below was taken in a patch of overgrown grass in my front yard. It sure didn’t look like a good location but the results don’t lie…it looks fantastic!!!

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NaRayal’s mom picked out all of her outfits for the session. She did such a great job, I joked that I should hire her as a style assistant for every session!

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The first time I photographed NaRayal, I was amazed at how easy she was to photograph. Nothing’s changed, she’s a total natural!

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Look at that smile!! It could be an ad for an orthodontist! Seriously though, not only is NaRayal drop dead gorgeous, she’s such a sweetheart too! I always have so much fun during her sessions…it’s like working with a real model! Without the attitude they are known for having though! 🙂

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Thank so much for another fantastic session NaRayal!! I had the best time with you and can’t wait for your themed session soon!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My spring calendar is almost full! 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

Claire | LCHS – Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Claire | LCHS – Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Claire, one of my senior models from Louisa County High School’s Class of 2018. Her session took place back in September but things have been so busy around here, I’m just getting a chance to post it! This has been my busiest year ever and I am honored that so many people in the Charlottesville area have chosen me to take their senior portraits!

Sessions in early September can be a little hot but we were fortunate enough to have an absolutely wonderful day! We went to the Glass House Winery in Free Union, VA. I’d never been there but had heard many great things about the place. They were right, it was a fantastic location!

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We wandered around the grounds and outside of the tasting room. There were so many great places to choose from!

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I knew Claire was bringing her six month old puppy along to the session but I had no idea what he looked like. Imagine my surprise when I saw was a giant Saint Bernard! Leon was so well behaved and totally adorable but MAN he is so huge! His head is bigger than Claire’s! 🙂

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Love this golden light coming through the grapes vines! Claire you are so beautiful and are a joy to photograph!!

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Thank you so much for an wonderful session Claire!! I had so much fun during your session and look forward to your themed session soon!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My spring calendar is almost full! 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

Newlin | FCHS – Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Newlin | FCHS – Class of  2018 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

I hope everyone had a great summer! I’ve been busy taking senior yearbook photos for FCHS, LCHS and a few of the other schools. If you haven’t taken yours yet, no worries. I’m still scheduling them! Last week though, I had my first outdoor session of season with Newlin, one of my 2018 senior models from FCHS. I love taking yearbook photos & studio shots but shooting outdoor is my absolute favorite!

Usually portraits in August are pretty hot & humid but we were fortunate enough to have an absolutely wonderful day! After Newlin had her makeup done by Sydney (my fabulous MUA), we headed out to a gorgeous farm near Zion’s Crossroads, Virginia.  I’d driven past the farm many times (and always marveled at how beautiful it was) but this was my first time actually getting to go inside the property!

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I’m so glad that we decided to bring this red hat along…it was the perfect compliment to Newlin’s outfit! Man oh man do I love theses photos! I’ve told Newlin before that I loved her face and I wasn’t joking. I LOVE photographing her!

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Since Newlin is the current President of Fluvanna’s FFA and has been a member of the organization since she was a freshman, it was only fitting that we had her session at this fantastic farm!

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I couldn’t resist taking a few more of Newlin with the hat. Especially since we had this amazing sunset to pair it with!

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A quick outfit change and we moved on. One of the best things about this place was all the variety it has in a relatively small space!

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Thank you so much for an outstanding session Newlin!! I always have the best time photographing you and I look forward to next time!

 CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My fall 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

Britney | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Britney | FCHS | Class of 2017 – Charlottesville

I hope everyone had a great summer! I’ve been busy taking senior yearbook photos for FCHS, LCHS and a few of the other schools. If you haven’t taken yours yet, no worries. I’m still scheduling them! I had a little bit of a break before my busy fall season though so I though I’d update my blog with some of my spring sessions from the Class of 2017.

Britney actually broke her senior portraits up into two different sessions, fall & spring. This an excellent way to get the best of both worlds. You can take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage and then in the spring, you have an entirely different look to your gallery! For her fall session, we went to the downtown Palmyra area. It’s one of my favorite places to capture the beautiful fall leaves! Britney was so easy to photograph, I barely had to give her any direction at all!

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We took a quick trip over to Pleasant Grove to finish up her fall session. I love Britney’s smiling photos but man! Her model stare is absolutely gorgeous too!!

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Time flew by again and we geared up for the spring part of the session. Just like last time, Britney blew me away in front of the camera…she’s an absolute natural!

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Thanks again for choosing me as your senior photographer Britney! I really enjoyed working with you throughout the year and wish you nothing but the best at Virginia Tech…GO HOKIES!!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My fall calendar is almost completely full! 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

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography

Last March, I attended a photography conference in Saint Louis named Shutterfest. Their tag line is “Shutterfest is not just a conference. It’s an experience.” and man oh man were they right! I learned so much, made new friends and got super inspired to try out some new photography techniques!

Melanie Anderson (one of the amazing instructors) taught a class called Extreme Seniors. During the class she showed how she photographs athletes in her studio. It was incredible! Not only was she a fantastic speaker, but I was blown away by how cool the photos looked. I was instantly hooked! I love taking taking dramatic portraits in my studio but I never really thought about doing it with athletes. It really opened my eyes!

I tested out my knowledge on a few of my 2017 models and fell in love with the results! Super edgy and dramatic, with textured backdrops, it really helps capture the intensity of sports. I’ve photographed students that play football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, field hockey, golf, track and even cheerleading!

I keep the photos black and white so you don’t have to deal with competing colors of the uniforms and equipment. All you are focusing on is the athlete and their gear. Photos like these are a wonderful alternative to traditional sports portraits!

Of course, you don’t have to be serious in your sports photo. If if feels more natural for you to smile, then by all means show me your pearly whites! 🙂

You don’t have to be a senior to schedule one of these sessions. I’d love to photograph athletes of all ages!

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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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