Beyonce Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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Beyonce Icon Session | Gabby | LCHS

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, James Dean and several others. You should check out the whole list because I 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 ninth one from the icon series, and it’s a biggie…Beyonce!

Gabby, my senior models from Louisa County High School, immediately knew she wanted to be Beyonce. It was perfect timing because she was just releasing her new album Lemonade.  We drew a lot of our inspiration from videos from that and other albums. Here are some of the photos we added to our Pinterest board:

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It’s so much fun planning these icon sessions. Especially with someone that’s known around the world for her style like Beyonce! With clothing, props, and the help of Mary & Sydney (the incredible hair & makeup artists I work with), we were able to transform Gabby into a few of the many different  looks of Beyonce!

For the first look, we added clip in extensions so Gabby could have the long braids that Beyonce is know for in her Formation video. With the hat, outfit and jewelry, we totally nailed this look!

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Gabby you look absolutely incredible!! I’m in love with this look!

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You probably recognize this next look that we copied…it’s from Beyonce’s Single Ladies video. Since Gabby is a dancer, this part was a breeze for her!Mary added the extensions and we were ready to go!

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We pulled Gabby’s hair back into a ponytail and quickly recreated these shots. I love how Gabby looks so beautiful and confident!

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Another quick outfit change and we took some close up beauty style shots. I can not get over how amazing your eyes are Gabby!

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This instantly became a favorite of mine! I don’t remember what I said to get this expression but it’s too cute!

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For the last look of the night, we wanted to recreate Beyonce’s yellow dress in her Hold Up video. This was a super popular video and inspired tons of people to dress like it for Halloween. This became a bit of a problem because we couldn’t fine a dress like it anywhere! It was either sold out or was very expensive. We improvised and got a dress that was at least the same color!

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It was very difficult getting Gabby’s super dark hair to blend in with blonde hair extensions that I bought. It was hysterical to watch Mary try though! 🙂 Finally we decided that Gabby would be Beyonce with reddish brown hair!

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It may not be the look we were originally thinking but Gabby looks amazing!! She reminds me of a Greek goddess!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Gabby. I always have so much fun with you and have loved having you as a senior model!

Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have Melanie Martinez, Selena Gomez & Kate Hudson coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My fall schedule is starting to fill up! 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

Janis Joplin Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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Janis Joplin Icon Session | Savannah | 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, James Dean and several others. You should check out the whole list because I 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. 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 eighth one from the icon series…Janis Joplin!

When Savannah, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School (and my photography assistant), selected Janis Joplin, I was happy but not surprised. Savannah’s style is so laid back and casual, I knew there was no way she’d pick and icon that was into fancy clothes and tons of make-up.

We made a Pinterest board with the Janis 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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Savannah had it pretty easy because she didn’t have to spend hours getting her hair and makeup done. Since Janis was known for her wild untamed hair though, Savannah’s glossy shoulder length hair just wouldn’t do! I bought some clip in extensions and it took a while for me to figure out how to put them in her hair. Then I had to trim them…not an easy feat! Mary (the amazing hairy stylist I usually work with) would have laughed herself silly watching me hack away at those darn things!

Once I finally finished with Savanna’s hair, we were ready to start! Most of the photos we used for inspiration included feathers in her hair and bohemian outfits but we did find a few with a more subdued look so we started with those.  We put on some Janis music and Savannah started moving to the music!

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When thinking about Janis Joplin, this is probably the look that most people remember. Tons of colorful feathers and boas in her hair and her signature round sunglasses. We added a bunch of bracelets and necklaces and Savannah made the perfect Janis!

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Though Janis wore her glasses most of the time, I had to take a few without them so we could see Savanna’s gorgeous blue eyes!

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Savannah switched up her vest and changed the necklaces and we moved on to our version of the photo on the cover of Janis’s album Pearl. It came out in 1971 and Savannah sure does look the part!

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Another thing Janis wore a lot was her big furry hat. I was able to find one that worked perfectly! Savannah, you are absolutely adorable!!

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For the last photos of the session, I wanted then to have more of a modern feel while still capturing the hippy/bohemian vibe.

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After removing the feathers, and changing Savanna’s necklace, she almost looked like she was from this decade! 🙂

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An icon session from the 60’s wouldn’t be complete with out Janis flashing the peace sign!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Savannah. I had so much fun with you and loved watching you turn into Janis!!! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have Beyonce, Melanie Martinez & Selena Gomez coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My fall schedule is starting to fill up! 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

Lana Del Rey Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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Lana Del Rey Icon Session | Sadie | MHS

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 had each senior model choose a different icon and through out the year, we’ve had sessions based on their icon.

I’ve already photographed Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and several others. You should check out the whole list because I 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 seventh one from the series…a Lana Del Rey icon session!

I was really excited when Sadie, my senior model from Monticello High School, choose Lana Del Rey as her icon. She may not be as well-known as some of the other icons, but to those that know and love her, she is amazing!! Her style is so unique to her and I knew that it would be an amazing session!

Here are some of the photos from Pinterest that we used for inspiration:

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It was pretty easy to turn Sadie into Lana Del Rey. Well I guess I shouldn’t say that because I didn’t do anything to make it happen! It’s all thanks to Mary & Sydney (the incredible hair & makeup artists I work with). All I had to do was sit back and watch them work their magic. This was one of the first shots I took and Sadie hit it straight out of the park!

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Oh my gosh Sadie…this is absolutely perfection! I love everything about it!

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Lana Del Rey has been photographed by some of the biggest fashion photographers in the world so copying some of the photos was a little tricky. It’s not like I have fur coats and antique Victorian chairs just lying around. Not to mention the photos were shot in a castle in Toronto! We improvised with a fur wrap and some old fabric I had and I think the photos turned out perfectly!

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Another big thanks to Mary for writing Paradise on Sadie’s hand…it looks perfect! Sadie I am completely blown away by these photos, you look unbelievably regal and elegant!

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Since we aren’t anywhere near a beach, we had to improvise the background with this series of photos. They were both shot outside but I think the backdrop we used was did an excellent job of faking the clouds! 🙂 I hardly notice the background anyway because I can’t take my eyes off of Sadie!

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Since it was pretty cold outside so we had to keep it quick with these photos. Even still, poor Sadie was freezing! You’d never know it though. That’s the sign of a true model. Looking poised and gorgeous regardless of the circumstances!

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Last shots of the day and another pretty good job of recreating the inspiration photos. It’s crazy hard to choose but these might be my favorites. Sadie, you belong on the cover of a fashion magazine!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Sadie, you captured the complete essence of Lana Del Rey! Stay tuned for more icon sessions throughout the school year. I have Beyonce, Janis Joplin & Melanie Martinez coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2018 – I know it’s only March but my fall calendar is beginning to fill up! 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

 

Katy Perry Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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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

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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

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