Victoria | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Charlottesville senior portraits

Victoria | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Victoria, a senior from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. Victoria’s outdoor session took place back in October 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 briefly met Victoria and her mom when we had her yearbook session over the summer. Things move so quickly during those sessions, we didn’t really get a chance to talk in detail. I’m sure it can be a little nerve-wracking to have a portrait session when you don’t really know the photographer! I was glad that Victoria took me up on my offer to have an in person consultation before the actual session date.  We went over hair, make-up & outfit choices for the session. I also showed examples of the different areas we could use for the session.

Victoria knew she wanted a natural session so we used some of my favorite locations around Fluvanna county, including a few in my neighborhood. Sometimes the best locations are literally in your own back yard!

I always tell seniors to bring TONS of outfits, way more than they think we’ll be able to use. Victoria took me up on that suggestion! She brought so many different outfit choices, I felt like a personal stylist!

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Victoria is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and always seems so be smiling. Even so, I still had to take a few serious shots of her. Talk about eyes being the windows to your soul, she is drop dead gorgeous!

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You can’t go wrong with an American flag, a Ford Mustang and a pair of boots!

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I joked that Victoria looked like she could be one of the models at a Ford auto show!

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We moved onto the river for the last part of her session. All of her different outfit choices really adds variety to her gallery of photos!

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Last shots of the night! I had to climb inside the branches of a fallen tree to get these shots but it was way worth it!

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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

Photography Lighting Classes | Ali Johnson Photography

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

 Photography Lighting Classes | Ali Johnson Photography

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

I love, love, LOVE using my lights. Indoors or out, in the shade or in full sun, I use at least one in almost every single portrait session. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are tons of gorgeous natural light portraits out there but for me and my style, using light is the way to go!

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me how I light my images. I’ve always been an open book when it comes to sharing information and happily gave them tips and advice through e-mail. I noticed them coming back with more questions because they still weren’t achieving what they wanted with their lights.

If you’re anything like me, hands on learning is the way to go! I can read about a concept ten times and not have it click. If I actually try it out, and can see the results first hand, it stays with me forever!

There is so much information to learn. Knowing what modifiers to use for what occasion, knowing when to use your flash for fill or how to over power the sun. Even knowing where to place your light to get the most flattering results…it can be overwhelming!

That’s why I’ve finally decided to offer one on one lighting classes. Whether you’re brand new to using lights, have a speedlite you’ve never pulled out of the box or use a few strobes but aren’t getting the results you’d, this is your opportunity to figure it out once and for all!

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There are many reasons why I prefer creating my own light vs using natural light but the biggest one is it allows me shoot any where any time of day. How many times have you had a session where it was really gloomy outside or you had the light run out before you were finished with your client? Sure, you can crank up your ISO; but at some point, there just isn’t enough light. When you use Off Camera Flash (OCF), you create your own light! This particular photo was shot about 15 minutes after sunset.

This one was shot around 4:30 in the afternoon. Two very different looks, both were achieved by using my lights.

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Want to learn how to shoot yearbook photos or head shots in the studio? I can help you with that!

Interested in creating super dramatic portraits in your studio or even in the gym of your high school? I can help with that too!

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Perhaps you want to learn how to how using OCF can make your photos pop, without being overly dramatic. I can hook you up!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

The cost is $500 for a two-hour session. If you’d prefer more time, additional instruction may be purchased for an additional $150 per hour.

We can have the session in my studio, at one of my favorite outdoor locations, or a combination of both. Your lighting class can be tailored to fit your specific needs, what ever they may be! We’ll chat before the session to find out exactly what you know and what you want to learn.

I’ll use one of my senior models so you can try out my instructions, as I’m telling them to you. You’ll walk away from our time together with the skills to rock your next session! You’ll also have a model release so you can use the photos you take in your portfolio!

I’ll be available to you after the class if you have any follow-up questions. If you’re interested in taking your lighting game to the next level, or have any questions, send me a message today!

A $100 deposit is required to reserve your class date. Payment in full must be received a week before the date of your class. You must live or run your business OUTSIDE of a 200 mile radius from Charlottesville, VA.

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

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

 

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