Sadie | Monticello High School – Class of 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

Senior Portraits Charlottesville

Sadie | MHS | 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year! I’m playing catch up with adding senior portrait sessions to my website and one of my goals is to get it updated as soon as possible. Last fall was my busiest season 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 Sadie, my senior spokesmodel from Monticello High School’s Class of 2017. The weather wasn’t looking too promising on the day of Sadie’s session, it was overcast and kind of dreary looking. The minute Sadie got in front of the lens though, it didn’t matter…she lit the whole scene up with her gorgeous self! 🙂 She also chose some of the best outfits for her session…the sweater with the open back was one of my favorites!

We had the session at a friend of Sadie’s house in Crozet, Virginia. I’m always a little nervous having a session at a place that I’ve never been to before but I shouldn’t have worried. The location was fantastic! Tons of ivy and evergreen trees, open fields and an awesome weathered barn. At the end of the session, we went to a nearby field with a gorgeous view of the mountains. The fog on them was so beautiful! We totally lucked out too because seconds after I loaded up my gear, it started raining! Thanks for another fabulous session Sadie…I look forward to the next time!

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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

Amber | Louisa County High School – Class of 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

Amber | LCHS | 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year! I am unbelievably behind on adding senior portrait sessions to my website so one of my goals is to get is updated ASAP. Last fall was my busiest season 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 Amber, a senior from Louisa County High School’s Class of 2017. We met up at her at her Great Aunt & Uncle’s farm in Mineral, Virginia. It was with out a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Virginia! There were so many fantastic spots on the farm, I could spend a whole week there and still not use them all!

It was actually sprinkling on the way to the session but as soon as I arrived, the rain stopped and the sun came out…it was perfect timing! At the end of the session, we took advantage of the gorgeous sunset and had Amber get in the water. She probably though I was crazy when I asked her to sit (and then lie down!) in the water but she was up for anything I threw at her! The last few photos were some of my favorites of all time…Amber you are absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Amber & Heather! I had so much fun with you guys and wish you nothing but the best with your future Amber. Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

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

LaMaya | Fluvanna County High School – Class of 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

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LaMaya | Fluvanna County High School | 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year! I am unbelievably behind on adding senior portrait sessions to my website so one of my goals is to get is updated ASAP! Last fall was my busiest season even 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 LaMaya, a beautiful senior from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017  Usually portraits in August are pretty hot & humid but we were fortunate enough to have an absolutely gorgeous day. We started her session in the downtown Palmyra, VA where we took advantage of the glorious sunlight that was streaming through the trees. We even managed to find a few flowers that were in bloom!

I love it when seniors add something personal to their sessions and that’s exactly what LaMaya did! We moved onto the Fluvanna County High School so she could show off her amazing track skills! I’ve never photographed someone who ran hurdles before…it was so cool! I would have broken my neck but she made it look so easy! Not to mention the fact that she looked like a superstar while doing it! 🙂

Thanks for a fantastic afternoon LaMaya. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you. Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck with your future!

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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

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

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