Senior Portraits Charlottesville | Miranda – FCHS – Class of 2016

Miranda | Fluvanna County High School – 2016


I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on my senior portrait blog posts! This has been my busiest fall ever and I am honored that so many people in the Charlottesville area have chosen me as their senior portrait photographer!

Tonight on my blog we have Miranda, a senior from Fluvanna County High School. I first met Miranda in June when she came to me for her yearbook photo. I mentioned her how fantastic her make-up looked (those eyes, those cheekbones!) and she told me she was studying cosmetology in school. We discussed her being my make-up artist and she was totally on board! I’ve been wanting to incorporate make-up into my sessions for those that are interested so it was perfect timing!

During her yearbook session, we talked a little bit about her upcoming lifestyle session in October. We went over clothing choices and locations, and Miranda decided she’d have part of her session in the studio, incorporating her love of cosmetology and part outside. I was so looking forward to it but Mother Nature had different plans for us!

When the day of Miranda’s session finally rolled around, we were in the middle of almost two straight weeks of rain!  We went ahead with the studio portion of session but unfortunately had to postpone the outdoor part. Any disappointment I might have had dissapeared when I saw all of the incredible outfits and props she brought with her to my studio!

Miranda wants to go to Liberty University in the future so this was the perfect way to show her excitement! She also painted this Class of 2016 sign…totally adorable!!

After we took some photos of Miranda in a casual outfit, we decided to go full on glamour with the rest of her outfits! She looks so beautiful and regal in these series of photos and my gold chair was the perfect addition!

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Miranda had SO many fantastic outfits with her, I felt a little like I was playing dress up with a life-sized Barbie! I got a little more dramatic with my lighting and even pulled out my sparkly background to add a little extra razzel-dazzle to the photos.

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Another fabulous outfit change! Holy cow Miranda, I love these photos! You look like you’re six feet tall! 🙂

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We ended the session with a few photos to show Miranda’s love of make-up. They brought along a super cool mirror from home that they’ve had for quite sometime. When Miranda’s mom told me that Miranda usually does her make-up sitting on the floor in front of a mirror, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

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I absolutely adore her expression in theses photos…especially the one where she’s holding the hair dryer!

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I has SO much fun with Miranda and her mom and can not wait until we have the outdoor part of her session this spring.

CLASS of 2016 – Though I do have a few winter openings available both in the studio and outdoors, it’s never too early to get on my spring calendar, contact me today! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

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

Senior Portraits Charlottesville| Landon – LCHS – Class of 2016

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Landon | Louisa County High School – 2016


I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on my senior portrait blog posts! This has been my busiest fall ever and I am honored that so many people in the Charlottesville area have chosen me as their senior portrait photographer!

Today on my blog we have Landon, a senior from Louis County High School. I first met Landon and his father in July when they came to my studio for a yearbook photo session. Landon had his outdoor session scheduled in September so I was happy that I had the opportunity to meet him beforehand. It helps to give me a glimpse of their personalities before the big day!

Landon was so easy to work with during the yearbook session! In no time flat we had this fantastic yearbook photo and they were on their way back to Louisa. With all of my yearbook photos, I edit and resize them to the precise yearbook specifications and then deliver the files to the yearbook adviser myself. It’s one less thing that you have to worry about with your senior year!

Summer flew by and before I knew it, it was time for Landon’s lifestyle session outdoors! I met Landon and his parents one beautiful afternoon in downtown Palmyra.

 

Landon brought his Celtic’s hat and jacket with him and I was beyond excited! That’s one of the many things I love about lifestyle sessions! While he looked fantastic in his formal yearbook photo, his lifestyle session really let his  personality shine through!

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I love that within this small area, I can get so many different looks out of a session. We were in the middle of Fluvanna County but managed to get a both natural and a little bit of an urban feel to the photos. It was the perfect combination with Landon’s awesome style.

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Landon had said that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to smile in his photos but thankfully, that changed! He has the most amazing smile, it would have been a shame not to show it!

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Thank you for a fantastic session Landon! I really enjoyed getting to spend time with you and your parents. Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck with your future plans.

CLASS of 2016 – Though I do have a few winter openings available but in the studio and outdoors, it’s never too early to get on my spring calendar, contact me today! | 434.906.0418 | photos@alijohnson.com

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

Senior Photography Charlottesville | Makayla – FCHS – Class of 2016

Makayla | Fluvanna County High School – 2016

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on my blog posts! This has been my busiest fall ever and I am honored that so many seniors in Charlottesville amd the surrounding area have chosen me to document this important time in their lives!

Though the majority of my senior session take place outside, I love it when someone decides to have their senior photography session in my studio! It’s perfect because we can literally have the session anytime of day, in any kind of weather…we have much more flexiblity than with an outdoor session. That’s why I was happy to photograph Makayla, an adorable senior from Fluvanna County High School one evening after school.

First we took her yearbook photo and then we moved onto the fun stuff! Don’t get me wrong, formal yearbook photos are great and Makayla looks absolutely gorgeous (her eyes are SO beautiful!)  but changing up your outfit really allows your own personality shine through!

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Makayla brought the best outfits with her, right down to her shoes. If my feet weren’t so big, I might have been tempted “misplace” a few pairs of them behind a backdrop! 🙂 I was so glad that she took my suggestion to wear this sparkly tank top that I have in my style closet. It added the perfect touch of glamour to go along with these photos.

While she quickly changed her outfit, I switched out my backdrop and we continued on with the session. Makayla wasn’t feeling well that day but you’d never know it. She managed to look stunning throughout the entire session!

Another quick outfit change but this time, I used a purple gel to light up the background. This was my first time doing this and I was thrilled with the results! Not only did it perfectly match Mayakla’s dress but it’s so cool to be able to make my grey background, any color that I want!

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Thanks for a wonderful session Makayla! I had so much fun with you and your parents. Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck with your future plans. Oh and congratulations on passing your CNA exam! I know you’ll make an amazing nurse!

CLASS of 2016 – Though I do have a few winter openings availablebut in the studio and outdoors, it’s never too early to get on my spring calendar, contact me today! | 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 Photography Charlottesville | Dorothy – FCHS – Class of 2016

Dorothy | Fluvanna County High School – 2016

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on my blog posts! This has been my busiest fall ever and I am honored that so many seniors in the Charlottesville area have chosen me to document this important time in their lives!

Though the majority of my senior session take place outside, I love it when someone decides to have their session in my studio! It’s perfect because we can literally have the session anytime of day, in any kind of weather! When Dorothy, a beautiful senior from Fluvanna County High School contacted me about a studio session, I was really excited!

Not was Dorothy crowned Miss Fluvanna  2015, she was also selected as the 2016 Charlottesville Dogwood Queen! Her parents were telling me a little bit about what is involved to be chosen as Dogwood Queen and I have to say, I’m impressed but I’m not surprised. I didn’t spend that much time around her but I could tell was a sweet and kind person she is!

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After I took a few photos of Dorothy wearing her crowns (a first for me!) we moved on to her yearbook photo and other outfits. Not only is she such a sweet girl but she is drop dead gorgeous too!

This photo may be one of my all time favorites! Dorothy, your eyes are absolutely amazing! You have such an elegant old Hollywood  look to you…I swear you remind me of a young Bette Davis!

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Thanks for a wonderful session Dorothy! I had so much fun with you and your parents. Especially your father…he keep cracking me up! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck with your future plans. I know you’ll do amazing things with your life!

CLASS of 2016 – Though I do have a few winter openings available, it’s never too early to get on my spring calendar, contact me today! | 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 Photography Charlottesville | Breanna- MHS – Class of 2016

Breanna | Monticello High School – 2016

Things have been so busy around here, I’ve fallen way behind on my blog posts! I’m not complaining though, I love senior photography and am honored that so many seniors in the Charlottesville area have chosen me to document this time in their lives!

I have so many wonderful session to share and tonight, we have Breanna, one my lovely senior reps for Monticello High School’s Class of 2016.

We had Breanna’s mini-session back in June, at one of my favorite locations in the Charlottesville area. It’s such a beautiful spot and every time I go there, I seem to find something a little different. These flower are a perfect example of that…what a fantastic surprise!

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Since this was a mini-session I had to keep it short but I could have photographed Breanna all day long. She is such a  sweetheart and has the most beautiful eyes! Speaking of beautiful, I love it when a session ends with a sunset like this…the colors in the background were so amazing that night!

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Before I knew it, summer was almost over and it was time for Breanna’s fall session with me! You never know what the weather in August will bring but it was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon…tons of golden light everywhere!

I love experimenting with new locations. You’d never know these photos were shot in between a Goodwill and a doctor’s office but that what we did! Good gracious Bre, you have such a beautiful smile!

Another amazing discovery was this location filled with TONS of yellow flowers. Between the flowers, the sunlight, the awesome barn and Breanna’s gorgeous self, I was in heaven!

We ended the session with another fabulous sunset! I swear, it must lay in wait until it’s time for me to photograph you Breanna! 🙂 This last photo of this series cracks me up every time. I had Bre stand on the chair so I could have more of the sunset behind her but she looked so darn cute standing on it that I went ahead and included it in the photo!

Thanks again for a fantastic afternoon Breanna!! I had such a great time with you and look forward to the next time…especially your color session!

CLASS of 2016 – Though I do have a few winter openings available, it’s never too early to get on my spring calendar, contact me today! | 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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