Senior Portraits Charlottesville | Brianna – FCHS – Class of 2016

Brianna | Fluvanna County High School – 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  I loved spending time with my family but now it’s time to get back to updating 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 Brianna, one my awesome senior reps for Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2016. I photographed her back in March with the rest of my 2016 reps and then again in June when I took her yearbook photo but this was my first time having a session with just Bri!

I’m not sure if you guys remember but back in September, we had a ton of rain. I mean a TON…it seemed like it rained forever!! For photographers that schedule sessions every weekend, this can be a total pain! Thankfully I have a studio that I can use as a back-up plan.

Though I’m very happy to have my studio as an option, I was a little bummed that I couldn’t photo Brianna outside. That quickly changed though when I saw all of the wonderful outfits she’d brought with her! She was crowned Miss Fluvanna 2014 and has so many beautiful prom/pageant dresses..I was in heaven!

We started out with a casual outfit but then decided to have the rest of the outfits be about glamour and drama!

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Seniors often ask me what they should wear for their session and my number one answer is layers!  This is  a perfect example of why…all it took was a quick removal of her denim shirt and we had a different look for Bri!

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We upped the glam level with her next outfit by adding in some pearls and sparkly shoes. Bri can totally rock the serious model stare but you can see that she couldn’t hide her true bubbly personality for very long! SO adorable!!

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Then it was time for full on elegance with the rest of Briana’s outfits. As she changed into her first gown, I changed up my lighting to have more of a dramatic feeling. Brianna, you are absolutely gorgeous!!

Another thing I love about studio sessions, is that we get a change to play around with my style closet. I had Bri try on a sequined mini-dress that I had. She looked incredible in it, but wanted the photos to have more of an elegant feel to them. We took some black sequined fabric I had, wrapped it around her waist and ended up with an amazing impromptu long dress!  She looked so regal and powerful in it, I had to take one with her Miss Fluvanna crown!

A quick background change as she changed into another fabulous outfit. I love this color on you Brianna and the texture in the dress is fantastic!  🙂

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We ended up the session with? You guessed it…another incredible gown! This time though we changed it up a bit. Brianna is an amazing athlete so we wanted to give a quick nod to the sports she plays: softball, basketball and volleyball. Smart, beautiful and athletic? She’s a triple threat! 🙂

When Brianna applied to be one of my senior reps last year, she wrote in her application “I enjoy doing things in our community and helping others. My passion is for children that have had to endure cancer. I lost my very best friend at 13 from cancer and I wish to make a positive impact one day in fighting that dreadful disease.” That really touched me and I thought that this was a very sweet way for her to pay a tribute to the friend she lost.  Brianna recently passed the Virginia state board test and became a registered CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). I know her family is super proud of her and all the amazing ways she’ll be helping people!

Thank you so much for a fabulous afternoon Brianna and Pam (Bri’s wonderful mother)! I had the BEST time with you guys and look forward to both your color inspired session and the outdoor part of your session this spring.

CLASS of 2017 – Have you applied to be an AJP spokesmodel yet? If you’re interested, find out more information here

CLASS of 2016 – 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

Ali Johnson Photography – Senior Models | Class of 2017

Ali Johnson Photography Senior models

Ali Johnson Photography – Senior Models  | Class of 2017

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2015 has flown by!! It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time to start thinking about my AJP Senior Models for the Class of 2017!

AJP Senior models receive all kinds of perks including free sessions so if you are currently a junior in the Charlottesville area and will be graduating high school in 2017, then check out the information below!

What is an Ali Johnson Photography senior model?

A senior model is basically a spokesperson for Ali Johnson Photography. I’ll use them for my marketing materials throughout the year and their job is to spread the word about my photography business.

What does an AJP senior model receive?

  • A free mini-session during the spring or summer before your senior year. This will be combined with all of the other AJP models and will be a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.
  • An extended senior session in the fall, including three free gift prints (up to 8×10)!
  • A $20 credit for every senior that you refer to me that books a session. Refer enough people and your session could be completely free!
  • A password protected online gallery with the digital images from your sessions. You will be able to download the photos from the gallery and your family can order quality prints and products from my professional photo lab!
  • A personalized mobile app with photos from your sessions throughout the school year.
  • You’ll also receive a free stylized mini session based on the theme that we decide on. For my 2016 reps, I’m having color inspired sessions…who know what we’ll come up with for the class of 2017! 🙂

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Ali Johnson Photography Senior models

What are the AJP senior model requirements?

  • You must currently be a 2016 Junior, graduating from high school in 2017.
  • I’m accepting applications from both public and private schools in Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area. However, if you live a little outside that area, don’t hesitate to fill out an application. I’d love to talk with you!
  • Modeling experience is not required!
  • I want you to have a great style, an outgoing, friendly personality and enjoy being in front of the camera.
  • Have an online social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Agree to tell your friends and classmates about Ali Johnson Photography and share your senior portraits with them.
  • Have your parents or legal guardians sign a model release form.
  • You and your parents must agree to promote only Ali Johnson Photography for your senior portraits from the time of acceptance through the entire 2016-2017 school year.
  • If you are chosen as one of my reps, a $100 deposit is required to secure your senior rep position.

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How do I become an AJP senior model?

  • If you’re interested in being considered as an AJP senior model for the Class of 2017, fill out a Model Application . This is your opportunity to let me know all about you so be sure to tell me about your hobbies and interests…anything that makes you tick! Though my senior models consist mostly of girls I do have one guy! I’d love to have more guys this year though so be sure to spread the word to all of your guy friends!!
  • Due to the large volume of applications from FCHS, I’ve had to close the spokesmodel search for that school. I’m super excited about all of the amazing people that have applied!
  • The deadline for all of the other schools is Sunday 1/24 at midnight!

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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 | 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

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