Senior Portraits Charlottesville – AJP 2018 Senior Model Team

Senior Portraits Charlottesville – AJP 2018 Senior Models

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I’ve loved working with the Class of 2017 but now it’s time to pass the torch to the class of 2018!

A few weeks ago, I had my group session with my 2018 senior models. I’ve learned my lesson about having our group session too early in the year. In the past I’ve had to reschedule it multiple times due to weather. This year we waited until June so there would be less chance of inclement weather. I’m glad we waited because we couldn’t have asked for a better day!

I’ll be photographing this awesome bunch throughout the school year (including our themed sessions) so stay tuned!

First we have the up and coming seniors representing Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, Va.

Abby – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Haley – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Jilian – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Kristen – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Madison – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

NaRayal – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Newlin – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Niva – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Shaun – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Sydney – Fluvanna County High School | Class of 2018

Adriana – Louisa County High School | Class of 2018

Claire – Louisa County High School | Class of 2018

Brittney – Orange County High School | Class of 2018

Lauryn – Orange County High School | Class of 2018

Nalayith – Monticello High School | Class of 2018

Paigee – Culpeper County High School | Class of 2018

Kiley – Mountain View High School | Class of 2018

Zach – Glen Allen High School | Class of 2018

Zach was unable to attend our group shoot so instead I took a few studio shots after I took his formal yearbook photo. So in love with the way they turned out!

What a fantastic group!! I am thrilled to have them on the team and really look forward to our sessions throughout the year. Thanks again for a great afternoon guys…I had so much fun and can’t wait until next time!!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you scheduled your portrait session yet? My fall calendar is almost full! 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, Louisa and Fluvanna County VA

Josh | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Josh | FCHS | 2017 – Sports Portraits – Charlottesville

I know many guys aren’t into the idea of a big portrait session. That’s where sports portraits come in. I take a few casual, smiling photos (yes guys, your mom wants a few photos of you smiling!) and then the rest of the session is you, playing the sports that you love. While smiles are allowed, the certainly are not required!

When Josh’s mom suggested breaking his sports portrait session into three different sessions, I was intrigued! Over the summer, I’d take casual studio photos (along with his yearbook photo), some basketball photos in the FCHS gym in the winter, and in the spring, baseball photos on the school’s field. I thought it was a fantastic idea! Not only did I get to photograph Josh playing the sports that he loves, but it would also help document how he has changed over the school year.

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Before I knew it, it was time for Josh’s basketball session! I’m always so thankful to the coaches for taking time out of their schedules to let us into the gym…especially during their winter break!

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Time flew by again and we geared up for the final session…baseball! Some photographers might be upset when it’s overcast for a session but I love the dramatic sky it can provide!

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Last but not least, I had to share two photos of Josh and his parents. I encourage parents to take a photo or two with their senior…it’s an important time in your lives and you should have some quality photos to remember it by! Thanks for a memorable year Josh, Jody and Robert. I really enjoyed working with you guys and wish Josh nothing but the best at Longwood University!

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!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

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!

Photography Lighting Classes - Ali Johnson Photography

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 100 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

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Extreme Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography

Last March, I attended a photography conference in Saint Louis named Shutterfest. Their tag line is “Shutterfest is not just a conference. It’s an experience.” and man oh man were they right! I learned so much, made new friends and got super inspired to try out some new photography techniques!

Melanie Anderson (one of the amazing instructors) taught a class called Extreme Seniors. During the class she showed how she photographs athletes in her studio. It was incredible! Not only was she a fantastic speaker, but I was blown away by how cool the photos looked. I was instantly hooked! I love taking taking dramatic portraits in my studio but I never really thought about doing it with athletes. It really opened my eyes!

I tested out my knowledge on a few of my 2017 models and fell in love with the results! Super edgy and dramatic, with textured backdrops, it really helps capture the intensity of sports. I’ve photographed students that play football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, field hockey, golf, track and even cheerleading!

I keep the photos black and white so you don’t have to deal with competing colors of the uniforms and equipment. All you are focusing on is the athlete and their gear. Photos like these are a wonderful alternative to traditional sports portraits!

Of course, you don’t have to be serious in your sports photo. If if feels more natural for you to smile, then by all means show me your pearly whites! 🙂

You don’t have to be a senior to schedule one of these sessions. I’d love to photograph athletes of all ages!

Sports Portraits | Ali Johnson Photography

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

Victoria | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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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

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