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!

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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

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

Emily | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Emily | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Emily, one of my senior spokesmodels from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. As a photographer, I always love to try new things so when Emily suggested taking a few photos on her trampoline, I jumped at the chance! 🙂 Okay, not literally…I left that up to Emily. How she managed to jump up so high and still look gorgeous is beyond me but she did it! Next we moved on to take a few shots in her yard. The leaves were at their peak and made a fantastic backdrop! To make matters better, Emily’s mom brought out an antique chair that belonged to her grandmother. What a brilliant idea Liz! It’s a really great way to add a personal element to the photos!

Our next stop was the downtown Palmyra Area. Those of you that follow me know that I use this location a lot. You’d think I’d get bored of it but I never do! Its a pretty small area that I stick to, not even a quarter of a mile long. In this tiny space though, I can get a ton of different looks out of a session! I really try to make every sessions different  so everyone will have their own unique gallery of images. We finished up the session with a silhouette shot (it’s been forever since I took one of those!) and a few sunset shots. Emily you are such a sweetheart and I absolutely love photographing you! I had the best time with you and  I can’t wait for the next session!

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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

Lindsay | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Lindsay | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Lindsay, one of my senior spokesmodels from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. We had her session in downtown Palmyra one day after school. I’ve used this location many times in the past and I really love it! Within this small area, I can get so many different looks out of a session and since there are so many great spots,  I can make every session look different! I really try not to make two sessions look the same so everyone will have their own unique gallery of images.

I have the best time hanging out Lindsay and her mother Judi …they are so much fun to be around!  Lindsay is such a happy person, it seems like she’s always smiling! Of course if I had those awesome dimples, I think I’d smile all the time too! When she put on her black dress and was standing in the field of winter grass, the scene really seemed to call for a more somber expression. Lindsay pulled it off perfectly! These photos are a little darker than my normal style and I am so happy with the results! Thanks for another fabulous afternoon Lindsay & Judi…I can’t wait for the next session!

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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

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

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