Taylor Swift Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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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, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean and 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 fourth one from the series…a Taylor Swift icon session!

Megan, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, decided on Taylor Swift…she even had a pink guitar to use! She also has beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair like Taylor Swift. It was the perfect match!

We made a Pinterest board with the Taylor Swift photos that we liked and then we selected outfits and poses based on that. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

It’s so much fun copying the look of the icons we’ve chosen. Especially with someone that’s had a ton of different looks over the years like Taylor Swift! With clothing, props, and the help of Mary & Sydney (the incredible hair & makeup artists I work with), we were able to transform Megan into a few of the many Taylor Swift looks!

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The red heart glasses were an absolute must. Megan you look absolutely adorable!!

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When Megan showed me her new bunny shoes, I about died! They are the cutest thing ever!!

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We didn’t find any shots of Taylor wearing this exact hat but with the red lips Megan had, I had to take a few shots with it. She has the best smile ever!

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For the last photos of the session, we utilized Megan’s pink guitar and added a little glamor with a sequined tank and a black tutu. It was perfect!

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My gosh Megan, you look so beautiful in these. Your eyes are over the top gorgeous!!!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Megan. You absolutely captured the essence of Taylor Swift! Another gigantic thanks to Mary & Sydney, I couldn’t have done it with out you guys! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have John Mayer, Katy Perry & Beyonce coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

James Dean Icon Session | Charlottesville Senior Photographer

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James Dean Icon Session | Charlie | FCHS

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 and Audrey Hepburn and 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 third one from the icon series…James Dean!

When Charlie, one of my senior models from Fluvanna County High School, selected James Dean I was so excited! Talk about an icon. His look and style have inspired so many people over the years. I’ve been a fan since high school when I watched Rebel with a Cause!

We made a Pinterest board with the James Dean photos that we liked and then we selected outfits and poses based on that. Here are some of the photos we used for inspiration:

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Charlie had it pretty easy because he didn’t have to sit for an hour getting his makeup done like the girls did! I did have Mary (my amazing hairy stylist) work her magic on his hair though. Charlie, I swear you should wear your hair like this every day…it looks fantastic!

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Are you kidding me?! Charlie, you look so incredible! I swear it looks like you stepped out of 1955!

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Many people don’t know that James Dean wore glasses but he sure did. In high school, I had a photo of him with glasses on plastered on one of my notebooks!

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I think it’s so awesome that James Dean played a brooding loner in a lot of his movies but he also had an awesome sense of humor too! This photo is a little different that the one we saved but I still love it!

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For the last photos of the session, I wanted to try low key lighting. They ended up being some of my absolutely favorites!

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This leather jacket belonged to my father. He gave it to me and I wore it in high school. It was the perfect addition to the session!

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Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon Charlie. You absolutely captured the essence of James Dean! Another gigantic thanks to Mary, I couldn’t have done it with out you! Stay tuned for the more icon sessions through out the school year. I have Taylor Swift, Katy Perry & Beyonce coming up in the next few weeks!

CLASS of 2017 – My spring schedule is almost full! 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

Caleb | Western Albemarle High School – 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

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Caleb | WAHS | 2017 – Senior Portraits Charlottesville

Tonight on my blog we have Caleb, a senior from Western Albemarle High School’s Class of 2017. Before Caleb’s session, I had a phone consultation with his mother Ginger. We went over possible session locations and clothing choices. It also gave me the opportunity to find out a little bit about Caleb’s interests and hobbies. Among other things, he is an Eagle Scout, loves to off shore fish and has worked at Pollack Vineyard for the past three years. Much as I would have loved to incorporate deep sea fishing into the session, we decided to stick to the vineyard.

I’d never been to Pollack Vineyards before but it was gorgeous! Mountain views, a pond, interesting outbuildings, and of course the actual vineyard itself. Since Caleb works there were we pretty much able to have access to the whole place. There was so much variety…it was awesome!

Thanks for a fantastic afternoon Caleb & Ginger! Caleb, you were so laid back and easy to photograph; I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with you! Enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck at Christopher Newport University!

CLASS of 2018 – Have you applied to be an AJP senior spokesmodel yet? Find out all the details here!

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Since going deep sea fishing wasn’t an option, this was a little nod towards one of Caleb’s favorite things to do!

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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

Senior Models | Class of 2018 – Charlottesville Portrait Photographer

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Ali Johnson Photography – Senior Models | Class of 2018

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s already time to start thinking about my AJP Senior spokesmodels for the Class of 2018!

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 2018, 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, including your yearbook photo.
  • A free stylized mini session based on the theme that we decide on. For my 2016 reps, we had color inspired sessions, for 2017 reps we’re having icon sessions …who know what we’ll come up with for the class of 2018! 🙂
  • The opportunity to participate in free mini-sessions with me through out the year. I often want to test out new lighting techniques or backdrops. This year all of my 2017 models received extreme sports sessions as an extra perk!
  • 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.
  • All in all you’ll have a blast and will receive TONS of amazing photos to document your senior year!

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What are the AJP senior model requirements?

  • You must currently be a 2017 Junior, graduating from high school in 2018.
  • 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, 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 2017-2018 school year.
  • If you are chosen as one of my reps, a $100 deposit is required to secure your senior rep position. At the time of your extended session, the remaining $400 will be due.

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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 2018, fill out a Model Application .
  • This is your opportunity to let me know all about you! I had a record number of students apply last year and the decision process was extremely hard! Part of what helped narrow it down was what they applicants had to say! I’m looking for people who are from all walks of life so be sure to tell me about your thoughts, hobbies and interests…anything that makes you tick!
  • Though my senior models consist mostly of girls I have two guys on my 2017 team and would love to have more with the Class of 2018!
  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday 2/19 at midnight!

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CLASS of 2017 – My spring calendar is filling up quickly! If you haven’t already scheduled your portrait session, 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

Aurora & Savannah | FCHS – Class of 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

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Aurora & Savannah | FCHS | 2017 – Charlottesville Senior Portraits

Tonight on my blog we have Aurora & Savannah, two of my senior spokesmodels from Fluvanna County High School’s Class of 2017. Between my busy schedule and theirs, we had the hardest time getting them in front of the camera! A few days before Christmas, we had a break in the cold weather so I got the two of them together for a mini-session. After they had their make-up done, we headed over to Food Lion. Now before you think I’m crazy, just hear me out! A few days earlier, I was driving around looking for interesting locations when I drove past the Food Lion. Behind the store there was this really cool , weathered retaining wall. I thought it would be a great place for a few photographs and Aurora & Savannah were down to give it a try!

When we got there, we also found a truck parked in the loading dock and a set of stairs we could use. It was perfect! Because we going to be changing locations so quickly, I decided to shoot these photos using only natural light. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I use my lights during every single session so it’s really rare for me! One of the benefits about using natural light is the incredible catchlights you can get in your subjects eyes. Aurora and Savannah have beautiful eyes on their own but with natural light and a reflector? They looked over to top gorgeous!

We then drove over to Lake Monticello Rescue Squad. Another unusual location, I know but I’d spied a interesting looking place behind their parking lot. The sun was starting to set and it turned all of the dead grass and trees the most beautiful orange color…Aurora & Savannah looked fabulous! At the end of the session we headed back to my neighborhood for a few shots in the pine trees. Last but not not least, the girls pulled out their Christmas sweaters for one of the cutest shots I’ve ever taken! I had SO much fun with you Aurora & Savanna! You guys made the afternoon an absolute blast and I can’t wait for your next sessions!

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Yep, these were shot beside a Food Lion truck! Sometimes you just gotta step outside the box and try a crazy idea! 🙂

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Aurora is always happy and smiling so serious photos aren’t really her thing. I always take a few though. Can you blame me when she looks like this? Aurora you are stunning!!

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We’d been talking about taking this photo of Savanna with her fur hood for months. So glad we finally had the chance to shoot it. Savanna, you look absolutely amazing!!

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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

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