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Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Senior Photos

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Location is everything. For your senior session, it isn’t just a colorful backdrop or a scenic view. A location done right should reflect your personality, and ultimately who you are as a person. Where you have your portraits done will say a lot about you, after all, and you want it to be authentic! Thankfully, there are many wonderful locations around the Houston, TX area, and there’s always the option for a beautiful destination session in the place you’ve always dreamed of going. Wherever it is, we’ll work together to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you. In the meantime, here are some of my tips for finding the perfect location for your senior photos!

Know who you are

This is the best place to start, even though it may take a bit of thought to narrow down just what makes you special. Would you describe yourself as a fashionista? Do you love an urban vibe, do you love the woods? Are you an artsy person, or do you like sophistication and elegance? Are you casual, or are you fast-paced? These are all questions you’ll have to ask yourself, because they directly impact where your senior photos will be. Mull over your personality traits, and make a list of all the things that you love, even writing a short description of yourself. All of this info will jumpstart the process of finding the best location for you!

Know who you’re not

If you’re having trouble describing yourself, then describing who you’re not might help you zero in on what makes you different. Maybe you’re not a fan of the beach, or you just can’t stand it out in the sun. Or maybe you don’t like anything cliché, and you want something different than what your classmates are doing. Figuring out what you don’t want your session to include is just as important as finding the best location! You can even collect a few photos of places or sessions you’re not into, and show them to your photographer so they know what to avoid, and get to know your interests better.

Choose a meaningful location

Your favorite memories have a home. Maybe it was your grandparent’s backyard out in the country, or it’s your favorite haunt downtown from when you were a just a tyke. Having your senior session where you made some of your happiest memories will make your shoot mean so much more, and reflect not only who you are, but your own unique history as well!

Think about the time

This is usually the thing that slips the mind when considering your location. The perfect time equals the perfect light, and that can make or break a session: for example, an outdoor session at noon will yield some less-than-flattering results. Sunrise and sunset sessions are gorgeous, but it takes some extra planning to make sure we get catch the sun at the best time. Thankfully, you don’t have to think too hard about what time will work best for your favorite location, because your photographer will have the inside scoop.

Get creative with it

You’ll only have a senior session once in your lifetime, so why not do something totally unique? Make time for brainstorming: get together with some friends and check out Pinterest for some fun ideas, or talk to family and friends you know that might have access to a special location or two. It could be a rooftop, a vacant loft, an event venue, or even a vintage motorbike garage or an airplane hangar. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to have your photos done in Paris, or on the hills of Scotland, or at the Tower of London. Get creative with it, and find someplace that will help you stand out and show off your unique personality!

In the end, the best place to have your senior session will be the place that you love the most. Stay true to who you are, and you’re sure to choose the perfect location for your senior session!

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What to Bring with you to College

The journey from high school to college and onward is one of the best ones, but it can be a bit frightening without preparation. It’s so important to prepare before college, because as soon as you get there, you’ll be studying and keeping busy for what will feel like 24/7. If you’re missing some essentials, you might panic, and your grades may suffer for it. The whole journey can be a bit overwhelming, but I’m here to help! Here are a few necessities to prepare you for university.

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Under-bed Storage

Dorms aren’t the biggest rooms in the world, so it’s important to buy items for their storage and for their multi-functionality. This one will go under your bed, and it’ll store shoes, blankets, off-season clothes, and whatever else you can fit in there.

USB Bed Risers

To get some more room under your bed, use these bed risers to give you that extra height. These are dual-use as well, since one of the risers has an outlet and USB ports, for all of your charging needs. Now you can sleep easy in a cleaner room, while everything charges literally at the foot of your bed.

Thin Hangers

You wouldn’t think this would be something as important, but closet space is that essential. You’re bringing and buying enough clothes to last you for a few years, throughout each season, so you’re going to want as much space as possible. These huggable hangers will keep everything organized and hanging close together, allowing you to keep everything hung and wrinkle-free.

Storage Ottoman

These wonderful footstools will let you keep your feet comfy while storing whatever you can fit inside it. It’s the classic dual-purpose furniture, and it can end up being one of the most important pieces in your dorm. There’s so many different styles to choose from, but this modern gray-white chevron one is a good place to start.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sometimes, it’s just impossible to study due to all the noise going on around you. Libraries might not always be the answer, but noise cancelling headphones might be just the thing. This wireless Cowin pair is great for the price, and offers you perfect silence in even the busiest of places. Store them in your backpack or in your dorm for quick access whenever you need some soothing tunes, or just some peace and quiet.

Stepping out on this grand college journey is so exciting, and when you’re prepared, there’s nothing holding you back from accomplishing everything you’ve ever wanted to. Here’s to your bright future!

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