Allow me to introduce you to one of my FAVORITE sessions EVER! I love all senior and teen sessions for the individuality and creative vibe that is different based on each kid and who they are and what they love - but THIS one....just slayed the scope of creativity in ONE session and shows what is possible with meticulous planning and a crew that vibes together SO well!
Our first and second set you see is mom's special request. She wanted that quintessential classic smiling senior portrait. And mom is a photographer, too, so we totally got it! But the senior, a ballerina, had been photographed as a dancer for years and REALLY really wanted the Platinum experience we offer and her biggest request was to be photographed in her OTHER favorite element: Fashion!
So Nicole (makeup artist) and I set out to create an amazing creative fashion experience that would be UNFORGETTABLE! As you can see our second set was PROM. Olivia totally slayed the look with some amazing color pop shoes she scouted especially for her session - along with two sweet locations especially scouted just for this look. Nicole gave her a soft glam look with cascading waves of blonde to compliment her floral designer gown.
We went from classic beauty portrait to street style glam in a matter of minutes just by crossing the street and and using an old church for a street chic vibe.
But LOOK what we did just 3 blocks away!!! THIS is why I love shooting in Austin Texas so much! You can change your scene from glam to edgy street style in a matter of 3 blocks. Our next set was BOLD and VIBRANT and Olivia took it to the next level with one of our purple smoke bombs we ordered when customizing her session!
Our next look was one of my absolute favorites and the two locations planned for this look were perfect in every way! Olivia has impeccable style and fashion sense and looked amazing in a draped silk kimono finished off with a gorgeous fae-like headpiece that really helped set the scene as more of a saturated, painterly, dreamscape than the reality of mid-town Austin.
With cool tones and plum hues complimenting her soft flowing look, it just doesn't get any dreamier than this!
One of the looks I've been dying to do, fit Olivia's style perfectly and that was inspired by the infamous Coachella festival and all of it's fashion. Coachella happened to be going on simultaneously the same week of Olivia's Platinum session. This little number has been on my style rack for a year just waiting for the right senior to come along and slip into it! We ordered a red smoke bomb to go with this epic street scene taking place at this ICONIC wall in downtown Austin.
Be sure and catch the hilarious "behind the scenes" of Olivia's senior story video at the end of this post, to see what she did with her platform heels after this set!
Now we come to Olivia's number one passion: BALLET! She has worked tirelessly on her dream toward professional ballet and it's amazing to watch her in her element and see the passion and dedication she has to the art of dance and all it's beautiful forms.
BTS fact: We planned to use a red smoke grenade at this Austin skyline location, but in the weeks leading up to this shoot, there was a crazy package bomber on the loose in Austin. The last thing we wanted to do was cause a scare while everyone was still so on edge. So we opted for the flowy red fabric instead, and couldn't be happier with how it came out! Her pointe shoes are simply spray painted to match the color pop of red fabric.
And last, but not least: more fun with color! After we wrapped our dance set up and the sun went down on the Austin city lights, we finished off our skyline shoot with a change back into something edgy, to finish off with colored powders (inspired by my first published shoot) and some glitter and sparkles!
Be sure to check out Olivia's premier video below to see what an entire shoot with us is like! Olivia and her mom booked our Platinum Experience and added one hour of extra time and drone footage to her session to complete her amazing day with a video and 6 different looks and 7 locations!
Hair and makeup by the very talented Nicole Gonzales! It still blows my mind that Nicole, Olivia, and I fit that many looks into ONE entire shoot, but we amazingly did it! The Platinum Experience is definitely the way to go! So much fun for all of us!