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Dallin - Greensboro Senior Photographer

If you want to know amazing people, look no further than the high school seniors around you.  This one here is top notch - not exaggerating one bit.  I met up with Dallin and his sweet Mama for his Senior session back in May.  Dallin graduated from Northwest Guilford High School as a member of the Class of 2018 and is off to college very soon.  Usually I have to coax a smile out of my guy Seniors, but not this young man.  In fact, it was just the opposite!  

Quick story that I think exemplifies who Dallin is.  I actually met his family at our church last Fall and I now volunteer in the youth organization there.  A couple months ago during our week night activity, there was a young man sitting in the lobby all alone.  I wanted to grab one of our youth to go invite the boy to come participate in the activity.  I knew exactly who to go to - Dallin.  He didn't even flinch at my suggestion, but instead walked right out into the lobby and started up a conversation with the young man seated all alone.  A short while later, as I was observing the activity, I noticed that the boy had indeed joined in the games.  Where most kids would probably hesitate a little to approach someone they don't know, Dallin was confident and friendly.  Such a small act, but we all know that a little kindness can go a long way.  Definitely a guy to watch because I just know he will be a light for good in this world.

 

Teens and Seniors Influencer Program - Greensboro Senior Photographer

 

Now that it is officially 2018, I am putting the finishing touches on my Teen and Senior Influencer Program (aka Senior Model Rep).  I know January seems a little early to be thinking about Senior pictures, but believe me summer comes quickly!  And I am already scheduling clients for the 2018-19 school year - hello 2019 Graduates. 

One of the things that has been on my heart regarding my rep program is to have a service project aspect.  Because of that, I am changing the title of the program to the Influencer program.  My main mission for my Teen and Senior photography business is to empower today's youth with confidence so they can go out and leave their mark on the world and be ambassador's for good. I feel that by providing them a way to serve their peers will instill a love for helping others and to be an influence for good.  

I also want to create a group of youth that will be role models for walking confidently in your own skin. I would love nothing more than to on board underclassmen who can work with me over the next couple years to change the face of beauty in their schools.  It is my ideal that these Influencers will be a mouthpiece to help others gain self confidence and know that they are awesome just the way God made them.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would like to be a part of, simply fill out the application here: https://audraelkington.wufoo.com/forms/aep-senior-questionnaire/

I am aiming for 2-3 students from each of the local Triad NC high schools - Guilford County/Greensboro schools, High Point, and Winston-Salem schools.  I cannot wait to see the impact we can all make together!

 

HELP! My Senior Session is Coming up, now what? | Greensboro Senior Photographer

Prepping for your Senior year of High School is exciting, nerve wrecking, stressful and fun all the same time.  Your senior pictures should be in the fun part, but I know there is a lot to prepare for.  So, let me help take some of the guesswork out of things by answering some of the questions I get asked the most!

Q:  I have my session scheduled, what comes next?  

As soon as your name hits my calendar, you will receive a follow-up email from me.  Attached to this email will be a questionnaire.  It asks for a lot of personal information - things such as what your favorite music is, what type of session are you dreaming of, what's your personality type, do you play any sports, what are your hobbies, etc.  I use these forms so I can really get a good sense of who you are so I can plan your session accordingly.  Once I've had a chance to review your answers, we will have another phone call or email to discuss location options and go over outfit styling.
 

Q:  Where do I change my clothes?

No worries, you will not be on display!  I bring a pop-up changing tent with me to every session.  Some clients use it and others are comfortable just changing in the car.  Occasionally, we will be at a location that allows you to use their public restroom.  It all depends on where we end up.  I also encourage females to wear bike shorts or some other type of fitted short under their outfits.

 

Q:  Who do I bring with me to my session?

This is your session and I encourage you to bring only those who help you feel at ease and most like yourself.  Most Seniors come with Mom, but I have had a cousin or best friend or sibling tag along on occasion.  If you are feeling nervous, it could be good to have someone with you who can make you laugh.  I consider myself a good conversationalist and will do my best to help you feel comfortable.

 

Q:  Where will my session take place?

This is something we will discuss via phone call or email after you've booked your session.  Most Seniors choose 2-3 locations, usually a different vibe for each.  You'll need to think about what kind of look you want - downtown with lots of brick and old buildings, graffiti walls, fields of flowers, water, in the woods, etc.  I'm willing to shoot where ever (except train tracks - that's illegal and I don't do illegal).  If you have a specific location in mind, let me know!  If a location requires an entrance fee, we can most definitely shoot there, but please know the fee is your responsibility.  If you don't have a location in mind, that's fine too.  I spend a lot of time driving around and finding unique locations with beautiful light - I am happy to recommend something I think would fit the idea you have in your head.

 

Q:  What should I wear?  And for girls, how should I do my hair and makeup?

First things first, do NOT wear something you feel uncomfortable in.  Your Senior pictures you reflect who you are at this time in your life.  If you don't feel good in your outfit, that will most definitely show in your images.  I always recommend choosing 3 different styles of outfit - something more dressy, a casual every day outfit, and then something that shows off your interests/hobbies (ex if you play a sport or are a dancer).  I've even done a guy who decided to go shirtless to show off his tattoos.  Don't forget accessories!  They might be small, but a great chunky bracelet or a sparkly ring really help pull the style together.  And shoes...this is a great time to show off your favorites, I love a great cowboy boot.  Girls, don't forget those nails.  Please do not come with chipping nail polish - either have them painted/manicured or keep them clean, goes for toes too if you're wearing sandals.  As for hair and makeup, some prefer to visit a salon and makeup counter prior to their session and others prefer to do their own.  This is completely up to you!  If you want that airbrushed, perfect makeup look, then by all means go get that done!  If you prefer to go more natural, then just bring your fresh faced self.  Remember - this is YOUR session and I want you to feel super confident.

 

Q:  Can I bring props?

Sure!  Props can really help bring your personality and hobbies into the session.  Play Volleyball?  Bring that ball.  You love to dance?  Bring those ballet slippers.  Love your car?  We can certainly work that in.  

 

Q:  My session is over, now what?

You can expect to see a sneak peek from your session within 48 hours on my social media platforms.  Feel free to tag yourself and share with your family and friends!  Your full gallery of edited images will be available to you within 3 weeks.  I will schedule an in person viewing session with you and your parents.  This viewing will either be in my home or your home.  All decision makers need to be present, as you will be placing your print order at this time.  I will bring samples so you can see and feel the quality of the products I offer and get a sense for sizing.  After your order has been placed, you can expect to receive your products in 3-4 weeks.

 

Hopefully I was able to answer most of your questions here, but if there's something I didn't think of please reach out to me!  Ready to book your amazing Senior Session?  You can reach me via the 'contact' tab on my website, via email (audraephotography@gmail.com) or on my cell phone 336-690-3131 - I respond to calls and texts.  I am currently booking sessions for the Class of 2018 in Greensboro and the surrounding Triad NC region.  I can't wait to help you kick off your Senior year!

Greensboro Senior Photographer ~ Page High School ~ Meet Malin

I met Malin in a round-a-bout way.  Her mom regularly attends a fitness class I teach at a local fitness center here in Greensboro.  Being that we had recently moved here when I first started teaching, I was talking to her mom about how I didn't know any babysitters.  Voila!  She offered up her daughter, who loves kids, and the rest is history.  I can be somewhat shy and reserved, but not when it comes to getting someone to help me with my munchkins.

Malin, my girls (I don't typically bring them to sessions, but they adore this girl) and I met up at the Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville.  It was perfectly cloudy, breezy, and warm - basically a great evening for a photo shoot.  The location was gorgeous and had a good mix of the natural/plant vibe and lots of brick and stone to satisfy my love of a 'downtown' vibe.  I will definitely be going back for other sessions.

While most High School Seniors take the summer off to spend some quality time with friends and family before they head off to college, Malin is cutting that short.  She is heading out on a huge, scary and (what is sure to be) an amazing adventure pretty much as soon as she tosses her cap.  It's going to be so much fun watching where life takes her.  

Best of luck, Malin!