Greensboro senior photographer

Greensboro Portrait Photographer ~ Introducing the Simply You session

Coming in 2018 are the Simply You sessions!

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I am so excited to add these sessions to my line-up in the new year.  I adore doing outdoor, scenic portrait sessions.  Everything about them is amazing and so much fun.  But, this past year for me has been about simplifying and finding peace within the chaos of every day life.  Being proactive in seeking out simplicity really forced me to see things in a different light.  One of the things that has been on my heart is getting back to exploring the natural emotions and expressions in people.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in 'trying' to be happy, that we forget to actually let ourselves work through feelings.  Having small children, I am often reminded that we are meant to experience a full plethora of emotions.  My toddler certainly exhibits a range from thrilled to angry to fake sad every single day.  And that right there is what led me to wanting to offer these sessions.

Take away the beautiful trees or cool old buildings or rolling hills.  Look away from the well thought out wardrobe.  Let's get back to basics.  These images are meant to capture the sparkle in your eye.  The expression of being deep in thought.  And even, perhaps, a little bit of annoyance (like the blonde one featured above).  These images will be raw, real and timeless.  All done on a plain white backdrop.  Just you (or your child) and me with my camera.

Greensboro Family Photographer ~ Boosting Self Confidence in Your Child

Every morning while she eats her breakfast, my toddler stared at the wall in front of her and shouts 'Mama...Dada...Lena...Baby...Dylan.'  At first I thought she was just practicing her new words, but I quickly came to discover that she was telling me that she can see her family in the pictures on the wall.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler.  He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.  I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie.  I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home.  I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image.  And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.  I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain.  It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family.  I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.  Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves:  ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from. '”  Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something?  It's human nature.   “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it.  There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.    There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home.  This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions.  It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact.  Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.

My son's bedroom floor is sprinkled with half a dozen photo books and scrapbooks that contain all the pictures that tell the story of his parents in college, his Grandparents, his life as a baby and toddler.  He turns the pages of those books almost every single night - I gave up on making him put them back on the bookshelf.

I do not consider myself great at home decor - interior decorating just isn't where my talents lie.  I do, however, make sure that there are pictures of our family hanging in nearly every room of our home.  I know we live in a digital age and everyone wants to share pictures online, but I still firmly stand in the land of the printed image.  And based on the reactions my children have and how much they love to look at old pictures, I'm glad I have stuck with the hassle of printing images.

I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology, so it's not big surprise that I am intrigued by learning the effects of different stimuli on the brain.  It's become increasingly interesting to me since I had my children and I am forever trying to make sure they have self confidence and know that they belong in our family.  I stumbled upon a few articles recently that discuss how having pictures of themselves hanging on the walls of the home can help boost a child's self esteem.

Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist from Vancouver, says this about displaying pictures in the home, "“They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.'”  Don't we all just want to feel like we belong to someone or something?  It's human nature.

 “Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen but you are not touching the image," says Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist who works with children ages 5-13.

There are so many other experts who have chimed in on this topic, but I have the proof that what they are saying is true living in my own home.  This is why I continue to encourage and offer print packages with my sessions.  It's tough to build confidence in such a crazy and negative world, but within the walls of our home is where we can have the most impact.  Hanging a picture you love is such an easy way to get your family out the door on a positive note.

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!  

Greensboro Senior Photographer ~ Northwest Guilford HS ~ Meet Grace

Hey hey!  Time to finally get this new blog kicked off.  It's taken me a little bit of time to call Greensboro 'home', but I truly feel like this is my place.  The place where I think my family will finally settle down and get comfortable.  Which, for me, means that I finally feel like I can pick my photography business back up and make a name for myself.  (For those of you who I haven't known long, I had a pretty great photography business going when my family lived in Michigan a few years ago.  Had to put it on the back burner for a few years because, well, family first and we moved twice.)

With that being said, a few weeks ago, I was able to meet up with a super sweet girl to start refreshing my high school student portfolio.  February has had amazing weather in North Carolina this year.  We ended up with a perfect afternoon and found a location in Colfax with amazing lighting. Grace is one of my model representatives at Northwest High School in Greensboro.  Her family recently moved to the area and we got to be neighbors for a few shorts months.  She is already finding her place and plays both Varsity Volleyball and recently made the Girls Softball team - Go Vikings.  On top of being a great athlete, Grace is also really funny, friendly, beautiful and all around just plain fun to hang out with.  And my kids say she bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie.  What can I say?  Working with teenagers, I need to capitalize on the babysitting perks, too.

Meet Grace - Class of 2019