I affectionately called them my “Stylish Seven”! I’ve been working with most of these ladies for at least a couple of years and I’ve been amazed at how they’ve grown and developed into amazing young ladies both in front of the camera and in their schools and communities.
I’m all about partnering with local boutiques to highlight their styles and give my models and the studio local exposure.
This occasion was no exception. Danielle Lazaro of Shop Stevie and Dani boutique is a friend from way back. We met for the first time at a photo shoot, have spent many a shoot together, her as my makeup artist and even my model in some shoots. We’re besties forever and of course I jumped at the opportunity to highlight her newest venture of her online boutique.
There’s nothing more powerful in your home market than highlighting a boutique’s styles with local models, particularly active young ladies with deep social media connections.
We quickly developed a plan and shoot schedule to highlight some of Danielle’s current styles and of course my Stylish Six models were more than up to the challenge.
DJP Studio was up and firing on all cylinders for this shoot and we came together and made magic! These girls are beyond amazing and I’ve seen their comfort in front of the camera and in their own skin improve dramatically through the years.
Check out the results. All of these looks are available at Danielle’s online boutique. Click HERE to shop and enjoy.
Have you seen it? Canvas wall art design! Many people have been choosing the option of canvas wall designs to decorate their homes. Canvas is a great way to showcase your recent photography session because they have a warm and casual feel to them. They are also lightweight and easy to hang compared to framed images.
Many people love the choice of a great wall design to use as “art” in their homes. They feel that having images of their own family is a better option to some other art pieces because the images are reminders of the importance of family, the connection you share and they give the kids confidence in who they are and whom they belong to.
We would love to help coordinate and place the best images from your session, print them on varying canvas sizes and design a layout perfect to make your walls “pop” with greatness. Schedule your session today and let us help you design with canvas.
Happy Independence Day everyone! As we all celebrate this time of our nation’s independence and all of our freedoms that we so richly enjoy, let’s take time to also thank our service professionals and brave soldiers who keep us safe every single day.
As an annual ritual, I have a fun and creative Americana portrait session with some of my models and Catherine Harrison and Makaila Efird did not fail to impress and help me create amazing images celebrating this holiday.
We met at the beautiful lakes in Catherine’s neighborhood and had a great time flying the red, white and blue.
Let me begin by saying that I had the greatest time doing this sibling portrait session in Pineville, NC. This was the first time I’ve worked with the Phan children and I loved every minute of it at Johnston Park and downtown Pineville. Cynthia is the older sibling a Freshman at Nations Ford High School. Very energetic, style savvy and FUN!! Young Celina is a 3rd grader and while she started out a little shy and reserved, by the end of our session she was asking, “When can we do this again?”
This fun shoot began in Johnston Park, which on this beautiful Sunday afternoon was quite crowded! I’m used to shoot around the moving scenery and we were able to find some spots around the park to hide and get some beautiful images. The girls were full of energy the entire time and they posed so well together. We left the park and ended up in the very small downtown area of Pineville where the girls changed into dresses and we continued to get amazing images of them.
Check out the rest of the images below and remember this is the PERFECT time to get your kids together for a Fall/Holiday session.
You, my existing clients can save $150 on a session fee if you book between now and the end of November. That’s right, a portrait session is only $50 through the end of November
Let’s get together soon and create some lovely images like the ones below.
So check out the beautiful and FUN Phan sisters!
I’m so excited about canvas gallery wraps! I’ve been offering them for a while and I alway enjoy receiving them in, prepping them for delivering and then watching my client’s eyes light up from joy and surprised at their beautiful portraits.
“So why canvas gallery wraps and WHY SO BIG??” Past experiences with retail portrait studios have conditioned most of use to consider an 8×10 portrait a sizable print – nice photo paper, glossy finish and ready to slip into a simple frame to place on a coffee table. 8×10 portraits are staple product and excellent for viewing an image held in your hand. Most of us enjoy the decor in our house from a distance of 10-20 feet as we move around the living spaces. Fireplace mantles, stairway walls and those large spaces above our couches are typical areas where we add decorative elements that make us smile, that make our house guest stop and admire. These are the areas where we can display beautiful imagery of our families.
“OK, that makes sense but why more than one canvas in one place?” The beauty of a wall grouping is that it shows the various family combinations and the love between different people within the family. A family can relive a humorous moment during the portrait session in a multiple canvas grouping look fondly at the entire family, kids and the parents with the kids in once heartfelt glance.
So enough talking about canvas wrap, here are a few of my favorite canvas gallery wrap wall groupings. Maybe these examples with start to highlight areas in your own home that would make a great display area for a wall grouping of your own.
Quads: The Big T – Arranged and named after the famous University of Tennessee Big T band formation. Besides representing my alma mater, this is a beautiful wall grouping that allows for your favorite portrait and landscape portraits to be displayed on a large wall in a living area or hallway.
The Mantle Mate – This grouping is perfect over a large fireplace mantle. This large quad grouping mixes square portraits and landscape portrait for a symmetrical finish. The great thing about groupings is the variety that can be had from squares, portrait and landscape images. This could totally be configured in another unique and striking way. That’s why I love hanging canvas wall grouping with Command strips. Super quick and super clean and totally rearrangeable!
The Triplets – This is one of my favorites! A spacious center portrait flanked by two tall vertical images really fills in a large open wall in a family area. You’ll be able to enjoy your family every day you walk through and spend time in the family room with this big, beautiful arrangement.
Hopefully you’ve been motivated to adorn your own walls with some beautiful artwork of your family. Give me a CALL so we can talk more about and schedule a portrait session.
See you soon!
So the other week I started a 2-part series addressing some of the most commonly asked questions about having your senior portrait made. Summer is the PERFECT time to have your senior portraits made, so class of 2016 seniors check out this 2nd series of questions and answers about how to have a killer senior portrait experience.
If you missed Part 1, Click HERE to read it.
Can I include other people in my senior portrait session, like my boyfriend or sister?
Absolutely! We have different sessions that allow for more or less time. Choose a session package that allows enough time to include friends, pets or anyone else that is special to you.
What comes with your packages?
All Senior Portrait Session Packages include everything you need to create amazing images and have memories for years to come. We include in all of our packages:
- Professional makeup and hair application (or shave/style for guys),
- 3 digital images for social media sharing and a digital yearbook photo for publication.
- A generous print credit to get you started in creating your own custom portrait package.
- Some packages even include beautiful custom photo album or graduation invitations
If it rains, do you have a studio to shoot at?
I sure do! You’d be amazed at how I can convert my home space into a cutting edge portrait studio. I’ve had some outdoor session rained out and we improvised and took it indoors to create amazing studio images. You may also want a variety of studio and on location images. We can absolutely accommodate your creative vision for your senior portraits.
I’m shy. Won’t it be awkward having my family stare at me while the shoot is going on?
My job is to help make you feel like a superstar, so I’m pretty good at helping my clients feel absolutely comfortable during your session. Don’t worry, I normally put everyone to work – holding a reflector, fixing a stray hair – so they’ll all be too busy to stand around staring at you! LOL! And look at your family as your cheering section. They’ll be there to encourage you and cheer you on as you make some amazing images. If you’re really concerned about your family making you feel awkward, I’ll have a little pep talk with everyone before the session.
How will I know how to pose?
Don’t worry about a thing! I spend a lot of time studying to learn the most creative and natural poses to make you feel and look great. Also, we’ll take time to meet and talk about you and your likes so I can start to learn a little bit about your personality and who you are as a person. That will help me select the poses that will make you look great. And I’m always open to my senior giving me a great pose that they thought about. It’s a partnership with a common goal – EPIC senior portraits!
What other location options do you suggest?
Charlotte and surrounding areas are full of amazing locations for portrait sessions. I spend a lot of time on the lookout for locations that will compliment different personalities and clothing options. We’ll talk about your personality, your attire and your total look and then decide on a location that will compliment and enhance your final look. I did a blog post some months ago highlighting some of my most favorite locations in the area. Check out that post HERE.
So now that you’ve got some of your questions answered, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW? Give me a call and let’s talk about senior portraits and schedule a time to meet in person.
You may not have a senior in the house but you may know someone who does. Forward this blog post to them and maybe they’ll become a happy client of mine. And guess what? You get rewarded for referring clients to me. Learn all about my DFP Referral Program HERE.
Until next week!
I had the pleasure of doing another dance photoshoot with the beautiful and talented staff of New Attitude Performing Arts Center in Rock Hill, SC. My two daughters have attended the dance school for two years and I’ve developed a great working relationship with the owner Erika Hogan and we’ve collaborated on some great creative photo shoots.
Erika and her staff were in need of some updated headshots for the website and of course I was happy to put together a creative shoot to capture the ladies in motion. Check out the NAPAC staff below and see some of the creative shots we captured during the shoot.
Owner: Erika Hogan
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2851,2852,2853,2854,2855 caption=off overlay=off]
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2858,2859,2860,2861,2862,2863 caption=off overlay=off]
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2867,2868,2869,2870,2871,2872 caption=off overlay=off]
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2875,2876,2877,2878,2879 caption=off overlay=off]
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2882,2884,2885,2886,2887,2888,2889 caption=off overlay=off]
These ladies are beyond talented and work great as a team, not only teaching children to become great dancers, but also taking amazing photos!
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2891,2892,2893 caption=off overlay=off]
I’ve developed my own fantasy capture with dancers called, “What If Everyone Had the Force?” I’m a Star Wars fan for life and I love seeing the Force being used on the big screen. During our last shoot we tried some creative captures of “Force Lifts” and they turned out great! Here are a couple from this shoot and I love these as well.
[justified_image_grid preset=8 ids=2896,2897 caption=off overlay=off]
If you’re reading this blog post you’re more than likely a current or past client of mine and I say THANK YOU for your support of my dream. I love creating beautiful images of families and high school seniors for my clients and giving them something to relive and enjoy over and over for years to come.
The best compliment you could ever show my business is your referral!
We all enjoy sharing a great experience and I hope you are eager to share your positive experience with the people you love.
As a way of saying thanks I want to make sure you know about our amazing Referral Program. Click on the link below to be taken to our program summary page. You’ll definitely want to check it out and start sharing your great portrait experience with family and friends.
One of our amazing portrait products that is perfect for showing off your past family portraits is our Custom Mobile Photo App.
It is a very neat app that loads directly onto your smartphone or tablet and allows you to show off your images from our session together. HERE is an example. If you don’t already have a custom mobile app from our past portrait session, contact me today and request a complimentary app ($150 value). And if you’d like an updated set of images to enjoy your app, give me a call and let’s set a session date!
To read all about our Referral Program, click HERE.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from your family and friends and seeing you again!
Derek Johnson, Photographer
Have You Enjoyed Your Wall Portrait Today?
It’s summertime and this is a great time to be with family and to have that long-delayed family portrait you’ve been talking about for years. Maybe you have a Class of 2015 senior and you’ve noticed that many seniors are having their senior portraits created RIGHT NOW. Whatever the reason, you may be shopping around for a portrait photographer. Besides deciding who you will trust with your loved ones’ memories, you’re also probably thinking about how you’ll enjoy your portraits once they’re complete. In this social media driven and digital age we live in you may be thinking, “I’ll just hire one of these photographers who will burn all my images on a disk.” It seems easy enough. You and your family meet this person, take some photos and you get a DVD or USB drive in the mail a few weeks later.
WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THERE”S A MUCH BETTER WAY TO ENJOY YOUR PORTRAITS?
My two beautiful daughters have been taking jazz and hip hop dance classes at the New Attitude Performing Arts Center in Rock Hill, SC for almost a year. It was our first time putting them in formal dance training program and we asked around to our friends for recommendations. Our friend Robin Tignor recommended NAPAC as her daughter Bailey was a past student of the dance studio. read more