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Thanks for clicking by the Blog! I'm Andrea + the photographer behind Shining Moments Photography in Sycamore, Illinois. I have a guilty obsession with Starbucks + Instagram and specialize in Teens, High School Seniors and Branding Headshots.

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Worth Every Word | Northern Illinois Senior Photographer

Mean what you say + say what you mean…

This is a motto that has always stuck with me, and at a recent high school senior session, I really stopped to think again what that means.

Mom came along to help at her daughters senior session. We had driven to the second location and while her daughter was changing into another outfit, mom came and shared what her daughter had just asked her in the car.

“Do you think Andrea meant all those things she said at the last location, or does she say that to all the seniors?”

{insert silent gassssppppp}

I was grateful to mom for sharing that with me, but it was a bit of a stomach-punch. have other clients thought that, but just not said anything?

I’m raising a daughter too, and lets face it, most of the media + magazines don’t spread the love for true beauty. being a teenage girl in this social media age can be tough. I want my daughter to focus on her assets and strengths. i want her to know that no one is perfect, but there is something beautiful in every person.

Take the effort to see it + say it. I take that same message to my clients…who doesn’t like to hear compliments? when i coach or direct a teen or senior for a pose, it’s to focus on their strengths that I see. and what I see may be totally different than what someone else will see…but that’s pretty cool?

In my time with a teen or senior, I might see the long-thick eye lashes with the sprawling blue eyes, but mom behind me see’s the dimple in her cheek that only appears with a genuine smile or laugh.

My point….there’s something beautiful in all of us and I say it out loud. I hope I don’t seem fake, I hope you don’t think, “she says that to all the girls.” I truly mean every word. I’ve had the privilege to photograph so many seniors and each one brings something bright ~ beautiful ~ fun to our session!

share it ~ voice it.

Tell someone how they sparkle…tell the gal sitting next to you how cute her eyes, style, boots, hair…is today. I passed a lady in the grocery store today & told her how adorable she looked in her vest + asked where she bought it. Why not? I hope it brightened her day.

If I’ve had a session with you or will soon ~ please know that when I say it…I mean it 😉

we’ve all got sparkle ✨ shine it & shine it bright✨ for all to see!

~Andrea

Senior Photographer

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