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The fun and easy way to preserve your high school memories forever. Time never stops, but the memories we preserve in this once-in-a-lifetime moment will be there always.

How Do I Tell My Senior Story? | St Charles Photographer

How do I tell my story?

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A great question that I get asked often. Over the years I have amassed a lot of different locations to fit into every senior’s personality. After filling out the questionnaire I can get an idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to putting together your senior story. The sessions are tailored to you, so don’t think just because you like the same location as your best friend that your portraits will look exactly the same.

Exactly the opposite!

No one can do YOU!

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Think of places that you like to visit and backdrops that bring a smile to your day. Do you love parks + water? Let’s look more towards nature, with trees, flowers, trails + creeks. Are you a shopper? We can take a walk around the downtown streets of St. Charles or Geneva? Cityscapes with buildings, ally-ways, and cafe’s can bring out the urban side. If sports are your thing, we hit the ball fields, track, or courts. With theater and music lovers we use sheet music + instruments. Almost anything that brings out your sparkle can be done. Most recently, I had a senior bring HER HARP to the session, with a dolly and all to move it into place. She loves playing the harp and it was a part of her story.

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Let’s chat and see how you want to remember your high school story. It’s YOUR LAST CHAPTER and deserves to be told in your own way.

We take the time to plan out the details; the location, wardrobe, accessories, props, hair, makeup, and bring it all together for a senior experience full of FUN! If you’re a 2019 Senior now is the time to start planning this out + reserving your session! Summer dates have been released. Fall dates will open up in July. They go out in my monthly newsletter first, Sparkle Notes. Sign up today so you’re the first to see the available dates!st-charles-il, senior-portraits, senior-sessions, locations, senior-photographer, sycamore-photographer, photography-seniors, high-school-senior-portraits, senior-tips, portrait-tipsst-charles-il, senior-portraits, senior-sessions, when-to-book, senior-photographer, sycamore-photographer, photography-seniors, high-school-senior-portraits, senior-tips, portrait-tips

Cheers & Sparkles to your day!


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4 Tips to Answer, “When Should I Reserve My Senior Session?”

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Grad Cards 101

 

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Top 12 For Your Summer Bucket List | Sycamore Photographer

Summer is here & that means it’s time for the SMP SUMMER BUCKET LIST!

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This year I’m sharing 12 with you.

Ready?

Make some memories this Summer! And snap those photos along the way so when Father Time steals these moments you can always look back and HAVE THEM FOREVER!

1. Drive-in Movies

Bring back the past + introduce your teen to Summer Fun by packing up the SUV with pillows and blankets and heading out to see a blockbuster in the open Summer air. Check out the Rte34 Drive-in or Cascade Drive-in.

2. Have you started a Bullet Journal? 

I just read about this one myself and it was a big hit last summer with teens, which is why it made it into Seventeen Magazine. At the end of the article they give you a video tutorial of how to set one up. Bullet Journal

3. Farmer’s Market Day

Do you like fresh fruit + veggies? Do you like to cook? Farmer’s Markets are everywhere during the summer. One day this summer head out to your local market and pick up fresh produce and ingredients to make dinner that night. It’s fun + different and it supports local small farmers/businesses.

4. Netflix Movie Marathon

Is there a series your friends told you about? Now is the time to binge-watch! No homework or after school practices, so it’s the perfect time to get some friends together and a whole series or a movie trilogy. My daughter & I watched a season of Sherlock and now I’m hooked. There are only 3-4 episodes per season, but they are an hour-and-a-half each.

5. Spa Day + creating fun nail designs that you can do yourself

I love changing up my nail color and painting different designs. It plays to my creative brain. Send me a photo of your design, I’d love to see! Pop the popcorn – Paint the nails – Turn on Netflix so you can watch, while they dry 😉

6. Book Club For One

Reading books that you WANT to read, and not required to read. I ask for recommendations all the time. My current book crushes are by Shauna Niequist {more for my Mama’s out there}. I just finished Present Over Perfect and now I’m cooking my way through Bread and Wine. Ask your friends what their favorite read is recently, grab a copy and find that comfy chair in the back of Starbucks and get lost in your book. 🙂

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7. Volunteer

What cause do you support? Where can you do some good? Who could use your volunteer time?

8. Fun Photoshoot with Friends

You know I’m all about capturing moments, and Summer Fun is most definitely a moment! If you’ve just graduated you’ll all be going to your different colleges and things may change over the next year. Even if you didn’t graduate yet, things change every year, so grab your friends and capture these moments!

9. I Grant You a Pajama Day

10. Go Hiking

11. Do a Color Run

These are really fun! We’ve done these on the 4th of July when we visit family and it’s one of my best memories. We make t-shirts for everyone to run in and by the end we have a whole new colored shirt! Color Run

12. See a Broadway Musical

Living near Chicago take the train downtown and catch a musical that’s passing through. They never disappoint. Broadway Chicago  or ParamountAurora both have Summer shows happening.

Add to the list in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ideas!

Each week I post my blog posts to my Facebook Group, SMP Shine. Request to join so you don’t miss helpful portrait tips, bonus’, makeup tips, and all else sparkly & fun!

If you prefer e-mail, I send out my Sparkle Note newsletter once-a-month where I release available session dates, blog posts, recipes, and fun tips.


Past posts for more Summer Ideas::

Last Call

Must Read Books for Teens + Mom

Ready For Summer Fun

 

 

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4 Tips That Answers: When Should I Schedule My Senior Portraits?

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2019 Senior Time!

“When should I reserve my senior portraits?”

Here in the Midwest the class of 2018 have tossed their caps in the air and relaxing a bit before they pack up and move into their next chapter. I’ve photographed Teens in every season {yep, even in the cold of Winter}, and I get asked often, “When should I reserve my senior portraits?” It’s a great question, and one that’s completely individual. As we head into the Summer months and pivot towards the class of 2019 I’ve put together 4 quick tips to help you answer that question this week.

Don’t race through this moment.

Don’t snap a few quick shots and call it good enough.

Celebrate who you are in this senior year of high school, because you’re only in it once. Seriously, this moment is unrepeatable!

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A Look of Summer

 

1.Your Look/Wardrobe::

What do you like to wear on a daily basis? If you were to ask your Mom or BFF what kind of clothes they picture you in, what would they say? Think of a casual outfit, active outfit, best dressed, and any accessories you can’t live without right now.

2. Time::

When will you have the most time? True, most people in our Chicago area love the Fall for the colors + temperature. However, when are YOU THE BUSIEST? Most teens have a lot more spare time in the summer months and taking the time to reserve your senior portrait session in the summer gives more time to relax and enjoy it before the Fall rush. Do you like Spring blooms? What time of year is your favorite + when will you have time to ENJOY your senior picture moment?

3. Trend-Setter::

Are you a trend-setter?  Many high school seniors think their senior session needs to be in the Fall, once their senior year starts. Not so. This is about your moment + telling your story. If you’d rather set your portraits in the warmth of Summer, then go for it! If you love getting bundled up in heavy sweaters and cute scarves, then maybe late Fall/Winter suits you best. Be a trend-setter and take YOUR senior portraits when they best fit YOUR STORY.

4. Favorite time of year::

If you have a favorite time of year and it’s a popular one, late Summer into early Fall, then be sure to reserve your date SOON. In your senior year you want to have the best memories so you can look back and smile, remember all the cool memories!

Remember this is YOUR STORY! It’s not what everyone else is doing. True, there may be a lot of similarities with your friends, but if you want senior portraits that show your kind of beautiful then you can’t copy someone else’s story. Mom & Dad want to see you in senior pictures, and sitting down to plan that out is what I love to do! When these portraits go on the wall or in an album we want family + friends to say, “yep, that is totally a ______ look!”

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A Look of Early Fall

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A Look of Late Fall

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A Look of Winter

Alyssa had a great, on-trend outfit for her images, but she definitely braved the cold with this one on a late February day. We went for the more urban look in the buildings since there were no leaves on the trees or Spring flowers 😉 I released my Summer Dates a few posts back incase you’re one of my Summer Seniors. Fall dates will be released in July.  They are always released in my Sparkle Notes first in case you want to see those coveted weekend dates!

 

Here are some other great resources I’ve created to help you with creating your best Senior Moments::

Receive your monthly Sparkle Note + free Make-up Guide

Tips for Creating Great Grad Cards

Tips to Be Cap & Gown Ready

Shining Moments Photography Manifesto

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One Last Moment | Funny Questions + Senior HOO-RAH!

One last moment!

End your high school days with one last memory that will last long after your high school days. When our Midwest Spring weather arrives, so do my Spring seniors! Trevor had a busy Fall schedule with soccer, college visits, applications and all that fills up senior year. When Mom scheduled his senior portraits for this Spring I was excited to put together a session that caught everything his Mom wanted… Casual wardrobe, time to “play” a little soccer, and a few traditional images for the graduation cards. And if you’ve followed me for any bit of time, you know how excited I get about SHOES, and for a senior guy, SERIOUS BONUS POINTS! I had to get a shot of those, and I’m pretty sure he thought I was a bit nutty {close-up in the last image}.

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Our DeKalb location gave us plenty of space and options for his backdrops and to take some time to relax and listen to his favorite songs on his playlist {that helps everyone chill + start to have some fun}. In our initial consult Trevor wasn’t able to make it, so it was just Mom & I looking over his questionnaire and she gave me some great insight into his answers + a few good laughs too 😉

Mom:: “I kept asking him if he’d filled out the senior questionnaire, and when he finally did, he asked me,”Why does she ask these questions? Like why does she want to know a pet-peeve?”

I love Senior Mama’s, because she explained it perfectly…

Mom:: “She wants to know so she doesn’t do it and annoy you!” 🙂

I have a senior questionnaire for many reasons, and it’s so great when Mom is there to help answer the Senior’s questions for me. Well said Mama, well said!

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Trevor was a great ‘sport’ and ending the night with kicking around the soccer ball, and making his Mom kick a few, was the perfect way to end his session.

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One of my Mom-Goals is to someday get my teen guy to wear a pair of shoes like this! I will teach him there are more than sneakers + soccer cleats in life 😉

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Don’t get caught in the Fall rush, or miss out on capturing your senior experience before it ends!

2019 Seniors…Reserve your Summer Experience date today! Fall dates will be released in July. If you receive Sparkle Notes each month you’ll receive one of the first notices.

You can find the remaining Summer Session dates HERE

 

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  • Shawna DurickJune 4, 2018 - 9:37 pm

    Great variety and photos!  Love the shoes! Senior guys are so much fun. Love the shoes! ReplyCancel

    • AndreaJune 5, 2018 - 10:36 am

      Thanks Shawna! Shoes – shoes – more shoes 💖ReplyCancel

  • Lauren BeesleyJune 4, 2018 - 8:23 pm

    Great Photos! Love the shoes 😉ReplyCancel

    • AndreaJune 5, 2018 - 10:37 am

      Thanks Lauren😊ReplyCancel

  • ANGIE CHURCHJune 4, 2018 - 2:53 pm

    Great pictures, lots of variety!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea DoeringJune 5, 2018 - 10:38 am

      Thanks so much Angie! 💖 Variety is the spice of life!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi MajorJune 4, 2018 - 2:35 pm

    Love this and love the questionnaire explanation from mom!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea DoeringJune 4, 2018 - 2:38 pm

      Thanks Jodi! The answers are so fun to read through ReplyCancel

  • JenniferJune 4, 2018 - 1:28 pm

    Wow!! These are some great images!! Such a nice variety!!ReplyCancel

    • Andrea DoeringJune 4, 2018 - 2:41 pm

      Thanks so much Jennifer!😊ReplyCancel

Where Are Your Summer Dates? | Senior Photographer

 

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The question is starting to pop up now that we have graduated the 2018 Seniors. What summer dates do you have available for my 2019 Senior?

The Summer dates were just released to my Sparkle Notes and now it’s time to open up the remaining dates to the public.

If you’re looking to avoid the Fall rush and have your amazingly FUN senior portrait experience taken with Shining Moments Photography then grab one of these Summer dates and let’s get planning!

If you’re interested in a Fall session it’s a good idea to add your name + best email to my Sparkle Notes. I release my session dates there before opening up here on my blog or social media.

JUNE::
Thursday 7th
Sunday 10th
Wednesday 13th
Thursday 14th
Wednesday 20th
Saturday 23rd
Sunday 24th
Thursday 21st
Tuesday 26th

JULY::
Wednesday 25th
Thursday 26th
Friday 27th
Sunday 29th

AUGUST::
Friday 3rd
Sunday 5th
Tuesday 7th
Sunday 12th
Thursday 16th
Wednesday 22nd
Thursday 23rd

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If you have questions about your Senior Portraits or Professional Head Shots please e-mail me so I can help with any questions:: Andrea@ShiningMomentsPhotography.com

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