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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 professional Headshots.

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Category Archives: Teen Scene

Capturing the “lost generation” :: The teen scene covers so many changing years and deserve more photo credit than the token school photo or a snapshot with a phone. Capturing the teen scene is just as important as those early bay years. Capture them before they’re gone.

Montage Wall Hangings: Perfect for Athletes and Dancers!

As if Brooke’s stunning session was not amazing enough, I’m also revealing a brand-new product today that I think you’re going to love. I am very choosy about the products and prints that I offer and hand over to my clients, because I believe they should be heirloom quality, beautiful, and useful…not to mention, inspiring! I only choose items I would be proud to display in my own home or office, and I LOVE when something is especially amazing. That’s how I feel about this new piece of art: a photo montage that is perfect for athletes or dancers. You can stay up to date about this new option by signing up for our Sparkle Notes!

Brooke’s second session happened on a another chilly day in downtown Geneva, and I was a tad worried about our session, given the drop in temperatures. But, this lovely gal handled this like a champ and a true professional, and had nothing but smiles and joy for me! She is a freshman at St. Charles East High School, and has been dancing for many years. I designed the montage (scroll to the end to view!) for her with her strength and passion in mind. I’ll be offering this piece beginning in the Fall of 2017, just in time for my 2018 seniors to get theirs ordered and designed. They can be made on an Image Block Art or a Gallery Wrap, and begin at 16” x 24”.


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There’s just a bit of a chill here in Northern Illinois, and we are all beginning to realize the chilly temperatures are here to stay! I wanted to share some fall and winter style inspiration for my upcoming clients, to help you find the best transition pieces and ideas to re-style items you may already have!

I used some of my teen models for this shoot, and then included some images from an adorable fall family session. Here’s some of our favorite picks for the cooler seasons:

-Winter hats: Zuzu, Emily and Kayla are styling some really cute and practical hats. They found theirs at Target, and you can find similar pieces HERE and HERE. Take a cue from stylish mama Zuzu, and pair your hat with a lightly quilted vest for a trendy look that will actually keep you warm!Fall-style, portrait-photographer, teen-photographer, senior-photographyFashion, Fall-fashion, trends, portraits, Photographer
-Long sweaters: The ‘duster’ sweater is extremely popular this season, and for those of us with extra-cold winters, it’s the perfect item to layer over your fitted dresses and jeans (we love THIS one). Emily (below, dark blue sweater) is also styling a hi-low sweater that looks great with skinny jeans. The look is low-maintenance, while also looking polished.teen-style, photography-teens-Short boots: The right pair of short boots can take you from busy errands to cozy holiday parties, even in rainy weather. Emma (below) is showing off her favorite pair of short boots from DSW. We love DSW for their affordable prices, big selection, and mix of high end designers and everyday styles. You can find one of our favorite pairs HERE. Although Lucky Brand shoes are a bit pricy, they are comfortable and very well-made. They’d be a pair that could last for years (moms and daughters alike can add them to their Christmas lists!)
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If you schedule a session with me, I always can help guide you through your wardrobe. Please contact me today, or sign up below for my exclusive newsletter!

Special thanks to my models! Schools represented: Sycamore High School, Cornerstone Christian School, & Aurora Central Catholic High School

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  • ZuZu PuentesNovember 23, 2016 - 8:19 pm

    Love everything about this!!!!! Not only do you capture beautiful images but you help others with ideas on how to prepare for their fun photo shoots!!! You’re so amazing Andrea!!!! ReplyCancel

    • AndreaDecember 1, 2016 - 11:13 am

      Thanks so much Zuzu! I’m blessed to work with so many Amazingly-Awesome people everyday 😉ReplyCancel

Did you know that there is an age group known as the “lost generation” to photographers? Most parents love to capture the toddler and newborn years, often clamoring to schedule lots of professional shoots, complete with poses and lots of cute outfits! Of course, school photos cover much of the next years, and then before you know it, it’s time to start planning senior sessions. But, what comes in between? Those years are often skipped. In the age of smart phones, maybe a snapshot here and there capture the growing-up years, but I believe teens should have professional photos long before their senior sessions. Of course, capturing the baby years is important, because they change so quickly, but equally important are the teen years, fraught with hidden, more subtle changes. They may not change as fast, but having that excited teen smile, celebrating a driver’s license, or a sweet sixteen birthday captured with portraits is just as important.

I recently had a giveaway for a BFF giveaway shoot, and these are the beautiful images that resulted! Right now, you can book a BFF shoot like this one for just $99! You receive 20 minutes of shoot time, and 5-7 beautifully edited images to keep. This would be perfect for a tween, teen, or even two seniors before they go off to college. Find all the details at my special events page!

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Life is moving quickly, and I’m learning to treasure the time with my kids. My daughter is entering her freshman year, and I know the next four years will be over in a blink of an eye. I’ve been considering this more and more, and trying to soak in these moments. I wanted to share some recent things my daughter has taught me lately…I am still learning after all these years!

  1. For my freshman, fashion isn’t everything. Most days she is perfectly happy in a t-shirt and gym shorts, which is ironic since the last thing she wants to do is play sports!
  2. Life does not revolve around sports. This was a hard one to accept. Others in the house love watching and playing sports, but Emma prefers to sing, dance and read. And really, she has a point, because after the game is over – it’s done, life goes on, win or lose {she brings us back to reality because sometimes we get caught up in the game}.
  3. Just because you’re a girl, doesn’t mean you can’t like sci-fi books and movies.
  4. If there is a book around – it must be read! This is an awesome reminder for me to slow down and take time to read and relax. 
  5. Life is not lived through social media. Oh how I need this EXCELLENT reminder. She isn’t on the big teen social sites a lot, and it reminds me I don’t have to be attached to the platforms every moment, too. 

As she prepares to start high school, I’m a big ball of emotions…I’m excited for her to meet new friends, try new clubs, and form amazing memories.

I’m also scared of the pressures that come along in high school, but I’m optimistic that she will start to spread her wings and see how her talents shine. While most of her friends are involved in sports, it never really clicked for her. But she has an angelic voice, and I bet school musicals will be her thing! Because the time is fleeting, I wanted to capture some photos of my daughter.

If you are like me and facing a new season of life with your kids, I’d love to help you think up a fun photo shoot to remember this time! You won’t regret having these photos when you look back in the years to come.

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A lot of high schoolers think they have to wait till senior year to commemorate their achievements and hard work, but there is more than just your senior session! A teen shoot is a great way to have fun,  and do things like a stylized session…all before graduation. The teen years are something to celebrate, any time! We can even do a teen shoot to celebrate birthdays (more on that below), or a best friend’s session with all your besties…we can do a mini shoot, or a full photoshoot. For more information about our fun “BFF” sessions, you can head to our investment page. Our mini sessions start at just $95, making them affordable and easy if you only want a few photos.

Are you planning the perfect birthday party or event? We offer an exclusive package just for parties, and as a special bonus, up to six guests will receive a 5×7 of their very own. You can find out more about that here.

That perfect pair of jeans is a pretty elusive thing…so when you find the perfect pair, you hold onto them! Blue jeans inspired this fun, stylized shoot at Sycamore Park with some awesome models. This is just one example of a creative session, and I’d love to hear the ideas you have for your own! Don’t forget to scroll down and opt in to our newsletter…I offer all kinds of surprises in our monthly emails.

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