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SHOP LOCAL FOR SENIOR PORTRAITS

Cute boutiques for spring shopping + supporting local!

It’s another spring style lineup on the SMP blog to help you style-it-up! We’ve shopped Target looks + Forever 21 style, and today we’re going LOCAL because there are some SUPER CUTE boutiques around us that can fit your lifestyle.

Warmer weather is here to stay {PA-LEEEASE let it stay}! And you need a linen dress in your wardrobe!

UOIONLINE has some adorable linen dresses to choose from and they’re one of the ‘shop local’ picks for some new spring fashions that are perfect for your pocketbook.

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Light + flowing linen dresses are so fun to play with during your photo session. They’re also easy to dress up or down with cute wedge sandals or free your feet and run barefoot for some of the images!

Another cute boutique in Sycamore, Illinois is SIS Shop in Style. They offer great styles + accessories to complete your entire wardrobe. Jump on their email list for notifications on their open days + times.

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We can all find fashions that fit our style + budget and I help with all of that planning to help curate your story for your portrait session!

Cheers & Sparkles

💖-Andrea

Shining Moments Photography | Story Sessions | Headshots | Senior Portraits

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    What in the World!

    There’s an open space this year for the Cap & Gown Mini Sessions + YOU can get one!

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    Tomorrow morning Cap & Gown Sessions open up to Sparkle Notes {you can jump in HERE} for the few time slots that are left. Jump on in there so you’re first to see + get the times.

    You’ve got the WHO & WHEN and tomorrow’s monthly Sparkle Notes gives you the WHAT | WHERE | TIMES.

    WHO:: 2019 Senior with Cap & Gown + your college reveal shirt

    WHEN:: Friday, May 3rd

    I have a black cap + gown if you haven’t picked yours up by May 3rd {just 2019 tassel needed}
    I’ll email your time + payment link soon after I hear from you. Remaining times are first come – first get.

    Cheers & Sparkle to ya

    💖-Andrea

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      LET’S SHOP FOREVER 21 FOR YOUR SENIOR STORY

      Great fashion for your senior story doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune.

      This week, let’s shop Forever 21 and get you styled up to capture your final senior moment!

      I know by now, you’re a master at changing anywhere & everywhere between your sports, backstage play productions, or dance recitals, but layering your look allows us to change up the shot without having to quick-change so much on location. Forever 21 gives us a lot of layering options.

      The first outfit I created pairs a tank top with a long flowing cardigan that we can play with at our session + take off the cardigan all-together and use the cute tank only for some shots. Matching it up with your favorite denim is easy, and Forever 21 has endless jean possibilities.

      Wedges are the shoe to have this spring. Then, finish off the look with accessories. Wide sunglasses are always a fun choice!

      Layer up with a stylish light jacket to get a few dressy shots with your comfy shorts, then shed the jacket for relaxed summer fun photos.

      You can also get fancy for another change-up! Your senior pictures are YOURS! So if you want to dress up in your prom dress or go out and buy a fancy-fun dress, then GO FOR IT! Forever 21 has some stylish prom dresses that won’t break the bank.

      Last up for your Forever 21 senior picture inspiration is some casual dress fun to add in the everyday outfit!

      Click on any of the above links to get all the shopping details + ordering.

      Until next time…Cheers to you and creating your senior story!

      💖-Andrea

      Currently finishing up 2019 seniors + starting the 2020 waiting list.

      Get your name on the list so we can start talking about your wardrobe ideas!

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        TARGET CLOTHES FOR SENIOR PICTURES

        Let’s shop Target for cute senior picture outfits!

        Senior year is filled with excitement, anticipation, and extra expenses for things like your cap and gown, class ring, senior merch, senior yearbook, and yes, senior pictures. While your senior pictures are a forever memory, you can shop on a small budget AND look trendy + stylish to capture this last high school chapter. Next stop…Target.

        Moms, am I the only one who can relate to this saying?

        I run into a lot of moms at Target, so I’m guessing I’m not the only one who walks through the doors for toothpaste + cat food and rolls out with my red cart full. Mom, grab your senior and let’s go walking the virtual aisles of Target for your senior pic styles!

        Always remember the accessories to complete any wardrobe. “Accessories” covers SO MANY options – so if earrings or bracelets aren’t your style, what about a baseball hat, beach hat, scarf, headband, hair scarf, vest, rings, necklace…Your style is how you design it, and I’m here to help 😉

        A pop of color + short kimono is all the rage this spring! The straight short skirt {gives us shorty gals a longer leg look} mixed with the flowing kimono shows the current style of your graduating year.


        These ideas start you thinking about what to create for YOUR senior picture session. Most important, keep your style in mind to tell the story of your high school chapter and blend your style with current trends. When we plan out your senior session, I’m there every step to help tailor this final moment to you.

        In my next few blog posts we’ll be shopping Forever 21 + local boutiques to give a great mix and start you thinking about your 2019 or 2020 senior pictures with me – Shining Moments Photography. Well, no, my name isn’t SMP, it’s Andrea, but you already knew that if you’ve been here before 😉

        Until next time…I hope your day is filled with a whole lotta SPARKLE!

        💖-Andrea

        Shining Moments Photography | Shopping with Target to give you style without breaking the bank

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          How to Pose | Posing Tip #3 | Hands Tell a Story

          The eyes can lead you into an image, the hands can tell the rest of the story.

          Posing tip #3 focuses on our hands + how help to add or distract from an image.

          Same pose, but one grabs our attention way faster than the other. Hands are the same, but how they’re placed makes all the difference in the mood she’s showing.

          Image #1:: “Hey, Em, just prop your hands up under your chin” She sat back + tilted her chin on the back part of her hands.

          Image #2:: “This time, move your hands slightly back under your chin.” That move also repositioned her arms a wee-bit to get a better pose.

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          The last two poses are simple ideas to move your hands around for a relaxed + easy look.

          How would you sit and watch something or someone if you were leaning on a table or chair?

          How do your arms feel most relaxed?

          When you’re standing where are your hands most comfortable? pockets? folded? with your hand over your other arm?

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          In the end posing is discovering YOUR comfy place and adding small tweaks that make your story shine. There’s a lot of little pieces that make up the big picture and the best ones are mix in the “pose” with telling your story, so when you see all the images in your gallery you see the weaving together of a chapter in your lifelong adventure!

          Let’s connect and talk about capturing your high school senior chapter or building your professional brand:: Andrea | Shining Moments Photography

          Cheers and Sparkle to your story!

          💖-Andrea

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