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A question I often get is, “what will you retouch in my senior photos?” I’m all about natural beauty, and my number one goal is to capture photos where you look and feel like yourself. With that said, I still use photoshop to do a small amount of retouching.
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Here are some things that I’ll retouch:

  • Acne/Redness/Psoriasis/Etc. We all have the occasional pimple or issue with our skin! No need to remember those issues for all eternity in senior photos. It’s not a permanent part of you, so one click and it’s gone!
  • Bruises. So many of my seniors play sports and often arrive with a few bruises. Unless you want to keep your “battle scars,” I’ll probably retouch them out.
  • Tan lines. Summer is here, so bring on the tan lines! Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Here are some things that I WON’T retouch:

  • Freckles, beauty marks, moles. These things are a part of you and make you unique! I would never want to take those away.
  • Scars. Unless you specifically want them removed, I won’t touch them.
  • Eyes. I won’t photo-enhance eyes, but I will make sure we find the best light possible during our photoshoot.
  • Your body. I won’t photoshop your body, but I will help you pose to look your best!

Here are some things YOU can do to keep your photos #naturallyflawless:

  • Lips: Start getting in the habit of putting on chapstick before bed. You definitely don’t want dry lips in your photos!
  • Eyebrows: Eyebrows tend to fade on camera, so I definitely recommend filling them in. Eyebrow gel is a must, especially since eyebrows can easily get out of place during outfit changes.
  • Hands: Be sure to remove chipped nail polish, or schedule a manicure before your photoshoot!
  • Hair: We’ll probably be dealing with some wind, and the last thing you want is a ton of crazy fly-aways. Use products to keep your hair in place and frizz-free, or better yet book a hair stylist!
  • Makeup: Makeup for everyday is different than makeup for on-camera. I highly recommend booking a professional makeup artist, so you’re camera-ready but still look like yourself!
  • Outfits: Pick flattering outfits that you feel like yourself in. Don’t forget to wear proper undergarments so you don’t have bra straps sticking out or anything showing through. You can find more outfit tips here.

I hope you’re getting exciting for your photoshoot! There’s no need to stress, and if you have any questions I’m here for you. If you still need to book your photoshoot, email me at allegra@avphotolove.com

xoxo
Allegra

PS. If you’re not sure about booking a makeup artist, read this.

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Today I’m sharing the last of my 2017 Senior Models, from my alma mater of course! I had the best time hanging out with Reeve and I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing year having her as a Senior Model! Here’s what Reeve had to say about our photoshoot:

 
“Getting my senior photos taken was something I was looking forward to since the beginning of my freshman year. Both the experience and the photos Allegra took surpassed my already high expectations. Allegra made sure my photos were exactly what I wanted by consulting me every step of the way. During the photoshoot, she helped me feel confident by telling me positive affirmations as she took the pictures. After the photoshoot, I could not wait to see my photos and I could not be happier with them. They are absolutely stunning! If you want a stress-free experience, the sweetest photographer and portraits that will make you dance with joy, I highly suggest working with Allegra!”2017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00482017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00492017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00502017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00512017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00542017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00532017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00522017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00562017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00552017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00642017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00632017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00652017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00662017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00622017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00612017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00572017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00602017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_00582017 Senior Photos SMA St Marys Academy Portland Allegra_0059The SMA yearbook deadline is just a few months away! Contact me book your summer session ASAP: allegra@avphotolove.com.

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My first session with Meg got rained out, so I was SO excited when we had a perfect sunny day the second time around. Meg is so sweet and I loved getting to know her during our session. Definitely excited to have her as a 2017 Senior Model for OES! Here’s what Meg had to say about our session:

“I had so much fun taking my photos with Allegra! I had never had professional photos done before so I was pretty nervous when I was asked to be a rep, but once I talked to Allegra and we got to the location I was totally comfortable. She tells you what to do and makes it so easy, and I was thrilled with how the photos turned out. I also totally fell in love with Sauvie Island and went back the next weekend. Allegra was wonderful to communicate with before and after the shoot and made the whole experience super fun, exciting, and comfortable! I would recommend her to anyone.”

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