It’s that time of year again! More awesome, gorgeous seniors to photograph! And we are off to an awesome start with Matt! Stay tuned for more really fun shots tomorrow!
Sometimes you know you like a photo as you are shooting it, and sometimes it surprises you in post-production. This is one of those photos!
Stop by tomorrow for more images from Daniel’s shoot!
Zach is a senior at Rantoul High School. He was originally only getting senior pictures to make him mom happy. Then I said the magic word: FIRE! Suddenly much more interest when discussing what to set on fire! Then we talked about his passions: hunting ( shotgun and bow), fishing, and his truck. After that it was just having fun!
You are gonna have to wait to find out what we set on fire this time! Check back in a week or two!!!!
It was a valiant effort to get Maddie’s senior photos taken before the storm hit Wednesday night, but raindrops were hitting the windshield as we pulled into Allerton Park and the skies grew more threatening. It rapidly became apparent that her senior portrait shoot wasn’t going to happen that evening. Phone calls were made, schedules juggled and we were able to regroup and reschedule for the next day. The universe made it up to us with a day that is everything you could want for a senior shoot; beautiful weather, gorgeous senior and almost no one else in the park. As you can see, it was totally worth all of the effort for these beautiful senior portraits. I can hardly wait for her to see the rest…..
The beautiful senior was originally scheduled for a week ago today….Cold, wind and rain/snow caused us to rethink our plan. What a difference a week makes! I saw this blue wall a few weeks ago in downtown Urbana, and just knew that Johanna, a SJO senior, was going to look amazing with this as a backdrop. I love how it makes her beautiful blue eyes just POP! Special thanks to H2O Salon for hair and make up. Stay tuned til tomorrow for more photos of this gorgeous senior!
I promised you gorgeous and drama…We’ve got gorgeous and drama! We also have attitude and a twist. Yep a twist that I don’t get to photograph everyday. You see this gal is more than a beautiful person and pretty face, she is Army National Guard. How cool is that? You go, girl!
Just…WOW! Simple, classic and laid-back
Hair and makeup by the awesome Tia Crom
After days of cold and rain and general YUCK, we got a perfect autumn day for Lauren’s senior photo shoot at Allerton Park. I love the way her eyes sparkle and just jump out of the image at you! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s full 5 image sneak peek!
Mr. Just-get-it-done-quickly rocked his shoot.
This beautiful Urbana class of 2016 senior totally rocked her senior portrait session!!! She showed everything from attitude at the graffiti wall to playful fun with bubbles in the idea garden. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the breeze did incredible things with her hair, and we had an absolute blast. Check out her “attitude” shot below and be sure to check back Monday for more awesomeness!
I promised you fire…So I am showing you the hockey puck on fire shot, I am just not sure its completely finished yet. Still need to shoot inside the hockey rink and get some background stuff, as well as some way cool shots on the ice, but that’s for another day. This was a fun, fun shoot. Daniel was an easy guy to work with and I feel like we got some great expressions. We hit all of the fun points: Hockey, fire, graffiti and an awesome car!
Spring seniors always make me nervous. I would love nothing more than to give them awesome outdoor photos, but the weather in the spring is far from co-operative. Often there is little more than leaden skies and muddy ground, hardly the beautiful background these seniors dream of. When Vaishali contacted me in late March wanting outdoor photos with a lot of “nature” I was very nervous. Stressed even. I was even more so after scouting locations and not a pretty location to be had. Plans B,C,D were forming in my head to give some resemblance of the pretty outdoor backgrounds she wanted. And then we had 3 or 4 days of beautiful warm weather, and all the stress was for naught. The grass greened up and the trees started blooming and the beautiful Vaishali got her beautiful backgrounds for her senior photos. Normally I show 5 images for a sneak peek, but the last was so much fun, I wanted to include it!
The cool thing about photos, especially senior photos this time of year, is that there is usually a back story, something that makes you look at the photos again and say “WOW”! The back story for Allison’s shoot is that it was cold. Not polarvortex-bomba-whatever cold, but mid-40’s with a brisk 20 mph wind, and I was cold in my parka and hat, so I know she was seriously freezing. And yet, other than difficulty smiling while her teeth were chattering and eyes watering from the cold, Allison stuck it out. We had blankets and made lots of trips to the car to warm up, but she’s got some serious game and we got some amazing shots in spite of the crappy weather! Keep checking back to see her swimming sportraits!!
This beautiful senior was thrilled to have autumn color for her senior pictures. Having recently moved to Central IL from Florida, the fall color was a special photo opportunity.
A beautiful girl without a single serious bone in her body! (although as you will see, she did manage to pull off a serious look) I feel like this sitting really, really reflected the things and people that are most important to her, from books to her BFF to her unicorn shirt.
It was probably the hottest day of the summer, but that didn’t stop Alley from totally owning her senior portrait shoot! This is one of my favorites with this gorgeous raspberry color dress and the breeze moving her hair.She has such an open natural smile, it makes you smile back without even thinking about it. Not very often I come home from a shoot and my face hurts from smiling so much!!!! So pop back early next week to see a selection of other beautiful images from her senior shoot!
I am so in love with Jenny’s beautiful red hair! And Allerton Park was the perfect place to showcase this gorgeous senior! We had exceptional Karma going that night, as we not only didn’t get rained on, but got an amazing sunset as the final, final last shot!! Here are just a few of the amazing photos from her shoot!
So many to choose from….but this is my current fav!
I just couldn’t resist sharing this sneak peek portrait of Rachel from last night Her eyes just pop off the screen…..Be sure to tell her how much you love it when you see her!!!
Delaney is another one of those awesome senior girls that cannot take a bad photo, and never quits smiling!!! No fear, no hesitation when I say… “Climb down those rocks or jump into that water fall!” And she does and then Awesomeness occurs! Had a blast driving all over downtown Champaign and then campus, and then back to downtown, and then back to Campus! I think it was totally worth it though cause we got some really sweet senior photos!
Yay!!!! Another gorgeous senior girl to play with!! And the really cool part, is we were given permission to photograph IN the Urbana Free Library as part of her session. Now how cool is that? Played in downtown Urbana, taking advantage of the art deco marquee at the Cinema and the flapper dress, before heading for the U of I Idea Garden….Where it promptly proceeded to RAIN…ALOT…FOR A LONG TIME!!! But, we stuck it out, dashed out among the sprinkles and got some amazing shots with dramatic skies and flowers!
Caroline’s mom and I have been friends for….ever! So when her girls get to be seniors, they make the trek from Central Florida to Central Illinois for me to do their Senior Portraits! Makes me feel pretty good! So here is Cari, Rockin’ Central IL!
Yep. That’s right folks, next year’s senior portraits are under way!!! And we started off with a BANG!!!! Beautiful Mindy didn’t want to do anything “normal”, so we didn’t. We had the pleasure of photographing at the Champaign Preservation and Conservation Association Warehouse, in and around salvaged bannisters and doors, bathtubs and radiators. Then we went around the corner and into an alley…normal until you realize she was wearing a prom dress at the time!!! A girl after my own heart, we rigged a tent ( Thanks to her dad, Jeff) and piled in cushions and books, lots of books!!! We photographed her favorite boots and a beautiful sunset, and then……the paint started flying! All in all a most wonderful way to kick-off the class of 2015 Senior portraits at Laura Trovillion Photography!!!
When choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer, you probably do one of two things(or both) ask friends and search the internet. After about the 500thousandth photo, your eyes are glazed and your fingers numb. How are you supposed to know what is just okay and what is great? This is why I have put together this lovely graphic with some quick tips on what to look for!
- Beautiful skin – good retouching to remove blemishes without making your Senior’s skin look plastic
- Eyes that sparkle – This is a result of two things: light being correctly positioned to create “catchlights” and illuminating the eyes. The other reason is they are having fun!
- Professional hair and makeup – I consider this a must for my seniors. It makes all the difference in the world.
- Poses that flatter you – We cannot all be model thin and able to pose beautifully at will. The photographer should know how to pose you, “clear down to your eyelashes”, so you look your best! No one likes to feel awkward in front of the camera!
- Variety – Multiple poses with each outfit/background are a must. You need a variety of verticals and horizontals: smiling and serious: casual and formal: beautifully posed and carefree dancing
- Gorgeous Lighting – This is last, but most important. Look for photos that demonstrate the photographer’s ability to handle any situation and create different looks with light. Do they have the skill? Do they have the equipment?
- If in doubt look for the Laura Trovillion Photography Logo! You will know its Awesome!
Everyone wants awesome Senior Pictures. To get awesome, there are three things you must do…Plan, Prepare and Participate! Today I am going to address the first P: Plan! With the wealth of online images and glossy magazines, this is probably the easiest part. Go to Pinterest(a link to my senior girls inspiration board is HERE), Google or your other favorite image search and type in Senior Pictures, Senior Portraits or Senior Poses. Start a folder on your desktop and whenever you see an image that you like, copy it to that folder. Even if its something that you found that isn’t a “senior” image. Other searches may be fashion, trends, sports,(Joel Grimes is a favorite of mine for his incredible sports photos) or whatever you are in to! The goal is to figure out what you like and what you want your senior pictures to look like.
What does your schedule look like? Are you into Fall Sports? Crazy busy with school, work, sports, looking at colleges, applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, hanging with friends and other activities? Then you should plan to have your Senior Session during the summer between your Junior and Senior year. I highly recommend having your senior pictures photographed during the summer so they are done and you can start your senior year with amazing images and one big thing checked off of your Senior Year To Do List!
Where do you want to go to have your photos taken? Is there someplace that has significant meaning to you? A family farm, the cabin where your family spends the summer, or someplace or thing that always reminds you of home. Maybe you don’t have any place special to you, but you know you would rather be photographed in the woods or near a lake, or maybe in a downtown urban area. All of these things get taken into consideration when selecting locations for your photos. Maybe its not a where, but a what. Where is secondary to including some THING in your photos. Your car that you rebuilt with your dad, your dogs that are like your babies, your guitar, your drums, the list goes on…What is your passion? It’s your story, TELL IT!
What to wear? Go back and look at your folder, there is probably a trend towards what you like and do not like. Are your images filled with soft dreamy flowy dresses, or vivid colorful clothes? Maybe your a fashion forward kind of gal and want to dress to the nines…..Look at the limitations set by your photographer on the number of clothing changes and then shoot for that number plus 2. Why bring 2 extra? Because you never know what might happen the day of a shoot or you just may not be “feeling it”. It happens. It is most important that the clothes fit well and are something you are truly comfortable in. Your senior portrait session is not the time to “try out” a new look. However, you also don’t get to plead “I am only comfortable in sweats” either. (HERE is a link to my pinterest “what to wear” inspiration board to get you started) Figure on at least one very casual, one dressy casual, one dressy and one other look.( other being sports uniform, favorite prom dress, etc) I tell my seniors that shopping for new clothes isn’t required, but its usually a lot of fun!
Congratulations, you have completed Planning for your Senior Pictures! You have:
- an idea of what you like in terms of style
- when is going to be best for you and your schedule
- where you want to go
- what to wear
Stay tuned for the second P of Senior pictures – Preparation!
Take care and stay warm!!!
After I go to the salon to get my gray hair hidden and trimmed up out of my eyes, my husband always compliments me on how nice my hair looks.So, I could run to the salon daily for a blowout..NOT….or learn to do it myself. So the next time, I made sure I pestered my awesome stylist to show me how to do this…..what brush he used; what product he used; how he held the brush; Everything. And now after daily practice, I come close, not perfect, but close enough that I feel pretty good about how my hair looks. And I realized that this was a huge thing for me to not just look good leaving the salon, but to be able to do this for myself. Headslap….….. We should be offering the same service with our complimentary makeup before a Senior Portrait Session….. And so now I a proud to announce..(trumpets and drum roll please….) Face sheets and complimentary makeup included with your Senior Portrait Session!!!!! Now you will have a “map” of where the stylist put each color on your face, AND you get to take home the eye palette, lip color and brush that she used for your session. Now how much fun is that?
Take care and stay warm!!!!
Hannah was unsure coming in for her senior portraits. She doesn’t like to have her picture taken. She isn’t really crazy about a lot of makeup either. I asked her to trust me. Half-way through her shoot she was rocking the posing and looking beautiful and seeing how amazing she is. When I look at these photos, I see an AWESOME senior!!! Hair and makeup by Sarah Kellems.
Taylor, a senior at St. Thomas-More, could have had a bad day, it was windy, it got cold and we had already rescheduled once. Taylor had an AWESOME day, despite the wind, her hair looked amazing. Despite the cold, she ventured into the pond. We got fun, amazing and beautiful photos for Taylor’s Senior Portrait Session! Crazy weather proof hair and makeup by Tia Crom!
Hayden is a Fisher High School Senior. He has a quick smile and an intense stare. He’s a bit of the class clown with a passion for baseball and fishing. He promised his mom that he would give full co-operation for an hour, and then had enough fun that he gave us TWO Hours! Here is a quick peek at what we did!
Gilvie is a 2014 Fisher High School Senior. I am impressed that he took the time to chose locations around Fisher that mean something important to him. Impressed because he took the time, and impressed by the locations he chose. He may drive his mom a little crazy, but really he’s a pretty good guy!
Sami is a Fisher High School Senior, wanting an urban experience for her senior portraits. I think we found it in downtown Champaign! Hair and Makeup by Sarah Kellems!
I had the pleasure of taking these three beautiful Class of 2014 Seniors to Downtown Chicago’s Millenium Park this week for a Senior Portrait Mini-Session. It is so inspiring to go somewhere that you have never photographed before. It was a great adventure for all of us, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to go back for a full senior session later this year. Special thanks to Kathy Browning for driving, and helping to make this trip awesome!
Congratulations Class of 2013!!!
These Class of 2014 Seniors ROCK! It was cold, snowy, spring break and a Sunday afternoon….And they totally brought their A game! For most of these seniors, it was the first time in front of my camera. For everyone involved, its was the first time creating amazing senior images in 30 minutes.
These mini-shoots were a trial run for our Makeover Marathon in April. The girls arrived with straight hair and no makeup. In 15 minutes the amazing Hair and Makeup artists, Sarah Kellems, Tia Crom and Stefani Smith transformed these girls. Each girl then spent 15 minutes in front of my camera, where we achieved multiple images where they look like covergirls! The guys were spared the hair and makeup, but spent an intense 15 minutes in front of the camera as well. I am excited to be working with such a great group of seniors. They are all so beautiful! Special thanks to Stefani, Sarah and Tia – you ladies are AMAZING!!!
Michelle is a very pretty, kind of quiet Senior at Fisher High School. Due to the crappy weather, we were unable to do any location photography, but these photos aren’t about the surroundings, they are about the beautiful person in front of the camera. She has a great smile when I could coax it out of her. She was amazing and a pleasure to photograph. Hair and Makeup by the awesome Sarah Kellems.
Senior boys with trucks, cowboy hats and flaming bats…what more could a photographer want? I had a great time photographing Brendan’s senior portraits this week. We totally lucked out with nice weather, not warm enough to go without a coat, but at least we weren’t freezing to death, it is February after all! I wish him luck at SIU where he will be majoring in Civil Engineering!
Senior Hans Carmien signs letter of intent to play football at SIU. We have had the pleasure of photographing Hans in various sports throughout his high school career and wish him the best of luck as a Saluki!
Check out a few of the action shots from Friday night’s game. The Fisher boys played at home against Heyworth. You can see more of these action shots on our Facebook page!
I just love photographing seniors. We have such fun, especially when they are as pretty as Miranda! Hair and makeup by Donna Eckerty.
Jacob is a senior at GCMS who is graduating at the semester. He brought a bunch of hats, a willingness to ham-it-up for the camera, a guitar and a bow to his senior shoot. We had fun with all of it! How can you not have a blast with a guy who brings his bowtie and tophat!!!
I love it when I learn new stuff from the seniors I photograph, and I definately learned all kinds of cool automotive tidbits from Darren. A senior at Gibson City, a member of FFA, and a three sport athlete, this guy knows his way around a car engine! We lucked into perfect fall weather, found some way cool vintage cars and had a whole lot of fun!
To see more images from 10-19-12 check out our Facebook page.
Eric is a foreign exchange student from Brazil, currently attending Fisher High School as a senior. We did his “senior” photos on a beautiful fall day in the two places most near and dear to him; the soccer field and the place he calls home in the US. He is rather quiet and very polite, but his smile is awesome and he was game for all of my crazy ideas! I had a blast and hope he did as well!
Here are images from last Friday night’s home game. If you would like to see more of these action shots from the game, check it out on our Facebook page!
As always, if you wish to see more action shots from this game be sure to check out our Facebook page!
Katie is a beautiful senior girl with a passion for bling! Tractors, combines and cornfields, you kind of expect in this neck of the woods, but rhinestones, sequins and sparkles were the fun twist in her senior portrait shoot yesterday. The day could not have been more perfect for our location shoot on her family farm. I really enjoy using places that are significant to the senior as backdrops for these special images. Farms are great places to shoot. There are so many things to use as props and backgrounds and the unexpected twist of a sparkly dress in front of old barn is just the kind of thing we are known for! Katie was amazing: she took direction, had great expressions and worked the poses to perfection! As a result we have some awesome senior photographs to share as her sneak peek! Hair and makeup by the amazing Sarah Kellems. There will be a video of Katie’s senior portrait experience by the one and only Carly Wilson coming soon!
Claire is a fun-loving, book reading, loves-to-argue kinda girl! She was so much fun. She could pull this beautiful smile one minute and a do- you-really-want- to-mess-with-me look the next! We shot like crazy until we ran out of light and then found an indoor location and shot some more. Watch for her softball Sportraits next week!!! Hair and makeup by the awesome Sarah Kellems!
I knew Alex was going to be alot of fun. We did all kinds of fun photos in little out-of-the-way places on the University of Illinois Campus. Flowers, grasses, architecture, scupture and a drop dead gorgeous senior girl, its a recipe for AWESOMENESS!!!! ( and I love her freckles!!) Hair and makeup by the amazing Sarah Kellems
Morgan is a beautiful senior from Mahomet who wanted some fun, unique images before graduation. Hair and makeup by Sarah Kellems.
We have just taken image sharing in the Champaign-Urbana area to the next level! Now exclusively at Laura Trovillion Photography, you can get your favorite images from your Family, infant/child or Senior Portrait Session as an album on your smartphone!!! Share your awesome images from LTP with all of your friends and relatives, just by pulling out your phone! This works on iphone/ipad and android phones and tablets! Stand out from the crowd with Laura Trovillion Photography, where Awesome is just the Beginning!
Megan is my first senior girl of 2012. When we set the date for the sitting, I was hopeful we would luck into some more incredible weather, but no luck. Cold, wind and rain/sleet forced us to stay in the studio to create magic. Hair and makeup artist Sarah Kellems created great looks for each outfit, ranging from fun and flirty to Audrey Hepburn elegance. I was my usual insane, “oh my god, we’ve gotta try this” self, and Parkland intern Carly Wilson was tasked with lights and props. Thru it all Megan was AWESOME. She totally rolled with all of my crazy ideas and contortions. I feel like we captured the heart of who she is with her senior photos. See for your self!
Senior shoot in January….OUTDOORS! We so totally lucked out with the weather yesterday! Kristian brought lots of great prop stuff, clothes and a totally awesome attitude! We walked around downtown Fisher, kicked back on a “beach”, and rocked some very cool photos in the studio!! But don’t just take my word for it, take a look below and tell me what you think!
Boyd’s senior portrait shoot was alot of fun in spite of the weather and the late date. We were in the woods where the wind was blocked and it was quite a bit warmer than the shoot the night before, which was a blessing. Boyd has gorgeous hair and the colors of the autumn woods really complimented his coloring. He smiled alot, which was great. He seemed to be having a good time. We shot a couple of looks in the studio, and then decided to play a bit with a football shot. I think it turned out pretty cool!
Mike was another senior that got a really cold, windy day for his senior portrait shoot. He was game though and toughed it out even though I think his teeth were chattering! Luckily the second half of his shoot was in the studio with his puppy, Mia. Mike wasn’t mr. smiley, but I like the images we got and I hope he does too.
Chaney is our senior from last night. Yep, we were shooting outside, freezing our butts off. However, as you will see, it was totally worth it! Chaney had some really great ideas for her senior pictures, and was game for anything! Finally we came into the studio so she could have some photos with her adorable dog and to show off her great new smile!
Justin got to be my first indoor senior of the season. While indoors was not necessarily his first choice, I think he had a pretty good time, and I think we got some Amazing shots!