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!
If you look up “laid-back” in the dictionary, this is the picture you will see!
Tune in on Wednesday for more awesomeness!!!
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!
Decisions. Decisions…..Sneak peek that makes me smile? Sneak peek that is drop dead gorgeous and dramatic? Smile? Drama? Smile? Drama? Smile wins. You get drama tomorrow. Plus she says her owls make her smile too! Stay tuned for more of this beautiful, sassy Fisher High School Senior!!!!
Just…WOW! Simple, classic and laid-back
Hair and makeup by the awesome Tia Crom
Mr. Just-get-it-done-quickly rocked his shoot.
2016 Fisher Senior Gabe, just wanted to get this over with quickly. Like a lot of senior guys, I am pretty sure he was getting senior photos just to make his mom happy. Two hours and 4 locations and clothing changes later, we took this last photo with his pride and joy. Turns out it wasn’t so bad after all! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s regular sneak peek for more awesomeness from Gabe’s senior sitting!
Here are a few more images from my senior shoot with Leighanne, a senior at Urbana High School. Super fun and creative and absolutely gorgeous as well!
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!
This laid-back Mahomet class of 2016 senior, who just moved here from Texas was a natural in front of the camera! Be sure to check back next week when I post the regular sneak peek, including an Ice Hockey photo from his shoot!!
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.
Gorgeous senior lovin the fall colors!
I enjoy it when guys come in and actually talk about what they want to do for senior portraits.Even though he is kinda quiet, Nolan had some definite ideas and lots of game! ( and he gets bonus points for a) laughing at my lame joke and b) there was fire involved!) Yeah, he gets to see those first…..watch facebook in about a week to see some way cool baseball sportraits!
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.
Okay, so here at last is the official sneak peek of Tyler!
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!
Rachel was a lot of fun to work with! She went from “can’t keep a straight face, to supermodel serious, to girl-next-door” in a heartbeat! She was game for anything, and we played on the U of I quad until dark! These are just a few of my favorites. I swear these girls are killing me as I try to edit all of these amazing photos!
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!
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!
In our previous post on the three P’s of Better Senior Pictures, we talked about planning. Planning involves answering the questions; what you want, what to wear, where to go and when. This post breaks it down even further into how to prepare for your senior pictures!
The first step is to talk to your photographer. You need to both be on the same page and you need to schedule your Senior Portrait Session! Your photographer should be able to give you more advice as to what to wear and where to go.(unless you have somewhere specific in mind) Most photographers are not mind-readers, so you have to tell them what you want or at least what you think you want. Remember, the photographer wants what you want; Awesome Senior Portraits!
Once the date is set for your Senior Portrait Session, it is time to prepare!
- Plan to have your hair cut/colored no later than 2 weeks prior to your session. (Especially in the summer). Do NOT decide on a new hairstyle right before your senior session…This includes shaving your head for sports camps!!!! Gals if you are getting your brows waxed, schedule it a few days prior.
- Shop or select the clothes you plan to wear. Make sure everything fits well and is comfortable. If it needs ironing, do it now.
- Each outfit should be put together on a hanger, and any special undergarments, accessories or shoes go into a plastic bag, also on the hanger. Hanging clothes prevents wrinkles. Wrinkles are bad!
- If you plan to have Sportraits or other photos in a sports uniform, contact your coach ASAP, so you can have access to the uniforms you will need. If your sports portrait also requires a special location, such as a swimming pool or gym, make sure you will have access on your selected date as well. Reconfirm the week of your Portrait Session to make sure everything is a go!
- Sports uniforms, like other outfits all go together on a hanger. All gear associated with that sport should go in a duffel bag. This includes headgear, helmets, pads, goggles, balls, bats, poms, EVERYTHING you need goes into the duffel.
- If you want photos in your letter jacket, make sure it is up to date with your most recent letters and patches.
- Avoid the sun for the days prior to your Portrait Session. More specifically do not make plans to go to the beach, boating, fishing, or any event where you will be in the sun for hours on end. Not only do sunburns hurt, they are ugly when they peel and are more difficult to contend with in post production.
- Get sleep the night before…enough said
- Gals make sure your nails, fingers and toes have either no polish or are freshly polished…chipped, nasty nails just look bad.
- Guys…shave(I don’t care if it’s “No Shave November”)
So, you have talked with your photographer. You have scheduled your Senior Portrait Session. You have your outfits planned, and on hangers. You have your sports gear and permission from coach to use the pool, gym, etc. Your hair, eyebrows and nails are all done and beautiful. You have rescheduled your trip to the amusement park and the all night gaming party scheduled for the night before. Guys have a post it on their mirror that says: SHAVE!
You are officially prepared. Next we will talk about the fun part…Participation!
Thanks for reading! Hope everyone stays safe and warm through this next round of winter weather! Laura T
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!
Sydney chose to explore the funky alleys and sidestreets of downtown Urbana, with a quick stop on Campus to get some awesome water and reflection shots as we lost light and the streetlights came on! Special thanks to Caitlin Cole for all of her help! Hair and makeup by Sarah Kellems.
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!!!
I would never reccommend a senior wait this late in the year to get senior pictures. Sometimes, though, everything just works out beautifully. Tim is one of those crazy busy seniors that just didn’t have time for photos until this week! We lucked into a beautiful day weather-wise and the gardens at Lake of the Woods were gorgeous as well. Because Theatre and Music are two of his passions, it was only fitting to finish his senior session on the set of his last play at Mahomet High School, and a final chord on the beautiful grand piano. Tim was a pleasure to finally photograph and I wish him luck at Minnesota!
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!
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!
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 a few images from last Thursday’s Senior Night at home. As always, if you want to see more of these photos please go to our Facebook page for Laura Trovillion Photography!
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
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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!
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!
Maggie’s senior portrait sitting is hands down the most unique shoot I have done yet. Her portraits are a combination senior portrait and senior photostory. If you cannot guess from the images, Maggie likes to bake….alot! She wanted something that would speak to her passion, so after a few formals in the studio, we went to her kitchen! She proceeded to demonstrate her awesome culinary skills and her “signature” recipe for blueberry muffins! I can tell you for a fact that they were very, very good!
Jordan is from Gibson City and his senior portrait sitting was just about what you would expect from someone who eats, sleeps and breathes soccer. The first half of the photoshoot were shots for mom. These we took in funky places and alleys in downtown Champaign. The second half of the shoot was the “fun” half and taken on the soccer fields at Parkland College. It didn’t really matter which half it was, cause Jordan totally rocked the shoot! Special thanks to Storm for helping with the lights and being the defender for the soccer shots.