You say... "that's been done, that's been that's done, that's been done".
I LOVE that you come to me with your Pinterest boards. I LOVE that you feel inspired and excited but I also know that you're curious and hopeful that your session will be different than everyone else's.
I feel confident that it will be! How? Because there will never be a recreation of YOU! You are special, and like you, your session will be too! As long as you bring your whole self to the table on the day of your shoot, we will never have a copy!
LOCATION AND PROPS: Let's get creative about the places you want to go and what you want in the photos. Think back in your childhood to the spots that you had some of your best memories growing up. Maybe it's a place that your family likes to travel to in the summer. You could wear your grandpa's hip waders at the fishing spot you two used to fish at, a summer dress in tire swing in your back yard that you spent hours on as a kid, hike the trail that you loved to hike with your friends, bring your horse to the old corral in the back 40 that you worked cattle in when you were young, or float in an inner tube with cut off shorts and sunglasses in the river that you used to tube down. Adding props such as your grandfather's saddle that you grew up riding in, or the baseball cap that you lived in your 8th-grade year can add a special touch that no one else has. Locations and props that give you a sense of nostalgia or that inspire heartfelt memories, can bring you to the present moment and help feel more relaxed in from of the camera. When you feel comfortable, it shows in your pictures. Your favorite locations can feel like home and sometimes that's all it takes to get comfortable and really be you in your photos.
OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES: Part of getting the shots that truly look unique is taking stock of your wardrobe and choosing pieces that you feel most comfortable in. I will say this over and over but if you're in love with the clothing style that is unique to you and you feel at home in your location there is no way your pictures can look like anyone else's. Two of my high school senior girls shared the same shirt for their shoot and trust me, those pictures looked completely different. I would say it was the combination of their personality, theme, and location that made the images so different. Another time I had a girl wear her old sweatshirt and baseball cap. We both felt like those were some of her best shots! She looked super cute because you could tell that she was feeling the most at home in her body. So clothing can have a HUGE impact! If you're going to be wearing them in your shoot, I want you to be able to say "OMG I love these jeans!" and mean it!
TIME OF YEAR: All of these factors can change the mood of a photoshoot and that can have a strong effect on the uniqueness of the images. With the different seasons come different opportunities for incorporating different hobbies. Skiing and snowmobiling are great winter activities to incorporate while riding your barrel horse in the summer is consistent with the time of year you do the activity. But why not mix it up a little and wear your prom dress for a winter sunset in the snow or if your obsessed with jeans hang them all on the clothesline in the summer and pose with them.
WEATHER: A lot of kids are looking to schedule their pictures on a beautiful sunny seventy-degree day. Although this makes my job pretty easy, it also can lose its luster in the unique category. Some of my best images have happened just before or after a storm has rolled in. Yes, there have been those times that I should have rescheduled and I didn't and we ended up with three shots right before a monsoon. But if you can be flexible and ok with some wind blowing your hair around, some really amazing photos can come out of it,
GUILTY PLEASURES: I have them, you have them, we all have them. Deciding what you REALLY love regardless of what anyone else thinks is what make you YOUnique. We are not the same and our likes and interests are all different. Discovering those things about ourselves is the best way to validate that you are AMAZING and SPECIAL! Because you are!
I know what it's like to want to be different from everyone else. When I discovered that we each have a very unique genetic blueprint and that blueprint can give us complete satisfaction, my life became so much more meaningful. In my mind there is no way that two sessions could ever be alike when you are focusing on all the distinct qualities that make up YOU!