What do I Wear to a Photo Shoot?

It’s time for your senior pictures! You may be asking, what do I wear? What do I bring? Well, don’t worry, because we are here with a Senior Photo Shoot style guide!

Follow the tips below to get the most out of your Senior photos!

Keep your outfits visually simple
Solid colors and simple patterns look best on camera! Avoid busy patterns and large logos or words. Textured fabrics such as cotton and wool are great options, stay away from silks or satin.

Have an outfit plan
Your number of outfit changes will depend on which session you choose. Always plan out your outfits ahead of time and bring extra ones! You may change your mind once you see the backgrounds and sets in person.

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Don’t be afraid to be diverse with your outfits
You may be tempted to just bring your favorite everyday outfits, but be sure to bring something a little dressier. Variety is key!

Apply your makeup normally
Powder, eyeshadow or lipstick with glitter or shine may cause a reflection from the flash so try to stick to matte finishes. Matte powder is your friend! Bring it with you even if you did your makeup, you may need to reapply to avoid shine.

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Stick with hairstyles you know
Your hair needs to be styled in a way that you are comfortable with, so don’t try a new hairstyle for your shoot. If you need to get your haircut, try to go at least a week in advance to give your hair time to adjust and look normal.

Pay attention to details
Check your nails for chipped polish and go with simple colors that won’t distract from your outfits. Try to avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time right before your shoot. Nobody wants sunburns or tan lines in their senior pictures!

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Accessorize
Hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, props… these items can be very important. They help show off your personality and make your photos all about you!

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Friday Fashion Debate: Prom

Prom season is upon us! What better time to bring back Friday Fashion Debate??

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Prom fashion seems to have a longer shelf life than regular fashion. I’m not saying my prom dress from 10 years ago would work now but you can make some fashions work over a several year span. That doesn’t mean there aren’t certain styles that appear to be the top trend each year. We are going to touch on those specific ones today.X90711QA5_MBLKMINT_PROM_PROD1_015.jpg

The number one trend this year in prom fashion is set to be the two piece dress. This isn’t a change from the last year really but it seems to still be forecasted as the most commonly seen prom trend. I really like this trend. I think it is young and fresh and allows you to show off a variety of styles with patterns, etc.

The second biggest trend projected for this year is wine shades. This typically refers to burgundy red or dark purples shades. These two color families are extremely flattering on most skin tones and a definite favorite in my book for dramatic formal attire.

Another trend we expect to see a lot of this year is high neck lines. It seems like the typical formal fashion a few years ago used to be extreme plunging necklines. It stepped away from that but kept a more normal v-shape neckline for a couple of years but this year we are seeing necklines that are very high. The exception is sometimes you will see a lower neckline but they are illusion styled where there may be lace, etc but there is actual fabric in the “open” space.

We also have another returning trend this year, florals. If we went back several years, florals were not big in formal wear. You would see them in beading and accents but definitely not full floral pattern skirts. I have to say, I absolutely adore this trend. Floral formals are so feminine and fun. The addition of florals in the formal world opened up the option to have so much color and drama in your prom look. This is a definite yes in my book and I hope this trend sticks around!

This is not to say that there aren’t a ton of other styles out there that are great prom looks. These are just a few of the trending looks for 2017. We would love for you to share some of your favorite prom styles with us or send a pic of your dress for this year!

To all of our 2017 Seniors who are nearing the end of their High School careers, we hope you have a wonderful time at prom and enjoy the rest of your Senior year!

Senior Spotlight: JackLynn

JackLynnGoreWM.jpgOur Senior Spotlight this week is JackLynn from East River HS. There is not much this outgoing student doesn’t do. She is involved in many school activities such as, Athletic Training, FFA, BETA, NHS, NTHS, Wrestling, Track, APEX, French Honor Society, CREW and more! JackLynn has also earned over 100 community service hours with a PTA Chapter at her previous elementary school and helped out in a Summer Sports Medicine program and spent time at an Orthopedic Sports Medicine office.

On top of all of her school activities and volunteer work, she also currently works as an office assistant for a local contractor which she told us has taught her organizational skills and responsibility.

JackLynn also has an interesting and unique hobby. She told us she has been scuba diving since she was 10 years old!

Her aspirations after graduating are just as high as her current endeavors. Plans include attending college to study Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Her focus will be to obtain her Doctoral of Physical Therapy which she hopes to use by working for the Department of Veterans. She would like to work with returning service men and women who are in need of physical therapy.

We learned that that there are three people who JackLynn credits for inspiring her and leading her to choose the career path of Physical Therapy. She has a brother who tore his ACL playing High School football which initially sparked her interest in sports medicine. She also credits her mom and Mr. Mirocha (Athletic Training Advisor) for being two of the most influential people in her life. She told us, “My mother has always pushed me to reach for the stars and beyond; no matter how much I fought her. Mr.Mirocha sparked my interest in medicine and pushed me to go outside of my comfort zones”.

JackLynn you are obviously a very driven and talented student and we are sure you will succeed on the path to pursuing a career in Physical Therapy! Good luck in all that you do!

 

 

 

Senior Spotlight: Tytianna

Our Senior Spotlight this week is about Lake Mary HS Senior, Tytianna. She participates inTytiannaKeyWM.jpg Dance and is a Cheerleader at her school and has also helped at community events such as her church carnival and volunteered to help feed the homeless.

She is still undecided on which college she plans to attend but she knows for certain that she wants to become a pediatrician. This field was a natural fit for her because she loves working with kids and feel she always knows how to make them laugh and feel comfortable around her.

When asked who the most influential person in her life is, she told us, “My grandfather taught me to never give up no matter what and that people believe in me”.

Tytianna is excited about her future after graduating as is looking forward to a new world she has yet to experience and getting the chance to do things on her own.

We wish you the best of luck Tytianna!

Senior Spotlight: Taylor

taylorkiburzwmTimber Creek High School senior, Taylor, is aiming to graduate as the Salutatorian of her class! She has participated in Jazz band and is hoping to join the weightlifting team in her Senior year. Taylor plans to attend UCF to study nursing and become an emergency room nurse someday.

When asked what were two interesting facts about herself, Taylor told us she has worn her hair bright red (as you see in her photo) all throughout High School and she has a “giant” dog. She also told us she has a love for travelling and helping people!

When asked who was an influential person in her life, she told us, “My dad, he had a horrible injury in 2013 and he continued to persevere and work through it”.

After graduating, she is most looking forward to being able to immerse herself in the subjects she loves, health & nursing.

Enjoy your senior year Taylor!!

 

Senior Spotlight: Carmen

For those of you who didn’t follow us in previous years, each school year our seniors who do an Ultimate session have the opportunity to be chosen as a Senior spotlight. They are required to fill out an application and return it to us and if chosen, they receive 15% off their order.

Our first Senior Spotlight for the 2016-2017 school year is Carmen from Lake Highland carmentutorino-2Preparatory School.

Carmen will graduate with several honors & awards which include National Society of High
School Scholars, National Honor Society and the 100-Hour Volunteer Service & Merit Award. He is not only a scholar but also an athlete. Carmen plays basketball and men’s volleyball and he even volunteer coaches for a youth basketball camp.

Although he is undecided on what school he plans to attend for college, he knows he would like to major in Science and go in to the medical field later down the road.

When asked what unique experiences Carmen brings to his studies, he told us, “After visiting and touring several countries, I bring a unique, worldly perspective into the classroom”.

It is very clear Carmen is a dedicated student and has amazing life experiences to share!

Carmen, we wish you the best of luck this year and in all your future endeavors!

 

Back to School

Today is a special day! Today is the start of BACK TO SCHOOL! Our home office is in St Johns County and today is the first day of the 2016-2017 school year.

Leonard’s is so lucky to get to be CookieRecipes.jpginvolved with so many schools across the state of Florida and Georgia. We have spent day after day this summer photographing the incoming Seniors and although Senior season is not quite over for us, the real fun is just beginning for these students as they go back to school. Senior year is a time in your life where you get to reflect on 12 years of hard work all while looking forward to becoming whatever it is you want to be after high school. To all of our seniors, we wish you the best of luck this year!

For all of our underclassmen, middle school and elementary school students, we look forward to taking your pictures this year and continuing to watch each of you grow!

We hope each and every one of you have an amazing school year!

 

Senior Spotlight: Claire

St. Lucie West Centennial High senior, Claire, has started her career path long before graduating. She is graduating with honors but will also have her associates degree and a CLairecertification in child care which she received by participating in the early childhood program.

She isn’t stopping there though! Claire intends to use her child care experience along with a medical degree to work in pediatric oncology.

We asked Claire who an influential teacher in her life was and she told us, “My early childhood teacher has been my most influential. She has inspired me to aim for goals no matter how high and to always rise above in tough situations”.

Claire we applaud you in all you have accomplished! Good luck in everything you do!

 

Senior Spotlight: Breanne

BreanneBreanne attends Harrison School of the Arts and is the track team captain! She is involved in multiple other activities like weightlifting & Spanish club. Breanne knows exactly what her plans are after grauddating this year. She is going to Davidson to study biology and plans to go into Orthodontics.

Outside of her school activities, Breanne has been on four mission trips which taught her to work well with others and try to collaborate ideas. She also worked at Chick-fil-a which helped her with communication and team building skills

When we asked her about her most challenging undertaking so far, she told us “My dad got cancer when I was little and I found y faith and grew stronger with him”.

We wish you the best Breanne!

 

 

Senior Spotlight: Teani Sharice Gomes

Winter Haven High School senior, Teani, knows exactly what she wants to do and has been preparing for that path while in High School. She is involved in the Medical Academy and wants to study Business Administrator after graduating so that she can run a hospital. Teani also got her EKG Certification and is on the track to getting an honor card for her GPA. image1

Being an extremely organized person myself, I  think it’s great that she mentioned to us that she uses a lot of sticky notes, note cards and highlighters while studying. She feels this is a unique quality she posses in relation to her studies.

Teani also has had unique challenges she has had to face. When asked what her most challenging undertaking has been, she told us “having Rheumatoid Arthritis, I persevere by not letting it define and and taking control of it”.

We wish you the best Teani! Enjoy the last months of your senior year!