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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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!

Friday Fashion Debate: Wearing White After Labor Day

For this week’s debate, I did even more research than usual. I wanted to understand where the “No white clothing after Labor Day” rule came from. Funny enough, after reading a handful of articles, it seems no one actually knows where this rule started. People do have their opinions on the matter though. Some say it goes back to the fact that upper class individuals always left their city lives for the summer and opted for “summer wardrobes” which consisted of linen fabrics (usually white) and floppy straw hats. After Labor Day they went back to the city and left their summer wardrobes behind which meant the white linen pants stayed in their vacation homes and they opted for darker colors to fit their Fall city lives.

Let’s face it though, no matter where this rule came from, it is outdated. One of the most popular trends continuing from past years is white pants with denim shirts. Sure, during the summer we may opt for white shorts and sleeveless denim but I don’t see anything wrong with a pair of white jeans, a long sleeve denim shirt, brown boots and a cozy scarf. If we followed the Labor Day rule, this look would not exist. Here in Florida we are still getting temperatures in the 90s and I am not likely putting on long sleeves or boots until MAYBE Christmas.

Denim shirts and white pants are not the only acceptable way to wear white after Labor Day. It just happens to All White // L.O.V.E.: be my favorite way to wear the look. 🙂

Who doesn’t love a big comfy sweater? Especially on those holidays filled with food! Winter sweaters look great with white pants! You 9769769ce54843c35af57deec1cd4575.jpgcan even take it a bit further and opt for all white. All white does not have to look like you are going to a fancy all white party in the city at a five star hotel. Throw on a pair of white skinny jeans with an over sized white sweater and white converse and you have a look to run around all day in!

Some of you may be reading this thinking, I have never followed that silly rule anyway. However, you would be amazed how many people still follow this out of date rule. There is another side of this. Maybe you are reading this and you completely disagree with me. The Labor Day rule is one you feel very strongly about and as of September 5th all white clothing items you wear have gone in a box and won’t be back until next summer.

Either way, share with us what side of the debate you are on. We would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Happy Friday!!

 

 

 

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!

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Back to School Styles

Let’s face it, as a whole, our society spends a lot of money shopping for back to school. There is a reason an entire weekend is dedicated to “tax-free” shopping right before the academic year starts. Each year is a chance to express yourself in a whole new way if you like.

Are you a dressed up with high heels and wedges kind of girl? Maybe you prefer casual but still stylish. Or you could be the type that throws on a t-shirt or hoodie and is lucky to make it out the door with their hair brushed. I know personally, I wasn’t the first type but I definitely could go from casual stylish to barely made it out of bed, depending on the day.

Maybe you are reading this and at this point are wondering what the debate is this week. Well to be honest, there isn’t one really. This just seemed like the right timing to share some fun back to school outfit ideas. Below are just a few of my favorites.

Hope everyone has an amazing 2016-2017 school year!

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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!