Senior Portraits of Twins: David + Joseph

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Twins run in my family, so I am really familiar with how different twins can be — whether they’re identical or fraternal.  So, for this senior portrait session, I enjoyed the challenge of creating senior portraits for twin brothers David and Joseph …and giving each of them senior portraits that weren’t exactly the same.  My goal is always to let everyone’s personality shine through in their senior portraits.  And I think we did just that!

Both boys play football, so after a few portraits in the studio, we headed out on location to Mill Creek Park in Dexter.  It’s a tested and true location for senior portraits, and even though I do senior sessions there often, no two senior portrait experiences ever turn out alike.  Even these guys’ portraits are different — but similar enough that mom will be able to display portraits of her boys side by side.  Love it!

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Mom wanted some portraits of David and Joseph together, so we did just that in studio (and on location later).
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I know, I just gave the whole spiel about portraits being different and unique. And, here I am, giving you two studio portraits, both posed similarly. But I wanted to include these so you could see how cool the backdrop is — it looks different based on the different shirts — each one brings out different tones in the background. Sorry, I just think that’s so cool!
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See what I mean? The blue shirt totally changes the feel of the background. 🙂
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One more of the boys together in studio. Mom had requested to see some black and white images, and I think this one was the perfect one to do that. Great smiles, guys!
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And onto Mill Creek! We stopped at the boardwalk for a portrait with the train bridge in the background. David went first. I love how the hint of orange in the trees complements his shirt!
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And next, David stepped in front of my camera for some portraits at the same exact spot. See how different it looks, but the two images still complement one another?
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And then, a portrait of the boys together. Love that sky 🙂
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A quick outfit change, and the boys were ready to be photographed in their jerseys. David went first again. I seriously love this setting, no matter how many times I come here…. it’s always different!
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And a closer in portrait of David. Fabulous!
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Joseph’s turn. Since they both play football for Jackson High School, their jerseys are the same. So, yeah. But I do what I can to make little changes in the posing so that each senior portrait looks a bit different.
…and a closeup serious portrait of Joseph.
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David and Joseph didn’t want to be photographed with the same jersey on **at the same time** ….so David changed into the other jersey. One home, one away. That works! Again, those fall colors…. <3
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Then we walked down the path by the overpass for Main Street (is it still called that there?). David changed into his pink jersey. The team wore this as part of an awareness for breast cancer thing. So cool!
Joseph chose his other jersey for this shot, so they wouldn’t be in the same jersey.
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We did one last set of senior photos with David and Joseph together. David changed out of the pink jersey and into the gray one. I really like this one…but couldn’t decide between it or the next. Let me know your thoughts!
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I love that this one has a little more nature in it — would be great as a wall portrait, right?
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And then, just so you can see the impact of changing an image to black and white… here’s the same senior portrait again — but no color. I always love how black and white draws you right into the people, all the distractions are muted… <3
And we called it a wrap. Just for kicks, I took a photo of the equipment cart I’ve been bringing along with me. It makes life so much easier for everyone… I can haul my gear, and my clients can stow their extra outfit changes and accessories in the wagon too!

If you’d like to plan a senior portrait session that is relaxed, stress-free, and showcases your personality, please contact the studio at 734-424-0472 today!  Betsy will help you through each phase of your senior portrait experience, and you will love the results!

Engagement at the Troll in Dexter, MI!

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On Saturday I left my older son Toby’s baseball game to go hang out at Mill Creek Park for an engagement photoshoot. Since Steven (my husband) was coaching the baseball team, I took our younger son Zack with me. Which was actually helpful…. because this wasn’t a typical engagement portrait. My client hired me to photograph her son as he proposed to his girlfriend.

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I love this one, it has the troll in the portrait and everything!

And I had to be inconspicuous.

So, I figured, what better way to be inconspicuous than to have a toddler in tow? Right? I mean, no professional photographer would be hanging out at the park with a kid, a toddler bike, and a wagon full of snack supplies!

It was kind of exciting, too! I hadn’t met the couple, I didn’t know what they looked like (aside from a photo that the mom had texted me). I knew where he was planning to propose (at the friendly troll statue next to the boardwalk. And we had a general idea of the time it would take place.

So about 45 minutes before the proposal was set to happen, Zack and I headed over to the park. Zack was on his bike, and I brought the wagon along just in case he got tired, so we could make it in time. We set up a “picnic” on a bench near the troll, and waited. Since I figured Zack might not be good at keeping a secret, I didn’t tell him what we were doing — we were there to “look for birds and other animals.”

For a three year old, he was a trooper! We hung out, I pretended to look for birds while secretly checking out everyone coming down the path — I didn’t want to miss the soon-to-be-engaged couple! Towards the end, Zack got a little antsy and wanted to start biking again. Fortunately, I was able to persuade him to stay a little longer with a cup of trail mix.

That was around the time when I saw my couple walking down the path. I tried to look the part of mom with camera, looking for birds with her toddler. When I saw him start to pull the box holding her ring out of his back pocket, I stopped trying to be secretive and just made sure I was in the right spot to get the best photos of them.

So, while my cover was blown, at that point she was focused on something other than me — her ring. It was so much fun to document her reaction; seeing people so excited always makes me happy :). At that point she kind of looked around at everyone standing and watching — and I said, “congratulations!”

He had succeeded in surprising her, and she started to piece things together. We introduced ourselves, and I took a few more posed portraits of them next to the troll. And that was it. I congratulated them a final time, and then they went back the way they came, arm in arm.

I was really proud of Zack for holding himself together, so we headed off for a celebratory ice cream cone at Dairy Queen (this time he didn’t bike; I pulled him in the wagon). What a fun day!

Here are some of my favorite images from the session (and to see the whole series, you’ll find a slideshow at the end of this post!)

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They showed up, and I was ready! 🙂
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And he was ready too…. finding the perfect time to get out the ring!
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He definitely surprised her!
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…and of course, she said yes!!
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The troll was happy to witness the proposal!
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…so much excitement!
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And of course, no proposal is complete without a kiss, right?
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…I love her expressions, she was so excited!
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Love this one. Sometimes you don’t need any faces in a portrait to tell a story.
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…and the ring is on!
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one final embrace before leaving…
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…and off they went!
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The happy couple 🙂

 

And, as promised, here’s the slideshow:

Congratulations!!! I am so excited to have been a part of your big day 🙂