Happy Wednesday, everyone! I so often get a plethora of questions regarding my senior pictures, so I thought I’d break it down to let you guys in on the inside scoop from my amazing (amazing is an understatement) photographer, Mallory Rubino, to a few tips + tricks that I have picked up along the way!

The Miracle Worker: // Let me just start off by saying, my mom and I scoured the internet for monthhhhs on end to find  a photographer that not only exemplified that light, airy feeling through thier work that I was so desperately looking for, but also had a specific, keen eye that my mom had in mind. From what seemed like a never-ending, defeating battle, we finally stumbled upon Mallory’s Facebook page and fell in love instantaneously! After a brief face-to-face consult, we knew that Mallory was the perfect fit for us!

The Location: // Wanting my senior pictures to reflect my love for the coast, as well as, my style, without being completely surf, sun, and sand gung-ho, proved to be quite possibly the trickiest aspect of it all. Still perplexed on where to shoot, my mom and I had the ultimate “Say Yes to the Dress” moment during one of our R+R dates in our favorite, little beach town when we came across this palm-lined street and coastal, humble abode – “THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE ONE!!!”

The Props: // Following my mantra of “less is more”, I tried to keep the props to a bare minimum, as I didn’t want the props to overtake the concept of the whole shoot. With that said, I decided on two – the vintage luggage and the bike. Thankfully, my aunt was able to snag the luggage from a friend, but I have linked a similar one – here. The focal point of perhaps the entire shoot – the bike. Originally a metallic, royal blue, my grandfather helped renovate my old cruiser with spray paint that I had picked up from my local store. After the revamp of my new, cotton-candy-like wheels, I picked up a bike basket, a bushel of hydrangeas, anddddd…VOILA!

The Outfits: // Truth be known, I had been storing this darling, little gingham two-piece number for over a year with no where to make its appropriate (and deserved) debut – until then! With the gingham coordinates being slightly more #glam, I decided to pair my cut-offs from Ralph Lauren, ruffle top from Gap Kids, and my coveted Jack Purcell’s to tone it down a bit and channel a more relaxed vibe.  (Life Hack: If you are typically an XS in women’s shirts, you can more than likely fit an XL/XXL in Gap Kids).

Misc. Tips + Tricks: // 1. Scroll through Pinterest to get a feel of what you may like/want. This will also help give the photographer of your choosing get a better grasp of what you wish to attain.  2. I highly reccomend getting your makeup done professionally, as the lighting in combination with the high quality camera tends to wash even the darkest of skins out. I, personally, prefer the MAC counter in my local Nordstrom. 3. If you’re struggling with finding props, check out your local thrift store. You’d be surprised at the treasures that you will come across! 4. Relax. I will be the first to admit, I was a bit jittery and awkward at the beginning of the session, but just remember to stay calm + collected, as the nervousness tends to reflect in the photos. 5. Have fun! This was a HUGE highlight to my senior year. These pictures will be a token of your concluding childhood chapter, so cherish every moment!

Enjoy!

With the good ol’ photo-op season fast approaching, be sure to check out Mallory Rubino Photography for any upcoming couple, family, maternity, newborn, children, and senior session that your heart desires. I’m SO positive that you’ll fall head over heels with her creative, keen eye and sweet soul just as much as I did!

You can find Mallory at:

Photography Site: http://www.malloryrubinophotography.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malloryrubinophotography/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malloryrubinophoto/

For any other questions you may have, feel free to email me at PunctuatedP@gmail.com!