It’s Back to School Time!

Makeover High School Senior Portraits in Gainesville FL

Back to School. School pictures. For some that brings anxiety. For others it brings excitement! High School Senior Portraits should be captured in a special way! Have you thought about your senior portraits for this year?

I remember my senior portraits. My mom spent a lot of money on them. And quite frankly, they were pretty boring, standard studio shots just like everyone else’s in my class. In fact, they are pretty embarrassing to look at now! Remember the look of the late 80’s & 90’s? Those hair lights! Yikes!

https://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/Trenton-High-School/4182720020?page=0

Senior Portraits That Stand Out!

I want to give your high school senior beautiful images that you will both treasure for a lifetime! I want to make them look their best! Plus, it’s just a lot of fun! They get to play dress up with me! My sessions are individual & stylized. They will feel like a model for the day!

Look & Feel like a model!

My portrait sessions include an in person consultation, styling advice, professional hair & makeup & access to my fun wardrobe! After the session, I will edit the best images. And then we will schedule a reveal session to pick your favorites! I offer wall art with beautiful frames, a folio box with matted images & I can create a magazine featuring you!

Check out my magazine here to see what I can create for you!

https://tuscawillaphotography.goodgallery.com/magazine/2018-magazine?PreviewTemplateID=8974553b-20cd-45d2-b7b2-2145ddadc567

Ask for the Parachute Dress!

Do you want something REALLY special for your senior portraits? Be sure to ask about my parachute dress during your consultation!

high school senior wearing my parachute dress
The Parachute Dress!
image of a high school senior girl in my parachute dress with dress thrown behind her and the dress encircles her frame looking like a peacock
Another beautiful way the parachute dress can be thrown

High School Senior Portraits in Gainesville, FL

Contact me now to set up a consultation. I want to hear how your high school senior wants to be photographed! https://tuscawillaphotography.goodgallery.com/contact-investment?PreviewTemplateID=8974553b-20cd-45d2-b7b2-2145ddadc567

High School senior in outdoor shoot in Micanopy FL
High School senior portraits- indoor & outdoor options!

View more of my teen & high school senior portraits here: https://tuscawillaphotography.goodgallery.com/portraits/teens-high-school-seniors?PreviewTemplateID=8974553b-20cd-45d2-b7b2-2145ddadc567

Right now I am running a special! Click the link below to check it out!

https://tuscawillaphotography.goodgallery.com/back-school-landing-page

Tuscawilla Photography is an award winning Gainesville, FL & Ocala, FL area photographer. Aimee specializes in makeover portrait sessions, headshots & High School Senior Portraits. All portrait sessions include a consultation, styling advice, access to my fun wardrobe, hair & makeup & a reveal session to select your favorite images. Contact me now! https://tuscawillaphotography.goodgallery.com/back-school-landing-page

Personal Branding: Does your headshot represent your business?

This discussion of headshots comes up often with another photographer friend & a business associate. Both comment that people do not have professional headshots on their business cards & LinkedIn pages or they have no image at all.

The photographer of course is focused on the bad images. She says that she sees so many bad headshots representing businesses. People use selfies taken in the car or bathroom, headshots taken in bad lighting, bad hair & makeup.

Link your name with your face

My business friend is frustrated with the fact that so many people don’t even have a headshot to represent their business. Her & I go to a lot of networking events. We swap a lot of business cards with other professionals. Her complaint is that she is not going to remember every face. She often sets up meetings in public places with people. She has no idea what they look like because they don’t have a headshot on their business card.

I agree with both of them. At the most recent networking event, I interacted with 25 new people & swapped business cards. Out of those 25 cards, only 2 have a headshot image. I am not going to remember everyone I meet! Connecting the name with a face is very important. Especially if you are the owner of the business.

A professional headshot is going to link your name with your face

And I’m not just saying this because I am a photographer. Just google the phrase “importance of a good headshot.” The results are endless.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-professional-headshot-giancarlo-pawelec/

The selfie vs. the professional headshot

Here is an example:

Selfie vs professional headshot
A business woman’s headshot selfie compared to professional headshot

In the age of the selfie, I guess it is better to have some kind of image of yourself as opposed to no image. But which one do you think looks more professional? While this lady is definitely pretty in both, clearly a professional photographer is going to capture a better image with good lighting & no background distractions. You want to represent your business in the best way possible!

And while we are on this subject, BE A PROFESSIONAL! I see bad “professional” headshots too! No duck lips! (Yes, I see people do that!) No silly faces! (Unless you are a clown or represent child themed entertainment) Get your hair & makeup professionally done. And guys, seriously, shave your face! And even if you have facial hair, clean it up! You represent your business. You are the face of it! Give people a good headshot to remember you by.

Headshots with Tuscawilla Photography

To see my headshot portfolio click here:

https://tuscawillaphotography.com/headshots

All of my boutique personal branding sessions are customized to your needs. Sessions include a consultation, styling advice, hair & makeup & 5 digital images. I provide image resizing for social media & websites when requested for no additional cost. 

Tuscawilla Photography is a portrait & headshot photographer based in Micanopy, FL & serving the greater Gainesville, FL area – from Lake City to Ocala, from St. Augustine to Cedar key.

To find out more & book your makeover headshot session with Tuscawilla Photography today, click this link. Let’s talk about how you want to be photographed! https://tuscawillaphotography.com/contact-investment

Flower crowns add creativity to portraits! Tuscawilla Photography includes them in creative portrait sessions for your little girls & teens!

Creative portrait shoots by Gainesville, FL based photographer Aimee VanGelder at Tuscawilla Photography

Flower crowns add creativity to portraits! Nothing says girly like flowers do! Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers or a field of flowers, girls LOVE flowers! And they should, because flowers are symbols of beauty & delicateness. And how much more so should that be reflected in a beautiful makeover portrait photoshoot?

I include flower crowns in my creative portrait sessions with little girls, teens & high school seniors. I find cheap ones in stores like Michael’s & WalMart & even Ebay. There are some beautiful & unique ones on Etsy. And I make some flower crown with fake flowers and a string of fake pearls. I even make them out of feathers! But I want to make some out of real flowers too!

Gainesville, FL photographer creative portraits with flowers crowns
Some creative portraits I have done featuring some of my flower crowns. All images captured in my home studio in Micanopy, FL.

How to make a flower crown

Making flower crowns is not too difficult. A few cheap supplies & some patience is all that’s needed. Stem wire can be found in most craft stores for a few dollars. Florist tape is only a couple dollars & the roll will last a long time. Alternatively, hot glue can be used. Fake flowers abound in the craft stores & online. And real flowers can be found pretty cheap at WalMart & Trader Joe’s. Then it’s just a matter of attaching the flowers to the wire in whatever fashion you wish. They can be big or small & dainty. Here are the 2 that I made with fresh flowers I got for less than $10. The long one can be used as a fascinator, placed along the neck line, shoulder or arm or can be fashioned as a crown.

fresh cut flower crowns that I made eating a mix of green, yellow, orange & peachy colors
Flower crowns made with fresh cut flowers

I can make fresh flower crowns for photoshoots. They can be made ahead of time & stored in the refrigerator for a few days. After the photoshoot I am going to hang them to dry & see how they turn out. I may be able to continue using them as dried flower crowns.

A crown of fresh flowers on a recent creative teen photo shoot

Here is the best part about flower crowns? One size fits all & they can be used over & over!

Book a creative photoshoot with Tuscawilla Photography

Flower crowns add creativity to portraits sessions! Want to give you high school senior a photo session that is extra special? These flower crowns can be part of your teen or high school senior’s creative photoshoot! Just tell me ahead of time if you want fresh flower crowns in your session. What a great gift to give your high school senior! And the beautiful memories will last a lifetime!

All of my boutique portrait sessions are customized to your needs & include a consultation, styling advice, hair & makeup, access to my fun wardrobe, snacks & a reveal session to select your favorite prints. It is so much fun!

To find out more & book your makeover portrait session with Tuscawilla Photography today, click this link. Let’s talk about how you want to be photographed! https://tuscawillaphotography.com/contact-investment

Tuscawilla Photography is a portrait & headshot photographer based in Micanopy, FL & serving the greater Gainesville, FL area – from Lake City to Ocala, from St. Augustine to Cedar key.

Want to Parachute (dress) With Me??

The Parachute Dress Lands in Micanopy, FL

I have seen a lot of dress throwing in portrait photography lately & I LOVE IT! Then I started finding images with repurposed vintage parachutes. AMAZING! I had to get one!

https://www.pinterest.com/kristinrasmusse/parachute-dress/

What is a parachute dress??

The parachutes are made from Ripstop Nylon material. This makes them very durable & the lightweight fabric makes them perfect for the dress throwing images! I cut the strings off of them & fashion them on my clients like a skirt or dress.

The Gainesville, FL parachute dress on a high school senior girl
The parachute dress on an evening shoot near Gainesville, FL

I wanted to do something a little different & creative with my parachute dress, so I made a bunch of little tulle pom poms & sewed them on to the parachute. I’m not sure if I will keep it this way. I can always take them off if I change my mind. I have even thought about dyeing the fabric for some dramatic color. Will just have to see where my creative thoughts go in the future. For now, it’s easy to match any color top with a white parachute & I have thought about changing the color of the dress in post production.

And the best part? One size fits all!

Book a parachute dress session!

Want to give you high school senior a photo session that is extra special? This parachute can be part of your teen or high school senior photoshoot! Bring a beautiful top to go with it or pick something from my wardrobe. What a great gift to give your high school senior! And the beautiful memories will last a lifetime!

All of my boutique portrait sessions are customized to your needs & include a consultation, styling advice, hair & makeup, access to my fun wardrobe, snacks & a reveal session to select your favorite prints. It is so much fun!

To find out more & book your makeover portrait session with Tuscawilla Photography today, click this link. Let’s talk about how you want to be photographed! https://tuscawillaphotography.com/contact-investment

image of a high school senior girl in my parachute dress with dress thrown behind her  and the dress encircles her frame looking like a peacock taken in Micanopy, FL
Another beautiful way the parachute dress can be thrown

Tuscawilla Photography is a portrait & headshot photographer based in Micanopy, FL & serving the greater Gainesville, FL area – from Lake City to Ocala, from St. Augustine to Cedar key.