Zoe // Class of 2019 // Wisconsin Senior Session

One of my favorite parts about senior sessions is watching my girls come out of their shells and embrace the fact that they really are powerful, wildish young women. 
When I first met Zoe, I just wanted to squeeze her. You can tell right away what a sweet, genuine heart she has. And then she showed up for her shoot and completely blew me away! There's this quiet fierceness about her. And I think we can all agree that she's a stunner.

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Just a disclaimer that I never share a before/after picture because I think there's anything wrong with the "before". Quite the contrary. I think Zoe is naturally one of the most adorable, beautiful, gorgeous, rad chicks ever. It's all about that inner transformation. 

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Let's all just take a few moments to really appreciate how freaking glorious Zoe's locks are. Ok continue.

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I'm totally 100% fine with pets being involved in my senior sessions. Especially if it means I get to interact with a horse. I was honestly freaking out a little bit the entire time I was at Zoe's house. Also can we talk about how perfect that horse's mane is?!?! #HairGoals

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I'm convinced that floral crowns were invented specifically for this girl. The entire universe conspired to make this next picture happen. 

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For future seniors, always bring a friend with you! Everyone needs a hype girl. Plus you need a couple more cute pictures together.

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What To Wear For Your Senior Pictures

I know it's still winter but senior session season will be here before we know it! And I couldn't be more pumped. I've just been sitting over here daydreaming about sunshine and the most gorgeous photo shoots. We all know the makeup is important (Emily's the best of the best) and posing is key (I gotchu boo!) but a great wardrobe can be the difference between a good shoot and an amazing one. So I'm giving you a few pointers because I want all my little babes to have the raddest senior pictures. 
 

Layer it up!
Cardigans, jackets, kimonos, dusters, a Stevie Nicks-esque shawl, etc. So simple but it will make any outfit more interesting and add some depth to your pictures. And if you don't have anything I'll gladly lend you my leather jacket for a little bit. 

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Hats and things!
Oh my goodness. I love hats. Felt hats, sun hats, beanies... Bring em all! Once again using one piece to change your outfit and make it more interesting. I'm also super into crystal and floral crowns, head wraps and head pieces, and anything else related. 

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Patterns
Once upon a time when I was getting my senior pictures down I was told that solids photographed best. But I'm pretty sure that was just a myth. Interesting patterns are my absolute favorite. Polka dots, stripes, floral, geometric shapes. Pair them with a solid or another pattern. 

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Something Other Than Blue Jeans
Don't get me wrong, jeans never go out of style and they go great with just about everything. But sometimes, like when you're as fabulous as my girl Cookie, you have to rock something other than blue jeans. I'm sorry but both of these pants are freaking phenomenal. I also really like harem pants and leggings (I don't care what anyone says. They are pants!) for something different. 

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Yes to the Dress
This probably seems like a no brainer but it bears repeating... Dresses. You just gotta do it. Don't be afraid to go long or vintage or different. Really just get all the dresses (or skirts) and bring them. 

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Make sure you pay attention to the colors of your outfits. Figure out your skin tone and undertone and then find out what colors look best on you. Also senior sessions usually happen during summer or fall so it's super easy to plan shopping for photos to coincide with your back to school shopping. Boom. Two for one. 
Luckily we live in a world where Pinterest exists so you can find tons of ideas for outfits and styles. I put together a board to get you started in the right direction. Check it out >>Right Here<<

Now let's get some sessions on the calendar! xoxo
 

Cookie | Class of 2018 | Wisconsin Senior Photography

if it's all in my head there's nothing to fear
nothing to fear inside
through the darkness and the light
some sun has got to rise

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Sometimes you meet people and you know right away that you're vibrating on the same frequency. Their energy and your energy are just made of the same stuff. From the moment Cookie got to my house it was like that. We clicked on an artistic level and I knew that I could shoot exactly how I wanted to during this session. She's basically the cool little sister I always wanted.
We bonded over our mutual love of Karen O and ended up jamming out to Yeah Yeah Yeah's while we drove all over town. There was no awkward, getting warmed up phase to this shoot. I think we both had the same vision for this shoot so we already knew what we were doing. 

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I think we both really wanted this to be kind of an anti senior session. None of the stereotypical "senior poses". We wanted it to be grungey and fashion forward and editorial in nature. I'm pretty positive we nailed it.

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For years I've have this vision of shooting inside a greenhouse and I've had my eye on one overgrown floral shop in particular. We were shooting in the parking lot when Cookie looked at me very seriously and said "I'm going in. You can follow me or not." and immediately hopped over the wall. And that's the greatest part about photographing seniors. They're fearless and it's always a collaboration. I'm really glad we risked the trespassing fine because this 100 year old greenhouse was recently demolished. Obviously I'm heartbroken. And I have nothing else to say on the subject at this time. 

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urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography
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urban grunge madison wisconsin senior session chloe ann photography

Someone please just use this set for some sort of advertising. I promise you'll sell out of whatever it is you're selling.

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Cookie- You already know I think you're coolest. You've got the most unique taste in music and fashion, a wicked sense of humor, and a wonderful understanding of art. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures next year. 

We can all thank Emily Olson for Cookie's amazing, phenomenal, second to none makeup job.