Senior Model Spotlight

Samantha | Seminole High School

We live in such an awesome area for Senior Portraits: Tampa and St. Petersburg are in the palm of our hands.  Our seniors get to choose from our studio location or on location at white sand beaches, local parks, downtown St. Petersburg and more.
This year, our Senior Model Team are all amazing young women!  Our first Senior Model Spotlight is Samantha from Seminole High School.  
Samantha is  a young woman who loves trying new things and doesn’t like to give up!  This year, she decided with one of her good friends, that she would try out for as many sports as she could.  In order to make her senior year memorable, she tried out for volleyball and golf and was very excited to share with me that she made the golf team! Way to go Samantha!
Samantha’s zest for life doesn’t end there, she also wants to go on to become an elementary school teacher after she graduates from Seminole High School.  Samantha is currently the Vice President of her E-Commerce Class. In order to earn this title, she had to write a speech and present it in front of the E-Commerce Academy.
For fun, Samantha enjoys working out, playing soccer and playing flag football.  Three words that describe her are Passionate, Diligent & Outgoing.
This was her first professional photo shoot and I have to say, she posed like a seasoned model and we had nothing but fun during our time together!
Congratulations Samantha! Your hard work does not go unnoticed and we are proud to have you on our 2018 Senior Model Team!


Why I Love This Location:

In the downtown St. Petersburg setting, there are so many diverse backdrop options! Parks, the beach, graffiti walls, storefronts and walkways are all great options for different backdrops within walking distance of each other.

Images can be captured highlighting architecture, flowers, your favorite shops and even sports photos can be taken downtown.  The best time to shoot here is an hour after sunrise. This is what is known as ‘golden hour’ lighting and creates this beautiful golden glow around the subject. This is also a time when there are few pedestrians who might distract from your portraits as well as more available parking.

The sky is literally the limit with downtown St. Petersburg location images. Add a trendy outfit and a beautiful flowy dress and everything about St. Petersburg living will be represented in your Senior Portraits!

Hair and Makeup Tips:

All Top Tier Senior Shoots come with professional hair and makeup services!

Our hair and makeup artist Daisy Ocasio typically recommends that seniors wash their hair the night before and blow dry their hair straight.

*Remember, drink plenty of water and get quality sleep in the weeks leading up to your session to be the best version of you for your portraits!

Things to Avoid:

  • Over Plucking eyebrows

  • Spray tans or tanning beds (do not get a spray tan or visit a tanning bed within the 2 weeks prior to your session)

  • Over whitening teeth (too white is not a good thing and looks unnatural in portraits)

  • Changing up your skin routine (last minute pimples, greasiness or dryness can occur when our skin PH is off)

  • Over treating pimples (this can cause them to get worse or dry out too fast which causes skin to peel)


What to Wear:

I always recommend 3 types of outfits:
  • Casual (Think lounge wear, jeans and a tshirt or something comfortable you would wear on the weekend)

  • Trendy (Is there a Fashion trend that you love? Whether its fringe, skinny jeans or round sunglasses – this is a fun outfit that shows your personal style)

  • Formal/ Dressy (Want to wear that awesome dress that you have only worn once? Prom or homecoming dress that you looked amazing in? This outfit makes Mom happy and shows your dressy side)

*I have every Senior Portrait client start a Pinterest board so that we can both pin outfit, hair and makeup ideas prior to the session! This makes sure we are all on the same page.

Fun Senior Portrait Session Facts:

I highly encourage my seniors to bring 1-2 close friends to their shoot with them! It helps get natural smiles, adds to the experience AND your friends get the opportunity to TAKE OVER ILVArtistry social media accounts and snapchat during the session! Film behind the scenes video – take pictures to post on the ILVArtistry IG account and more!

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Amanda Pratt

Certified Professional Photographer/ Owner

Imagine Life Visual Artistry

Tampa, St. Petersburg, Madeira Beach Florida Professional Photographer 

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