I have always loved senior portrait sessions – they really are my fave! I was so excited to get to work on these pictures after Ryley’s shoot – she was awesome to work with and I got to shoot at a new location that I’ve been eyeing for a while 🙂 I wanted to do my own girls’ senior pictures here and someday we will… someday lol… if they ever decide what they want to wear and if our schedules ever magically align and we all have a free evening before they head off to college next year 🙁 Fingers crossed lol…
Anyway, some things did align this night…we got perfect and I mean PERFECT weather – one of those rare cool breezy summer nights that made it no problem to run around downtown without sweating and gettin’ the hair all frizzy! Then we got this AMAZING sky!! The colors and the clouds were just to die for! The clouds kept blocking the sun at just the right angle that we got this beautiful golden glow around this turquoise and pink sunset – I didn’t photoshop it guys – that’s how it looked in real life!
And most importantly, Ryley was so much fun! She never quit smiling and was up for anything. I want my senior sessions to capture more than just you standing there smiling – I want them to feel natural – your hair blowing in the breeze, your laughs, your confidence – the real you, not forced smiles and posed expressions. So we jump around, twirl, laugh a LOT, get some photos when you’re thinking I’m not shooting, when you’re laughing at your mom or your best friend who came along to help…
These kinds of things are what really get me excited and get my creativity and inspiration going! It’s like I have this mission to do everything I can to capture how perfect everything is and do it justice! I hope I accomplished that for Ryley and her mom 🙂
So, as many of you already know, I was a teacher back before I started this photography business! I taught Elementary School art for about 4 years and I still LOVE art, teaching and kids! Like everyone else right now, I’ve been trying to find a way I can help you all and figure out what I can offer up to everyone during this crazy time. So, since photography and art and teaching are my talents, I came up with this Photo-A-Day challenge for the next two weeks! It’s a fun, educational and creative activity to keep you and your kids inspired and creating while we’re all home-bound the next few weeks. (PHOTO CHALLENGE BOARD IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST – right click and save to your photos!)
I intended this for both parents and kids (probably best for upper elementary-high school but it could be very interesting in with little ones too as long as they can at least take a photo on a phone! :)). I have a strong belief in being a historian for our children and future generations and think photos – no matter now insignificant you might think they are right now – are SO important and so valuable. I used to look at my mom’s yearbook all the time when I was little and thought it was the coolest thing ever to see her as a teenager and see what the city I grew up in was like back then. I was obsessed with looking through this huge picture book we had from LIFE magazine over the last several decades and seeing real life photos of not just important events but every day life. And of course, I could spend hours looking at our old family photos – memories of relatives that have passed and getting a quick memory of a glimpse of just our everyday playing in the backyard mean so much to me!
So don’t discount doing the same for your own family! I know we all take photos with our phones every day but this challenge is intended for you to really take those photos in a more meaningful way. These themes in the challenge are intended to inspire you to be more creative and shoot with more intention and pay more attention to “everyday” moments.
For your kiddos that are interested in photography and might want to participate, the same lesson applies. To get them started, visit websites such as the Digital Collection of the Photo Archives at the University of Louisville https://digital.library.louisville.edu and the LIFE magazine Photo Collection on Getty Images: https://www.gettyimages.com/collections/lifepicture to see examples of documentary photography. Talk about how the photos make them feel and why (what aspects of the photo make them feel that way – the light or dark quality of it, the emotions of the people, etc.) , talk about why somebody might have taken a certain photo and why it could be important.
Then go over the themes on the Photo Challenge board and briefly talk about what each one means to them. Then they can try each day to take a photo of something in their daily activity that represents that theme. Some of the themes are more abstract and require a little more thought and others, even though they seem simple (such as “Me”) can be done in a more creative manner (don’t just take a selfie for “Me” – what else can you put in the photo that represents yourself?) These themes all leave plenty of room for interpretation and just like any other form of art, there is no right answer!
I would love for you to share your photos or your own kiddos photos with me by tagging #KDPphotochallenge and tagging me @kellydillmanphoto. I would love to share some on my stories and anyone who shares their photos with me will be entered to win a $25 gift card! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!! Feel free to message me with any questions also! Happy shooting!!
Sunflower mini session time is one of my absolute favorite times of the year! It’s so crazy how these beautiful flowers are only blooming for like three weeks so we always take advantage and get in as many shoots as possible in them before they’re gone. I just think they’re not just gorgeous, but fascinating – most of the blooms are bigger than your head! Not to mention the kids love them and they make for the most fun, fairytale- like photos 🙂 I had to share this session because they brought their puppy along and the cute factor went up about 800%!
If you haven’t signed up yet, you still have ONE more chance this year to get in on the sunflower fun – I still have a few openings available for mini sessions at the huge sunflower field at Evans Orchard in Georgetown, KY on Sunday, August 4 so contact me at email@example.com or 502-767-4101 asap to reserve your spot!
Hey Class of 2020 seniors! I hope you’re all having a great summer! This class is special to me because I have my own high school seniors this year! My twins and I are in the process of picking out outfits and coming up with some fun and artistic ideas for their own senior pictures and believe or not, summer is the perfect time to have your senior portraits done! There’s great weather, you probably have a nice glow from getting some sun finally, and your schedule is a little less crazy right now. This is such an exciting year too and you’ll want to capture who you are right now – because by senior year, you really start to figure that out! I want to help you capture your awesome style and your unique personality and give you some photos that you’ll absolutely love and want to share with your friends and family asap!
Here’s a shoot from last year that will always be a favorite! There are so many pretty wildflowers right now so if that’s your style, let’s set it up! 🙂
It’s really amazing how quick three years goes by! I took this little one’s newborn photos and her first year and 2 year old photos and I still can’t believe she’s already 3! It’s such a fun age too – they say so many funny things and have such cute reactions to things! We brought her favorite toy- her bubble blower lol but she couldn’t wait to see the horses at Blackacre! Then when we got to the goats, she didn’t want to leave! I love doing photo sessions here because kids have so much fun with the animals and you don’t have to force any smiles! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what adventures we’ll have at her 4 year shoot! 🙂