With the closure of this year’s Miss Illinois 2021 pageant last week, I wanted to showcase our most recent pageant queens. Alyssa’s up first as your 2020 Illinois Festival PreTeen Queen!
And up next, Brooklynn! She’s none other than the Jr. Teen Miss Central Illinois (oh and #bonus is one of our PreTeen models!!).
Oh and we cannot forget the elegant Miss Morgan who holds the title for 2020 Illinois Festival Junior Miss.
Not only do we have royalty on the PreTeam but also on the senior model team! Lula is one of our class of 2022 senior models and she also joined our team after her first session in-studio to celebrate her title as the 2019 Illinois Festival Junior Miss.
Last but not least though we have to give a huge shout out to one of the newest SJP assistants, former SJP senior model and long time pageant client who feels like a part of the SJP family at this point… Morgan who just compete last week for Miss Illinois and even landed herself in the TOP 11!!! #celebrity Congratulations Morgan, your community is so proud!!
I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Jennie last year for a quick turn around headshot session. She’s a thriving business woman on the Rodan Field team (if you don’t know R+F, girls this is next level skin care and I’m a fan and user myself!).
Under deadline to get the company an image (for life-size banner’s!) we had to get her in quick and that’s the thing I LOVE about how we do our executive portraits because it’s always under a deadline of like yesterday isn’t it?!? None of us (even me!!) are good about having consistently updated images of ourselves. Then, when we hit it out of the park and get featured in a magazine article or land a platform event, we have to scramble a bit to create an image we love to put our face/brand/personality out there to the masses.
Well, the good news is, that’s 100% my job! Our headshot sessions are 15 minutes in-studio with IMMEDIATE (yes like right NOW) viewing/selection on our 106″ Premiere screen. We make sure you LOVE that image life size (even if the final destination is an email-signature) and you walk out of the studio without any items on your to do list… no proofs to view/choose, nothing to wait on except your final image delivered often in 24-48 hours!
And since I know putting this off is easy and we could all use an update, I’m making it even easier this year with a two-day executive portrait event right here in the studio. Thursday, February 13th and Saturday, February 15th you can join us for your choice of:
Quick 15 Minute Headshot Session + Immediate viewing & selection of 2 digital artist files. Regularly $285, just $95!
Full in-studio one hour Branding Session + 20 Web Images & 2 digital artist files (artist selection). Regularly $575, just $295!
Today I’m excited to share the 2020 graduating class of 2020! You guys, you’re halfway done!!!! One semester left of your high school careers and that’s something to be really excited about and proud of, well done.
While we spend most of our year creating more unique portraits that really show off the personalities of our seniors, I also think the yearbook portraits are an important detail of their final year of high school. Afterall, these are the ones that will be in your yearbook… in the homes of all your classmates for DECADES. These are the portraits your kids and grandkids will pull out to giggle at and for you to look back on friendships of those closest to you right now.
If your school is looking for a new way to think about senior yearbook portraits be sure to send them our way, we’d love to create for your senior class as well!
Congrats on your accomplishments thus far seniors, enjoy your Christmas break and your very last semester of high school.
Sorry guys but today’s blog post is going to make you hella hungry! I’ve been trying to take better care of myself seriously for the past 6 months but I’m a lover of SWEETS especially chocolate. So Annie and her Perfectly Protein treats entered my life at just the right time.
Honestly, I was skeptical. I mean I LOVE dessert, and substitutes have always tasted like just that, a lesser version that absolutely did not take the place in the long term of my want for the real thing. Well ya’ll, I swear this is some kind of voodoo magic and everything we’ve tasted from Annie has been fabulous and I have no need to go back to any of that junk I wanted before. My all time favorites are these donuts (like mouth watering just writing that).
But today I’m sharing her keto snickers with you! The nature of photographing food is once I photograph it, it’s mine (you really don’t want it after I’ve handled it for the shoot I promise) and even just licking my fingers while working with these had me close to diving in before I finished up. The family was a fan of me bringing my work home after this too.
Annie says she’s passionate about feeding others and it makes her happy to feed people with her healthy local ingredients! She’s gone from making protein fat bombs to now a whole line of keto desserts.
Checkout Morgan’s latest headshots! (And for fun, checkout her first headshot session with me HERE). I absolutely love the beauty and elegance and personality we try to create in these pageant headshot sessions. Portrait sessions are often just for you and your loved ones, to capture both the big milestones and everyday moments of your lives.
But branding, commercial and headshot sessions like this are about portraying a message (personality, style, products, etc) to an audience who doesn’t already love you (like your family does!) so the pressure is on! My hope with pageant images is always to create a portrait that makes these gals stand out. An image where the model, Morgan in this case, is the most important element in the image with lighting and background selection choices here to enhance the mood and message we want to tell. We’re hoping these images grab the attention of some judges in her upcoming pageants. Good luck Morgan, we’re rooting for you!!