Seth C.’s Senior Photography

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I love doing senior photography (though I say that about every type of photography – except weddings. Don’t ask me to do a wedding).

In particular, I like doing shoots with senior boys. Most are still somewhat in the throws of puberty, so they’re often still kind of awkward and insecure, and I like to use their senior photography session as a way to give them some photos that make them feel more masculine.

Senior photography is often one of the trickier types of photography to do, mainly because the senior often wants to come across as “cool” and more adult, while the parents still want to see a sweet high schooler. I try to find a happy medium between the two.

When it came to Seth’s senior photography session here, I went for a “Dean Winchester meets GQ” feel. Seth has something of a man-crush on Dean Winchester from the Supernatural series, and when he showed up for his session in casual clothes and a dark leather jacket (Part of Dean Winchester’s signature style), I knew that Seth wanted to have that “tough guy” look.

However, going for a full Supernatural-style photo shoot would come across as a little too grungy for a senior session, so I softened the grunge with a bit of a high-fashion look.

Overall, I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I believe that they turned out like . So were Seth and his parents (which is what really matters anyway, right?).

So, what do you think of the photos from Seth’s shoot? Tell me in the comments below!

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Fairy Fine Art Photography *UPDATE*

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My Fine Art Photography has been published! In a magazine!

 I am SO thrilled to announce that one of my fine art photography pieces of Chloe has been published in Inspire Magazine!

It’s really a dream come true, being published. Fine art photography is something that I have a passion for, and to have it recognized is a huge accomplishment for me.

What’s even better for me was that this was my first attempt at compositing a photograph together (meaning I took more than one photograph and put them together to create the finished piece). I never expected it to turn out so well, and I certainly never expected it to turn out so well that I would get published in an online fine art magazine!

 If you want to see my original post with my other fine art photography of Chloe as a fairy, you can find it here.

And thank you everyone for all the support! And a special big thanks to Beautiful Baby Kidswear for providing the outfit (and the model 😉 )!

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Dallas Fine Art Photography 2Aren’t the photos from Chloe S.’s fine art photography shoot just adorable?

 I worked with Chloe and her other siblings over Thanksgiving, and I am definitely thankful for clients that let me experiment!

I do fine art photography for two reasons: to learn a new skill I can apply in your portrait shoots, and to unleash some of the creative energy I often get into a passion project.

This time I was learning about compositing, which involves me taking elements from one photo and applying them in another photo. In fine art photography, it allows me to make Chloe here look like she’s as tiny as these flowers. In family photography, it means I can take that photo where everyone looks perfect except for little Johnny and swap Johnny’s face out with one from a different photo.

And I am so pleased with the result! I think Chloe looks great!

If you want the cute tutu dress Chloe was wearing for her shoot, you can find it here:

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Family Photo Shoot GIVEAWAY!

Family Photo ShootCome one, come all! Jessica and Midsummer Night Media are giving away one FREE family photo shoot plus $150 print credit to one lucky family in the DFW area!

Before November, I hadn’t really focused on family or children’s shoots, and shot near exclusively beauty/boudoir/glamour.

I would do a family photo shoot here and there, but I didn’t photograph near as many families as I would have liked to looking back.

But that’s going to change! Midsummer Night Media is NOW offering family portraits. For realsies, yo. 😉

And to celebrate, I’m celebrating with a family photo session giveaway!

That’s right, one lucky family will win a free session with me and $150 to spend towards prints! All you have to do is enter to win below. You can even gain extra entries!

You have from November 10th, 2014 until November 23rd, 2014 to enter. After all entries are received I’ll announce a winner within 48 hours! Woot woot!

I am soooooo excited to be offering family photography and this giveaway, and I hope you are too! Until next time, guys and gals!


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Happy Halloween!

Halloween PortraitsHappy Halloween from Jessica and Midsummer Night Media!

Halloween is a special time of year, so whether you’re trick-or-treating with your family or dancing the night away at a party, be sure to stay safe and have fun! I, personally, will be out front of my house dressed as Carmen Sandiego, giving out candy, and having a Halloween photo booth for the children!

I also celebrated by creating this little Halloween video, with music composed by none other than my brother, Ben Connel! As many of you know, I come from a film and video background, so I like to make little videos just to keep my skills sharp! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Also, there are still two more dates left for my $150 Christmas Card minis! Be sure and call today!

Why I Don’t Photograph on Train Tracks

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Yep. Even I’m guilty of photographing on train tracks in my earlier days.

Ah, the train track photo. Ever so popular on Pinterest, getting photos on train tracks is one of my most requested settings. But I will not, under any circumstances, do it.

Why? Because it might end as a train wreck. Literally.

And it’s also illegal. But mostly because I don’t want you, your precious kiddos, or myself to get hit by a train.

There have been so many incidents of either photographers or their clients getting injured or killed by trains that Operation Lifesaver, a railway safety education organization, actually lists 6 reasons on its site when urging photographers not to use train tracks for photography backdrops:

  1. Trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  2. An optical illusion makes it hard to determine a train’s distance from you – and its speed.
  3. The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet.
  4. Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and rights-of-way are private property.
  5. No tracks should be assumed to be abandoned or inactive.
  6. People in your community mimic your behavior.

I would love to photograph on train tracks. There’s no denying that some of these photos are absolutely beautiful, and train tracks are certainly a trend in photography these days. But the risks are just too great. Your family member’s lives are worth so much more than getting a shot in front of a popular photo site. I know several other photography locations that would allow me to take photos of your family that are just as beautiful.

Speaking of which, I’m still taking bookings for my Christmas Card mini-sessions. They’re only $150, and you get soooo much with it! Check it out!

So fess up, have you ever had photos done on train tracks? Be honest and comment below, then share this so that others know the dangers of photography on train tracks!

Lexi Reagan’s 5 Year Old Photos

Little Lexi Reagan was an absolute doll to work with for her 5 year old photos!

Though don’t let her catch you calling her “little”. She will be the first to correct you and say “No! I’m a big girl!”

I absolutely adore doing children’s photos, especially between ages 3 and 6! They are just so sweet! We talked a lot about some of Lexi’s favorite things, and like most girls her age she loves everything Disney. She loves Tangled, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and The Little Mermaid.

She told me all about The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and how it was all about Ariel and Eric’s daughter Melody, and how the evil sea witch Ursula’s sister, Morgana, was trying to get her. She was so wrapped up in telling her story, when lo and behold, she accidentally stepped on a bee and it decided to sting her!

After a few tears and a band-aid, Lexi was once again all smiles and telling me about her favorite characters in Frozen (I’ll give you a hint: all of them 🙂 ).

All in all, I got some great shots of Lexi for her 5 year old photos, and I can’t wait until she comes back for her 6 year old ones!