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Danielle | North High School Senior Session

It’s no wonder that Danielle is our FEATURED senior for this week’s blog, because she absolutely rocked out her senior session.

Danielle is a senior at North High School. She has a fun, outgoing personality that made it easy for me to capture those huge smiles of hers. She’s got a great sense of humor, too. It made the session enjoyable not only for her but for me as well.

It was a gorgeous day in Chippewa Valley, with perfect weather for our senior session. The beautiful weather allowed us to really let loose and have some fun. After all, who doesn’t love getting ice cream in between heat waves? We went to Olson’s Ice Cream in the Chippewa Falls area, which was the perfect treat on a warm and sunny day.

We got a little bit of everything in this session, from the eclectic downtown landscape to the country roads and fields. Danielle absolutely rocked everything I threw at her!

Last but not least, I couldn’t blog about Danielle’s session without mentioning the fact that we got some pretty awesome images with her and her family’s Hummer. I love it when I get seniors who bring something personal to them and their families!

Danielle, thanks for an amazing session. Your epic, fun personality is the reason I wanted to feature you this week on my blog!

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Allison | Greenwood High School Senior Session

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Allison, a high school senior at Greenwood High School, is set to graduate with the Class of 2018, so we headed out to the Chippewa Falls area to put together some senior photos for her.

Cross country and track is her big love, so of course we had to pay homage to that during our senior session. At the start of the session, we had a blast pushing off the block. She’s got a great energy and was up for all kinds of action poses. I love getting to capture seniors doing the things that they love, because that passion shows through so honestly.

Her style reflected that amazing energy, too. With a larger-than-life closet, I enjoyed helping her put together fun looks and outfits that not only showed off her beauty and personality but created a flair unique to her.

Even though it was pretty hot during the session, Allison toughed it out. We cruised around the city and stopped at some hidden gems that I’ve always wanted to photograph. And then once we got to the water, Allison got to have some fun and splash around. After all, when life hands you water when it’s hot and humid, why not seize the opportunity to cool off?

And I couldn’t talk about this session without mentioning the fact that Allison brought her adorable dog to her session. I love it when my subjects bring their fur friends, because they’re part of the family too, and we don’t want them to get left out!

Allison, thank you for a great senior session. I had a blast working with you, and I know you’re destined for amazing things.

If you are a Chippewa Falls junior or senior, and you’re looking for more information on booking a senior session that reflects your personality and passion, make sure to contact me today!

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Adam | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

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I always enjoy it when my senior session are willing to put themselves out there and get adventurous with their senior pictures, and that was certainly the case with Adam, a high school senior at nearby Stanley Boyd High School.

Adam was more than willing to explore some new locations with me in the Chippewa Falls area, which meant that we were able to get a good variety of looks for his pictures. We got some great shots in a back alley and with the urban feeling of the city while also catching a few more natural backgrounds.

But my favorite part was when we headed back to the studio to get some extreme sports shots. Adam plays football for Stanley Boyd, so you can usually find him weight training in the gym to prep for big wins, and it was important that we captured this aspect of his life. It was awesome to see how easily he transitioned from student to athlete in pictures.

Adam pulled off some great action poses and put on his game face—literally—with some face paint. Complete with a helmet and football, Adam looked the part of an extreme sportsman. We were able to create a collage of all the epic images that I think looks like something right out of a sports movie poster. I think it fits right in with the photo collages they do for the Super Bowl! Maybe in a few years, we’ll see Adam out there. Playing for the Packers, of course.

Adam, thanks for an awesome senior photoshoot! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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Paige | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

I love doing senior sessions at Chippewa Falls, and this amazing session with Paige was no exception.

Paige goes to Chippewa Falls High School, or Chi-Hi as it’s known around here. She has plans to go to nursing school, even if she hasn’t quite decided where that will be. But the more I talked to this amazing young woman, the more I became certain that whatever school she chooses, she’s going to rock it.

She also loves the outdoors, which was perfect for this kind of senior session. We were able to journey off the beaten path to find some locations where I had never been to capture images that were pure Paige. Her sense of adventure led us to try new things, and I thoroughly enjoyed following her and capturing that zest for life.

You can tell from the images that Paige is laid back and has a sort of grace about her that’s impossible to replicate. She had an addictive smile, and I loved when she would let it out, even if she was a bit self-conscious about the braces—which I removed from these images.

Paige, thank you for being so willing to go on an adventure with me and for being a true joy to photograph. I can’t wait to see what amazing things you will do with your life.

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Vita | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

For Vita’s senior session, we headed to a nearby hidden location near the studio in Chippewa Falls so that we could capture some amazing images.

Going into the session, Vita was convinced that she wasn’t going to enjoy having her picture taken. She claimed that was wasn’t very photogenic, but I disagreed and did my utmost to try to get her to come out of her shell. After 10 minutes, she was absolutely rocking out like a supermodel for Seventeen magazine!

I was particularly proud of the fact that I was able to get her to relax enough to get her in the water, splashing around and grinning. You can’t fake the emotion for moments like that—it has to be genuine—and Vita rocked it!

In fact, Vita enjoyed herself so much that, after the session was over, she left a 5-star review:

“Senior pictures: I’m not the type that enjoys having pictures taken. But today was definitely a great experience! I was a little nervous at first, always feel awkward when other people take pictures of me – but Andrew did an AMAZING job when it came down to pulling me out of my shell. Easy to work with and definitely recommend!” – Vita N.

It always warms my heart to hear from my clients when they have a portrait session they enjoy, and this was particularly sweet because she had been so nervous going in. Thank you, Vita, for sharing your experience!

As Vita gradually relaxed and started to open up, I was also able to learn more about her. This high school senior from Thorp is a total family girl, and she especially enjoys the time she gets to spend with her nephews. Her last outfit with her sweatshirt was her grandfather’s who passed… and she also brought her grandfather’s custom made ring. Such a great touch to add to her session that means something to her. She had so much love in her heart, and it was a true joy to be around her.

Vita, thank you so much for an amazing senior session. I’m so glad that you were able to enjoy yourself, and I know you will do wonderful things in your future.

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Tiffany | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

I met up with Tiffany for her senior session near my senior portrait studio in Chippewa Falls, and I loved how much personality she poured into our pictures.

Tiffany brought a few props to the session, one of which was the clarinet, since she is in the marching band at Chippewa Falls High School (affectionately called Chi Hi for those of us in the area). I had the honor of seeing the marching band this year during the Pure Water Days parade, and DANG, they are incredible. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such an outstanding marching band—so of course we had to capture her pride at being part of something so incredible!

She also brought her golf gear—all of it pink, from the ball to the bag. She’s an avid golfer, and it was just as important to her to capture this part of her personality as it was to get that shot of her with her clarinet. After all, she is a young woman of many talents.

Tiffany loves the country life and enjoys hanging out and just being herself, so one of my favorite images is of Tiffany out on the dock with her feet in the water. Is there anything more carefree than letting the waves lap at your feet like that?

I also loved the outfits she chose. She rocked out in style and fashion during the entire session, and it seemed like she had a different look for every facet of her personality. From the tinted sunglasses out on the dock to the pink golf outfit to the purple shirt and jeans—I really feel like the pictures we captured together showcase what an engaging young woman she is.

Tiffany, thank you for asking me to be your senior photographer. I know you’re going to do amazing things as you face your future!

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Amanda | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

I met up with Amanda for her senior session in Chippewa Falls, a favorite secret location of mine for these sessions, and couldn’t get enough of her sense of humor and smile.

Amanda is in her senior year at Stanley Boyd High school in Stanley, WI. I love getting to work with seniors like Amanda, who make senior photos fun.

She wasn’t shy at all and had the most amazing sense of humor. No one was ever bored, and we were all laughing and enjoying ourselves. Amanda really is a senior to remember and a joy to be around, with a genuine smile that just won’t stop.

I also got to know Amanda a little better as we cruised around to some of my other favorite locations near Chippewa Falls and she told me about playing volleyball and basketball. She even made All Conference this year! This girl is going places, I’m telling you.

Of course, for as much fun as Amanda can be, she also has an incredibly sweet side. Her Grandma Marla is a critical part of her life, and she wanted to be sure to include her in her senior photos. I couldn’t say no to a request like that, especially after seeing the two of them together. Marla is a beautiful grandma and such an inspiration. The bond that they share really is something special. It’s wonderful that family plays such an important role in her life. I loved being able to see the relationship that the two of them share and to capture that in photos. It was a special moment.

Thank you, Amanda, for an unforgettable senior session! I wish you the best as you finish up at Stanley Boyd High School; you are going to do amazing things.

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Liz | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

Before the school year started, I met up with Liz for a senior session at Chippewa Falls, a hidden location nearby that I love but have never used yet to use for these sessions for the variety of backgrounds they have.

Liz is a senior at Stanley Boyd High School and she came prepared for her session. She met up with me with her mom, Lia, as well as a vehicle full of props & clothes for a more personalized session. The suitcase and the globe were the perfect props to show that Liz is really going places—and has the whole world ahead of her as she prepares to transition into adulthood.

Of course, the day wasn’t just about fun props, either. Liz had a whole collection of different outfits, from fun to classy, to showcase all the different aspects of her personality as well as her life. She could go from the classically beautiful look of a black dress and pearls wading in water to the casually comfortable look of jeans and sandals seamlessly, which made her a joy to photograph. I love getting to really work on a whole range of images like this.

Liz was capable of real class and glamour, but the best part was when she would let her goofy side come out. She and her mom had brought a bunch of different hats for some whimsical pictures, though some of my favorites were of Liz in her bright yellow boots wading out into the water. She was up for anything to get some fun pictures, and these images really captured that adventurous spirit. 

And did I mention she plays Volleyball? Congrats on a great season!!

And to top it all off… we walked down the street from my studio & grabbed a delicious waffle cone at Olsen’s Ice Cream! And we had a blast because Liz’s personality was shining as she loves ice cream & we were to make it happen!

Thank you, Liz and Lia, for coming out and spending a gorgeous day with me for your senior session. I know you are going places, Liz, and I can’t wait to see you take the world by storm. Thanks also to Jayde, from Touch of Class, who did the hair and makeup for this session. You knocked it out of the park!

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Joey | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

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It’s senior session season again. Every year, I’m excited to see the new crop of young people getting ready to enter adulthood, and every year, I’m impressed with the kids I get to meet. This time around, I met up with Joe for a senior session at a nearby hidden location in Chippewa Falls. I loved getting to know this young man and celebrating this exciting time in his life with him.

Joey is an active senior at Cadott High School. He’s into football and basketball, so I made sure to get pictures of him wearing his jerseys to show off his love of the game. He put on his game face (and game paint) for some epic shots—looking like he was ready to take on a championship game. When taking pictures with high school seniors, I love taking the opportunity to capture their interests and passions.

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