You have picked the perfect date for your senior shoot and now the questions arises, “what to wear”? This topic is one that can be easily over complicated and a little stressful if you let it. Yes, it’s important to put thought into what you are going to wear, because the outfits can make or break your shoot. Especially, if you want your photos to truly tell who you are. Also, as a photographer, I personally feel that I photograph those “magical” shoots, when my clients have taken the time to pick outfits that help tell the story we are trying to photograph and if they feel AMAZING in what they are wearing.

These two sisters didn’t have one set of outfits to plan, but two! They really knew their sense of style and being twins, were used to coordinating things and of course, sharing things. I LOVE the energy and bond that they have. They are so on the same page with what they share in common, a love for fashion, but are still two completely different souls.

In addition to sharing with you these two stunning newly graduated seniors, I wanted to also share with you five tips to make picking your outfits a FUN process!

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Number 1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time

I have to admit that some of my best ideas come out of procrastination. There is just something about the pressure of being last minute that stimulates ideas for me. However! It is never enough time for me to get the tangibles that I need! Give yourself time to plan and get the things you need for your shoot.

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Number 2. Get Styling Assistance

Stylists do exists and they are worth every penny! Some photographers have a knack for it and offer assistance themselves as part of their process. You may even know a friend or someone who has a talent for styling that can assist you.

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Number 3. Use Pinterest for Inspiration and to Organize

You can create a “Secret” board on Pinterest and pin things that are visuals for your photo shoot. Invite your stylist, photographer, or even a talented stylist friend to your board to help you pin. Looking at your board really helps you get a visual and some of the pins link directly to where you can purchase a needed item if the pin is current.  Follow me on Pinterest to get some of my own ideas and inspiration!

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Number 4. Think About the Mood that You Want to Convey

Use the adjectives for the mood that you want to convey and pin things that are in line with that mood like colors and textures. For example, if you want a “dreamy” vibe, then creams, pastels, lace, and sheer fabric may be in order.

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Number 5. Photograph Your Outfits

Once you have your outfits together, invite a friend over to snap some shots of you in each outfit. You can make it more fun by snapping with a fun polaroid camera like, the Fuji Film Instax Mini 8. You can keep them as memories and see how they photograph. If you feel amazing, then it’s a winner!

Now you can go have fun while you pick your outfits like these gorgeous twins did!  Having a little bit of direction helps make any planning process easier and more enjoyable.  If you have any styling tips that you would like to share, I would LOVE  if you shared them in the comments below!  What has helped you make picking out outfits for ANY occasion more enjoyable?

 

Until next time,

Sandra

 

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Many times, people get stumped on the question of describing their style. I know that even though, I may think I know my own personal style, I still over think describing it myself. I ask my seniors to tell me what their element is and this question is by far, the hardest to answer for them. Well, I am going to give you five things to think about that will get you closer to discovering what your element may be. I also would love to introduce you to a beautiful senior who just graduated this year and played such a HUGE roll as a leading 2014 Senior Model.

Madison is far from being a Pinterest novice. In fact, I even follow her pins to get ideas. She really knows her style as well as her element. Her element is confetti and adventure! She loves color and she loves adventure, whether it be a yearly mission trip to Africa or hiking up a new mysterious trail with friends, she embarks on each adventure with eyes wide open and her heart all in. The preview below is not even a fraction of what we shot, let alone her outfit collection. We shot until the last drop of light. We started out with some inspiration from Max Wanger on Pinterest and ended up in nature wherever the river and trail took us. I knew this was her element, because I could feel that I was in it also.

I have even sharpened my own skills of honing in on what my style and element is, thanks to working with out of this world talent like Promise Tangeman, Alejandra Vidal of Imaginale, and Alexandra of Avestyles. More to come on these talented ladies, when I blog about the hot new brand film. But today, I’d love to list out five great ways to help you discover your own element.

 

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Number 1 // Your Taste

What things would you buy if money were not an issue? This question was asked of me when I was brainstorming for my website design. Your tastes are your tastes no matter what. You may not be able to drop $895 on an itty bitty Chanel clutch, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t call to you. Would you buy it if money weren’t an issue? I am probably totally way undershooting that price by the way. Think about your likes and take the price tag off. This is your taste.

Number 2 // Your Style

This is probably just as hard to pin point as describing your element, but let’s dig in. This may change as your “lifestyle” changes, but more than anything it evolves. I feel that some people get really confused about their style as a result of an identity crisis. If you really like the color black, you probably will keep buying clothes in this chic color even after a period of buying a trendy color like mint. Find the consistency in what you already own. Take a look at your closet and if you have a row of blingy things, then more than likely you have a flashy style. If half your closet is filled with earthy tones and flowy skirts then perhaps you are more Bojo. It is okay to blend descriptions such as, J. Crew meets Anthropologie, but it’s going to take a little more work than that in finding the true foundation of your style.

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Number 3 // What Makes You Smile and Makes Your Heart Leap with Joy?

I once read a quote by Justine Willis Toms that said, “Notice when your heart leaps up in joyous exuberance…in these moments the voice of your spirit is speaking directly to you”. Our passions often lead to this happening. What do you feel so strongly about that either you smile, cry, or get worked up when talking about? These are usually things that you are passionate about. I can always tell when someone begins to talk about something they LOVE. Their eyes begin to widen and twinkle and the octaves go up in their voice. I am guilty of doing the same, but I get flushed at the same time, a.k.a red face.

Number 4 // What Do You DayDream About?

We all do it. Most of what we daydream about is what  we have and LOVE or what we LOVE and desire to have. Pay attention to what you daydream about, because it leads to number five.

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Number 5 // Who are you now and who do you want to become?

Take the time to think about who you are now. Include the good the bad and the ugly. Not one single one of us is perfect and I must say, it’s quite liberating. Who you are today, whether you are happy with it or not does not determine who you will become. What gets you closer to who you want to become is taking your dreams and creating actions steps to get there as well as living a life that leads you to what you want to become.

It’s important to me to challenge my seniors to really think about discovering their element, because it’s something that continues through life as they cross different milestones and stages during growth. I truly believe that it begins during this transition of being released into the world and it is so challenging to break free of other influences a teen encounters during high school. When I was young, I still remember my grandmother telling me, in her heavy Mexican accent, “find who jew are and never let it go”. That wasn’t a typo, she really said “jew” instead of “you”.

Cheers to discovering your element!

xo,

Sandra

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  • July 12, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Mailinh - LOVE the updated look, Sandra! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for all of us to see. :0)ReplyCancel

    • July 13, 2014 - 12:01 pm

      Sandra Bludau - Thank you, Mailinh!! So happy you like it and I am so grateful for a friend like you!! XoxoReplyCancel

If you are a music lover, if you often stop what you are doing to listen to that one song you like and never heard while sipping on your latte at the coffee shop, if you turn up the volume while driving when a song you like comes on, if you ESPECIALLY watch the CW shows for the soundtracks, then my friend it is time to make your very own soundtrack.

I don’t know about you, but music has been a huge part of my life. No, I can’t sing or play any instrument, but it serves as my creative serum and it allows my mind to wonder. To me, compiling my favorite tracks at the moment is like putting together my very own soundtrack to my life. It puts my ideas into motion and really helps me be “in them moment”, but also takes me somewhere further.

A lot of the time, life just happens and sometimes so fast to really soak up all the details of specific moments, but isn’t it really cool how the right songs bring back a recollection of these moments? Sometimes, the song says it all when you are sitting in the seat next to your best friend and as it plays, the both of you look at each other with wide eyes and a smile. The song tells the story, tieing together bits and pieces of memories and setting the stage for new ones.

So, go create your own Summer Soundtrack! I’ve even shared some great tunes below from the Twelfth Element Playlist. I’d love for you to follow me on Spotify for tunes all summer long!

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P.S.  Leave me a comment below with some of your favorite songs and recommendations!  I believe there are so many wonderful self-proclaimed DJ’s out there.;-)

xoxo,

Sandra

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I would love to introduce the absolutely gorgeous girls of the 2015 Twelfth Element Senior Model Team! I have to say, photographing double the amount of girls that I did last year was challenging! First, we had to reschedule the shoot, because our Texas weather has been SO crazy this year! This changed up our team a bit, due to schedule conflicts. Secondly, I am NOT the kind of person who is great with multitasking. I am much better at giving everyone one-on-one attention, because you are talking to the girl who has had the same three best friends for twenty years. Connections have to happen when you are dealing with people to give and receive true meaning, know who they are and what they are really about.

Regardless of my own inability to multitask, every single girl involved in this shoot gave a hundred and ten percent and etched their initials on my heart. I appreciate them to no end and I hope to deliver a hundred and twenty percent back to them. Every Twelfth Element girl is modeling a look put together by Evolve Boutique. The beautiful and fresh-faced makeup is by Cynthia Rodriguez and Jackie Cuellar. If you know a 2015 Models for Sandra Bludau Photography, whether personally or via social media, be sure to take advantage of a very exclusive and limited offer that only they hold. This is the perfect segue to the Ten Reasons Why You Want To Book Your Senior Session This Summer of 2014.

 

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Ten Reasons to Book Your Senior Session this Summer

10.   Bragging Rights.  Say you did it first!  We all know that there is a trend train with the growing popularity of Pinterest.  Social media, shows us that this is true with all of the current trends seen in senior photography.  It’s going to be done anyway. So, why not do it first?!

9.  Get Time On Your Side.  Since when was 24 hours not enough hours in a day?  Like with most things in life, why wait to do it?!  By scheduling your shoot in the Summer, you will have more time to plan, shop and have more creative time to put into the shoot that you envision.

8.  Say NO to Bad Weather.   Everyone loves Fall and Spring, but that is when seasons really change and so does the weather!  Yes, you can have some amazing days, but also some unpredictable days causing the need to reschedule.  You have two consistent months when it comes to temperature.  The first is Summer, when it may be Africa hot, but hey, atleast you know it’s going to be Africa hot everyday.  The second is Winter, when we can’t escape the winter vortex.  Can you say, Wintry Princess?!

7.  Make the Most of Summer.  You practically wait all year for Summer to roll around.  Why not make the most of it with an epic shoot that is all about you?!

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6.  You Will Most Likely Be Tanned.  Unless, you like being vampire white, then that’s cool too.

5.  Beach and Water Sessions.  Use this time to create an amazing session on the water, on a boat, at the beach, or on the lake.  The possibilities are endless!  If the beach is your element, why wait?!  The next time that it’s Summer, you will be a 2015 graduate!

4.  Yearbook/Sorority Rush Photos.  By scheduling your senior shoot in the summer, you will also be prepared to have your yearbook photo and sorority rush photos in time.  Both come complimentary with all Twelfth Element Sessions.

3.  Beat the Crowd.  Fall and Spring are the peak season for Senior Photos.  Expect limited availability and longer waiting lines.  Ever tried to ride a roller coaster at a theme park during a summer weekend?  It’s like that.

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2.  Incentives.  Early bird get’s the worm!  There are incentives for booking your shoot early.  You can book early, July 1st through August 31st and earn a $250 savings on top of your total package if you book through a 2015 senior model.  Now, that’s like riding a roller coaster 10 times with no line, minus the throwing up part.

1.  The shoe fits.  If you book early, it’s because you are a true Twelfth Element Girl.  You want your shoot to be different and so, YOU.  You know that it takes time to really dig deep to discover who you are and where you want to go in life.  There is something telling you that this is the place to show the world on camera.

 

If this is you, lets chat!  You can leave a comment below or simply hit the contact button!  Here’s to the 2015 Senior Model Team, a summer of possibilities, and new journeys.

xoxo,

 

Sandra

 

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  • May 27, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Taryn - Hi! My daughter will be a senior next year and I am interested in more info on a summer shoot. Also, is Evolve still offering the discount for styling and purchasing outfits there? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

Talk about down to the wire! I uploaded this image so fast when I stumbled on Chic Critique’s Cover Contest while catching up on blog reading. I have entered twice before and no dice, but why stop! Sissy’s Senior session was effortlessly Vintage, from her polished cinnamon hair, mauve lips and vintage lace dress, she definitely brings a little old glamour to Spring 2014. I better go enter this photo with 5 minutes left! Wish me luck! xo sb

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