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Gracie * Sunrise Senior Portraits at New Smyrna Beach *

Apparently it’s Fall (I’m not totally convinced), so before the Summer is too far gone, I want to share with you Gracie’s sunrise senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach! Gracie was a TROOPER. She got up at 5:00 AM to get ready and meet me at the beach, an hour away from Orlando. It was so worth it though, because we had the softest, most glowing golden light. This kind of light is just not possible in the middle of the day, so that’s why I always recommend shooting at sunrise or sunset (unless of course, the rain changes our plans!).

I love that Gracie wore an all white two-piece outfit for her first set of pictures. It looked so great with the soft, golden light, her long blonde hair, and glowing skin! I may have made her twirl a couple of times :) Every outfit that Gracie chose looked so great on the beach. I loved her long dress that she purposefully picked out to wear in the water. It was perfect! I’m a big fan of your outfits making sense with your surroundings, which is why I always offer to consult with my clients on wardrobe before the shoot. In my opinion, it doesn’t look good in pictures when someone is very formally dressed, and in the middle of a field or at the beach. Those two things just don’t match up, and don’t look natural. Instead, fabrics that move, ripped jeans, and no shoes makes a lot more sense at the beach or in a natural setting, like a field or woods. If you DO want to dress up for your shoot, I suggest going somewhere that fits the formality, like an urban background somewhere downtown, or a nice venue.

One of my favorite parts of the shoot was that Lily, Gracie’s sister, helped her get ready for her sunrise senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach! How sweet is it that she woke up at 5AM for her sister’s senior portraits?! She even braided Gracie’s hair into the coolest side braid, and it took all of about 10 minutes! I took Lily’s senior pictures a couple of years ago, and they are still some of my most favorite and unique portraits to date (check them out here).  I knew Gracie’s pictures would be just as great, and it was so fun for me to capture both of the sisters together. After they left, I may or may not have taken a quick dip in the ocean! Needless to say, it was an early, but great morning.

To book your own sunrise (or sunset) senior portraits at New Smyrna Beach, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page. You can also email me directly at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com. I would love to take your senior portraits!

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Noelle * Colorful Garden Senior Photo Shoot in Orlando Florida *

It’s been such a crazy week in Florida because of hurricane Irma, so I thought I’d share Noelle’s colorful garden senior photo shoot in Orlando Florida to brighten up your day! These pictures are so sunny, happy, and colorful, and just what we need for this week! :)

We took Noelle’s senior pictures at Mead Gardens and Leu Gardens (I’m praying they held up alright during the hurricane!). Noelle wanted pictures to match her energetic and free-spirited personality, and she also expressed her love for anything lush and colorful! She LOVES flowers, so why not go to my two favorite gardens in Orlando for her senior pictures?! I share her love for all things tropical and colorful, so I totally understood what she had in mind.

Noelle chose the perfect bright and colorful outfits for her senior portrait session. I love the royal blue dress against the white pergola and palms, her red shirt next to the green bamboo, and her baby blue top with all of the different colored flowers at Mead Gardens. She did such an amazing job picking her outfits, but not without the help of her best friends! Best. Friends. Are. The. Best. They make my job and the shoot so much more fun and easy. I can’t say it enough! I love that one of her best friends, Caitlin, came along for the shoot because I took her senior portraits just a couple of weeks before! (Check out Caitlin’s pictures here!). The shot of Caitlin with the clothing hanger in her mouth, while she is carrying the rest of Noelle’s outfits is a true “behind the scenes” moment! And why I’m so thankful my seniors have sweet friends who are willing to help out, and jump in on a couple of shots! Caitlin was so great during the shoot, reassuring Noelle that she looked amazing and that I would help her through the poses. Basically, having veteran LMP seniors on shoots is the BOMB.

Make sure to scroll down to the end for my favorite photos from Noelle’s colorful garden senior photo shoot in Orlando Florida. We did our last leg of the shoot at Mead Gardens, and met an Italian boy that was their age. We even asked him to hop in on some pictures! :) He was hilarious and of course thought the girls were beautiful! I also love the shot of the three girls sitting on the bench in front of the green house. Talk about the perfect setting, perfect lighting, perfect colorful outfits, and the most fun friends! It was also so cute that they all had tan skin and long blonde hair – so very Florida! :)

To book your own colorful garden senior photo shoot in Orlando Florida with me, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page. You can also email me directly at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com. I would absolutely love to hang out!

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Madeline * Senior Portraits of a Ballet Dancer in Orlando Florida *

Check out these senior portraits of a ballet dancer in Orlando Florida! Madeline was an absolute JOY to take pictures of because she is SUCH a talented dancer, but most importantly, has the kindest heart. I gained a new friend from working with her :) It was so much fun to hang out with Madeline before her shoot and get all of her outfits ready, shoot her senior portraits in Maitland, and then go back over to her house to present her gorgeous album a couple weeks later (I’m going to be sharing pictures of her album soon!). Madeline is beautiful, kind, so friendly and sweet, intelligent, and the loveliest dancer. I’m so excited for her to go to Vanderbilt in just a couple of weeks.

I shot these senior portraits of a ballet dancer in Orlando Florida at the Maitland Art Center. This was such a unique location; the structures are called “Mayan Revival architecture,” and the grounds are covered with lush greenery, flowers, and brightly painted walls. It was one of the most unique places I’ve ever taken pictures at, so I felt incredibly inspired. We also just happened to have lots of golden light that afternoon that flooded the images so perfectly. It was the perfect surrounding for Madeline to dance in and let me capture some unique senior portraits. It was so hard to stop shooting! :)

Thank you, Madeline, for asking me to take your senior portraits. It was one of my favorite shoots of all time! And I loved having your sister hop in on a couple of your portraits; she was hilarious and brought out your genuine smile and laughter (best friends/sisters are the BEST and help me so much at shoots). 

To book your own senior portrait session in Orlando Florida with me, click on the “Get in Touch” button at the top of the page, or email me at lucy@lucymacleishphotography.com.

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