Are you taking advantage of your own city? Are there places to go and things to see that you’re missing out on?

Salt Lake City senior photographer Carrie Owens explores downtown Salt Lake

I’ve always thought I was a city girl…I think I’m just a places girl. I like to go out and see things…but I must admit that I’m more excited about buildings and stores and restaurants and cool walls and the like than landscapes and wide open spaces (and Utah has TONS of that, so if that’s what you love…come visit Utah). Growing up in Seattle, I always wanted to end up in New York…I thought I needed the big city life. Going to college in Oregon helped me appreciate the smaller towns and living in the Bay Area and working in San Francisco gave me a taste of the crazy big city life. Living in Utah, surprisingly, has given me a good amount of everything that I need. There are amazing things in this city and I’m on a mission to get out and find more of those places.

One of my favorite places is City Creek Center. I love it for the pretty architecture and the variety of stores and the feeling of being outside when you don’t really need to be (especially if the weather is bad – either too cold or too hot!)

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As you branch out from the City Creek area in the heart of downtown, the little pockets of amazing homes and older buildings and shops that are being renovated and revived are some of my favorite things. These older neighborhoods remind me of home with all of the big old trees and the creaky floors. I love seeing the old mixed in with the new and the variety of people that live in and frequent these spots.

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I’m looking forward to showcasing more about what I love in each of these places in the weeks to come. My daughter and I are out looking for cool walls to photograph and fun local spots to explore. Make sure you’re taking advantage of the good stuff in your own backyard.

xo,
c

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For starters, I’m not even sure if chokers are considered necklaces. But they’re so popular, they deserve their own category anyways. Everywhere you go, you’re sure to spot a girl wearing a choker. Their popularity doesn’t waver between a typical high school girl to Kendall Jenner.

salt lake city utah teen photographer Carrie Owens shares fashion tips on chokers

There’s no limit to the chokers you might find, & they can add so many different dimensions to your outfit. Sparkly, leather, long, velvet, thick, lace, or with charms- the possibilities of chokers are endless! You can wear them with anything. They are perfect for a more dressed up look or even the most casual of outfits.

If you are looking for some great places to buy choker necklaces, see the image below with links to some of my favorites.

Salt Lake City Utah teen photographer Carrie Owens talks about fashion and chokers1 Nordstrom/BP Velvet Wrap Choker // 2 Nordstrom/BP 5 Pack Boho Chokers // 3 Urban Outfitters Claire Choker

 

Some great places to pick up the perfect choker necklace: Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Forever 21, Macy’s, Claire’s, and many more of your favorite spots to shop. Below are a couple images from a recent shoot where two of the girls styled their very similar chokers with different outfits and they both look amazing.

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Although I wasn’t so sure how I’d like this trend coming back from my teen years in the 90’s, I think I’m on board (for teens, not me!)…how do you wear them? Bring one along for your next session and let’s mix it in for a few images.

xo,
c

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These two girls I have known and photographed for years. I adore them and their little personalities and their parents are two of my favorite people. For this session, we wanted something different than what we had done for their sessions in the past and we came up with this awesome spot in downtown Salt Lake City and the colors were perfect for the sweet outfits that mom had picked out for their session. I’ve loved watching these two girls grow and change and look forward to seeing them next time.

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xo,
c

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Looking for some tips on how to get the most out of your senior portrait session? It’s that time of year and you’ve scheduled your high school senior photography session…and now what? What are the questions that you have?

What do I wear? What kind of images do I want? What should I do with my hair? How many pairs of shoes should I bring? I love this hat, will it look good in photos? I play sports, how can I get images showcasing what I love? I play an instrument, should I bring it with me? I get nervous in front of the camera, how will I deal with that? I have a crazy school and activity schedule, how will I ever find time for senior photos? My parents say I need to do this…I’m not excited about the idea at all, will this be torture?

Salt Lake City high school senior photograher Carrie Owens tells her best tips for a successful session

 

There are lots of questions surrounding your high school senior photography session and this post is dedicated to helping your resolve some of those uncertainties and to set your mind at ease for creating and designing a session that is tailored just for you. Our goal at your session is to showcase every facet of your personality in your images and for you to have fun!

 

 

Once your session is booked, I’ll help you along the way to make sure that we create a session that showcases this amazing time in your life and that you’ll remember for years to come.

Your best 10 tips:

1 | Schedule a pre-session consult with me. We can do this over the phone or in person, but the main goal here is to make sure that we’ve planned out your session (outfits and locations, etc) to ensure the best images possible.
2 | Choose the session type to ensure that you allow enough time/location to showcase the image you want. Do you have several outfits that you want to create images with? What facets of your life do we need to make sure that we have the time to showcase?
3 | Plan your wardrobe – outfit changes and accessories (don’t underestimate the power of accessories!) We can go over all of this at your pre-session consultation, and if you’re out shopping and you feel the need to text me a pic of an outfit – go for it!
4 | Hair and makeup – and NAILS. Please don’t forget your nails! I have several hair and makeup artists that I can recommend that will do an amazing job for your session. Guys, you won’t need the makeup, but please remember clean and trimmed nails.
5| Bring a friend or your mom. You don’t have to do either, sometimes having someone there with you can help you feel more comfortable and sometimes it can give you added stress that you don’t want. Let’s talk about the pros and cons at your consult…and fair warning to moms, if you’re there, you’re getting in some photos with your senior!
6 | Choose a location(s) that reflects you. My studio is perfect with a lot of variation for images, but if you have something special in mind that really shows off who you are, let’s take advantage of that.
7 | Bring the things you love (sports, instruments, pets, etc) and that are important to you to your session. If you want to showcase your piano playing skills, maybe don’t bring the piano…but let’s talk about how to include that in your images if that is something you want. You may not be able to bring the pool if you’re a swimmer, but we can bring your session to the water. Let’s not miss an opportunity – let’s get creative!!
8 | Posing for photos can sometimes feel awkward. Please know that I’ll help you along and we’ll take the time needed to ensure that you’re feeling comfortable.
9 | Go with the flow. Enjoy yourself, laugh…be silly, try new things. Let’s have fun, I want this to be an experience that you look back on and smile.
10| Think about the end result – do you need announcements? Art for the parents walls? What about an album? We’ll talk about this at your consult to make sure that we have a plan to get the images you need.

Inspiration

Needing some inspiration for your senior portrait session? Take a look at some of my favorite senior sessions on the blog. Do you have your own ideas on what you want your images to look like? I would love to see them and talk with you about them. Looking for some more inspiration? Pinterest is a great option, but remember, we want your session to be all about YOU and what represents you the most. Use these ideas as a starting point and let’s chat!

 

 

Ready to set up your pre-session consultation and start planning out your senior portrait session? Send me an email or give me a call today and let’s start creating a session you’ll love.

 

I look forward to hearing from you!!

xo,
c

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These two girls were awesome at their session at my studio. They brought outfit changes, bright smiles, beautiful eyes and were willing to try anything. I love seeing siblings get along so well together and these two I’ve known for years. It’s been so fun to watch them grow up and into their own. Studio sessions are great because we have so many options both inside and out…especially when the weather is unpredictable in Spring and Fall.

utah teen photographer carrie owens photographs sisters at her studio

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When was the last time your tween or teen was in front of the camera? Call or email today to get an appointment booked…they grow up way too fast!

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