Alyssa is so creative and genuine, her smile says it all! We had a great time capturing different looks, especially incorporating her love of art and music. Here is an interview with Alyssa about our time together and her tips for other seniors:
What look were you going for with your senior portrait session?
I was going for a more comfortable and relaxed look, I wanted to wear outfits that I felt were a bit more formal than what I normally do, but still matched my personality and style so that they would look like things that I would wear any day of the week regardless of the occasion.
How was your overall experience with Kara Reese Photography?
I had a really fun time throughout the duration of both the in-studio and outdoor photo shoots, there was never a moment where I felt uncomfortable (physically or mentally) taking photos for certain photos. This was the first time that I have ever done a photo shoot, and it was an amazing first experience that really helped me to feel more confident in the way I look and how I feel about myself.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I work part-time at my town’s local hardware store, I play the violin in my school’s alternative and pop strings group called, “Rockestra.” I’m also a member of two volunteer groups at my school, the first being Spanish Honors Society where I help tutor kids in Spanish; and the second is Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), where we host in-school assemblies to spread awareness about the LGBT community in our school, as well as participate in LGBT related volunteer events outside of school. And I’m also heavily interested in the visual arts, especially when it comes to drawing and ceramics.
How many outfits did you bring to your session?
I brought along around 5 outfits in total, three of which I used for the outdoor pictures, and the other two I used for the in-studio pictures. It was plenty for me because it allowed us to create a variety of pictures and it kept the session from being too short. The only thing that I would have is that I wish I had a second pair of jeans in a different style or maybe even a long skirt.
Any hair/makeup tips for other seniors?
If you plan on doing outdoor photos, I recommend doing your makeup outside or somewhere with lots of natural light. This really helped me from going overboard with any contour or highlighting, and it also helped to prevent myself from going overboard with a bold eyeshadow look. I also made sure to apply my foundation down to the base of neck, and even a bit of my chest, to prevent a visible difference in the color of my face and my neck. Keep in mind that this is recommended for those who want to do their makeup to look more soft and natural. As for my hair, I had it re-permed about a week or two before the day of my senior pictures, and the salon I went into was called Hair Benders in Okauchee. They did a phenomenal job on not only perming my hair, but they waxed and plucked my eyebrows better than I ever could have hoped for!
What was your biggest worry prior to your session?
My biggest fear was that I was not going to be photogenic whatsoever and that I would look terrible in every photo, I have the worst self-esteem and mental body image out of almost everybody that I know. So getting to see full body photos of myself, I was blown away by how I looked both in shape and expression. I’ve never felt confident in having someone take a picture of me until I can perfectly pose myself to minimize or hide the parts of me that I hate the most. I can’t say that it completely changed the way that I feel about the way I look, there are still parts of myself that I’m not confident about. But instead of tearing myself down and falling into an endless cycle of self-hate, I’ve replaced them with more positive thoughts and have started making healthy and safe decisions to improve the way I look.
What do you plan to do after high school?
I plan on going to art school to pursue a degree in the Fine Studio Arts (focusing on either ceramic or sculpture) or Industrial Design. I still haven’t decided on which one quite yet, but either way, I will see to it that I have a career in doing what I love most: which is creating