Wow! This girl has the coolest style! This session easily could have been on the streets of Paris, but it was right in the heart of our dear Milwaukee. Meagan is going places for sure and will charm everyone along the way with her bright smile and her butterfly shoes. This session is a perfect example of how the outfits you pick can show the many sides of you!
What look were you going for in your senior shoot?
I’m originally from Chicago and I have always felt “home” for me was a big city. I knew that was something I wanted reflected in my senior pictures. Also, France is my favorite place in the world and their fashion sense impacts my clothing choices. This was a perfect opportunity to reproduce the mood of those inspirations.
What types of extracurricular activities do you do?
I run cross country and play soccer. I have attended three different high schools. So while I love the sports I participate in, it wasn’t important for me to highlight a school or a sport in my session since I’ve played for a different team almost every year.
Any tips for hair & makeup? What did you chose to do?
My hair is naturally curly. I chose to style it myself. Others might not feel the same, so I suggest doing what makes you feel the most stress-free. It’s worth the extra expense to have your stylist do it for you rather than show up flustered because you are having a bad hair day. As for makeup… HAVE A PROFESSIONAL DO IT! They are experts in knowing what will photograph well and ensure that you don’t end up looking washed out. I was really happy with my makeup… I love my freckles, and Kelly with Lustrous Beauty in New Berlin did a great job of making sure they were on full display!
How was your experience working with Kara Reese Photography?
I loved my photo session. Since Kara had taken my older sister’s senior pictures and I loved the way they turned out, I really trusted her and her process and knew my pictures would be just as great.
Did you bring any props?
I thought of props in simple terms. I made sure I included one small piece to keep my hands busy with each outfit. Nothing big or over the top just a fun purse, trendy sunglasses, a hat… some of my favorite things that could be added for a few shots to mix things up. And in my mind, my shoes were the best props in the world. It seems crazy to think of it like that, but I have an obsession with funky shoes. They make me feel confident and totally make every outfit feel truly like me.
What was your biggest worry prior to the shoot?
Since my session was in downtown, I was worried about feeling “on display” while getting my pictures taken. I wish I had supermodel confidence when all eyes are on me! Kara eased me into the session by taking our first few shots down an alleyway. In the end, I really didn’t notice too much of what was going on around me. Most of the people on the street were trying to get home after work and walked past us without much of a glance. I honestly ended up feeling just as comfortable as I would have in a studio.
How many outfits did you bring?
I chose to use four different outfits for my senior session. I think it was the perfect amount for me. I was able achieve the right blend of looks in that amount. My closet is pretty much split into four moods: casual, dressy, classic, and trendy. I made sure to include one of each when I planned what to wear for my session. I wanted a couple of my choices to be fairly timeless, but the other two outfits were more contemporary and totally personify who I am and how I dress today.
What accessories did you bring with you?
I made the decision to use bold color as an accessory. Since I had decided on a city location, I knew it would really help me stand out from the urban background. I kept most of my pieces in neutral colors and then added just one colorful article… a bright red shirt, a vibrant teal jacket, a vivid yellow sweater. Kara did an amazing job playing off of those colors in location choices. It ended up being exactly what I hoped for.
What other tips would you give in preparation for a senior shoot?
First, do some research. There are tons of ideas for senior pictures out there on the internet. It helps if you have an idea of what you want to capture before you show up to your session. Get some outfit ideas which you think photograph well and use them as your inspiration. Find a few poses that you want to try out or shots that you want to recreate. Next, don’t be afraid to try something silly. My dad stopped traffic so I could walk past an outdoor café full of people eating dinner to get some of my shots! If it doesn’t work out then you just move on to something else that will. Finally, choose a photographer that you trust and who listens to what you’re looking for. My sister and I had completely opposite visions… I wanted urban trendy and she wanted girl-next-door in field of daisies. Kara thrilled us both with our sessions and our pictures. Neither of us would change anything about our experiences.
What advice would you give other seniors for their session?
My one piece of advice is to bring someone with you who knows how to make you laugh and brings out your natural smile. That was my job when my sister was getting her pictures taken, and my dad was that person for my session. It helped to make my experience more like a fun day in the city with my family rather than this big event where all eyes were on me.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
I hope to major in chemistry while attending the University of Montpellier in France.