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Chloe Class of 2018 – Parkersburg Senior Portrait Photographer

Senior year, it sneaks up on you. One day they are walking out the door to their first day of kindergarten and next thing you know, it’s time to schedule Senior Portraits. It’s emotional for the entire family! A mix of exciting, hopeful, and a little bit of sad thrown in. It’s the ending of an era. The beginning of a new one. And all of sudden you have this amazing adult human standing before you. The perfect mix of poise and innocence. You probably aren’t ready to let them go. They are sooooo ready to go. Like it or not, it’s happening. And it’s time to schedule Senior Portraits.

Chloe is an exceptional gal! We had so much fun at her Senior Portrait Session. We shot in the fall and then again in the spring once her cap and gown came in. There was so much giggling!

Music is super important to Chloe so we worked that into her session as well as her love of make-up. She is funny, smart and has an amazing voice! Her make-up skills are on point. This girl knows how to wing some eyeliner. She is going to WVU in the fall and has grown into such a cool young woman. Best of luck Chloe!

We are booking now for Class of 2019 portraits. Summer is the best time to schedule your Senior for portraits. It makes scheduling easy, the weather is gorgeous and you won’t miss any yearbook deadlines. Fill out our contact form if you have any questions or would like to book. Senior sessions are $199 and if you book your summer session by July 1st we will gift you with a free family mini session to use anytime in 2018.

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Adventure Begins With You {Marietta Ohio Portrait Photographer}

I had a bit of a revelation this week. It was about connection and how it’s the one thing most of us want more of but it can be so elusive some days!

Finding time to carve out space for the day to day tasks can seem like a comedy routine at my house. It goes something like this: I found time to bathe the dog but now I am behind on laundry. The yardwork is finally caught up, but now the house is a mess and someone should definitely go to the grocery store! I bet you can relate. Do you sometimes want to scream, “Stop the bus! I want off! All I really want is some time with the people I love and some connection!”

The best portrait sessions have opportunities for connection. I think most of my clients are hoping for that spark of connection when they book with me. It is always my goal and I am pretty good at making it happen, but I have noticed for some sessions it is easier than others. I think I may have figured out the key, ADVENTURE! (I will come back to this, I promise). Stay with me here! 

Let’s say you muster up the courage for a portrait session. You get outfits for everyone, fresh haircuts and you pray. You time naps for that perfect mood or if you have older kids you schedule around band practice, vacation and work. You bribe with ice cream and hope everyone looks at the camera at the same time with a pleasant look on their face. If everyone looks mostly happy you will consider it a win. Not much connection, right?

What if the trip to the local ice cream shop WAS the Portrait Session? What if instead of planning a portrait session, we planned a Family Adventure where connection and smiles occur naturally. What if I told you that we could create a portrait session where YOU get to be present with your family and everyone has a blast?

Want to know a secret? My clients who plan a more adventurous session with me have the most fun, have more authentic smiles and have great memories of their sessions. The amazing artwork on their walls is just the cherry on top!

Introducing – Family Adventure Portrait Sessions!

What does a Family Adventure Portrait Session look like? Well that depends on your family. Maybe it’s a trip around the farm in an ATV to a remote spot, where we have a campfire and make s’mores then star gaze. Maybe we start off with ice cream cones, head to an arcade for some healthy competition and then finish the evening with a walk along the river? What if I were there to capture all that connection and sweetness? This is exactly the type of session I am talking about.

 

 

This type of session is perfect for families with small children and babies as well as older childeren and teens. In fact it works great for extended families as well.

Family Adventure sessions will sell for $299 beginning September 1st and it will still be a bargain. But I want the summer to prove my theory and have some more great images to share when I launch this session in full September 1st.

I have 10 7 of these Family Adventure Sessions available this summer. One in June, five in July and four in August. Your session doesn’t have to happen right away, we just need to get you on the books this week to take advantage of this offer. Right now, you can be one of my 10 6  families for just a session fee of $99.  In exchange for this low session price, you will agree to pick at least 5 images from your session that I can share on social media or in marketing materials.

If you want to be one of my ten lucky families – just click this EASY button to pay your $99 Session fee and start planning our Adventure.

Maybe you hate buttons (who hates buttons?) You can text me at 304-482-5105. Once you pay your $99 session fee, I will send you the Family Adventure Guide with just seven questions to get us started. When I have your questionnaire in hand, I will contact you to get started planning your portrait Family Adventure Session.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Andi

PS My gal Murray Stewart Jones has her music studio, Jonesbeat Studios up and running – she is accepting students of all ages on voice, piano, drums, guitar and bass! Check her out!

 

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Tyler’s Senior Portrait Session – Marietta, Ohio Parkersburg, West Virginia Senior Portrait Photographer

Tyler’s senior portrait session was a fun downtown Marietta afternoon. Tyler is a 2017 graduate of Marietta High School. I’ve known Tyler and his family for several years at this point and honestly, photographing his senior portraits made me feel old! I mean not like super old, but Senior portraits are such a rite of passage that it is difficult to ignore the transition it commemorates. Senior Portraits mark the cusp of that giant leap or shift that is about to happen. You can’t ignore it, things are about to change.

Those of you that have known me for awhile know that one of my great pleasures in life; so far, has been having a hand in raising a fella I now refer to as “The Man Cub”. His senior year in high school was  a mixed bag for me emotionally for a lot of reasons, but the knowledge that he was about to leave the nest was a mixture of terrified, delighted, in-denial, convinced he wouldn’t last a day,  manic nostalgia. I planned my entire year around his graduation date, marking things off an imaginary  To Do list that could have belonged to a deranged housekeeper.

  • Last Christmas
  • Last Prom
  • Last time to have to deal with THAT teacher
  • Last time to order someone to change the sheets
  • Last time to pick up socks
  • Last birthday at home
  • Last family trip

I became MORE tolerant of having a house full of kids playing video games all weekend. I would tell his mom, “Yes, they are ALL here again, this is our last year with a house full of boys.”

I knew that some day I would miss the crusty socks on the floor, the weird smell coming from his room and his boy brain forgetfulness.  Several years later, what I miss more than anything is the way he smells when I get that rare hug, the way it feels warm and solid somewhere deep in my soul when I watched him eat a good meal, and the way house his sense of humor and buddies filling up all of the space with their computers and teenage laughter made the house feel full and alive. Portraits mark time. Portraits freeze time. Portraits remind you of how much time has passed.

Tyler got me feeling all kinds of nostalgic for the Man Cub. I met Tyler and his family when his little brother was just a few weeks old. A gal with the sweetest southern accent called to inquire about a newborn session and a long friendship was born. When his mom mentioned Senior Portraits last year, I could not believe that much time had passed.

If you know Tyler you know he is a football player for Marietta High School and he is a super easy guy to spend time around. He is funny and and has killer eyes. We had a great time visiting, catching up and shooting in downtown Marietta, using the city as our backdrop.

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PS —  Something else I learned by having a senior is how expensive senior year can be. You tend to get sand bagged pretty hard financially at the end of the year. This is one of the reasons I suggest scheduling senior portraits for the summer before your kiddos senior year. We have  a booking special going on right now that includes a complimentary family session and an 11×14 canvas gallery wrap if you contact us to schedule your session by June 15th. You can schedule your senior session and family session for anytime between now and September 15th to take advantage of this great session bundle.

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Chloe and Collin Parkersburg, WV 2017 Prom

Prom portraits are one of those time honored traditions that always gets me feeling a little nostalgic. Where would #tbt (throw back Thursday) be without old prom portraits? Slowly as we get older, our old prom portraits move from a sometimes entertaining blast from the past to a classic snippet of a life that only exists in portraits and foggy memories.

I love my mom and dad’s old prom portrait. Her in a tiara and braces, him in his sailor suit and crew cut. Both looking all of 14 and full of smiles! I feel forever thankful for the photographer that took that portrait and that someone purchased a printed a copy of it and it still survives today for me to enjoy. ***PSA – Don’t forget to print your digital photos friends! You want your kids to be able to look back and see your goofy hair styles and the high fashion of your teenage years right?***

But you didn’t come here for a lecture on printing out your cell phone pics did you? You came here to see the gorgeous Chloe and her handsome date, Collin, didn’t you? Chloe was beyond stunning in her royal blue Sherri Hill gown from Elizabeth Michaels. Her hair was done by Jennifer Drake at Lee’s Studio and her make-up was expertly applied by Lauren Elaine. Friends, this gal was gorgeous! Her date, Collin, looked pretty amazing in his Calvin Klein tux too!

Let’s get to the good stuff! Don’t forget to scroll to the end – there may be a special offer for 2018 seniors!

Hey 2018 seniors! Roberts specializes in custom portrait experiences that are custom designed for you! The seniors that enjoy working with us most tend to like things a little outside of the box. We specialize in musicians, singers, poets, dreamers, artists and free thinkers. Does this sound like you? Are you in? Check out our Senior Gallery here!

Summer is the perfect time to schedule your senior portraits! Your schedule is more flexible, the sun is shining and the options for shooting are endless! The first three families to  schedule a Senior Portrait during the month of June (senior session can take place anytime before September 15th, 2017)  – we will throw in a complimentary family portrait session and 11×14 canvas. This is a $400 value and there are ONLY 3  of these complimentary family sessions and 11×14 canvas up for grabs so call 304-482-5105 or email to schedule your senior portrait session today!

 

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Lauren – Warren High School Class of 2016

My style of senior portraits tends to speak to the quiet ones, the artists, the book lovers, the ones with the eyes that look wise beyond their years. Meet Lauren.

I met Lauren several years ago at a friends senior portrait session. Her Mama remembered me and contacted me when she was looking for a wedding photographer for herself and a senior portrait photographer for her daughter Lauren. Needless to say it was a busy and exciting year this family!

Lauren’s hair and make-up was done at the studio by the amazing Tonya Winebrenner. Lauren and I dodged raindrops during her session, but you’d never be able to tell it looking at these soulful images. We went from the Wetlands at Williamstown to Harmar Village and back to the studio in downtown Marietta, Ohio when the weather turned stormy.

She is as sweet and smart as she is gorgeous!

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Judah Class of 2016 Senior Portraits

For senior portraits I tend to attract the home-schoolers, the rockers, the poets, the artists and it appears, the blacksmiths. Enter Judah. If I had to describe him in one sentence, I couldn’t. I would just show them this photo:

Judah in his head

Judah and I have been orbiting around one another’s lives now for almost five years. For the record, I think he has been roughly this size and has had this much facial hair since the first time I encountered him. I am pretty certain that our portrait session was the first time we have hung out one on one. I have been missing out.

Judah is funny, intelligent, driven and really contradicts any stories you have heard about teens these days….for part of our session his sister-cousin-best friend and fellow badass, Lydia, tagged along, held the reflector and corroborated some of the more ridiculous stories that Judah told. Those two have an unmistakable bond – the kind that only comes with years of friendship, adventures and conversations. It would be hard to tell the story of Judah without mentioning Lydia.

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Book Lover Senior Portrait Session

Edain’s senior portrait session was a dream shoot. She had a natural ability to relax into a pose and was game for anything! She was a book lover, a musician and so freaking smart! She had an easy laugh, beautiful eyes and super sweet spirit.

It was a really hot day and we were in an old building without much airflow, but she was up for it! We brought in Valerie Crabtree to do hair and make-up. Edain still wanted to look like herself but slightly more glammed up. We loved her outfit choices because she really mixed it with different textures, necklines and styles.

It is almost time for Edain to graduate so we wanted to give her a little shout out! What type of images would you want us to create for you if you could have your dream  portrait session?

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Music is Her Religion – Marietta Teen Portrait Session

How did this happen? Wasn’t she 12 just yesterday? When did she become a 16 year old musician that plays 2 AM gigs at fracking protests? Folks, meet Lydia.

We had the good luck of having Lydia in the Marietta, Ohio studio this week for portraits. We had the even better luck of being serenaded by her while we were photographing her. I am going to let you in on a little secret, you have not heard Bon Jovi’s Dead or Alive until you have listened to Lydia bust out her version.

Do you have a teen or a high school senior that is a musician? Maybe it’s you that is the musician! We love photographing musicians. Musicians love being photographed by us!  Andi has years of experience photographing musicians, working stages and hanging out in dark bars! Is it time for promo photos? Maybe it’s time to honor yourself or favorite musician by scheduling a rock and roll portrait session. Come prepared with a short set list and your favorite instrument. We’ll provide the moody light and interesting angles. The rest? Well that’s just magic!

Hair and Make-Up by Lauren Magruder, Styling by Jesse Hyde, Portraits by Andi Roberts

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Bucket List : Volkswagen Bus Session

Interesting Andi fact, I once spent part of a summer living in a 1966 Volkswagen Bus. I was on summer break from Ohio University and worked for one of my besties Denise doing hair wraps on Hilton Head Island. I stayed between Savannah and Hilton Head Island in a little town called Bluffton, SC. It was an adorable campground with the most beautiful roaming peacocks and a ton of pecan trees. More about the peacocks later.

I had been happily occupying a tent for about three weeks when Das Bus (pronounced Dahs Boose)  became available. I was grateful to move into more luxurious digs. Living in Das Bus definitely had it’s advantages over a tent – doors that locked, no rain leaking in, a solid floor and a comfy bed. I can still smell that distinctive scent of old Volkswagen mixed with “incense”. It felt safe and it was always warm from having been parked in the sun all day. Surprisingly, there were a few disadvantages too.

Example: In addition to being my boudoir, Das Bus was also a primary source of transportation for my employer’s husband. To paint a clearer picture, he was a passive-aggressive, feminist fearing, bearded hippie. This particular hippie had little regard for my bedtime. I would meander about with no particular place to be until he would VWBUSeventually show up. Once he would finally return to the campground with my bedroom, I would gratefully slip inside. I instantly felt cozy and secure in my little tin can oasis where I would read or journal. I would drift off into a blissful slumber and only occasionally be jolted awake by the screams of the peacocks. Like I said, it was mixed bag.

Having briefly lived in a Das Bus has done a few things for me. First and foremost, hippie street cred. I never went on tour, but I did live in a Bus.  Second, I notice when a Bus has a split windshield. Split windshields means it was built before 1967.  Lastly, I feel nostalgic and inspired to do a Volkswagen Bus shoot at some point. It is the first portrait session to make my bucket list.

Volkswagen Buses are hard to come by. Buses that run and are in good shape are even harder to come by…but I might have a lead on one. And my bucket list session might be happening!

I picture a relaxed family portrait session, or a fun senior portrait session with lots of bright and colors and laughter using the Bus interiors and exteriors as atmosphere. I imagine a family snuggled in the bed, reading, telling stories and rough housing. For seniors I could see someone curled up with a pile of books or a journal and a guitar with fun boho inspired hair and make-up.

What would you do with images from a shoot like this? Well anything you wanted of course! Amazing holiday cards with the words Peace maybe? I think it would fun to decorate a family room with gallery wraps from a bus session. I picture lots of bright large canvas gallery wraps grouped together or a custom designed album to commemorate the experience.

Are you a family that loves to travel of just has a thing for all things 60’s? Do you love being cozy together and feel inspired by the iconic feel and hippie values that a Volkswagen Bus shoot would vibe? Let me know and if this session happens I will give you first dibs on a spot.

I have been inspired by a couple of my favorite photographers that have already done a Bus shoot, Tara Whitney and Barb Uil. Check them out for some amazing inspiration if you are a photographer! You will see their work on this mood board I put together on Pinterest!

Check out my mood board Bucket List: Volkswagen Bus Portraits on Pinterest.

Roberts Family Photography has the skills and the resources to pull off customized portrait sessions from simple to the most epic! What is your bucket list portrait session? I want to hear about it! I may be interested in shooting it.

photo credit: VW Volkswagen Bus with Canoe via photopin (license)


AMR_9602Andi Roberts is the director of Silliness and Sunshine at Roberts Family Photography and Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy. Andi splits her time between Marietta, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

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Settling Into The New Marietta Portrait Studio

We are up and running in our new downtown Marietta, Ohio portrait studio space! And oh my goodness I LOVE being in Marietta! It is a quick walk to a couple of my favorite places – The Galley/Adelphia, SWAGG , Focus and the Buckley House to name a few and Marietta is just so damn charming!

Many of you may already know that 2014 was a doozy of year for me both personally and professionally. I sold my family home in July, started living part time in Detroit and opened a new studio space in downtown Marietta. Honestly, the new studio space was a total surprise to me. I was not certain exactly what we were going to do when the house sold and a great solution just happened to unfold for us!It has been an amazing adventure and things are finally starting to settle down into what I call my new normal.

Andi’s new normal looks something like this: I travel the five hours back to the Mid Ohio Valley twice a month for portrait sessions. I work remotely from the Detroit area for the rest of the month editing, taking care of office type stuff, snuggling my fur babies, exploring Detroit and hanging with my curly headed love. It can be a bit hectic at times but so far I am enjoying it! Flexibility, an amazing tribe of friends, Google Hangouts and the ever amazing Jesse Hyde have been key to a smooth transition.

Speaking of Jesse, now would be a great time to mention that we are sharing studio space with our sister studio Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy and we are loving it!

Our studio is an old warehouse space on the third floor of Putnam Commons (the old JCPenny building). It has a rough, loft feel with wood floors, tall windows, exposed brick and some very interesting architectural details.

The space is dreamy, with abundant natural light and tons of room for sets and props. More space means that I can easily accommodate indoor sessions no matter what the weather holds so there are fewer reschedules. Natural light allows me to accommodate kiddos (or any folks for that matter) who don’t react well to flash photography.

We would love for you to stop by sometime! Just drop us a line and let us know you would like to see the new space! We are booking now for April, May and all of 2015. Your session starts here!

Here are some images from the new space –

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