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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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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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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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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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Senior Portraits {Quniton Marietta High School}

You’ve probably heard of him, he’s quite the football player. He’s an all around nice fella too. He didn’t mind braving the cold and was super fun to hang out with.

We picked a classic Marietta setting to commemorate Quinton’s Senior year, Harmar Village. I love the textures and all the different nostalgic areas that Harmar Village affords. I always get to say hello to Chuck at Found and the brick streets and charming storefronts are pretty amazing as a backdrop.

We offer many different sessions for High School Seniors and many sessions include hair and make-up as well. (Quinton’s did not include hair and make-up!)

Hit us up if you are looking for a personal experience with a photographer who will make you laugh, help you relax and tailor your session to you!

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Hyland {Class of 2013}

Do you know Hyland? If you do happen to be lucky enough to know him, then you already know that he’s funny, talented, outgoing and he plays the drums. You might not know he is also into Kung Fu, snowboarding and sky-diving.  He’s also really nice.

When we were designing his senior portrait session he knew that he wanted to be outdoors, playing music and having fun. We settled on a family farm out in Tuppers Plains, drug out his entire drum kit and I was treated to a private concert in the woods. Hyland was super fun to work with and his portrait session has to be one of my favorites….I have a soft spot for drummers…..

Hyland chose a Walkabout Senior Portrait Session. It was a great fit for him and may be the perfect fit for you! If you are interested in this type of Senior Portrait Session go here>

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Emily {class of 2013}

Emily came to us late in the school year, she was holding out until her braces were removed to schedule her Senior portraits. I immediately felt like Emily and I were old friends. She had a great sense of style and tons of ideas about how we could customize her senior portrait session to create an authentic portrait of who she is. We came up with tie-dye, woods and musical instruments.

Emily chose our Walk About Senior Portrait Session which includes multiple shots at a central location. Emily settled on McDonough for her location as it fit her need for woods and nature and is easily accessible.  This package begins at $150 for the session. If you are interested in booking your Walkabout Senior Portrait Session please begin by going here>

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Akya Senior Portraits {class of 2013}

This beautiful senior portrait session was held in downtown Parkersburg, WV. Hair and make-up were provided by our favorite make-up artist, Val. Akya didn’t need much to play up her natural beauty. She had several beautiful outfits picked out and we made a fun afternoon of photographing around Parkersburg, looking for spaces that enhanced the wardrobe choices Akya made while memorializing a part of Parkersburg that Akya will always feel a connection to no matter where her hearts desire takes her.

Akya chose our signature Diva Senior Session which included hair, make-up and unlimited wardrobe options. The session fee for the Diva Senior session begins at $275. To begin working with us to design your ultimate senior portrait experience  go here>


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