Senior Style + Balance

by Carri Paschal

Assisting Aaron on his senior photo shoots is really one of my favorite things to do. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the seniors and their parents. Aaron and I make it a point to get to know each and every one of our seniors to make sure every Senior Experience with AP2 Photography is personal and one of the highlights of their senior year.
What I noticed is that Seniors have their own vibe and tend to have the most fun when they are comfortable rocking the styles and fashions they are use to. Whether it’s their favorite pair of jeans, a big comfy sweater, varsity jacket or a graphic tee and a fresh pair of J’s or Timbs.
Fashion sense and comfort always equates to fun and great senior pictures that reflect your style. Feeling bold? For a bit of extra fun, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and tap into your alter ego! Select a color, outfit, hairstyle, accessories or even a lip stick color that is bold and different. Some of our best sessions have been when Seniors explore fashion trends and styles that they see in magazines, fashion blogs, and on TV.So as your prepare your favorite looks for you Senior Experience remember to find outfits that fit your style and personality but also bring your alter ego along for the shoot! We’ll be sure to capture traditional pictures that your family will cherish, your friends will love and get you plenty of “likes” on instagram!

What Does Your Headshot Say About You?

Nothing is more important than a first impression. While smart-phone selfies have their place, they also send a message to the rest of the world on how serious and invested you are to your brand and/or business. A potential client’s decision to do business with you will often be based in large part on your sense of competence and professionalism. It is important that your headshots visually represent you and your brand.Now that websites and social media are a major driving force in businesses large and small, your image is even more important. I recognize your needs and I offer business professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives and anyone trying to establish or rejuvenate their brand, fresh and modern headshots that will represent at their best. If you would like to schedule a session or go over options in greater detail please contact me us at aaron@ap2photography.com or 937-430-5831.
“What does your headshot say about you?”

 

Zanele Muholi: Personae (photography gallery)

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 10, 2016This past weekend I attended South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s gallery opening: Personae at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. This two part gallery, Faces and Phases and Somnyama Ngonyama is part of the Fotofocus Biennial Photography – The Undocument Series.To describe Zanele Muholi’s work as captivating is an understatement. Each and every subject on display in her Faces and Phases gallery draws you in with direct/intense eye contact. They made a powerful connection with me that made me feel as if I was somehow connected to them. This exhibit is a collection of portraits that both mourns and celebrates, that documents the resistance and losses in the South African LGBTI communities. The black and white portraits display on the white walls of The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center make a strong statement and I encourage all that can to make the trip to Cincinnati to experience the exhibit firsthand.Before Muholi took the floor to talk about her self-portrait series: Somnyama Ngonyama, meaning “Hail the Dark Lioness” in Zulu, there was a spoken word performance as well as live music and a dance interpretation of Zanele’s photographs. This personal gallery is fascinating in part due to Muholi intentionally darkening or lightening her complexion throughout images to touch on how people throughout the world tend to covet lighter skin. By embracing her own blackness Muholi displays pride in her appearance hence the title – “Hail the Dark Lioness.”
While attending the gallery I was also lucky enough to meet Atlanta based fine art photographer Shelia Pree Bright. Shelia and I have been following each other’s work on instagram for over a year now so it was definitely an added bonus to finally meet her and engage in an inspiring conversation about photography, activism, expression and the importance of shooting from the heart. You can view Shelia’s work on instagram (@shepreebright) as well as her website sheilapreebright.com.Needless to say I left The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center full of passion and inspiration. Eager and excited to not only capture images but to also capture people’s imagination and attention. Committed to help tell people’s story through images that gives their struggle a voice.