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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Senior Photography Inspiration: Seniorologie

I love finding fabulous resources for photography, and I was thrilled to bits to find Seniorologie, a comprehensive blog dedicated to Senior Photography. Since I'm focused on Seniors this month, especially with my recent Senior Rep Sessions I knew I had to share this awesome resource!

They feature different photographers from all around and do great interviews with them about their shooting techniques and their business practices.

They also do special features such as wardrobe ideas and "topic-specific" posts, like this great one on pricing. Since I have been shooting for about three years now and just recently started up my own solo business this summer, it's great to be able to learn from so many different photographers from all around.

I hope to see some of my images grace the Seniorologie blog soon- as a matter of fact I found this great post on submitting images that I just might follow and turn in some of my Senior Rep photos! It would be so awesome to get published!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New End of Summer Insta Frames in the Digital Shop!

It's the last week of the month! While most people are headed back to school, there's still some of us that are trying to hang on to the last little bits of summer. Over here it's splash pads, shaved ice, moonsoon, and high triple digits, so here's a collection of pop-y frames to carry you into September! 

Visit my Digital Shop to grab these fun Instagram frames for just $0.99! Get 'em while they're hot friends! 

These frames are perfect for kicking of the September Photo A Day Challenge on Instagram- have you seen the new list? I can't wait to try and actually finish this one. Follow along with your own Instagrams by tagging #FMSphotoaday

Monday, August 27, 2012

Senior Rep Feature No. 2: Briana

I've known Briana and her family for a few years now, and I've photographed them all before, so I was so excited when she interviewed to be one of my Senior Reps. I know from experience that she is as close to "model" as you can get and I was not disappointed at her shoot. She is so tall and fit (being a cheerleader) and will mold like play dough when you tell her how to pose- it was like working with a life size barbie! I had a blast at her shoot, and can't wait for her to see all the photos at her ordering session. There are so many swoon worthy ones, it was so hard to pick which ones to showcase, but these were my favorite.

Next up is Mikala- her shoot is next week, so stay tuned for what me & my styling team create for her Senior Portraits!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Senior Rep Feature No. 1: Sam D.

I have to admit, when I was prepping for Sam's shoot I was really focused on how I should direct her to pose and look natural in pictures. She is the "sporty" one after all- rarely wears makeup, almost always dresses in gym clothes, has her hair in a ponytail, and can almost always be seen with a soccer ball in her hand. She is already slated to play soccer at NAU next year, so she's just about as athletic as they come. I figured that a girl that doesn't get dolled up all that often would probably be uncomfortable and maybe a little awkward being photographed, so I was prepared to really work with her to bring out her inner model. I have never been so wrong in my life.

This girl BROUGHT IT. After 5 minutes of shooting I was flipping out inside and trying to stay cool on the outside because I couldn't believe how amazing she looked. Just quick, one word directions was all I gave her and she ran with it. And man, those eyes. I know it's hard to believe, but I did not post process her eyes to pop like that. When I adjusted the light in the images, that is the way they turned out. They are popping like it's hot right about now.

It was so hot, but she was so sweet and tolerant and tried things that I suggested even when they sounded ridiculous. Leah did an incredible job on her hair and makeup- so natural but still dramatic enough to make her features stand out in photos. Also, I love her blue streak that peeks out from the back that Leah did for her.

I have the next Senior Rep shoot this week, and I can't wait to see what we come up with for the other girls!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Senior Portrait Wardrobe Ideas with Lindsey Taylor

One of the most common questions I get asked when I book a Senior Portrait session is "So...what do I wear?" Our fab personal fashion stylist, Lindsey has put together a few killer outfits for those girls who love the natural style. If you're unsure about what your personal style is, Lindsey can email you a questionnaire to narrow down the fashion styles you are drawn to and that fit your own lifestyle! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Introducing The Class of 2013 Senior Reps

Wahoo! It's time to announce my Senior Reps for 2013! I'm beyond excited to work with all these amazing girls, and create incredible photos plus unforgettable experiences with them. I love that they are all so different and unique {in their style questionnaires, they each selected a different signature style- one sporty, one romantic, one natural, and one dramatic!} and I can't wait to create custom portrait sessions to compliment their styles.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Senior Portrait Prop Ideas

You all know how much I love props. After perusing around the web for my favorite Senior Portrait Props, I found a TON of great ideas over on Seniorologie - my new favorite blog crush. I'm hoping to incorporate some of these ideas with my Senior Reps I'll be choosing this weekend. Which one is your favorite?

1// skates 2// confetti 3// music 4// cars 5// pillows 6// instruments 7// cameras 8// animals 9// treats 10// skateboards

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back To School Bash Printable Banner in the Digital Shop

It's Tuesday- time for another Rosemary Watson Creative release! Today I have a fab printable banner for you to print, cut, and string up to use in home decor, for celebrations, for your home school "classroom", or even for a photo prop! At just $0.99, you can't go wrong! 

Also, you can visit my personal blog at iloverosemarywatson.com to download a matching Free Printable Hello Teacher! card, made using Rhonna Designs Insta Icons Kit

See what else I've made with Rhonna Designs for Team Tuesday on my blog!

Monday, August 6, 2012

The New Senior Portrait Standard

I'll be announcing the names of my 2013 Senior Reps next week, but today I'm debuting my two new Senior Portrait Sessions: the Luxe Senior Portraits and the Local Love Senior Portraits.

The Luxe Sessions are the premiere Senior Portrait Sessions, held on-location anywhere in the Phoenix-Metro Valley area. Our sessions can last up to three hours, have up to five different wardrobes in their sessions. The Luxe sessions include styling sessions with Lindsey, our Personal Fashion Stylist. Clients can also choose to book Leah, our  Hair & Makeup Artist for the ultimate glam experience.

The Local Love Sessions are one and a half hour long photo sessions on-location anywhere in the Phoenix-Metro Valley area. Clients can have up to three different wardrobes in their sessions, put together with help from Lindsey, our Personal Fashion Stylist. Clients can also choose to book our Hair & Makeup Artist, Leah to enhance your session experience and photos.

Whichever session you choose, we're guaranteed to have an amazing time and produce gorgeous images and high quality products for our clients.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Alphabet Insta Frames in the Digital Shop

School is just around the corner! Make all your Back To School Instagrams extra fancy with these fun new Alphabet Insta Frames, now available in the Digital Shop.

These little square frames have a pretty new color palette to go with a ton of school colors and classroom images. Stay tuned for more Back To School designs coming this week! 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Introducing My New Styling Team

I am beyond excited to introduce the two FABULOUS ladies I will be working with for my photography sessions- Lindsey & Leah! Lindsay is a fashion maven with a trendy flair; and Leah is a chic wizard with makeup and hair.Visit my website to read their bios and see some of what they are best at - making girls & women feel beautiful and confident in photos! They will be contributing to my blog from time to time, giving expert advice and examples of how to look amazing in your own photos. 

We're going to be working on our first project together in the next couple of week: Senior Rep Photo Shoots! I'm still accepting applications for Senior Reps and would love to meet with any High School Seniors you may know that would love amazing Senior Portraits complete with styling sessions from these two gorgeous girls in exchange for promoting our fantastic Senior Portrait experiences. Visit my website for more details and to apply to be a 2013 Senior Rep!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Calling All 2013 High School Seniors!

Wohoo! I am STOKED to announce that I am looking for High School Seniors for the 2012-2013 School Year to photograph and spread the news about my Senior Portraits. I have assembled an amazing team of ladies for hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling to make your Portrait Session an experience you'll never forget. Visit the Senior Rep page on my website to get all the details about becoming a Senior Rep for this year and how to apply!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back To School Photo Prop Ideas

School is just around the corner friends! All the fun photos you can be taking of the kidlets going to their new classes can be made a little more fun with these creative little props. Try one and you'll get some Back To School photos to cherish forever. 

1// books 2// pencils 3// glasses 4// buses 5// book pages 6// globes 7// chalkboards 8// paper airplanes 9// desks 10// letters

{Books} Books are my all time favorite prop to use. Get a stack of vintage books, take a picture of the child reading their favorite book, or have them stand on a stack of Encyclopedias. So many ideas pop into my head with books! 

{Pencils} Make vases with yellow pencils as an easy way to incorporate the prop- just hot glue the pencils around a tin can. Also, an oversized paper mache or stuffed pencil could be a great prop as well. 

{Glasses} Fake oversize spectacles are the CUTEST on sweet little girls and boys. 

{Buses} This one is a bit harder to find in the summer, so you may need to wait until school is back in session before taking bus photos. 

{Book Pages} Making a book page backdrop is easy as pie, and is a great neutral to layer other decorations on. I have a book page wall in my living room that I've kept up all year- I just hot glued pages onto sheets of kraft paper I stuck on with push pins.

{Globes} You can find globes at many thrift stores or even Teaching Supply Stores- just one is darling, but layering a bunch in many sizes and colors would be even better. 

{Chalkboards} Make your own mini chalkboards and put cute little quotes on them or fun drawings- you can even change the color up by making your own chalkboard paint

{Paper Airplanes} So fun and hip, you can make paper airplanes out of book paper, yellow notebook paper, or brightly colored construction paper in all sorts of shapes and sizes. 

{Desks} I've dreamed of finding a gorgeous vintage desk like the one above, but if you can't find anything vintage, I suggest going to a local school and seeing if they are getting rid of any old desks this year. You may luck out with an avacado green one from the 70's. 

{Letters} Craft stores have a wide selection of wood or paper mache letters and numbers that you can paint and use as fun alphabet props. Spell out some words, use "K" for kindergarden, numbers for the other grades, or just go with ABC & 123. 

{Apples} Of course, you MUST include the old stand-by for Back To School- apples. There are apples in a lot of these pictures, so be sure to try and take it in a unique direction; maybe get an entire bushel of apples, or sting them into a banner of some sort. Have fun with it!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Have A Happier Birthday With The Happy Birthday Countdown Printable

New in the Digital Shop Today is this happy & bright Birthday Printable Countdown that coordinates with the Insta Frames that landed last week! So easy to print & cut into a fun countdown to make waiting for your birthday a little more fun!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Happy & Bright Birthday Designs in the Digi Shop

I have a new line hitting the shop this week to help you celebrate all those fun summer birthdays, starting with these versatile little Instagram Square Frames, just $0.99!

All this week I'll be adding more Happy & Bright Birthday designs to the Digital Shop, including printable invitations, birthday cards, banners, and cupcake flags! For my free printable gift tags, visit I Love Rosemary Watson!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Branding Client: Wood Creations Furniture

While I feel like nailing down a perfect brand-identity for yourself is a difficult task (what colors do I want, what fonts, what is my logo going to be- AH!), I really enjoy helping other people and small businesses find themselves and what design elements fit their personality. I published Wood Creations Furniture's new website last week, and I am thrilled with the results so far.

Websites should constantly be changing and evolving, and I think that the design and aesthetic we chose for their brand is the perfect facelift for the store and what direction they want to go in for the future. Visit their website & blog to learn more about what they do, the fantastic unfinished furniture they sell, and what kind of awesome deals you can get right now!

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Fabulous At Home Family Shoot in Tempe

I love shooting outdoors. As much as I have learned about studio shooting, nothing beats the gorgeous Arizona lighting at a location full of visual interest and diversity. I had the opportunity of working with the oh so sweet Garnero family, taking their family portraits right in their own backyard and home. From the moment I pulled up to their house, I knew it would be a special session. They live in a tiny little historic district nestled into downtown Tempe, in a home they renovated a couple years ago with a HUGE killer backyard filled with all kinds of treasures. Their children, twins Davie and Niko were two of the smartest, yet friendliest 5th graders I've ever been around. And man, were they just naturals at being photographed. Pam & Ed were as gorgeous of subjects as their kids, and even Frank the Tortise and their chickens joined in the fun. I must admit that this was my very favorite family session to date, and I hope to see more of this lovely family in the future. 

Visit pamanded.rosemary-watson.com to see more of this amazing at-home family portrait session.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Announcing: Back To School Mini Sessions!

Another super fun happy Mini Session is coming your way, to get some adorable photos of your kids going back to school! 

We'll be holding the sessions at Gangplank HQ, an open shared workspace that we will fill with all our Back To School fanciness

Gangplank HQ 
260 S Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85225

We'll have lots of school photo props and a couple of fun backdrops for some sweet photos of your Littles. Send me an email at rosemary@rosemary-watson.com to choose your session times and to pay your $75 session fee. A list of available sessions will be placed on the blog sidebar & Rosemary Watson Photography Site. Keep checking on the blog to see sneak peeks of the props and backgrounds we'll be using for the sessions!

***UPDATE*** Due to scheduling conflicts, the Back TO School Mini Sessions must be postponed until further notice. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated to the new dates once scheduled.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July & Free Printable Pennants

Happy 4th of July everyone! To celebrate, print these fabulous Patriotic Pennants to take with you to your parades, fireworks, or stick on cupcakes!

4th Pennants

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A New Reason To Love Being Pregnant

As if getting a sweet little bundle of love wasn't enough, a fresh way to document your pregnancy experience, my Maternity Journey Photography Collections are coming your way this Fall.

I've had such a great response from my own personal Weekly Pregnancy Updates that I've put together a little collection for women who want to have beautiful photos of their own Maternity Journeys, instead of the traditional one time Maternity Session. It's so fun to see your belly grow and why not feel gorgeous at the same time?

The Micro sessions last 15-20 minutes, use some fun photo props {more on that later}, custom digital designs, and are scheduled and paid for in advance to make it easy and convenient and you get lots of different Maternity photos showing your progress. Hospital Birth Stories will also be available, keep an eye out for those as well in October.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Patriotic Printables in the Digital Shop and a Free Patriotic Printable for you!

Just in time to celebrate the 4th of July, I have put some fun printables in the Digital Shop to make your holiday a little more festive.

The Stars & Stripes banner would be lovely string up outside at your BBQ, perhaps on your treat table? I put mine on my wall! 

And these sweet little photo props are the same ones we used at the Patriotic Mini Sessions on Saturday, they were so cute & sweet, I'm going to take ours to the Independence Day Parade next week for my kids to swing around. 

Llast but not least, here's a FREE Patriotic Pennant printable to print & cut, then glue on skewers for some fun table decor or cupcake flags. 

4th Pennants