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fun & modern senior portraits in Los Angeles California by Tara Rochelle photography

 

For todays blog, I am featuring modern urban senior pictures in Los Angeles with Lilia from Hart High School in Santa Clarita! Lilia is so sweet and she brought along her bestie and her dad to her photo shoot! Most of the session was photographed in more of an urban type setting. For the last part of her senior portraits, we did them in a beautiful nature area with bright pops of green color!

Here is what Lilia had to say for those starting to plan their own urban senior pictures in Los Angeles! Let’s start off by learning a little more about Lilia.

 

 FUN FACTS ABOUT LILIA!!
A. Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Dirty Dancing, She’s the Man
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: coffee
Favorite Beverage: caramel iced coffee from Starbucks
Favorite Restaurant: Kisho
Celebrity Woman Crush: Emma Watson
Favorite H.S. Memory: Junior Year prom
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Breakfast Food: crepes
Dream Vacation Location: Greece
After High School Plans: Future UCLA Gymnast

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  • Q. College Plans? If so, where?
    A. UCLA
  • Q. College Major
    A. Undecided
  • Q. What extracurricular activities are you involved in? List off any sports, interests, hobbies, or organizations you participate in.
    A. Gymnastics
    Photography
    Reading
  • Q. What kind of look were you going for in your senior photos?
    A. I wanted a mixture of urban and natural which Tara was able to help me find perfectly!
  • Q. How was your experience during your senior shoot?
    A. I absolutely loved my day of shooting! Tara really made my experience unforgettable and I was able to bring my best friend along with me which definitely added to the fun.
  • Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to anyone getting their urban senior pictures in Los Angeles taken?
    A. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. The more you enjoy yourself and let your personality come out, the better the photos will come out and the more memories you will have behind your shoot.
  • Q. How many outfits did you take?
    A. 7
  • Q. Would you have taken more or less, reasons why?
    A. I think if anything, more is better. You never know how you’ll feel about your outfit choices the day of the shoot and it is better to end up having outfits you don’t use than not having enough.
  • Q. Did you accessorize differently with each outfit?
    A. I tried to accessorize all my outfits as differently as possible. I never reused a necklace but on a few I had some of the same rings, but for the most part, I used different accessories for each. I recommend bringing a generous selection of necklaces, rings, and bracelets to complete each look!
  • Q. Did you take any props or try to incorporate any activities that you’re in?
    A. No
  • Q. Any tips on how to prepare for the session or must have things to bring?
    A. Be sure to take care of your skin and avoid getting sunburnt and if you’re going to choose a color for your nails try to pick one that will match all your outfit choices.
  • Q. Any tips on hair/makeup? Where did you get your inspiration for this? Did you bring in pictures or have a plan prior to your styling?
    A. I looked through makeup ideas on Pinterest and found a few I liked to show the makeup artist and let her do a combo of what she thought was best. With my hair, I prefer to give my hair as much volume as possible since it is thin, so I asked her to do that with smoke curls and for some outfits, we changed my hair to add to the style of the outfit.

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  • Q. Did you find a store that had everything you were looking for?
    A. No, I didn’t find my outfits in one place. I find a lot of my clothes at Tilly’s but not all of them. My favorite outfits were my flowered dress, cardigan and boot outfit, all of which I found at Tilly’s and the rings I found at Icing. I also found my other outfit at Tilly’s which was a purple shirt, ripped jeans and boots. My rings were also from Tilly’s in that outfit and I borrowed a bracelet from Tara for that look and then lastly I wore a Tiffany’s necklace which I already had prior to the shoot. Another outfit I loved was blue and white long dress which a got from a small store in the mall and accessorized with rings from Tilly’s, a necklace from Forever 21 and shoes from Blue Sugar.
  • Q. What ended up being your favorite outfit and why?
    A. I don’t know if i could narrow it down to just one favorite outfit. I really loved the dress and boots outfit in combination to the location we shot in, but i also really loved the white shirt, jeans, heals and hat outfit and the way it turned out in photos. Those are just a few though I really loved the way my outfit choices all expressed different different aspects of my personality and I think that it is important to think of that when choosing your outfits.
  • Q. Let’s talk about locations. What location(s) did you choose for your session? Why did you choose that location? Do you wish you would have gone some place different or would you suggest where you went?
    A. We did one shoot in a more vintage area, one by train tracks, one urban, and a few nature shot locations. I don’t know that I would have changed my location choices because I really loved that I was able to incorporate a variety of areas.

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  • Q. Is there anything you would have done differently for your shoot?
    A. No
    Q. Why did you choose Tara Rochelle to take your senior pictures?
    A. I had friends who used her and I absolutely loved her photography. I have been following her on social media for while and she was my first choice for senior pictures!

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Are you ready to book your own nature or urban senior pictures in Los Angeles? I only have a handful of dates left for the Class of 2017 before I’m completely sold out for the year. In the next few weeks I will be searching for my new Class of 2108 street team members!!! Stay tuned on how to get in on the fun! And, as always, here’s another look at more urban senior pictures in Los Angeles with Jenna!

To book your senior portraits with Tara Rochelle, you can fill out the contact form here for more info!

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Today I”m sharing the beautiful Urban & Nature Senior Pictures in California I did with Miss Ryann from Trinity Classical Academy. Ryann is one of my 2017 TR Senior Models and we had so much fun at her senior session! At first Ryann can be a little quiet and shy but she is such a natural in front of the camera. Her mom, Shannon, helped her out with her outfits since her regular high school attire is a uniform. I think they both did an amazing job of combining different looks. How cool is the first outfit with the black dress and black tights? It totally reminds me of Wednesday from the Addams Family!! Here are some helpful tips and tricks for planning your own senior portrait session….

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  • Q. College Plans? If so, where?
    A. University of Tennessee Knoxville (not 100% sure yet)
  • Q. College Major
    A. Psychology
  • Q. What extracurricular activities are you involved in? List off any sports, interests, hobbies, or organizations you participate in.
    A. Varsity Cheer
  • Q. What kind of look were you going for in your senior photos?
    A. I was going for both boho and urban looks. And I ended up getting the perfect amount of both 🙂
  • Q. How was your experience during your senior shoot?
    A. My session with Tara was SO much fun. She makes you feel comfortable and beautiful in your own skin. It was such an amazing day!!
  • Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to anyone getting their senior photos taken?
    A. Make sure to come with outfits you love. Don’t worry about what others will think because in the end they are your pictures and you want them to turn out the way you want them!
  • Q. How many outfits did you take?
    A. I had five outfits.
  • Q. Would you have taken more or less, reasons why?
    A. I would have done one more because although five ended up being a perfect number when it came to time and I loved all my outfits, there were a couple other outfits that I was debating between using.
  • Q. Did you accessorize differently with each outfit?
    A. Yes. Make sure to bring lots of shoes and whatever accessories you want, but Tara has so much jewelry to choose from too. Have specific hairstyles and looks you want to go for ahead of time too.
  • Q. Did you take any props or try to incorporate any activities that you’re in?
    A. No I didn’t.
  • Q. Any tips on how to prepare for the session or must have things to bring?
    A. Make sure not to forget anything you want and have printed pictures of makeup and hairstyles.
  • Q. Any tips on hair/makeup? Where did you get your inspiration for this? Did you bring in pictures or have a plan prior to your styling?
    A. I used pinterest mostly to come up with inspiration.
  • Q. Did you find a store that had everything you were looking for?
    A. I found a lot of accessories at Forever 21 and some shoes at H&M. My favorite store is Free People which is where a lot of looks came from, but other places (like Amazon too) had a lot go good choices.
  • Q. What ended up being your favorite outfit and why?
    A. My favorite outfit was a Boho look where I had a romper and thin and flowy cardigan from Free People. It involved so many accessories and the background was so pretty!
  • Q. Let’s talk about locations.
    A. I used the location in Fillmore where there is both city and rural locations all next to each other. I chose it for that purpose and absolutely loved it. I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else.
  • Q. FUN FACTS ABOUT Ryann!!
    A. Favorite Movie: Stuck in Love
    Favorite Beverage: hot chocolate
    Favorite Place to Shop: Free People
    Best Thing about being a Senior: senior trip to Italy
    Favorite Subject in School: history
    Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: cake batter
    Celebrity Crush: Miles Teller
    Favorite Actor/Actress: Emma Watson
    Least Favorite Subject in School: Economics
    Favorite Book: Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Q. Is there anything you would have done differently for your shoot?
    A. I would have used more nude lip colors.
  • Q. What was your favorite thing about your session or the overall experience?
    A. How fun Tara made it. Like I was a real model!
  • Q. Why do you think senior portraits are important?
    A. They are important because they show and persevere who you were as a senior. Your interest and favorite looks will change as we grow older, and senior portraits preserve that youth.

2016 is just about over and I only have a few spots open for 2017 seniors! If you’d like to book your own nature & urban senior pictures please contact me at tararochellephoto@gmail.com and check out information on senior portraits on the website.

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For todays blog post, I’m doing a little throw-back Thursday with urban senior pictures in Pasadena California with Miss Haley! She is just the cutest! Haley was a recent 2016 grad from Hart High School (and she also went to West Ranch). She’s now doing amazing things in Oregon and is a cheerleader for the Ducks! Here’s a few fun facts about Haley featuring her beautiful urban senior pictures in Pasadena!

 

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My Nickname : Hay

My Favorite Candy : Hershey’s Chocolate Bar

My Favorite Drink : Water or Lemonade

Favorite Website : Victoria’s Secret

My Dream Job : to work for the Dodgers

My First Crush : Jagger Rusconi

My Biggest Accomplishment in High School : Going to Florida for cheer

An Unusual Talent I have : Flaring my nostrils

My Favorite place on Earth : The Zoo

My Favorite Song : Little Bit of Everything

The Person I want to meet the  most : Rachel McAdams

Favorite thing in my closet : My Clothes

My Favorite Brand : Pink

Something I wish I were better at : Communicating

3 things I can’t live without : My Dog, my Boyfriend, my silk ribbon

Something I always have in my purse : wallet

My goal after High School : Cheer at University of Oregon (Mission Accomplished)

My hobbies : Reading

My favorite fictional character : Samwise

The last good book I read : Life of Pi

My favorite dessert : Ice Cream

A random fact about myself : I love yoga!!

My friends would describe me as : Funky!

 

2016 is very quickly coming to an end! I can’t believe how fast the time is going by! Very soon it will be time for me to start looking for my Class of 2018 Senior Model Team! Have you always wanted to take amazing senior pictures? Well, now is (almost) the time. As in years past, I will be collecting nominations from my current senior clients and models but I also may open up the team to applicants. This gives girls from other high schools and areas a chance to join in on the fun. Stay tuned on social media in the weeks to follow for the announcements! In the meantime, why not check out another fabulous modern senior pictures session!

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