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Please meet the adorable Paige from Hart High School! Paige is a cheerleader and I loved photographing her high school senior pictures in Los Angeles. We wanted a location that had lots of variety. She knew she wanted portraits in her varsity letterman jacket and an Indian headdress (Hart’s school mascot is an Indian). As an added bonus, we needed a location that was easy to get to for her grandfathers vintage car, Paige’s Jeep, and also close to the beach. The day of Paige’s session, it was super crazy hot but Paige managed to still look flawless throughout her entire session. Here is what Paige had to say about her senior pictures in Los Angeles and helpful tips for those planning their own portrait sessions. Enjoy…

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  • Q. College Plans? If so, where?
    A. UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
  • Q. College Major
    A. Health and Human Sciences
  • Q. What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
    A. High school and competitive cheer and, peer-leading and volunteering through my church.
  • Q. What kind of look were you going for in your senior photos?
    A. I was just trying to express who I am through my pictures. I didn’t want to wear something or put on makeup that didn’t make me look like someone else.
  • Q. How was your experience during your senior shoot?
    A. The photo shoot was an absolute blast! I was super nervous at first, but Tara makes you feel so comfortable and makes you laugh so much!
  • Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to anyone getting their senior photos taken?
    A. Be yourself and don’t be nervous. Bring lots of outfit choices because Tara knows where which outfits would look the best, so it’s always good to have plenty of options.
  • Q. How many outfits did you take?
    A. I brought around 20 outfits and we ended up shooting in nine of them.
  • Q. Would you have taken more or less, reasons why?
    A. I brought more than enough outfits to give both Tara and myself a variety to choose from.
  • Q. Did you accessorize differently with each outfit?
    A. Bring lots of jewelry. Bring big obnoxious necklaces because they photograph amazingly. I brought way too much jewelry but, I was able to have a different set of accessories for each outfit. Indian head dresses also look super cute and photograph really well!
  • Q. Did you take any props or try to incorporate any activities that you’re in?
    A. I brought my grandpa’s old Ford and my Jeep to take pictures with during my shoot.
  • Q. Any tips on how to prepare for the session or must have things to bring?
    A. Bring things that express you and the things you love.
  • 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 had no idea what I wanted to do with my hair and makeup, so I told her to do what would look good, and it looked amazing!
  • Q. Did you find a store that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. If we shot 3 different looks, try to mention where you got your clothes, shoes, headbands, accessories for those looks.
    A. All of my outfits are from Free People. All of the Free People outfits shoot amazingly and look so great. I got all of my jewelry from Charming Charlie’s and my head dress online. One of my favorite outfits was the yellow mustard dress from Free People. It was such a different color and looked amazeballs in the pussywillows.
  • Q. What ended up being your favorite outfit and why?
    A. It’s hard to choose which outfit was my favorite, but my top two would have to be the pink Free People dress that I wore on the beach because there was so much wind and it flowed around so beautifully. Another one of my favorites was the outfit that I wore my letterman and head dress with. I had so much fun doing that because I will forever have pictures that will represent myself and my school.
  • 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. For my shoot, we stopped in Filmore and took pictures on Main Street and then drove down and took photos on the beach. I absolutely loved the locations!
  • Q. FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU!!

    A. Favorite movie: Peter Pan
    Favorite ice cream: chocolate chip cookie dough
    Favorite restaurant: Chi Chi’s Pizza
    Favorite place to shop: Free People
    Celebrity crush: My boyfriend is a celebrity right?
    Favorite H. S. Memory: winning CIF against Valencia and going to Florida for Nationals
    Best thing about being a senior: senior ditch day
    Favorite coffee bean drink (because I hate Starbucks): peppermint mocha ice blended with extra extra whipped cream
    Favorite quote: “never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” – Peter Pan
    Favorite president in the history of ever: Ronald Reagan
  • Q. Is there anything you would have done differently for your shoot?
    A. No way José!
  • Q. What was your favorite thing about your session or the overall experience?
    A. Tara. Tara was my favorite part of the shoot because she’s so awesome and funny and made it an amazing experience.
  • Q. Why do you think senior portraits are important?
    A. I think senior portraits are important because they will allow my family and I to have memories and pictures to look back on from high school and announces the start of a new adventure in college.
  • Q. Why did you choose Tara Rochelle to take your senior pictures?
    A. I chose Tara because throughout high school, I saw all of my senior friends amazing photos from Tara and I fell in love with how natural and raw the pictures were. Plus, Tara is an AWESOME person and photographer.
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