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TAKING THE PERFECT SENIOR PORTRAIT | Sammy Style | KellyK Photography – Nortwest Indiana Photographer

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Hi – I just wanted to give you a few pointers on how to get the perfect senior portraits!  These pictures will be around forever and you don’t want to look back in a few years and say -”what was I thinking”!?!
First, lets talk about your hair.  Don’t do anything new – no new colors, cuts or styles.  I suggest going with your everyday style and maybe switch it up in your last few photos.  If you usually wear your hair straight – maybe curl it for a few shots.  I would definitely stay away from bows or flowers in your hair.  It maybe cute now – but it will be out of style soon.
Next, remember to have a manicure.  Clean nails with a clear, neutral or a French tip always looks good.
If you are wearing a sandal in your pictures, remember to get a pedicure.  I would again recommend something neutral.  Your don’t want your toes to be the first thing you see in your senior photos
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Now to Make-up – When doing your make-up for your senior portraits is the most important part of your photo shoot.  You want to have a flawless look and you want to look natural.  Be sure that your face, neck and shoulders are all the same color.  You will need to start with a good concealer to hide any imperfections and to give you a natural look.  Be careful not to over do on the concealer – the photographer can take care of that during editing.  You will want to highlight your eyes, checks and lips.

I recommend you put a thin layer of foundation on first.  I like to use a foundation brush when applying foundation.  It gives you a flawless look.  Then set your makeup with a powder.  For your senior photos you want to stay away from a shimmery powders.  They won’t photograph well.  You want something that will match your foundation.

 

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First, lets talk about your cheeks.  You need to put a little blush on the apples of your checks and blend upwards toward your ear.  Make sure you blend your blush for a natural look.
Second – your eyes.  You want your eyes to “pop” for your senior photos. 

Be sure to have your eye brows professional groomed a few days before your portrait session.  Line your lids with a brown or black liner.  I suggest using a pencil and not a liquid liner.  This will give your eyes a softer look.  Also stay away from colored eyeliners.  This will give your images a “dated” look.  I would also avoid a sparkle or a shimmery eye shadow.  Choose something more natural and be sure to use a good mascara to highlight your eyes. 

 

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Lastly your lips – you can never go wrong with a gloss or a shiny lip.  You may even want to try a soft lip color. 

Remember to experiment a few weeks before your session.  Talk to your photographer about your outfits and where you would like to take your pictures.  Your photographer is a professional and will help you with making some of your decisions. 

You need to look like yourself but bringing out your true beauty.  If you follow these few tips, you will shine inside and out making your senior portraits something you will cherish forever.
kelly@kellykphotography.com

Winter Shootout |KellyK | Northwest Indiana Photographer

 

What is a Winter Shootout without a snowstorm?! Having had to reschedule the shoot twice already we were a bit worried the storm would force yet another reschedule. The majority vote was that we press on, so,  press on we did. It was a GREAT day, though we did miss many who were not able to join us due to weather, school, work and activity schedules. We’re already looking forward to, and making plans for our next big Spokes Model Shootout, including a big event that YOU may be able to be apart of!! Be sure to check back for details to be posted soon!KKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana PhotographerKKP Spokes Model Team Captain Northwest Indiana PhotographerKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Morgan Township SeniorKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Westville High SchoolKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Morgan Township Senior KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Wheeler High School KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyK BalloonsKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Westville High School KellyK BalloonsKKP Spokes Model Team Captain Northwest Indiana Photographer KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyK KKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Morgan Township SeniorKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Morgan Township SeniorKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Wheeler High School KellyK BalloonsKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyK BalloonsKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Westville High SchoolKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Wheeler High School KellyKKKP Winter Shootout Northwest Indiana Photographer Indiana Academy of Humaninties and Mathematics KellyK BalloonsKKP Spokes Model Team Captain Northwest Indiana Photographer KellyK BalloonsKellyK KKP Spokes Model Team Winter shooutout

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Summer 2013 in Review | Northwest Indiana Photographer

The Fall madness is just about to get underway! Whoo hoo!! I love this time of year!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! While moving things around and getting organized and geared up for the big shooting season I realized, WOW, we were crazy busy this summer! So, for fun, here’s a little recap of what my Spokes Model team did this summer…

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Spokes Model Monday | Samantha | Northwest Indiana Photographer

On a fall afternoon Alex Opat’s mother told my mother about a Spokesmodel Program with KellyK Photography.  I had never heard of anything like this before, but I thought what the heck how hard can it be, it might be fun.  So on a Saturday morning I curled my hair, put on some make up and headed to Valparaiso University for my first photo shoot.  I meet Kelly – we talked and she started taking pictures and I loved it.  She was so easy to work with, working with Kelly has allowed me to discover both sides of my personality and with her camera and vision we have created images that show who I am.

Let me explain my concept shoot I have chosen for Blog Day Monday.  I have chosen two concept shoot – The Spring Concept and The Poison Ivy Concept shoots. I feel like I have two sides.  One side is my love for beautiful things and my everyday life.  I love to dress up, experiment with make-up and wear different hairstyles.  This is my creative side.  I would love to be a model, but at 5 foot tall, this is a challenge.  So I’m attending Ivy Tech in the fall to study Mortuary Science – a funeral director.

My other side is a bit dark.  My favorite holiday is Halloween.  I work at a haunted house in October and I love all things scary.  This still involves dressing up, experimenting with make-up and wearing different hair styles – but it’s all on the dark side.  It’s completely opposite of my everyday look.

This shoot was done in two parts.  We took the first shots before the “Spring Concept Shoot” It’s pretty and delicate – showing my first side.  A few months later we did the “Poison Ivy Concept Shoot”.  This shows me transforming into a more evil character – showing my love for the “dark side”.  I hope you can see my two sides as these photos transform from everything beautiful to everything haunting.

Who knew that after two years I would still be curling my hair, putting on make-up and meeting Kelly for concept shoots?  I’ve met and worked with some extremely talented Spokesmodels.  We come together for a few hours, all with our own personalities and under the talented direction of Kelly we have created some beautiful images. I also want to thank my mother – my personal Rachel Zoe – my stylist – who helps me bring my ideas to reality. The only thing that has really changed is Kelly is no longer a stranger that I met that first fall day two years ago.  She has become a friend, a mentor and someone that has challenged me to do my best – in front of the camera as well in my everyday life.  It is truly an honor to be a KellyK Spokesmodel and to be Team Captain – a title I wear with pride.  Love you Kelly and you will never know what an inspiration you have been to me.  And to my fellow Spokesmodels – you are simply the best!Poison Ivy concept shoot KKP Spokes model team captain KellyKPoison Ivy concept shoot KKP Spokes model team captain KellyKPoison Ivy concept shoot KKP Spokes model team captain KellyKPoison Ivy concept shoot KKP Spokes model team captain KellyK

There are two sides to ‘every’ girl.

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Spokes Model Monday | Kalese | Northwest Indiana Photographer

The Chicago Star – “Sex in the City” – Kalese Thomas (aka Chicago’s very own Carrie Bradshaw)

‘The recent gossip from the Windy City? Upcoming trendy photographer Kelly Swart has been gracing Northwest Indiana’s social scene with her beautiful photographs. From senior portraits to unique concept photo shoots, she has marveled people of all ages with her creative artwork and her amazing sense of design. Ever since she put together her team of models, otherwise known as the “KKP Spokes Models”, her photographs have been seen from not only numerous counties and towns in Indiana, but worldwide. Viewers from Eastern Europe have fawned over her photograph styles for months. She specializes in trendy, non-traditional shoots; show casing the natural beauty of her clients and models. Gone are the intense photo retouching appointments that most high-end photographers go through: Kelly prides herself on “natural lighting”, making colors more vibrant and the beauty of her subjects even more flattering. Word in Chicago is that Kelly and her team have something big planned; something that will leave fans wanting even more. We’ll just have to keep updated, and keep checking back on her page. Kelly K Photography is definitely a photographer to watch for Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland Area. Who knows what custom photo shoot is next? (; ‘

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Let me first introduce myself: my name is Kalese. I’m a 19 year old from Gary with an awkward smile and a wicked sense of humor. So here’s the deal…I’ve never been the girl to smile in front of the camera or strike a delicate, effortless pose before the shutter fires. I’ve always been the girl who stands along the side lines. I decided to join the KKP Spokes Models team in May, and I was left speechless when I was actually accepted. I had no prior modeling experience. Low and behold, I was extremely nervous my first photo shoot with her. I had no idea why; Kelly was so laid back and funny that I immediately relaxed. She has a way of making her clients comfortable and frankly, she has a way of making them feel beautiful. I have met some of the most talented and amazing woman and guys from modeling for her. There is never a dull moment during car rides to locations. We’re all one big group of smiles and laughter, and it shows in the photographs. I couldn’t imagine modeling for anyone else. Kelly is the photographer to go to for any occasion.<3

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