Senior Photos at Blackwell Forest Preserve | Anna Class of 2021

Anna’s senior session at Blackwell Forest Preserve was nothing short of amazing. Prior to her session, we popped on the phone to discuss her session and what she was hoping to have by the time her session was over. Together we put a plan in place for her session including a location, her outfits and even the props she planned to bring!

Choosing Blackwell Forest Preserve

When planning Anna’s Senior session we knew we wanted something more than just the traditional nature vibes. Anna had two very different outfits planned for her senior session. Outfit number one was a softer white dress that she envisioned taking photos surrounded by flowers, soaking in a bit of nature, but then for outfit number two, she wanted a bit of an edgier look.

Anna also knew she wanted to incorporate her father’s scooter in the session so we knew we needed some roads or a parking lot to ride around in!

Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve

Wardrobe

For every senior session other than mini sessions I make sure my seniors get at least one outfit change. I love having the option for seniors to have an outfit change so that everyone involved in the planning process is happy with the outfits chosen, including your parents.

When planning your sessions I always suggest talking to your parents beforehand and asking for their input on one of your outfits. Think of this outfit as the photos your parents might have hanging on your wall one day or the outfit for the photos you’ll gift to your grandparents for Christmas.

Then for your second outfit or any other additional outfits, I highly suggest choosing outfits that you feel the most like you in. This outfit can be a pair of jeans and your favorite oversized sweater, a dress that you feel like a million bucks in, or just something that has some meaning to you.

When choosing your outfits for senior photos at Blackwell Forest Preserve, plan to change either in your car or I have a small tent that I can bring to the spot. Because of Blackwell’s size typically seniors just park in an emptier section of the parking lot and change quickly in their vehicles.

For Anna’s outfits, she worked with her parents to pick out the white dress she has on below. Then for her second outfit, she opted for her favorite pair of ripped jeans, some Doc Martins, and the CUTEST crop top I’ve ever seen. Her session at Blackwell Forest Preserve was SO much fun and I loved being a part of her session!

Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve
Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve

Incorporating Props in Your Senior Session

While we were chatting on the phone Anna had mentioned that she was thinking about including her dad’s motor scooter, which she LOVES in her senior session. When she brought it up my jaw literally dropped with excitement at the suggestion. Anna had her dad ride it over for her session while we were taking her first round of photos in her white dress, and then we got to have some fun incorporating it with her second outfit!

One of the reasons we chose to have her senior photos at Blackwell Forest Preserve was so she could easily ride her scooter around without being at risk of interfering with traffic patterns in the preserve.

We rode around the empty parking lot of Blackwell Forest Preserve and had so much fun taking photos with it while parked in front of the late summer trees. With the haze of sunset in the background, there was nothing but magic going on while taking these photos!

Anna’s senior session was SO much fun and perfect for the photos she was looking for.

Senior photo on moped taken at Blackwell Forest Preserve parking lot
Senior photo on moped taken at Blackwell Forest Preserve parking lot
Senior photo on moped taken at Blackwell Forest Preserve parking lot
Senior photo taken at Blackwell Forest Preserve
Senior photo taken at Blackwell Forest Preserve
Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve
Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve
Senior photo taken in Blackwell Forest Preserve

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