2021, Find a Photographer, Portraits, Senior Portraits

Choosing the Right Photographer for You.

In a world where a good DSLR Camera is affordable to everyone on your neighborhood block, it can be hard to know who to go to for your special portraits. Department stores in small towns don’t have photography studios anymore, and the quick 1 hour photo spots in the mall are gone too. So the question is, How do you find a photographer? Well, the truth is you can find a photographer anywhere you look. So the REAL question we have to ask is:


To answer that, you need to know what type of photographer are you looking for. There are photographers that specialize in each of these genres: weddings, family portraits, maternity, senior portraits, newborns, pets, business portraits, and even real estate. You might even be lucky enough to find a photographer that does multiple genres. Then there is the difference between the photographers that shoot & burn, and the photographers that provide premium services as well as premium products. Having personally done all of the above . . . I can walk you through the differences of each type of photographer.

Let’s start with the “Shoot & Burn” Photographer. Typically, this is a photographer that is just starting out in the business. They are looking to get as many clients as possible to build their portfolio, website, and social media presence. They charge a minimum fee, show up to take your photos, and give you all the digital images they create. There is nothing wrong with choosing these photographers, but be sure to check out their work first. I was this photographer for years! Every photographer starts somewhere, and if their quality of work is not up to your standards, then quietly move on. Looking at my photos now, you would never recognize where I started! I have some friends that have followed my work since I first started, and they are just as blown away as I am when I look back to those early years. I am so incredibly thankful for all the people that let me practice on them. They helped me get to where I am now!

Let’s move on to the different types of photography. There is a reason you hire a Wedding Photographer for you wedding, and Pet Photographer to take portraits of your dog . . . and everything in between. Somewhere along the way, every photographer will find what they truly are passionate about photographing. For me, it’s High School Senior Portraits. For my cousin, it’s Weddings. Over they years I have seen Photographers the thrive in Newborns & Maternity, Families, and Landscapes. The list goes on and on, so let’s break it down a bit for easier understanding.

Keep in mind . . . this is just MY opinion from my own personal experience.

Wedding Photographers: These are people (usually a team of two or more) that are energetic and fun to be around. They work well in crowds, and can handle ‘herding cats’ so to speak (receptions can get kinda wild pending on the crowd). Photographically speaking, they do well with posing large numbers of people in a single photo, as well as individual portraits, and couples. They have a creativity that covers a wide span of photo possibilities. My personal favorite Wedding Photographer Team is Ignite Photography. Gwen & Steve are an amazing husband & wife team, and their work is absolutely gorgeous! Below are a few of my recent favorites of theirs.

Family Photographers: Go right along with wedding photographers, but add in and abundance of patience! These are people that also work well with kids of all ages, and understand that life is not always “picture perfect”. The crazy moments, crying moments, and temper tantrums that go along with having little kids is all part of the game, and they know how to handle it with grace. They also have a special way about them that puts the parents at ease! Case in point: below are my most resent family portraits taken on what started out as one of the worst days ever. Enter our incredible photographer, and all we have are wonderful, laughter filled memories and fabulous portraits.

Maternity & Newborn Photographers: I’m going to lump these two together, because they tend to go hand in hand. Though there are photographer that specialize in one or the other, most do both and might even have a “from bump to baby” package that you can purchase. These are people that know how to capture the passion between a couple, or a parent and brand new baby. They also tend to have a ton of props for you to use too: maternity dresses, baby blankets, flower crowns, etc. They understand how important timing is during these times in their clients lives. Babies, come when they are ready to, and not a moment before. Just as importantly, they know that the first few weeks of a newborns life is the best time to get those precious photos taken. Their schedules allow for some wiggle room with their clients, and they can walk you through how to get the very best photos possible. Newborn photographer (especially) have a gentleness about them, that eases a new momma as well as her baby.

Pet Photographers: Yes, there are those special people out there – no, I am not one of them! While I have been known to take pictures of pets, it’s usually been with a High School Senior as my main focus. Pet Photographers know how to bring out an animals personality in their photos. I have done it . . . but only with my own pets.

Toby Pierre

Real Estate/Architectural Photographers: These are the types of people you want to take photos of your house when you are trying to sell it. They know the right angles to make each room look bigger than it actually is! It’s truly magical!

Landscape Photographers: These tend to be people that don’t prefer people (faces) in their photographs. You’ll see tons of amazing scenery and maybe some shots of people from afar, but for the most part you are not going to see smiling faces. These are the the kind people that create some of the most beautiful artwork. Photos that you feel like you can walk right into them, feel the breeze on your face, and the ocean sounds in your ears. Oh how I wish I had this talent!

Finally, you have the photographers like me.

Senior Portrait Photographers: These are people that love working with individuals, in my case Teens & Tweens. They also have the ability to deal with emotional parents that are getting ready to send their teens out into the world. They have a creative mind that can envision each different session that each different High Schooler bring to a session. From an athlete to an artist; singers, dancers, and musicians; intellectuals; introverts & extroverts . . . and they know how to bring out each one’s personality. They have a way of making sure that each and every session in unique and individualized.

Business Photographers: Much like a Senior Portrait Photographer, these are people that work better one on one. They have a firm understanding of what looks best on a business page, and how to capture your business in an appealing way.

In each category, you’ll still find a variety of personality types, so do yourself a favor and stalk them for awhile (their work – not in a creepy, illegal sort of way). Look through their photos, their social media pages, and their websites. Get to know they type of photographer they are and, if you can, their personality. You want to be comfortable with your photographer – especially if you are not comfortable in front of a camera to begin with. A good photographer understands what it’s like to be in front of the camera and will put you at ease, making the whole experience fun and memorable.

Now, let’s get down to what happens at the end of your photo session. What do you want to come out with? Do you want grab all the digital images and go – possibly never seeing your photographer again. Or are you looking for someone that can help you find the right photos and products to decorate your home with?

This is the difference between a “shoot & burn” photographer, and a photographer like me.

Like I mentioned earlier – shoot & burners are typically just starting out and probably don’t know where to find those premium products you’re looking for. They might have another full time job (mine involved having 3 little ones at home with me all day). They might not have enough money coming in from their business to afford buying samples to see what’s available. If all you are looking for is the digital, great! Just be sure that you actually take those digitals and have prints made. I have had far to many clients in the past that never do anything with them, and that’s just makes me sad!

On the flip side, a photographer like me has been around for several years. I can help you every step of the way. From figuring out what to wear, so you look your best, to figuring out what products to use to display the images we create together. I have invested in countless hours in photography classes and training all in order to provide you with the best possible experience. Likewise, I have tested countless numbers of samples from several different professional labs, and know that quality counts. I have been in the homes of many different types of clients. I know not only what people like, but what looks good in their homes, and how to help them design a photo display that will best suit their style. I know that choosing photos is an emotional process, and I’m here to hold your hand through the whole process. You can read more about me, if you’re interested, but I’ll leave that up to you.

If you’re looking for a Senior Portrait Photographer like me, please feel free to contact me anytime! I’d be happy to walk you through that emotional last year of High School for your Senior! If you’re looking for another type of photographer mentioned above, I would be happy to direct you to the perfect one to suit your particular needs.

Whatever your photographic needs are, I hope you find the right fit with your photographer!


Mindy ūüôā

2019, College Freshman, From one Parent to Another, High School Senior

A High School Senior turns into a College Freshman Overnight.

We recently sent our middle son off to college. Though he is my second born and my second son to enter college, he was my first one moving into a dorm room. So there were a lot of new things to consider this time around. We are truly grateful that he is rooming with a friend from high school and that they will have similar classes. But there were still a lot of questions and “unknowns” around the whole dorm life situation. Especially since neither my husband, nor I, had the dorm life experience.

In December of 2018, in the midst of his senior year of high school he received his acceptance letter from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Chemical Engineering. It was a thrilling day for all of us, especially since it was the only university he applied to (something I do not recommend). It was also a very emotional day. I knew it was coming, but that was the day that I realized that I had to start preparing for him to leave home.

Being the ‘list’ type person I am, I immediately started a list of everything he would need, and quickly realized . . . I had NO IDEA what that was. Sure, I knew he would need laundry supplies, toiletries, bedding, and the standard school supplies, but I still had no idea what residence hall he would be in or what his actual room would look like. I muddled through and I did the best I could with what I already knew. The problem was, all I knew was that he would have a bed, a desk, a dresser . . . and a roommate.

Finally, in mid July (seven months later) we found out where he would be staying and who his roommate was. That still didn’t give me the information I needed . . . I am a planner after all. One that is not only a mom, but a very visual person. So I started searching the internet. The photos that were “out there” were not that helpful to me. I still had no idea how much space he would have for storage bin and/or drawers or what his “open closet” would look like. To him . . . none of this mattered, but to me it was valuable information. This was something that would help me make his room more like home, somewhere that he would feel comfortable while away from home. I have no doubt that when it’s time for my daughter to head off to college, that she will be much more helpful in telling me what she wants in her room. This man-child of mine, however, could have cared less.

Fast forward to now, late August. My son is now settled in to his dorm room, and has made new friends. He is fine . . . more than that . . . he’s happy and he loves the area! He is excited about his classes, and he is optimistic about his future. Somehow we both survived him leaving home and starting this new chapter of his life. Oh, don’t think for a second that any of it was easy. From the arguing at the store over what I thought he needed, and the “Mom, I don’t care” answers I got to whatever I suggested – all the way through to the tearful “good-bye” . . . all of it was hard. It’s something that each person deals with differently, but in the end we all make it through.

One thing I want to make very clear is that even though this was my second time sending a child off to college, it truly l was not any easier (like I thought it would be). The anticipation of the whole thing started much earlier and I kept telling myself that it was nothing to worry about. I knew what was going to happen, and I knew in my heart that it was all going to be alright in the end. In my mind there was no need to get all worked up like I did the last time, so I just kept pushing those feelings aside. Looking back, I think that was a big mistake. Let’s face it . . . this is an emotional time for everyone. The fears, excitement, pride, sadness, and every other emotion are bound to be overwhelming. Not allowing yourself to feel those feelings is not healthy. At some point, you will burst . . . which I did. Saying “good-bye”, I was blubbering (really it was the ugly cry) all over the place trying to tell my son how proud I was of him, and he couldn’t understand a word of what I was saying through all the tears. (true story) On the flip side, watching videos of kids leaving for school, or seeking out sad songs of how “You’re Gonna Miss This” or how you want time to “Slow Down”, is not good either. The waves of emotions will come on their own, and yes, they will come in waves. There is no need to force them, but please don’t ignore them either. Do yourself a favor and feel them when they come. If you feel it coming on, and feel the need to listen to a sad song, go for it . . . just don’t torture yourself. For me the biggest difference this time around was I was leaving my son in a big city. We have lived in a small town in the middle of Pennsylvania most of his life, and a city like Pittsburgh is a BIG change. I knew that he was ready for college and I had no doubt that he would do great at school . . . but would he be OK in the city?? If I had only faced my fears and talked to him about it before he left, I think I could have handled him leaving so much better.

I have no doubt that each child I send off to college will be different. In the same way, your experience may be completely different than mine. Beyond that, the dorm room that we dealt with might be completely different than the one your College Freshman will have. My goal is simply to make this difficult transition somewhat easier for everyone involved. Below, you will find photos of my son’s dorm room. I also have a Dorm Room Check List that I have compiled that is available to you if you like. There are things on the list that we did not end up getting, but they were suggested to us by other parents that had already been through at least one year of college life. One thing that is not on the list , but I feel is very important is an application for an Absentee Ballot. If your student isn’t enrolled in a college near home, or even if they are only a few hours away from home this could be something that you both need to consider. It’s not hard to fill out online, and since we don’t vote on weekends it could make the whole thing much easier.

So this is the somewhat, sorta “empty” dorm room . . . before all the stuff got moved in . . . and prior to his roommate arriving. The school provided all the furniture you see along with a gift bag for each student that contained a insulated coffee mug, reusable (wooden) utensils, a few other goodies, and a map of the school. When they checked in, they each got a T-Shirt.
Here is my revised rendition of the above photo. Take a minute to read through all the arrows above. It might be just the thing to help you picture your student’s future dorm room.
The Desk Lamp we bought (that grey & black post looking thing on the desk) has a USB charging port for a phone and the Alarm Clock we bought has two extra electrical outlets. The printer is we had but weren’t using. It is wireless so both students can use it easily. There is a desk lamp attached to the desk (under the lower shelf), but the one we bought has different lighting options and can be dimmed to accommodate a sleeping roommate.
‘That full length mirror is on the back of the door . . . which is great since you can’t really hang anything heavy on the walls with Command Strips & Hooks! These wall are slightly textured, so hanging anything was difficult. Also, there are more electrical outlets on the right side of the desk along with the one and only cable hook up in the room.

My husband and I, along with the dad and brother of our son’s roommate helped the boys move in on Wednesday. By Thursday evening, I got the photo above, showing that they moved everything around and made bunk beds so they would have more room. If only I had suggested that to begin with . . . oh wait . . . I did! LOL!

Over all, I’d say that the best suggestion I could possibly offer you, is find out who your students roommate will be. We were lucky in the fact that not only was our son already friends with his roommate, but we also know and get along with his parents. If you are not that lucky . . . make it happen! Allow the future roommates to meet ahead of time and get to know each other. Request that you also get to meet the roommate and their parents. Then you can work together to provide what both students will need without over crowding the room. There is truly no need for 2 refrigerators, microwaves, vacuums, or TV’s!! Their space will be limited enough without over-doing it with extra stuff that’s not needed.

In the end, nothing can truly prepare you for your child to leave for college, but I hope and pray that helping you plan will make it just a tiny bit easier. If only they would allow their mommas to do the ‘nesting’ and fussing over them that we need . . . even if it is just to help us feel better about them leaving. Who said they could go ahead and grow up anyway?!?

If you have any questions . . . OR . . . if you have any ideas, suggestions, or tips that have worked for you and your college freshman, please feel free to share them in the comments below!!

Love & Hugs from a Momma that knows and understands. Good luck to all you Mommas out there . . . you can do it!

Mindy ūüôā

Portraits, Senior Portraits

Boho Cowgirl Senior | Class of 2020

Over the years, I learned, that parents are all looking for the same thing for their seniors portraits, and it’s not the same as it was when I was in school. It used to be that parents just wanted a formal portrait of their senior with a big smile looking straight at the camera. Now, parents want a photograph that captures their seniors personality – something that truly showcases what they love, their style, and their talents. This is just one of the many reasons I love being a Senior Portrait Photographer! Each senior I have been blessed to photograph has been different from all the others! Which brings me to the beautiful girl pictured above.

Rachel and I first met when I did a Winter Model Call this past winter. She was absolutely stunning and incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. Her Senior Portrait session was no different! She looked flawless in her boho cowgirl dress and lace kimono cardigan complete with boots and jewelry to match . . . and even a wild flower in her hair! The setting she chose , Curtin Village, was just as perfect! This historic village houses old barns, open fields, a small bridge, a nearby stream, and so much more!

Just to be clear, this is not just a style choice for Rachel . . . this is who she is. She is a competitive horseback rider. She competes for the American Quarter Horse Association , where she rides her own horse, and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, where she rides a horse she has never ridden before. Rachel is going into her 7th year of competition with the IEA and has gone to Nationals 5 out of her 6 previous years of competition. Great Red Code – aka Banjo, Rachel’s 5 year old gelding, compete together in Ranch Riding. In April this year, they went to the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio to compete at the Level 1 Championship show. They competed in the Level 1 Youth Ranch Riding, where they were named Champion, and in the Rookie Youth Ranch Riding, where they were named Reserve Champion. They also competed through the summer at Centre Hall, showing at the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Mid-Summer Madness and the Keystone Showdown, coming home with Reserve Circuit Champion in the Level 1 Youth Ranch Riding and in the Open Youth Ranch Riding at both shows. They are going to compete at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this October and will be competing at the Youth World Show in August of 2020.

In the photographs below, you’ll see Rachel ROCKING her Belt Buckle from her Level 1 Achievement which she won riding her old horse, Sonnys Deluxe Day – aka Alvin. To earn a belt buckle like this you have to earn enough points in a Level 1 class. Rachel and Alvin reached 42 points in the Level 1 Youth Horsemanship, which was enough to bump them into the Level 2. Rachel told me, “Alvin is near and dear to me because he was my first show horse, taking me to the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is a nationally recognized show and runs for a whole month.” They showed in the Level 1 Youth Trail and ended up placing 7th out of 86 entries. They have also earned many Top Ten and Finalist titles in the horsemanship, showmanship and trail at the Level 1 Championships. This year, Rachel and Alvin qualified for the Youth World show in the summer, but ended up not going due to her competition in the IEA Nationals. This girl LOVES her horses, in fact . . . ” My horses are my best friends and my life!” , is what she said exactly. I have no doubt that they love her too!

Rachel was so fun to photograph. Her fun loving, free spirit filled the air while we shot together, and she was up for anything! From spinning in her dress, to climbing trees, and laying on the ground. It was clear that this farm girl wasn’t afraid of doing anything in front of the camera. To finish the session off . . . we got in the water! Rachel went in boots and all . . . while I stumbled around barefoot with frozen toes. It was totally worth it! It turned out to be such an amazing session and I would gladly photograph this beauty any time!

Whatever YOUR style is . . . Whatever YOUR talent is . . . be sure to BRING IT just like Rachel did for her Senior Portrait Session, and I’ll be sure to capture exactly who YOU ARE for you and your parents! Contact me today to schedule your session.

Mindy ūüôā

2017, Portraits, Senior Portraits

When should you get your Senior Portraits done?

Hello my lovies!!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, but in the midst of my busiest season, I wanted to address a very important question. ¬†It’s one that always comes up when you have a High School Student in your household, and it is really one only you can answer. ¬†“When should we get Senior Portraits done?” ¬†If you’re asking me, I’ll tell you the short answer is: ¬†Anytime you are ready!! ¬†The long answer just leads to more questions. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Personally, I have had parents and students contact me for pictures during their Junior year in High School, after their Senior has already graduated, and even for College Graduations because they never had “senior portraits” done before!

So the real question is . . .


Let me start by introducing to you Rose, Class of 2017. ¬†She is one of seven kids in her family and only the second one that wanted to have Senior Portraits done. ¬†She is a beautiful and unique young lady. ¬†She is the ONLY girl I know that is going to be a welder! ¬†Yes, you read that right. ¬†This gorgeous girl is going to be hiding behind a grungy, dirty mask to protect herself from the harmful light that welding produces. ¬†Her tiny little frame will be hidden by a jumpsuit to allow her to move freely throughout the job site. ¬†It’s that small petite size that will make her invaluable in the industry since she will be able to fit into all those small spaces that a man cannot get to. ¬†She is finishing up her education at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology and already has a job lined up!

Rose is not the first Senior that have I have photographed that was not longer a High School Senior, but she is the first one this year! ¬†Let me tell you how it all came about ….

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Our conversation first started in the Fall of 2016, the beginning of her senior year. ¬†Her mom and I had talked about winter portraits, in a stream, with a summer dress. ¬†It sounded really cold to me, but this Senior Photographer was excited to try something totally different! ¬†ūüôā ¬†After the consultation with Rose, I got even more excited!! ¬†I started planning and brainstorming about how it was going to work, where it would be, and got myself ready to be “on call” for the moment we had snow. ¬†Here in Central Pennsylvania, that could be anywhere between October through April! ¬†hahaha! ¬†Sadly, due to the series of unfortunate events, that plan never happened, and before we knew it her senior year was over.

Now just because she was technically no longer a Senior, didn’t mean that her dream of having Senior Portraits was totally shattered. ¬†We just simply adjusted the time frame. ¬†She did have a little trouble getting off work because they didn’t think it was possible for her to be getting them done after her graduation, but that was the only trouble we had! So on June 15th, about a week after she graduated high school, we did her portraits!

 It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day!  Perfect for portraits!!

The water was still cold, but it didn’t slow us down much ¬†. . . and I’m sure it was warmer than it would have been in the winter!! ¬†ūüôā

In the end, both Rose and her mom were thrilled with the results. ¬†It wasn’t what we originally had planned, but it was beautiful none-the-less. ¬†In fact here is what her mom had to say,

“Fantastic photographer! ¬†Fantastic lady! I am beyond happy and satisfied with all of the choices! Mindy is so professional and easy to work with and so flexible which was very necessary in my case. Will definitely hire her again.”¬†

This review was completely unsolicited . . . I just got a notification in my inbox and went to check it out.  These are words from a truly happy client . . . and that means the world to me.

So whether you are a Junior, Senior, or post High School, don’t feel like your chance is over! ¬†Your portraits can be taken ANYTIME you are ready! ¬†Even if you are a Freshman that just wants to start planning out your session with me. ¬†It truly doesn’t matter. ¬†If you want “Senior Portraits” I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! ¬†Let’s make it happen together!

If you are ready to start planning your Senior Portrait Session, feel free to Contact Me anytime! ¬†I’d love to get you on my schedule!

Until next time, Love and Blessings,

Mindy ūüėÄ


2017, Portraits, Uncategorized

Leaving a Legacy

Hello my lovelies!

I had the privilege of photographing a wonderful and beautiful soul last week!  Edwyna turned 88 years old this month and wanted to celebrate her life through photographs.  She wanted to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren . . . to be able to show them what is possible at the grand age of 88.  How wonderful is that?!?  This woman is SO full of life, love, and laughter!  It was a complete honor to be a part of this legacy in the making.

So . . . what is a legacy?  Merriam-Webster defines it as:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.  Based on that definition, a legacy could be anything we leave behind for those that follow us.  I absolutely LOVE that Edwyna shares my passion for pictures, and considers them to be a legacy for her family . . . something they can look back on for many years to come!!  I believe the same thing!!!

It was a chilly morning when I arrived at Edwyna’s house. ¬†She lives on the same property as her son and grandson . . . but in her own beautiful home. ¬†We planned on doing her photographs in her home, which I had never seen before. ¬†I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. ¬†Edwyna answered the door and was dressed in a formal gown, and the many windows in her home lit up the house beautifully . . . no studio lights needed! ¬†It was perfect!

We started with a few formal photos to get her warmed up and used to me and the camera.  She was a little nervous but her daughter and friends were there to help her relax and make her feel more comfortable.

Once she started to play the piano, she settled in, and just had fun.  The music just flowed through her . . . and her true personality began to show through.  After all, the piano is where Edwyna spends a lot of her time.  She continues to play at her church for worship on a regular basis.

A true blessing was watching both mother and daughter play the piano together. ¬†When Linda asked her mom, “what should we play?” ¬†Edwyna immediately responded with “Jesus Love Me.” and away they went. ¬†It was beautiful. ¬†This wasn’t the typical simple song we all learned as children . . . they truly jammed and let the music speak to their hearts and souls as they played! ¬†We (Edwyna’s friends and I) HAD to clap in response when they finished!

This incredible woman sews, colors, has her own computer and cell phone, bakes for her grandchildren, entertains her friends and family, keeps up on her grass with a battery powered weed-wacker, and still plays basketball.  She is truly amazing!

Though we ‘acted’ as if she was actually sewing and baking, we were really just pretending and going through the motions. ¬†Edwyna made the sound effects to make it more realistic . . . which only made us laugh! ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†She did, however, truly shoot that basketball and got it through the hoop about 50% of the time.

This was my favorite! ¬†When her daughter, Linda, mentioned she wanted to have a photo of her mom sitting on her car, I truly thought she was joking. ¬†Boy was I wrong!! ¬†LOL!! ¬†Isn’t this just fabulous?!?!?! ¬†Without hesitation, Edwyna went for the step stool and climbed up on the hood of car! ¬†With her daughter and friends around, she really made a show of it! ¬†ūüėÄ

My hope for myself and for anyone reading this is that we find and keep JOY in our lives.  That we enjoy life to its fullest everyday.  That we will stay active, share our wisdom and love with those around us.  Live knowing that each day we are given is a blessing from God . . . and there is purpose in our lives.  Our lives touch others in ways we may never know or understand.  Even when you think no one is watching . . . someone is.  Let you life be an example and a blessing to others.

Edwyna’s life has been a blessing to her 4 children, her 11 grandchildren, her 8 great grandchildren, her late husband of 63 years, her friends, her church family, countless others, and me. ¬†Be a blessing to those around you, and your legacy will be the life you lived and the love you shared!

Each client that I am blessed to photograph finds a special place in my heart.  Edwyna is no different.  This photo session will be treasured forever!

If you are ready to schedule your photo session, please feel free to contact me anytime! ¬†I’d love to help you start planning or answer any questions you may have! ¬†Until then . . .

Love and Blessings,

Mindy ūüôā

2017, Eagle Scout, Senior Portraits

Court Of Honor

Hello my lovelies!

This week I found myself thinking back and remembering when I was in Elementary School and Middle School ~ I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout.  My brother was a Boy Scout . . . my mom was also a Den Mother.  I remember camping with my with my fellow scouts, learning lots, trying new things, and having lots of fun together.  My brother and I eventually dropped out of our troops, and life went on.

Fast forward to when my boys were in Elementary School, we decided to get them involved in Cub Scouts . . . and I, like my mother, became a leader for my younger sons’ group. ¬†We built birdhouses, camped, ice skated, and plenty of other fun things. ¬†My husband and I both hoped that they would continue and move up to the Boy Scouts Troop . . . but no such luck. ¬†They lost interest and dropped out.

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, I was honored to be a part of something amazing. ¬†Something that I knew was possible, but had never personally seen. ¬†One of my Seniors invited me to his Court of Honor Ceremony. ¬†A ceremony to celebrate becoming and Eagle Scout. ¬†The highest honor of any Boy Scout. ¬†He didn’t start out early in Cub Scouts and even got a late start as a Boy Scout, but Noah, with hard work and determination made it happen.

I first met Noah when my oldest son began to play soccer for the our high school team. ¬†Noah is a year older than my oldest and was on the varsity team. ¬†It was obvious from the very first game that he was one you keep your eye on. ¬†Then, I ran into him on the track team, when my younger son joined the team. ¬†Soon, I was seeing Noah everywhere. ¬†He’s a member of the¬†drama group, the choir and regional choir, the band and regional band, and is even the drum major for the marching band this year. ¬†He’s on the track team and was a captain of the varsity soccer team . . . and of course a Boy Scout. ¬†I know there is much more that I am forgetting, but you get the point. ¬†Noah is an exceptional young man.

Part of becoming an Eagle Scout is to do a service project for the community. ¬†During Noah’s Senior Portrait Session, we took photos of him at his project location. ¬†Bald Eagle State Park is a park that I go to often. ¬†It’s close to my home and is a beautiful location for photos. ¬†With the mountains in the background, the lake, and all of nature around – you can’t go wrong! ¬†When The Nature Inn was added to the park, it only made the scenery more beautiful. ¬†It was at this State Park that Noah did his Eagle Scout service project.

Noah’s project was located at the Environmental Learning Center at Bald Eagle State Park. ¬†The project was to restore and make additions to the bird-watching area. ¬†It included tiling the area and planting new grass, removing rocks and weeds, sanding and sealing the split-rail fence, placing mulch under the length of the fence, fixing a large open bird feeder and building a second, identical bird feeder, and then painting both. ¬†He also refurbished two raised flower beds for planting native plants, butterfly milkweed, and bee balm at the request of the park. ¬†He began all of this work on July 2, 2016 and finished on August 20, 2016. ¬†His hard work paid off . . . It turned out beautifully!

Finally the day arrived, five years after he first became a scout and 23 merit badges later, Noah and his family were about to celebrate this huge accomplishment. ¬†He had his family and friends there along with his Scout Troop 370 and several honored guest there, all to pay tribute to him. ¬†He stood at the front of Faith UM Church¬†and accepted each token and certificate with humility and grace. ¬†As a parent, I know that his parents sat proudly beaming, and probably fighting back the tears at times. ¬†I know this because as his photographer, I was beaming with pride and fighting back tears of my own. ¬†I have never been of part of such a ceremony . . . and I was truly amazed at the number of guest that were there to honor Noah’s accomplishment. ¬†Among those guests were our State Senator, Jake Corman and our State House of Representatives, Kerry Benninghoff, along with our Centre County Commissioners, Mark Higgins and Steve Dershem. ¬†There were also representatives from the Elks Lodge #1094, Nittany Leathernecks, PA State Police, the Centre County Sheriff, and though our U.S. House of Representatives, Glenn Thompson, couldn’t be there, he sent a certificate to honor Noah.

For me, there were a few very moving moments during the ceremony. ¬†The first being when Noah’s grandfather took the podium for the Eagle Charge and Promise.

That was closely followed by Noah receiving his Eagle Scout Pin and then presenting his parents with their own pins.

And then the presentation of Noah’s Mentor Pin. ¬†I found this particularly special because he chose his best friend, the one that got him involved in scouts, to receive his Mentor Pin. Though Dion may have suspected that he would be the one chosen, he was still clearly moved by the decision.

After it was all over and the colors were retired, we celebrated!  Photos and food and close inspection of all his certificates and gift given during the ceremony.  There were SO many certificates, that in the photo below, some had to be covered by others.

Noah plans to return to Philmont Scout Ranch with Troop 370 as and adult leader in the summer of 2018.  In the meantime, Noah will graduate from Bellefonte Area High School in June of 2017.  In the summer he will begin his college education at Penn State, where he will study Nuclear Engineering.  He also hopes to join he Naval ROTC.

Noah, I am honored and proud to call you one of “my” seniors! Thank you for including me in this monumental moment in your life. ¬†Thank you for choosing me as your Senior Portrait Photographer. ¬†I wish you all the best in everything you do . . . though I have no doubt that you will be successful in anything you put your mind to. ¬†Stay true to who you are and never doubt your abilities.

¬†“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8¬†

Charlene and Frank, congratulations!  You have raise a wonderful young man and should be very proud!  Thank you for sharing him with me, and for inviting me to his ceremony.  I truly enjoyed myself and will remember it forever.

If you are interested in learning more about Boy Scouting in your area, visit this website: www.scouting.org.  If you are interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in your area, visit this website:  www.girlscouts.org.

The Bellefonte Class of 2017 has been a truly incredible class to photograph. ¬†Every time I turn around I hear of another one of “my” seniors accomplishing something new, being honored in some fashion or another. ¬†I truly look forward to hearing about each and every little and big “win” in their lives . . . and I can’t wait to see what the Class of 2018 will be like! ¬†If you are ready to schedule your Senior Portrait Session or just have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Until then . ..

Love and Blessings to you all!

Mindy ūüôā


It’s All About the Details!

Hello My Lovelies!

Today I am finishing up with the short little blog series on Make Up tips for your Portrait Sessions. ¬†As a Bellefonte Senior Photographer, I have seen a lot of different looks and styles. ¬†As a Mary Kay Consultant, I’ve seen a lot of make up do’s and don’ts that can make or break your photo session.

One of the most popular things right now, is contouring. ¬†It seems like contouring has taken over! ¬†Let me just say of all the make up tips that I’ve decided to share . . . this is the one that I have been putting off. ¬†I could have easily added it to my post last week . . . but I just couldn’t bring myself to go there. ¬†Here’s why – There are SO many videos out there to show you how to contour your face. ¬†The problem is that all our faces are all different. ¬†Yes, we all have two eyes, one nose, and a mouth, but all the sizes and shapes are different. ¬†Also, contouring changes the way your face looks . . . so one wrong stroke and you can end up looking really weird. ¬†What you have to remember in watching all these videos is this:

  1. Most of the videos I’ve seen ARE NOT done by professional make up artist! ¬†If you’re going to be a copycat, copy the right cat!! ¬†Take notes from the professionals!
  2. What is good contouring for you, may not be what is good for me.

If you click on the link above, it will take you to the Mary Kay website for contouring. ¬†On that page you will see tabs for different face types . . . and a contouring map that goes with that face type. ¬†This is the best way to show you where to contour for YOUR face type. ¬†If you are like me, and your face tends to be a little ‘fuller’ than you’d like – the only thing I would add to the contouring map shown is to put a little bronzing powder under your chin and just under your jaw line. ¬†This creates a shadow effect and separates your face from your neck a little more . . . giving you a slimming effect.

Here are two videos on contouring . . . taught by professional make up artists using Mary Kay Cosmetics . ¬†Keep in mind, these videos are older and the colors they are using are no longer available. ¬†I’m sharing these for the educational value of the tips and tricks used to contour your face. ¬†

This first video covers cheek and nose contouring with highlighting included.

This video covers the whole face, including your eyes and eyebrows.

Whew!  Now that I made it through the instructional part . . . let me show you a few of my favorite products!

I use the Bronzing Powder everyday, and Shy Blush is my go-to color.  The cheek duos are awesome because you can run your brush through both shades at the same time and apply all at once!  Love that!!!

Now . . . let’s Rock those Lips!! ¬†I have to say, right off the bat, I was never a lip girl until I started with Mary Kay. ¬†I used to have chapped lips on a regular basis. ¬†I’d use lip gloss, but I wasn’t really a fan cause I don’t like my lips to feel sticky. ¬†Up until Mary Kay came into my life, my favorite go-to lip gloss was from Bath & Body Works. ¬†My good friend, and Mary Kay Director introduced me to all the wonderful lip products that Mary Kay has to offer, and my love affair began. ¬†If you were to ask me how many lip products I have in my purse right now . . .well I would honestly have to go count! ¬†hahaha! ¬†Hang on –


Yup, my lovelies . . . that is straight out of my purse! ¬†From a girl who only used to carry 1 lip gloss – occasionally – to a lip junkie! ¬†Count ’em up. . . . there are 11 different lip products there! ¬†All I have to say is this: ¬†Mindy, my dear friend and director, if you are reading this . . . your lip fascination is contagious!!! ¬†Love you girlfriend!!!!

SO, are you wondering what all I carry with me? ¬†Right off the bat you’ll notice that 4 of those things look the same . . . and I’ll bet you’ve figured out that those lipsticks are probably my favorite – and you’d be right! ¬†There are 4 different colors, but all the same type. ¬†We’ll get to those in a minute, but let’s start at the beginning. ¬†After all, if you want a fabulous lip at the end you have to start at the beginning to see how it all comes together!

To start it all off . . . I had to first take care of my chapped lips. ¬†I had a nasty habit of biting my lower lip. ¬†It caused problems every winter, and sometimes into the spring and summer. ¬†It seemed no matter what I did, I could never “cure” the problem. ¬†Until I learned about (and tried) the Satin Lips Set. ¬†It comes with a Lip Mask and a Lip Balm. ¬†Once I started using it, my lips got better . . . and have stayed better! ¬†No more chapped lips for me!!

With my lips healed and smooth . . . I was able to start wearing lip products of any kind without issues!  It still took awhile for me to develop my lip look . . . and to perfect the staying power of my lip products.  Then found this . . .



This is the TimeWise Lip Primer, and I am sorry to say that this fabulous product is no longer available for purchase, UNLESS your Mary Kay Consultant still has some in stock! ¬†I know a few consultants that just might! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†The lip primer works the same way that the foundation primer works. ¬†It fills in all the fine lines in your lips to provide a smooth, even surface for your lip products to rest on. ¬†It also extends the wear of your lip products – just a little added bonus!

Medium Nude Lip Liner

After I apply the lip primer, I go around the edges of my lips with a lip liner . . . then I softly color in my lips with the liner. ¬†Why use a lip liner? Good question! ¬†Having your lips lined helps to accentuate the shape of your lips and/or fix any issues you don’t like about your lips. ¬†For instance – getting personal once again here – I have one side of my upper lip (right along my cupid’s bow) that is slightly different from the other side. ¬†I can adjust the look of that tiny flaw so that no one is the wiser. ¬†Another reason to add liner to your lips is to extend the wear of your actual lipstick AND you can use it to change the color of your favorite lipstick so that you can get multiple shades out of the same lipstick! ¬†It’s like wearing the same top with a skirt, then changing the look with a pair of jeans, and then changing it again with dress pants. ¬†If you want to throw on a scarf that changes the look completely. ¬†In this case – “the scarf” would be the lip gloss to top off the look of your lips!

Now just a brief cautionary moment here:  The eye liner and the lip liner look the same (except for the tiny color ring around neck).  Be sure to look at that color ring before you apply your red lip liner to your eyes, or your black eyeliner to your lips. 

So . . . here are the lipsticks I carry with me . . . EVERYWHERE! ¬†Yes, I have multiples of these shades so that this Bellefonte Senior Photographer has the color I want/need with me at all times! ¬†In my purse, and in both of my camera bags . . . and if we are traveling, I take them ALL!! ¬†ūüôā

As you can see, I’m a neutral girl. ¬†I like to stick to browns and natural lip shades that just add a slight pop to my finished look. ¬† Wanna know what the differences are? ¬†I thought so!

  1. Upper Left – is the Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick. ¬†Obviously my favorite since I have 4 of them! ¬†This goes on and feels like you have nothing on! ¬†With the primer as a base, then the lip liner, topped off with this lipstick, I can literally wear it all day and never feel like I have anything on! ¬†Add a gloss or lip oil to it and it’s a whole different story!
  2. Upper Right – is the True Dimensions Lipstick. ¬†This one is soft and silky on your lips. ¬†It’s like a fountain of youth for your lips. ¬†They feel softer and smoother and I love that. ¬†I also love this chocolate color!
  3.  Lower Left Рis the Creme Lipstick.  This was my first purchase with the Mary Kay lipsticks.  I LOVE the Maple Color!!  This creamy lipstick feels like luxury on your lips with its stay-true color and a satin finish.
  4. Lower Right – This is the NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss. ¬†This is the gloss I’ve been using for a while now. ¬†It goes on silky smooth and is light enough to alter the color of my lipstick without totally changing it.
  5. Bottom Center – These little buggers are the NEW Glossy Lip Oils. ¬†They only come in three colors are new for the Spring 2017 Season. ¬†If you like a super glossy feel without a glowing glossy look . . . this is the one for you . . . and me!! ¬†As you can see the Magenta Ray one is brand new, it just arrived at my house the other day and hasn’t been used yet. ¬†It gives me the perfect shot to show you what it looks like though. ¬†There is a soft, fuzzy tip that the gloss will seep through when you squeeze the tube. ¬†They are infused with Grapeseed, Avocado, and Jojoba oils. ¬†If this is something that interests you, drop everything and call your MK Girl now. ¬†These are only available while supplies last!

So now that you know the different types of lip products out there . . . how the heck do you get that outstanding lip look?  Here are the steps I follow.

  1. Prim and line your lips (I use the medium nude shade)
  2. Apply your lipstick (a darker shade) just inside the liner
  3. Apply second shade (a lighter shade) inside that leaving the darker shade showing around the edge.
  4. Apply the lip gloss just it the center – heart-shaped – going over the cupid’s bow on the upper lip and just a touch on the lower lip.

This look adds dimension to your lips and gives you a beautiful “pout” look. ¬†NOW – remember your lips are going to be different from mine. ¬†This look might need to be altered to work on your lips. ¬†My lips tend to be on the thinner side, but not to thin. ¬†If you have fuller lips, you probably don’t need the same amount of dimension that I need. ¬†Play around and have fun with it!

  • Bonus tip: ¬†Add a light dusting of the translucent loose powder on the out edge of you lip to keep you lipstick and gloss from bleeding and sliding off your lips. ¬†Also helps to add a youthful appearance to your lips.
  • Double bonus tip: add just the slightest touch of Crystalline Mineral Eye Shadow to the top of your cupids bow. ¬†This will act as a highlight for your lips, accentuating¬†the heart shape of your upper lip.

If you prefer something a little more bold, check out the video below!

This video even has me thinking about trying out a Rocking Red Lip!

Here is one thing that I want you to remember for your portraits . . . especially if you will be changing outfits. ¬†A natural look is one that will stand the test of time. ¬†Go classic and you’ll never go out of style! ¬†The little detail matter in your photos, so be sure to pay attention to all the details . . . both you and your photographer will be happier in the end!

Here is one last fun little video that I just had to share.  Sorry about the language!

I hope that you have enjoyed this little Make Up Tip Series! ¬†I you have, I’d love to hear from you. ¬†Tell me what your favorite tip was or what your favorite Mary Kay product is! ¬†Don’t forget to follow me to see what is up next on the blog, and share it out so your friends can follow along as well!

With Love and Blessings!

Mindy ūüôā

Make Up Tips, Mary Kay Products

It’s All About the Base!

Hello My Lovelies!

Since last weeks’ post was such a big hit, I decided to start at the basics of your make up routine. ¬†This week, we’re talking about skin care! ¬†If you are looking for a perfectly polished look for your portraits, this Bellefonte Senior Photographer recommends checking into your skin care products before you look at what make up you are using.

Good skin care starts with a few simple and very basic steps.

  1.  Wash your face twice a day.
  2.  Moisturize your skin twice a day.
  3.  Always use sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

Beyond those basics, it all depends on what you are trying to “fix” with your skin.

Let’s get personal – I’m 42 years old. ¬†Although I have combination/oily skin, my skin is COMPLETELY different from my 3 teenagers skin . . . and also completely different from my mother’s skin. ¬†I would never recommend using the same skin care product for everyone in my family. ¬†Luckily, as a Mary Kay Consultant, I not only have access to the #1 selling brand of skin care, I also have access to multiple different types of skin care to cover all my family’s needs. ¬†As a photographer, I don’t want to come off like I’m trying to sell you something – even though I do sell Mary Kay Cosmetics. ¬†I just want to you know what all is available, and how much I love the products that I (and my family) use. ¬†If you already have a Mary Kay Consultant, always talk to her first before switching to another consultant. ¬†She has all the same information available to her, that I am sharing with you – minus my personal opinions. ¬†With that being said, here is the different skin care sets that are available through Mary Kay Cosmetics.


I personally use the TimeWise Miracle Set,¬†while my teenagers use the Clear Proof Acne System. ¬†The TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set would be for people with more defined lines and wrinkles that they want to repair (hence the name). ¬†The Botanical Effects line would be for people with more sensitive skin, and of course the MK Men Set is for all the men in our lives. ¬†Once you have all your basic skin care covered, there are plenty of other targeted options that you can add to your routine. ¬†Eye Creams, Tone Correcting Serum, Microdermabrasion, etc. ¬†Talk to your Mary Kay Consultant about what is best for you. ¬†If you don’t have a Mary Kay Consultant already, please feel free to contact me. ¬†I’d be happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Now that you have your skin care taken care of . . . let’s move onto the base of your make up. ¬†It’s one of my absolute favorite products and one that I cannot go without ~ even if I’m running late and doing my make up as simple and basic as possible. ¬†I always, Always, ALWAYS start my make up routine with a foundation primer!


I LOVE that this came up as a HUGE photos.  hahaha!  It deserves it!  This stuff is the bomb!  It feels like silk going on your face, and the job it does is just as wonderful.  The whole purpose of this amazing little secret is to fill in all the tiny lines, cracks, wrinkles, and pores so that when you apply your foundation it goes on perfectly smooth.  BOOM!  The fact that there is an added little bonus of sunscreen is just the icing on this huge slice of cake!  As a double bonus, wearing a primer under your foundation extends the wear of your foundation!

Please note that you should always apply your eye make up before you apply your foundation. ¬†If you do, you will thank me. ¬†Your eye make up can dust off under your eye while you are applying it causing you to need to touch up your foundation. ¬†With your eye make up already done, applying your foundation adds to the flawless look of your eyes. ¬†Personally – I still do it backwards (foundation first) . . . years and years of the same routine can be hard to break! ¬†ūüôā ¬†

Now ~ on to your foundation. ¬†If you have a Mary Kay Consultant, you probably already know what shade your foundation should be. ¬†If not, it can be hard to determine which shade is best for your skin color. ¬†If you click on the link above, you will find helpful little tips to choosing the right shade for you. ¬†Whatever shade you choose, it needs to blend in to your neck and chest for a flawless look. ¬†I remember going to school with girls (myself included) that had a much darker foundation than they needed, creating a line around the jaw. ¬†We wanted to look tan in the middle of winter, or we were using our mother’s foundation because we didn’t want to pay for our own. ¬†Whatever the reason was or still is – Trust me . . . that is not a good look for anyone – at anytime – ¬†but especially not for your portraits! ¬†Mary Kay has several different types of foundation to choose from. ¬†From Oily skin to Dry skin, from Matte Finish to Luminous Finish, CC Cream, Mineral Powder, and Cream-to-Powder. ¬†Whatever your foundations needs are, we’ve got you covered with a Medium Coverage or a Full Coverage foundation. ¬†If you are still having trouble finding the right shade for you . . . a second set of eyes is always helpful. ¬†Sometimes we only see the flaws, where others see the whole look.

Here’s another little side note to keep in mind. ¬†If the product you are applying is clear (lotions, primers, etc.) it can be applied with your fingers. ¬†If the product has pigment (foundation, concealer, etc.) it should be applied with the proper brush. ¬†The oils from your skin can change the integrity of the pigmented products. ¬†

With that little tidbit in mind – when you are applying your foundation remember, less is more. ¬†If you are trying to cover fine lines and wrinkles, don’t pile on the foundation. ¬†It will actually draw more attention to the areas that you are trying to conceal. ¬†Instead lightly apply your foundation with a brush and then use a buffer brush to soften the look of fine lines. ¬†I do this especially around my eyes and nose to cover larger pores and fine lines that I have from always smiling and laughing. ¬†ūüôā ¬†To further soften those areas, I tap on some loose powder or Mary Kay’s Mineral Powder foundation, then swirl it out to smooth everything.

Moving on ~ You’ll hear lots of people say that you should apply your concealer before your foundation.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Let me just say this: ¬†I had the privilege of learning from International Make Up Artist, Lori Hogg¬†at one of our Mary Kay Trainings¬†in June of 2016. ¬†She taught us that if your foundation covers it, why add concealer¬†to it? ¬†“Only conceal what the foundation doesn’t cover.” ¬†It made total sense to me, so I’m passing it on to you!¬†

With that in mind, and with your foundation in place there are only a few steps left to getting a flawless look for your portraits. ¬†Of course you’ll need your blush, contouring, and lips (which may just end up being next weeks blog post) but another absolute favorite product of mine that Mary Kay offers is the Makeup Finishing Spray.


Even though it is called a Finishing Spray, you can use this just after applying your foundation to help hold it in place longer and again after you apply your blush, powder, etc. ¬†Just make sure your mascara is dry before you spray! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†The coolest part of this product is the multiple things that it does! ¬†If you have oily skin, you can spray this on throughout the day, and it will control the oil production. ¬†If you have dry skin, you can spray this on throughout the day, and it will help to keep your skin moisturized. ¬†If you are going to be out in the sun on a super hot day . . . you can spray this in your body’s “hot spots” and your face to help control the sweat production. ¬†Just spray it on, and let it dry before you add your next layer . . . whether it’s clothing or more make up. ¬†ūüôā

If you need more tips on getting a flawless face for your portraits, please feel free to contact me.  I offer all my High School Senior Girls a free Mary Kay Facial and Glamour Session prior to their Senior Portrait Session.  As a little added bonus, all my High School Seniors get a Clear Proof Travel Set as a special gift from me.

Keep this in mind: ¬†Photoshop is a wonderful tool that photographers use to make your photos look flawless, BUT wouldn’t you rather look flawless all the time instead of just in your photos?

If you like what I’ve shared be sure to share it out to your friends and don’t forget to follow me! ¬†I have more Make Up Tips coming your way next week!

With Love and Blessings,

Mindy ūüôā


Make Up Tips, Mary Kay Products

It’s All About the Eyes!

Hello My Lovelies!

Make up is a key part to making your Senior Portraits look amazing.  If done properly, make up will accentuate your natural features causing them to stand out in your photos.  If done poorly . . . it becomes a distraction.  Which is why I always recommend a natural look for your Senior Portraits.  Trendy looks come and go so quickly but a beautiful natural look will stand the test of time.

Today’s blog is all about the eyes! ¬†There are SO many different looks from the simple Smokey Eye that can be played up for a bold evening look to the dramatic Cat Eye look. ¬†All of which are beautiful, but which is right for your Senior Portraits?

As you may know, I am a Mary Kay Consultant, so I personally stick to the Mary Kay products because I LOVE them!! ¬†I’ll share a few of my favorites with you – but first, let’s start with a video for those that aren’t quite sure how to do a Smokey Eye look.

If you took a moment to watch that video from start to finish, you’ll see that a Smokey Eye really isn’t difficult to achieve. ¬†I love that you can stop when you are 80% of the way through it for a soft simple look . . . or continue all the way through for a look that’s a little more bold. ¬†This is a wonderful look for photographs. ¬†It draws your attention to your eyes without being distracting. ¬†I also LOVE that she used neutral colors. ¬†This is one trick to making sure your portraits are something you will love forever! ¬†Trendy make up styles look great while they are trendy . . . but not so much once they are out of style. ¬†Stick with a classic look for your Senior Portraits and colors that compliment your natural coloring.

Not sure what color eye-shadow looks best with your eye color . . . let me help!  Check out the chart below.32f5eefe766c56cfc6f0bb91ec253fff

And this is how those colors look when they are on . . .

My eyes are hazel . . . brown mixed with green. ¬†I always try to play up the green in my eyes, so I do tend to stick to browns with a pop of green, and sometimes purple. ¬†ūüôā

Now let’s talk eyeliner! ¬†What is the purpose of eyeliner, why should I use it, how do I use it, and what kind is best?? ¬†Eyeliner goes at the base of your eyelashes. ¬†This helps to define the shape of your eye, as well as make your eyelashes appear thicker . . . which is an added bonus! ¬†Remember that if you are going to wear eyeliner, there are rules to follow.

  1. Apply your eyeliner in small strokes.  Connect one small line with the next small line until you have the whole eye lined.  You can go back over the line to smooth it out with a smudger brush.

    Smudger Brush
  2. Eyeliner goes on the top eyelash line OR both top and bottom.  NEVER just the bottom lid.  Why?  It will add to the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
  3. If you do choose to apply eyeliner to your bottom lash line, remember that it should only be 1/2 of what is applied to the top lash line.

If you’re like me – a visual learner, you can click on this¬†Link¬†to check out a few videos to help you learn how to apply your eyeliner. ¬†The videos are located at the bottom of the page and there are 3 different looks available.

There are different types of eyeliner available, and it’s really just a matter of choosing what you are comfortable with. ¬†Mary Kay has eyeliner pencils, gel, and a new liquid pen. I’ve used all of these, but the new liquid eyeliner pen is my favorite!

Undereye Corrector

How do you deal with dark circles under your eyes? ¬†I have them and I hate them as much as everyone else! ¬†I’ve heard they are from not getting enough sleep, genetics, or even because of my allergies. ¬†Who knows why I have them . . . and who cares! ¬†I just want to know HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!!! This is my secret! ¬†It’s Mary Kay’s Undereye Corrector . . . and I LOVE it!! ¬†Because the dark circles under your eyes have blue tones to them, you need to counteract those tones with a peach tone to balance out the¬†skin color. ¬†This stuff also works as a highlighter too!


Let’s move on to your lashes! ¬† I love a thick, long eyelash look . . . ¬†but not to the point where it looks like you have a tarantula¬†crawling across you eye! ¬†Personally, I use black because I have a beige skin tone and dark hair. ¬†My daughter, on the other hand, is very fair and strawberry blonde. ¬†Black is to bold for her lashes. ¬†So she uses a black-brown mascara. ¬†Again, Mary Kay has lots of options to choose from. ¬†From volume to length, waterproof to full intensity. ¬†There is even a product available to help build up your lashes if you have very thin lashes. ¬† I personally use the Lash Intensity Mascara OR I use¬†the Black Brown Ultimate Mascara and cover it with the Black Waterproof Mascara. ¬†Whatever mascara you choose to use, be sure to swap it out for a fresh tube every three months . . . and never, ever pump your brush inside the tube . . . if you do, the volumizing product in the mascara will only add volume to your brush and not you lashes.

The last part of your complete eye look is your eyebrow. ¬†It’s commonly forgotten, and sometimes completely out of control. ¬†It is however a very important part of your eye, which make it important to the look of your eye! ¬†Picture a widow in your house. ¬†A nice big picture window with the sun shining through and a beautiful view outside. ¬†Now look at the surrounding of that window. ¬†Are there curtains? ¬†In most cases, yes. ¬†Your eyebrows are the “curtains” for your eyes. ¬†They complete the look. ¬†Imagine what you would look like with no eyebrows at all . . . or what black eyebrows would look like on a blonde person. ¬†Neither would look right. ¬†Which is why it’s important to pay attention to your eyebrows. ¬†Twease them, wax them, have them threaded by a professional. ¬†Whatever you choose, just make sure you don’t forget about them! ¬† To¬†complete your look when you are all made up and ready to go out . . . your eyebrows need done too. ¬†I like to keep my eyebrows a shade or two darker than my hair. ¬†My hair is naturally dark, so I want to stay true to that in my eyebrows as well. ¬†You can use an eyebrow pencil or an eyeshadow. ¬†I personally use Mary Kay’s Mineral Eyeshadow in the shade of Driftwood (seen below on the right). ¬†

The last thing to remember about applying your makeup is the tools you use are just as important as the colors you choose!  AND you MUST take care of your tools in order for them to perform at their peak!!  You should clean your brushes daily, and deep clean them once a week.  This prevents any left over color from mixing into your current look and also help to prevent the spread of any bacteria that could cause acne issues or something worse!

No matter what look you choose or what products you use for your Senior Portraits, my ALL TIME FAVORITE product comes in when it’s time to take your make up off! ¬†It doesn’t matter if you wear cream eye-shadow or mineral, regular mascara or waterproof. ¬†The Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover will take it all of easily!! ¬†The two formulas work together to remove everything!!! ¬†The top phase removes waterproof eye makeup and the bottom phase removes non-waterproof eye makeup. ¬†Just shake it up and apply to a cotton ball . . . and say good-bye to your eye makeup!


Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover


Here’s a fun little video to show you some Do’s and Don’ts with your overall make up. Keep in mind that makeup is fun to play with and you will not be perfect at applying it your first time. ¬†Keep trying! ¬†We all make mistakes along the way . . . that’s how we learn! ¬†Have fun with it!

I hope this has helped you learn a little bit more about how to apply your makeup, what will look best on your for your photos, and a little be more about what Mary Kay has to offer in their product line!  I do offer a free Mary Kay Facial and Glamour Session for all my Senior girls prior to their Portrait Session.  If that is something that interests you, or if you would just like to hear more about a photo session or the Mary Kay products, please feel free to contact me.

If nothing else sticks with you from this blog post, please, please, PLEASE remember this. You are beautiful and unique just the way you are.  Always be true to who you are . . . and  Be Uniquely You!  

If you like what I’ve shared be sure share it out to your friends, and don’t forget to follow me. ¬†This is just the first in the little series of Make Up Tips!

With Love and Blessings,

Mindy ūüôā


2017, What to Wear

What To Wear for your Senior Portrait Session

So you’ve booked your Photo Session and now the fun part of planning what to wear starts. ¬†You open up your closet . . . and go completely blank. ¬†You call your bestie for advice, ¬†but you’re still not sure what will look best in your photos. ¬†Are these photos that you are so excited about even going to turn out good if you can’t even figure out what you are going to wear??

Relax . . . this is something that I¬†can help with!! ¬† Remember in your photo consultation, we talked briefly about colors and outfit choices? ¬†You already have all that information in your Welcome Packet! ¬†If, however, you are reading this and you haven’t gotten your Welcome Packet from me yet . . . I’ll let you in on a few tips that will help you knock your Senior Portrait Session out of the park!

Let’s start with the basics: ¬†Colors! ¬†There are 3 colors that will look good on anyone, no matter your hair, eye, or skin color. ¬†They are Navy, Teal, and Purple. ¬†Seriously . . . these colors look good on EVERYONE! ¬†In my color guide, there are different colors that will look best on you based on your hair & eye color . . . but anyone can rock these colors!!! ¬†colors

Now here are come colors to avoid and limit:  colors-2

Don’t get me wrong . . . I love bright colors. ¬†They just don’t look good on camera because they are SO bright that the color tends to reflex onto your skin . . . which does not look good in your final photos. ¬†In the same respect, if you choose to wear Black or White, just be sure to wear another pop of color as an accent.

Now that you have an idea on what colors to wear . . . let’s talk more about fashion! Whatever you choose to wear in the end, make sure it’s YOUR style, which speaks to who YOU are!

For my lovely ladies:  

Dresses and skirts look the most stunning because they really flatter every female body.  I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two instead.  Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos.  Especially when combined with nature, like fields & forests.  Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle which allow for beautiful movement in the images.

High Heels or Pumps elongate ladies legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toed heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe.  If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show.

These little tricks make all the difference!


For my handsome gentlemen:

Long, fitted pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from your legs and feet and place it where you want it: on your handsome face.  So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts, sandals and jeans at home ~ as well as any pants that are loose or baggy. Fitted dress pants or fitted colored pants work best on camera.  I recommend staying away from graphics and logos.

Layers on men look great on camera, so even when it’s hot outside, trust me when we say that it’s worth an hour or two of discomfort for photos that will last you both a lifetime.  Adding another layer will bring extra dimension and visual interest to your photos.  Blazers, vests and coats up the level of any look.  If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!

Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you follow the look through all the way to your shoes!  Those little details really do matter.


If you are ready to schedule your Senior Portrait Session with this Bellefonte Senior Photograher, or would like more information on what you should wear, please feel free to Contact me!

Love & Blessings!

Mindy ūüôā