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About Salina J Photography

Hi, I am Salina, a senior portrait photographer working in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota (based in Lakeville, but my sessions are not limited to that city). My availability for 2015 is limited, so 2016 high school graduates, contact me soon to set up your session! I look forward to hearing about your ideas and helping you turn them into amazing senior pictures.

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Maddie – Woodbury High School Class of 2014 – Senior Portraits in Minneapolis

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Well hello there, my long-lost blog. I’ve been so busy shooting, editing, planning photography sessions with clients and updating my marketing materials for 2014 that writing on the blog took a bit of a backseat. But now that we’re heading into warmer weather (finally!) it’s time to start sharing some of my favorite senior sessions from 2013.

This is Maddie, a senior from Woodbury High School who’ll be graduating in a few short months. We headed to the Guthrie area of Minneapolis for her senior pictures last fall and had simply gorgeous weather and light. Doesn’t hurt that Maddie’s smile could light up the entire Twin Cities on a dark winter night.

Class of 2014 – graduation is around the corner and that means sending out announcements. If you’ve already had your portraits done with Salina J Photography, it’s time to start thinking about invitation designs, and I’ve got a lot of great ones for my clients to choose from. If you didn’t have your portraits taken last year, or maybe they didn’t turn out like you hoped, don’t fear – spring is a great time to book so that you can still have incredible pictures for your announcements and at your grad party. Contact me today for session information – salina@salinajphotography.com.

Class of 2015 – It’s never too early to start planning for your senior pictures. Many high school yearbooks in Minnesota have deadlines ranging from September-December of senior year, and that means you need to have your session scheduled a good six to eight weeks before that deadline. Prime time slots (evenings and weekends) fill fast, so if you want to stay on top of the game, booking early is best!

I look forward to hearing from you, whether you’re a past or future client!

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Go Big or Go Home – Choosing the Right Print Size for Your Walls

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I love offering printed products to my clients. Digital negatives are convenient, and my clients do purchase them, but they and I know that a digital negative is more likely to rest on a hard drive or in a tablet’s photo album than be seen in the home. We are so accustomed to having photos available to us in pixels we forget to print those photos and display them in our homes, either as prints or in albums.

My clients know the value in seeing their portraits professionally printed – they hire me because they know that I, as a print-focused photographer, know how to prepare my digital negatives for the print process. Colors will be rich, skin tones will be natural and there will not be distracting areas that are too bright or too dark. To help my clients with their selections, one benefit I offer is in-person ordering. After the session is complete, my clients can schedule an ordering session at my studio or in their home, where they can see and touch samples of different albums, canvases or large prints.

One of my favorite parts about this is bringing multiple sizes of prints to a client’s home. In some cases, my clients have never ordered a print larger than an 8×10. They think of that as the “large” size, when in reality an 8×10 is considered a desk print, or is meant to be clustered in a grouping of other photos or art work. So during our ordering session, when I recommend a 16×20 for a particular wall where they’d like to display the smiling faces of their kids, at first they are skeptical… until I compare how the wall looks adorned with an 8×10 and then with a 16×20.

Prints seen from a distance, like those displayed on a wall, should be large enough that the faces are clear without someone having to walk up to inspect. Clients should also take into consideration the scale of the walls and the furniture. A print meant for a shelf in an office can be smaller, but so many newer homes now have soaring ceilings and rooms with oversized furniture.

A client sent me a photo yesterday of her bedroom with a print of her children newly hung above the bed. At her ordering session, I first held up some 16×20 prints, as they initially thought about ordering one 16×20 of each child. Then I held up my 20×30, the largest sample I have. The clients loved the idea of having one bigger print for the wall, but my client said “I don’t think that’s big enough.” So we ordered the portrait as a 24×36 Elevated mount (this is a modern option that comes ready to hang, and the edges can be finished in black, white, silver or wood-tone).

Here you can see the finished product! I am so happy she shared this photo, I love seeing the results.

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Just for fun, I edited the image to show what the print would look like had she ordered it in an 8×12 size. The difference is amazing! So the next time you order a print of your favorite portrait, whether through a photographer or on your own, think about sizing up. Use a piece of newspaper or cardboard cut to a larger print size and tape it to the wall where you’d like to hang your photograph and see which size works best for your space. Big isn’t always the answer, but in many cases it will help fill your space and showcase the smiling faces all the better.

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Best-Dressed Family in Minneapolis – Portrait Photographer Northfield, MN

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

I think many moms know what I’m talking about – the excitement that comes from planning the wardrobe for family pictures. And as a photographer, I get just as excited. I can help my clients choose the best outfits to help ensure their sessions are successful. As much as we’d like to say the clothes don’t matter, they really do. Or at least, the wrong clothes can have a negative impact on how my clients look and feel.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I met Dana and Kevin and their three gorgeous-eyed children. Dana did a phenomenal job styling her family. I love how everyone is in tones of blue without being overly matchy. The shirts and dresses (and Dana’s shoes – perfect!) all complimented our urban scenery in just the right way.

Thank you, Dana and Kevin, for a fun night during the session! I just received the album they ordered and it’s beautiful – a wonderful and compact way to enjoy their portraits for years to come.

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Models Needed – Summer 2013 | Senior Pictures Availability | What’s New

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Hello, and happy summer!

Senior portrait session is underway in Minnesota, and I’ve got some good availability left for those who are just starting to research their senior pics photographer or who are trying to decide. Remember to check with your high school to find out when your yearbook photo is due – that will help you figure out when you should hold your session! I’ve got more answers to senior FAQs at my seniors-only website here – Salina J Seniors. My clients love having a site dedicated to their age only, without having to sift through portfolios with newborn and family photography. Check it out! Whether you live as far away as cities like Maple Grove or Rochester (maybe you’re even from Iowa or Wisconsin!) or are nearby in places like Lakeville, Northfield or Edina, I’ve got great locations to fit your vision for the perfect senior session.

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Are you comfortable in front of a camera? Do people tell you you have an amazing smile, great charm, a mysterious demeanor or a unique look? I have a few projects in mind for the summer of 2013 and I’m looking for fresh faces. If you are new to Salina J Photography and would like to be featured in a photographic project as a model (I use the term loosely here – you don’t have to be a pro or even amateur model, I’m looking for real people with a variety of looks), contact me at salina@salinajphotography.com with your age, a clear photo or two (recent), general availability and contact information. If you are under 18, you must have a parent contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

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I have a few new things planned for 2013. One of them is a great referral and incentive program for my fabulous clients. You can earn points that you can use toward buying digital negatives or prints from past or future sessions just for liking Salina J Photography on Facebook, following me on Instagram, and referring me to new clients who are just as amazing as you. I’m also introducing mobile apps for certain collections – a great way to share your favorite photos from your session with me right from your phone or tablet, without having to access a separate gallery or website. And soon I’m adding a special everyday mini session for clients who don’t necessarily need a full session – it’s great for families and seniors who are looking to update portraits more regularly than once every few years, who know they will only need a few poses or who are on a budget but still recognize and appreciate fine photography.

Questions? Give me a call at 612-567-3129 or visit my contact page at my main portrait site or my senior portrait site. Can’t wait to meet you and learn about the photos you want me to create for you.

 

 

Julia – St. Paul, MN Senior Pictures

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Julia attends a small private high school in St. Paul. We lucked out for her session held in late April – our beautiful, warm day was tucked in between some cold and less-than-gorgeous evenings. Here are some of the favorites from Julia’s session. Are you searching for a photographer for your senior pics, class of 2014? Contact me today to talk about details, then we’ll get you on the calendar! I have some exciting specials and offers for this summer and fall.

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