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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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Class of 2015 Senior Portraits – Minneapolis – The Importance of Light

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

First things first – Minnesota high school seniors, I am now booking into September and October for senior portrait sessions. Contact me today to get on my schedule as open slots are dwindling! If you’re looking for a family photographer this fall, I am booking past clients and referrals from past clients only, but I’m happy to refer you to some great family photographers in the area if you are new to Salina J Photography as I am no longer accepting new family/child clients at this time (focusing instead on senior portraits and head shots – anyone can book with me for those!).

Now… anyone who has heard me talk about photography knows I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to the technical side. My vision as an artist is first and foremost, but photography is nothing without the right light. When shooting outdoors, the light doesn’t always cooperate. My clients and I might be outside and there’s too much sun in a spot with a great view, or if we’re in a wooded area, there might not be enough light to take advantage of the pretty background and still get light in the eyes and a proper balance between the illumination of the face and the background.

I don’t always need it, but I bring supplemental lighting to every  session. Not only can I help boost the ambient (natural) light wherever I am, I can also do some creative shots that simply aren’t possible without additional lighting. For example, if you’ve seen my photographs of seniors with beautiful sunsets behind them, I had to use a light in an umbrella to create those. Otherwise the face would be totally dark in order to see the sunset.

Here’s a great example from a recent session showing why I bring my lighting gear to a session. I was photographing this class of 2015 Lakeville senior in Northfield and wanted to use a path in the outdoor area we were in. The sun was behind Rachel which highlighted her hair perfectly, I loved the trees and the light filtering through them, but it was too dark to get catchlights in Rachel’s eyes. In order to keep the background looking the way I wanted, without a flash Rachel’s face would be underexposed. I could increase my exposure so that her face would be bright enough, but that meant sacrificing the background (also, a too-bright or “blown” background draws the eye away from the subject). So I quickly set up my flash on a light stand and was able to get the gorgeous shot of Rachel on the right, with both her face and the background in perfect balance, lighting-wise.

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Head over to my Instagram feed to see the portrait I took of Rachel at the end of her session with the amazing sunset behind her – also made possible by my trusty flash and lighting skills.

 

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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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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Alex – Class of 2013 in Snowy St. Paul, MN

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Alex is a student at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, and he and his parents wanted a senior portrait session that would reflect his musical side as well as use the downtown area as a backdrop, as a reminder to where Alex spends so much of his time.

Yes, it was cold. Yes, there was snow on the ground. But we Minnesotans are hardy and Alex never let it show if he was freezing. We moved through skywalks and along sidewalks and I chose some great spots with wonderful light. The first image of Alex of his guitar was officially my first favorite senior picture of 2013. As soon as I clicked the shutter I knew it was spectacular, and I was right – Alex’s parents ordered it as a 16×20 canvas and it was stunning!


Minnesota class of 2014 students – it’s not too early to start thinking about who will take your senior pics! I am offering a discount to 2014 seniors who book before the end of June, so give me a call or write soon (612-567-312p or salina@salinajphotography.com). Now that it appears the snow is gone for good (finally!) it’s time to start thinking about summer and what to wear for your portraits. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Winter Family Portraits in the Snow – Burnsville, MN Photographer

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

In Minnesota, fall reigns supreme when it comes to choosing a month for family pictures. My busiest season, by far, is from August through October, when my busy senior season overlaps with the families hiring photographer for portraits in the golds, reds and greens of autumn.

But winter can be just as striking. Cold? Sure, but for these sessions my clients wear their coats and gloves right up until the point when we take the photos. Bright colors set against the white, wintery landscape can be so striking, as you’ll see in these images from a session in late 2012. The daughters are all in colleges across the country, but when they came home to the Twin Cities for Thanksgiving they hired me to take portraits of them with their parents as a gift. Loved the gently falling snow!

So when you’re planning your next family portraits, consider winter!

 

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