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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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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.

 

 

Graduating Class of 2013 – Not Too Late for Senior Pictures!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Hello, Class of 2013!

You’re winding down your senior year, counting the days until high school is over, getting ready for your graduation party and warmer summer months.

If you still need senior portraits, it’s not too late! I’ve been doing sessions for other seniors in your graduating class all spring, with more coming up. Maybe you didn’t have time to get them done last fall, maybe you didn’t like how the first ones turned out, maybe you were waiting for your braces to come off. No worries – give me a call at 612-567-3129 or write at salina@salinajphotography.com and I will get you scheduled. It’s ideal to have the session at least 4-6 weeks before you need to send your grad announcements, but if it’s sooner than that, we can make something work.

I look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy these last few months of your high school career.

{Are you a member of the Class of 2014? If you book before the end of your junior year, you will get a discount on your session fee, so contact me today!}

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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