Category Archives: Senior Portraits

Senior Model Fashion Blog Shoot! Shop Local

Have you been to the new affordable and adorable boutique in Shelton, WA? Northwest Clothing Co, owned by Jessica Smith, brings you current fashions to brighten your day.

Jessica Smith, Owner. Northwest Clothing Co. | Personal Branding by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Jessica Smith, Owner. Northwest Clothing Co. | Personal Branding by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

 

Taylor and Saryn, Class of 2018 Models, showed off a few of the latest styles this week. Northwest Clothing Co. offers women’s fashion size small to 3x, shoes, accessories, and even some fun clothes for the littles! Follow NWC on IG! Be sure to check it out. Shop Local! In the meantime, here are a few outfits currently in the store:

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography | Watches available!

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography | You can take a break while shopping, a whole new take on window shopping!

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Class of 2018 Model Team | Northwest Clothing Company | Jennifer Rutledge Photography | Active wear available now!

Leaving Las Vegas – Destination Photography in Nevada

This past week I travelled to Las Vegas to shoot with, and learn from, some amazing fellow photographers. Sal Cincotta, a major player in the photo world, went above and beyond “pay it back” by offering a 2 day workshop for FREE. Not only was it a chance to hang out with some of my favorite photographer friends, but we also got to leave Las Vegas and shoot in the beautiful nearby desert of Nevada.

Day 1 consisted of a few friends out on our own, with a model, at the Ghost Town near Nelson, Nevada.

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Ghost Town. Nelson, Nevada.

I only wish we had more time to shoot the gorgeous gowns in the rustic scenery…a couple hours was not enough! Big thanks to Curtis Bryant Photography for bringing the gowns and arranging our stunning model.

Day 2 was another trip out to the desert, this time with four buses of photographers and an entire gaggle of models!

The scenery was absolutely stunning and the possibilities were never ending. Despite a grumpy park ranger, I managed to grab a couple decent shots.

Can you believe all of these photos were taken within a few hundred yards of each other?

We had snow and rain, but the models persevered. It was worth it, don’t you agree?

Thanks so much to Sal, Alissa, Krystal, N-Vu, and everyone else who contributed to this shoot!

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Day 3 was all about business. It was great to meet a fellow local photogs, Bruce & Josh Hudson. They inspired me to get my son involved in the business…he will learn to like it…some day….

We had one last shoot out with our private group that evening on the Vegas Strip. Big thanks to Bryanna Sveum for braving the cold!

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I think it was about 36 degrees by the time we finished this shoot….BRRR!

I hope you enjoy these photos, and don’t hesitate to call me if you’d like to create some of your own. Have camera, will travel!

 

Class of 2019 Model Team | Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Jennifer Rutledge Photography High School Senior Model Team

Jennifer Rutledge Photography High School Senior Model Team

Many of you know about Senior Reps for local photographers.  A few kids take some basic portraits

and in return they hand out some “rep cards” tell their friends to go see Photographer X.

 

The Senior Portrait Model Team at Jennifer Rutledge Photography are NOT Senior Reps.

jennifer rutledge photographyAt Jennifer Rutledge Photography, the Senior Portrait Model Team shatters that outdated tradition and delivers a senior portrait experience that feels more like an episode of Top Model (without the drama!). We don’t limit our photo shoots to the Shelton or Olympia, WA area, although we do love the beauty of Mason County! The Senior Portrait Model Team participates in on-location shoots as close as Olympia, and as far away as our dreams (and pocketbooks) can carry us! From the forest, to the beach, with cities and scenery in between, our models finish the year with not only an amazing senior portrait, but an entire portfolio of artwork starring them! Some of our senior portrait models have even been featured in nationally published magazines. Do you still think your average senior portrait session is all you want?

Being a Model is Glamorous, but Not Necessarily Easy.

I won’t sugar coat it, being a High School Senior Portrait Model Team member is not an easy job. You must get involved early – we are talking sophomore or junior year – and you must have the desire to rock the stylized photo shoots. These shoots are optional, but highly encouraged; and so much fun! We do several photo shoots throughout the year with themes such as Bohemian, Vintage Glamour, and Extreme Sports.  It can be cold, it can be hot, and it can be a long day. Shooting outside of Shelton, WA means time in the car. There can be hot rods, water, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! But if you are having as much fun as I do on these shoots, you won’t even notice. Trust me, your senior portraits will be worth it.

jennifer rutledge photographyHigh School Senior Portrait Model Team is NOT Just For Girls!

Although the High School Senior Portrait Model experience may seem geared towards the girls, guys are encouraged to join as well. First of all, you will get to hang out with beautiful girls all day long, and secondly, you get your own magazine style photos to add to your portfolio. Win – win, if you ask me.

Are You Ready to Join Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team?

What’s the catch? Joining the Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team is by invitation only. Being a member of the team is not a free ride. I spend many hours scouting locations, planning shoots, and collecting wardrobes in order to create a unique and fully stylized senior portrait photo shoot. I collaborate with wardrobe stylists, hair & makeup artists and photo assistants to make sure, as a model, that you look your best and feel like the star that you are.  High School Senior Portrait Model Team members are required to invest in the program, otherwise we could not enjoy the professional entourage that we provide for you!  However, the perks you receive as a team member are almost triple the initial investment. If you love creative photography, and want a unique and varied senior portrait experience, you will want to be part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Senior Portrait Model Team.

jennifer rutledge photographyDo as much, or as little, as you’d like.

I expect a lot from my team members, but I could care less if you “rep” for me. You don’t have to hand out cards, even though you’ll get some.  You don’t have to tell your friends to book me, even though they will want to after they see your senior portraits.  All you have to do is show up and be the stylish senior model you know you are.  However, if you would like to do some rep work, I will give you plenty of chances to earn extra photo bucks so you can have every portrait you love hanging on your walls!

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to comment, share, and like the occasional post in order to keep seeing more in your feed. We are looking for models in Shelton, Olympia, Belfair, Tumwater, Lacey, and beyond. The model search begins soon. Are you ready?

Jennifer Rutledge Photography Spokes Model Perks Pt2

As part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Class of 2017 Spokes Model Team, the spoke models get first dibs on portfolio shoots during their high school senior year. Rikki kept her cool despite the 90+ degree heat. I tried my best to get some angry looks out of this girl, but she is just too good at sweet and smiley!

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Prom Night – Jennifer Rutledge Photography Spokesmodel Perks

This year the Spokesmodel Team received a complimentary prom photo shoot as one of the “perks” of the Class of 2017 Spokesmodel Team. Only one of our spokesmodels was able to take advantage of the offer, But that meant we had extra time to take extra AMAZING prom portraits! So, without further ado, let me present Caleb “aka 007”, and Adrianna “aka Murial Wright”.

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Jennifer Rutledge Photography – Class of 2017 Model Team

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As a Class of 2017 Model, you will have the opportunity to be part of exclusive photo sessions throughout the year in addition to receiving:

• Discounts on your personalized senior portrait session
• Facebook photos, and online galleries to share
• Promotional materials…starring YOU!
• Opportunities to earn $$$, and more!

Models will be chosen based on demographics (where you live), gender, participation in school activities and attention to the application. We accept applications from all over the Puget Sound, with the most convenient locations being Shelton, Mason County, Olympia, and Thurston County. We are not looking for the most popular, or the prettiest, or the Captain of the football team or cheerleading squad, ALTHOUGH those are admirable—we are looking for kind, thoughtful young people with vision and morals who dream big and know what they want for their lives. That represents our brand and will represent what we stand for out in the community!

What the Heck is a High School Senior Portrait Model Team?

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Many of you know about Senior Reps for local photographers.  A few kids take some basic portraits

and in return they hand out some “rep cards” tell their friends to go see Photographer X.

The Senior Portrait Model Team at Jennifer Rutledge Photography are NOT Senior Reps.

jennifer rutledge photographyAt Jennifer Rutledge Photography, the Senior Portrait Model Team shatters that outdated tradition and delivers a senior portrait experience that feels more like an episode of Top Model (without the drama!). We don’t limit our photo shoots to the Shelton or Olympia, WA area, although we do love the beauty of Mason County! The Senior Portrait Model Team participates in on-location shoots as close as Olympia, and as far away as our dreams (and pocketbooks) can carry us! From the forest, to the beach, with cities and scenery in between, our models finish the year with not only an amazing senior portrait, but an entire portfolio of artwork starring them! Some of our senior portrait models have even been featured in nationally published magazines. Do you still think your average senior portrait session is all you want?

 

Being a Model is Glamorous, but Not Necessarily Easy.

I won’t sugar coat it, being a High School Senior Portrait Model Team member is not an easy job. You must get involved early – we are talking junior year – and you must have the desire to rock the stylized photo shoots. These shoots are optional, but highly encouraged; and so much fun! We do several photo shoots throughout the year with themes such as Bohemian, Vintage Glamour, and Extreme Sports.  It can be cold, it can be hot, and it can be a long day. Shooting outside of Shelton, WA means time in the car. There can be hot rods, water, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! But if you are having as much fun as I do on these shoots, you won’t even notice. Trust me, your senior portraits will be worth it.

jennifer rutledge photographyHigh School Senior Portrait Model Team is NOT Just For Girls!

Although the High School Senior Portrait Model experience may seem geared towards the girls, guys are encouraged to join as well. First of all, you will get to hang out with beautiful girls all day long, and secondly, you get your own magazine style photos to add to your portfolio. Win – win, if you ask me.

Are You Ready to Join Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team?

What’s the catch? Joining the Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team is by invitation only. Being a member of the team is not a free ride. I spend many hours scouting locations, planning shoots, and collecting wardrobes in order to create a unique and fully stylized senior portrait photo shoot. I collaborate with wardrobe stylists, hair & makeup artists and photo assistants to make sure, as a model, that you look your best and feel like the star that you are.  High School Senior Portrait Model Team members are required to invest in the program, otherwise we could not enjoy the professional entourage that we provide for you!  However, the perks you receive as a team member are almost triple the initial investment. If you love creative photography, and want a unique and varied senior portrait experience, you will want to be part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Senior Portrait Model Team.

jennifer rutledge photographyDo as much, or as little, as you’d like.

I expect a lot from my team members, but I could care less if you “rep” for me. You don’t have to hand out cards, even though you’ll get some.  You don’t have to tell your friends to book me, even though they will want to after they see your senior portraits.  All you have to do is show up and be the stylish senior model you know you are.  However, if you would like to do some rep work, I will give you plenty of chances to earn extra photo bucks so you can have every portrait you love hanging on your walls!

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to comment, share, and like the occasional post in order to keep seeing more in your feed. We are looking for models in Shelton, Olympia, Belfair, Tumwater, Lacey, and beyond. The model search begins soon. Are you ready?

 

10 Makeup Tips to Help You Look Camera Ready

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I love it when clients sign up for professional hair & make up for the senior portraits with Jennifer Rutledge Photography. Not only is it FUN, but it creates a polished look that really makes senior portraits beautiful. But not everyone wants the pomp & circumstance of a full style session.  For the more minimalist senior portrait client, who wants to do their own makeup, here are some helpful tips to follow:

1. LIGHTEN UP. Avoid going too dark in your foundation shade. Have your shade professionally matched to your skin tone as close to the day of your shoot as possible. This really matters!

2. MATTE IS A MUST. Especially for your cheeks, stay away from shimmery powder, no exceptions. For eyelids, keep shimmer strictly to the lids.

3. PRIMARY FOCUS. Primer is essential for keeping makeup intact! It’s like the base coat of a nail manicure. Oil-free versions are best and also sensitive skin-friendly.

4. SAY NO TO SPF. Primer and foundation should be SPF-free. Formulas containing sunscreen cast a ghostlike glow with the camera flash or reflector.

5. LINE UP. When lining eyelids, start in the center and work your way to the outer edge. Lining the entire lid will cause the eyes to appear smaller. Use a slanted brush with a dark (but not black) shadow to line the  lower lids brush with a dark (but not black) shadow to line the lower lids.

6. MORE IS MORE. Camera lighting will wash out colors, no matter what. Don’t be scared off by a dramatic finished look. It won’t photograph that way. Trust us on this. Your makeup should be darker than your every-day look.

7. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. When it comes to concealer, cheek contouring and eye shadow, a quality set of brushes is key. The camera will highlight and pick up on unblended edges, creating a clown-like look. Unblended concealer will highlight fine lines.

8. MELLOW YELLOW. To set makeup, choose a yellow based powder rather than a translucent powder. Much like SPF formulas, translucent powders cast a white glow when photographed.

9. PRACTICE RUN. Don’t let the day of your photo shoot be the first time to try new products. Consultations and trial runs are essential to creating the perfect final look.

10. AU NATURALE. Always have makeup applied in a natural light. This will be the best indicator of how it will look when photographed.

 

*Big thanks to Teri Fode and her makeup artist for compiling and sharing their favorite tips!

 

 

5 Things You Need to Know About High School Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits by Jennifer Rutledge

Senior Portraits by Jennifer Rutledge – All images @Jennifer Rutledge Photography 2015

You start high school feeling young and inexperienced, with four long years ahead of you; and then BAM!  Suddenly you’re a junior and you are bombarded with a Senior Year To-Do List that seems both never ending and crazy expensive. Some things are easy: Cap & Gown, check!  Some things are not so easy: Senior portraits are due when?!?

Every year, while booking high school senior portraits at Jennifer Rutledge Photography, I see countless seniors and parents who don’t realize how quickly the yearbook deadline arrives, and how hard it is to schedule photo shoots once the super busy senior year has begun. So today, I’m sharing 1 Don’t and 4 Do’s to help you conquer your Senior Portrait Experience.

→ DON’T Wait Until Fall to Book Your Photographer.

Summertime is for lazy days and photo shoots! Those precious twelve weeks of summer break are often the only time a busy high school student is free to prepare and participate in a portrait session.  As soon as school is back in session, days are quickly filled up with classes, sports, and jobs, not to mention the fading daylight.  If you’ve waited until September to book a photographer, you will be fighting for the last available session times, along with every other senior who waited too long to book!

Scheduling your session during summer break gives you time to choose clothes and locations that result in a senior portrait that reflects your personality, rather than a cookie-cutter picture with no real connection to you. If money is tight, booking early allows you to make payment plans, if that is something your photographer offers.  Knock on wood that it never happens to you, but; should you hate every single portrait taken, summer sessions allow time for a future  re-shoot, should you need one.

→ DO Get a Special Outfit, or Two!

Senior year is a huge milestone, and it might be your first professional photo shoot. It’s one of the few occasions, besides marriage and (hopefully) the occasional family portrait, to capture an image you love that will stand the test of time.  You made it through twelve years of school. That is something to dress up for!  Even if you can’t give up your trusty jeans and flannel,  get some new ones. Wearing clothes that are fresh and fit nicely will give you confidence, which absolutely shows in your portraits.

→ DO Think About the Style of Senior Portrait Photography You Want.

When you hire Jennifer Rutledge Photography for your high school senior portraits, I strive to create portraits that are YOU!  I’ve never met anyone who likes to lean against a brick wall for fun, so I’d rather not photograph you there. I’m all about environmental portraiture.  Look! It’s an elusive high school senior in their natural habitat!  Are you Woodsy? Beachy? City kid? Easy going? Serious? Playful? Contradictory? Pictures are worth a thousand words, what will your senior portrait say?

→ DO Start Saving Now.

Your senior year is full of expenses, if you and your parents save up during your junior year, and get photographed early, it will hurt the pocketbook much less. Trust me on this one.

Not gonna lie here: Professional portraits are expensive.  Unless you are a photographer, it’s difficult to understand all of the time and money that go into creating a quality senior portrait. Your session may take only a few hours, but your senior portraits actually take years of experience to create. And, hey, it’s less expensive than a 45 minute root canal or 2 hour surgery, and a lot more fun!

Let’s talk print quality.  Sure, you can buy a canvas print at the local five-and-dime for $59; but after twenty five years, is it going to look as good as the one created by a professional? My professional lab cannot touch the prices offered by consumer level printers, but I challenge you to appreciate the cheaper version when compared to the high-quality version.  Don’t let your portraits fade as fast as your childhood memories, because someday it might be all you have left!

Don’t you dare think digital files count as senior portraits.  Digital technology becomes obsolete very quickly.  A professionally printed portrait survives.

→ DO Leave It to the Professionals.

Did you know that your hometown museum has every yearbook on a shelf, just waiting for future generations to laugh at? Don’t be that high school senior. You know, the one with the TERRIBLE portrait.  Let’s face it, your clothes and hair will be enough to laugh at; at least make sure your high school senior portrait is a quality representation of your fabulous eighteen-year-old self. Professional senior portrait photographers can help you with details, like clothing and makeup – so you look your absolute best in your senior portraits!

Take pity on your high school Yearbook Adviser!  This poor adviser spends countless hours working on a yearbook to commemorate your senior year. When you submit an image that is not properly proportioned, cropped, or resized, you create: at the least, exacerbation; and at most, a horribly warped and nearly unrecognizable image that becomes your high school legacy.  The professionals know how to prep your portrait for perfect yearbook display.

You will, hopefully, be leaving the nest soon. Give your parents a loving portrait for them to remember you by! Hang your mug on their wall, so when you bring your new boyfriend/girlfriend home, they can coo over your adorable, yet charmingly nerdy, senior portrait. Finally, should you be lucky enough to someday have great-great-great-grandchildren, they will know you through your professional senior portrait, which, I think, is very cool.