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What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

Lets hear it for the girls! This week, Erica focuses on how to get a variety of looks for your senior session. Love it!

Here’s what she has to say:

Lately, I have been lucky enough to photograph a ton of senior girls and with many more on my schedule next year, the most common question I get is “what should I wear?” When it comes to senior sessions, you really can’t go wrong with several different looks. This can really show all the different sides of your personality, as well as give your photographer tons of options when it comes to posing. Make sure to check with your photographer for their specific outfit limit ahead of time, that way you can plan out your different options well in advance.

Can’t decide between two different shirts or dresses? Bring them both! Your photographer will know what colors look best against the backdrop, so it is worth getting their opinion. I actually love to have my clients text or e-mail me a picture of their outfits, that way I can give advice and scout out some awesome spots that really compliment their clothing.

Below I have put together four different looks that would be great for any senior session. Don’t forget to bring lots of accessories and layers!

Vintage Outfit: Vintage-inspired photo shoots are all the rage lately and with some many different options I can see why! My favorite vintage clothing store is Ruche. Their clothing is adorable and affordable. Make sure to check out their “look-book” for ideas on what to wear to your session as well! As you can see I added several accessories and layers that way you can have lots of different options for posing. AND it is a pocket dress (which I love right now!) which will give you several other poses as well!

Bohemian Outfit: The Bohemian style is going to be the hot thing this fall and I love all the textures and funky patterns! Add a headpiece or funky headband to a few of the pictures to mix up the look.

Urban Outfit: This electric urban outfit will give you a ton of options. Paired with the same jeans from the Bohemian outfit (changing just your top and accessories is so much easier than the whole outfit) and a cool leather jacket this outfit will be sure to show off your rebellious side ;). I am loving the hat option and the funky jewelry!

Nature Outfit: Down here in Texas we love to take senior pictures in wildflowers, fields of weeds, and creeks so we love a good dress and boots. Of course, if you don’t live in Texas and you don’t want to invest in boots this can easily be worn barefoot or paired with some gladiator sandals. Anytime you are taking pictures in nature a bright color (like this turquoise dress) will really pop against the green and brown backdrop. Add a flower clip for a few pictures to mix it up.

I hope this has helped give you a few ideas for your senior session. The most important thing is to show off your personality and let your inner supermodel shine! Have fun!


Shopping Guide
Vintage Outfit:

Brazen Venture Pocket Print Dress
Ruche $35.99

Soaking in the Sun Espadrille Wedges
Ruche $36.99

Eocene Dangling Indie Earrings
Ruche $24.99

Zoey Bow Indie Hairpin by Petit Plume in Yellow

Cleopatra’s Way Bangles
Ruche $26.99

Mykonos Lace Cardigan
Ruche $42.99

Bohemian Outfit:

Crochet Overlay Top
Pink Ice $ 34.99
Finger Paint Cami
Pink Ice $ 22.99

Palomino Leather Headband Assorted Colors
Etsy $10.00

Three Button Destroyed Skinny Jean
Wet Seal $34.80

Urban Outfit:

Crinkle Leatherette Jacket
Wet Seal $36.50

Three Button Destroyed Skinny Jean
Wet Seal $34.80

Amber Cami
Wet Seal $6.50

Patent Leatherette Flat
Wet Seal $12.80

Diamond Dust Hoop Earring
Wet Seal $3.50

Braid & Buckle Fedora
Wet Seal $10.50

Braided Mesh Rhinestone Cuff
Wet Seal $12.50

Nature Outfit:

Olive & Oak Strapless Sweetheart Dress
Urban Outfitters $69.00

Justin Stampede Western Cowboy Boots
Sheplers $129.99

Gorgeous Brown Satin Flower with Gold and Crystal Brooch Center
Etsy – $15.95


3K GIVEAWAY! {State College, PA photographer}

WOO HOO! You guys are the best! I can’t rave enough about everyone I’ve met through my blog and Facebook page, and now that I’ve hit 3,000 fans, I’m returning the love with a 3K GIVEAWAY! (Details on how to enter are below, and be sure to read all the way to the end for a little bonus.)



(AN $850 VALUE) 


Ready to find out how you can win this awesome prize?! You only need to complete Comment 1 to enter, but if you’re really, really want it, you have two extra chances to win.


COMMENT 1: Leave one comment on this blog post telling me why you want to win, what type of session you would choose and who it would be for.











Want to earn some extra entries? Then do the following for a total of THREE chances to win!

COMMENT 2: Make this your  status: “Go check out @KellyV.Photography at www.kellyvphotographyblog.com to enter to win a FREE mini portrait session and all of the digital files (an $850 value)!” Be sure to type the @ symbol before my page name so it will link back to my wall (you must be a fan of my page to do this). Then leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

COMMENT 3: Blog or Tweet about this giveaway, including a link to www.kellyvphotographyblog.com, then come back here and leave a link to your update.


The giveaway starts July 24, 2011 and will end August 1, 2011 at midnight EST. The winner will be selected by random  number generator and announced on my blog August 2, 2011.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed , administered by or associated with Facebook.
Participants are providing information to Kelly V. Photography and not to Facebook.




There just may be a little extra something completely unrelated to the contest for people who really stand out this week. (And those of you who participated in the last giveaway might remember that I’m a big ol’ softy and gave out TWO identical prizes.) Just get creative and have fun! Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to help you get my attention:

  • I’ve uploaded a gallery of the possible portrait sessions you can win on my Facebook page HERE. You could tag yourself in the portrait session you want to win. You could also use one as your profile picture this week and link to this blog post in the caption.
  • Take your OWN picture and profess your desire for a portrait session by posting it on your wall and linking it to my page.  Make it your profile pic, post it directly to my page … whatever!
  • Have a blog? Dedicate a whole post to needing a portrait session and share the link with me.
  • Write me a poem, song or haiku.
  • Make a video on your iPhone, upload it and share the link!
  • Bake me cookies.

Okay, so HAVE AT IT! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

Abby - July 25, 2011 - 3:37 AM

Hi Kelly!! I was so excited to find your page and see some of your AMAZING photographs! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win an engagement session for my fiance and I! We are huge fans of your work. Please pick us!! :)

Abby - July 25, 2011 - 3:38 AM

And I made Go check out @KellyV.Photography at http://www.kellyvphotographyblog.com to enter to win a FREE mini portrait session and all of the digital files (an $850 value)! My FB status! Thanks so much for having this fun contest!

Sarah Williams - July 25, 2011 - 3:43 AM

If i were to win this 3k giveaway, i would pick the family session one. I would pick that one because i have a soon to be one year old baby in august. I had him when i was 17 an i wish to have him know how much him an his dad truly care about him. Me and his dad have sat down an talked about it for awhile an we want to make all these little scrapbooks of him, because our parents never had anything like that for us. I want him to know that we will always be there for him an no matter how old he gets i plan on taking family pictures every year. Especially after losing my oldest brother and realizing the only family picture my mom has of us all is because of me. It was Christmas time and everyone didn’t wanna take one so i had to make up it was for a school project to get one done from my camera i got for Christmas that year. No my mom has it hanging on the wall. I don’t want that to be me. That is why i would want to win this 3k giveaway.

Thank You

Sarah Williams

Sherry - July 25, 2011 - 3:50 AM

I would absolutely love to win a couple session for my boyfriend, Glen, and I. After being shot by you once, I cannot get enough of your work. I would love to finally have cute pictures with my boyfriend, who is in a long distance relationship with me. It’d be great to have some beautiful memories together captured. Thank you!

PS: I posted that in my status!

Marisa lynn - July 25, 2011 - 3:52 AM

I would love to win anything from you, But Iwould LOVE to Win Boudoir session for my husband…or well just myself! Ive had two babies and its been along time since I felt sexy! I started Hitting the Gym in May and have lost 20lbs so far Id like to loose at least another 30lbs and My husband has been a super motivator threw my whole Journey and Id love to do a little something for him! :)

Katherine - July 25, 2011 - 4:08 AM

Hi Kelly! I’d LOVE to win the engagement photo session for me and my fiance. We’ve been together for four and a half years and will be getting married next August! We just graduated from Penn State and are very excited to start our lives together. I’ve followed you for several months now, and we both adore the work you do and would be ecstatic to shoot with you! I’d love to have these special moments captured forever!

P.S. I tweeted about your blog! http://twitter.com/#!/kathrobinett

Joanne - July 25, 2011 - 4:10 AM

Kelly I absolutely love your website!!! If I won the giveaway I would love to have a family session done because though my oldest is 10, we have NO family pictures. I hate that and would love to see one hanging on my wall….especially one taken by you as your work is wonderful!!

Thank You

Joanne - July 25, 2011 - 4:16 AM

I made your contest my FB status!!!

Allison Jansen - July 25, 2011 - 4:18 AM

Hi Kelly!! First of all let me just say that your work is absolutely amazing and that I would love, love, love to win a First Birthday Milestone Session for my little pumpkin, Taylor. When she was first born my husband and I decided to forego any professional portraits of her because we did not have the money to spend on them. I regret that decision with all my heart. Taylor is my everything and I do not want to pass up another opportunity to capture the special moments of her life. Thank you so much!!

PS– I did Comment 2 and posted it as my FB status and I also did Comment 3 and tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks again! :)

Joanne - July 25, 2011 - 4:28 AM

Left a tweet with a link to your blog on my twitter account


Thanks again for the chances to win this awesome prize!! <3

Heather - July 25, 2011 - 6:08 AM

We are your average, everyday amazingly dysfunctional family:

It would truly be an honor to win a family portrait session with you for my wonderfully, amazing fiance.

My fiance, Garrett (A.K.A Elle) is my biggest role model and inspiration (on the utmost level…i recently started dancing, and painting and crafting again! ^-^) I admire his endurance, determination and passion in his everyday life. He has dealt with so much, and succeeds everyday. From just graduating pennstate for history teaching, raising 2 kids alone, with no nearby outside family, getting almost perfect marks the whole time, and working a full time job. He works with, teaches, loves, cherishes, and tries to make our kids lives the most wonderful life they could ever dream of, in an enlightened, free-spirit type way. I have a justturned5 son and he is his new best friend. He always finds time for his hobbies (a fantastic yoga instructor, musician, mountain biker, eco-activist)He has always been there for me, helping me stay sane through my very stressful custody situation, and making sure I enjoy life every single day. I have never felt more love from one person. He, or should I say she, is just recently starting to be more open with his wishes to transition from a male to a female which is a HUGE deal to many people who it shouldn’t concern. It has taken me years to get her to this point of going out with friends, and such, and have a positive self image and not feel like “a monster” I am so incredibly proud. She deserves it. I have never seen anybody be as great and responsible of a father as she has been. He loves his kids more than anything in the whole world and it melts my heart every single day.

If I won this contest, i would want with my whole heart, to give her something to cherish forever; some beautiful pictures of our kids together, with myself and her and all of her radiant feminine self. I want to keep her proud of how far she has come, and keep her self-esteem rolling forward no matter how hard it is to live in todays world as a mid 20′s, starting his first year of grad/law school as a transgendered parent trying to constantly fight the stereotypes. =)

Shawna Angelo - July 25, 2011 - 11:55 AM

I would love to win a Family Session!!! I have loved every piece of work that I have seen of Kellys! It is so amazing. I have been married for over 6 six and now have two children and believe it or not we have only had 1 family portrait done and I did not like them :O( I would love to have something nice of my family to share with the rest of my family and also something that my kids will be able to look back on.
Thanks for this opportunity.

Shawna Angelo - July 25, 2011 - 11:57 AM

I made you my status!

Jenna - July 25, 2011 - 12:30 PM

KELLY! You already know how much I adore your work. I’d love to have an engagement session for my fiance and I. Your work amazes me and I want pictures that my future kids someday would be able to look back at and also be amazed.

Erin - July 25, 2011 - 12:46 PM

Congrats on 3k! If I were to win, I’d choose a family session because we’re due with our second child in December and I think this would be a great way to capture all the great changes taking place and the bond taking place between two sisters :)

Heather Card - July 25, 2011 - 1:22 PM

Kelly, I absolutely admire your work. I would love to win a family portrait session. We are in a transition. We have 2 older girls and the youngest of that set is leaving for college next month. We have 2 younger girls, 3 and 9 months, and to have a family portrait of all the kids now would be a dream come true. Thank you for the opportunity!

Heather Card - July 25, 2011 - 1:23 PM

Made you my facebook status!

Shylah Novak - July 25, 2011 - 1:35 PM

Hey Kelly!! If I would win the prize that’d be amazingly awesome. I’d love to get my senior pics professionally done but we can’t afford it. But my mom has a nice camera and is quite creative so it’s gonna be sweet either way.
I know how your pictures turn out…amazing! and that’s why I’d love to win a high school senior session and I’d use it for myself.
If not it’d be the family session for my family :)

Shylah Novak - July 25, 2011 - 1:36 PM

I shared about the contest via facebook status!!

Jamie - July 25, 2011 - 3:02 PM

Hi Kelly,

I have some friends who used you for newborn portraits. The photos were lovely!! I was actually interested in this contest not for myself but for my best friend. Here is their family story:

She gave birth to her first child in April. He was born 4 weeks early via emergency c-section. He sent about 3 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He underwent a blood transfusion, eating through a feeding tube and breathing with the help of a respirator. He was finally allowed to go home and things were looking up. This little boy was also diagnosed with Down syndrome and so he started in-home therapy sessions to help with his feeding and muscle tone. One Friday evening, with only his mom at home (dad is in the ARMY reserves and was serving on this weekend) my friend noticed that he was not breathing well and ended up calling the ambulance. The poor guy was aspirating his food and this was deteriorating his lung tissue making his heart was work over-time to keep the oxygen supplied to his body. He was life-flighted to CHOP and underwent surgery to have a g-tube put in and kept in the NICU for a couple of weeks. He was recently allowed to go home! He is doing well but he has to eat through the feeding tube for the rest of his first year of life. His mom and dad are relieved to finally have their son home! It’s been a tough 3 1/2 months for this family and she would love to have some family portraits taken. I know that she had planned to get some set up but I’m not sure she’s had the time thus-far to do so… I know she would really appreciate this opportunity.


Brandon - July 25, 2011 - 3:18 PM

I would love to win a senior portrait session, for me, because after 467 hours of watching America’s Next Top Model, I believe I can smize and smoulder like a true champion.

Dana Voigt - July 25, 2011 - 3:42 PM

I’m an aspiring photography, and honestly you and you’re work inspired me enough to get on the ball! I couldn’t be more happy just with the pictures of my own children i do, It is certainly a passion:) I wanted to call it “dana v photography” but i can’t compare to you my dear!
I did the facebook status, i tweetle-lee-do’d about this (www.twitter.com/dlovelyz) and I’m replying to say, I would probably beg for a family session with my husband and our two daughters, ava and alivia.
I’ll start with a tiny story, about my darling husband. He hates having his picture taken. Tiny right? I’m behind the camera 99% of the time so therefore, our home is bombarded with portraits of our two girls, like an episode of ruby and max, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!? You have such an eye for detail, and the appreciation for photography shines through.

Plus, i love your husband in the mornings, i miss going to work just to listen to him, he’s hilarious! Ok ok enough, i’ll go make a picture of something lol

Jessyca Burton - July 25, 2011 - 4:42 PM

I would love to win this for me and my family!! My husband is being deployed and it would be wonderful to be able to have a nice family photo done prior to him leaving in february!! Thank you!! I also posted this as my status on facebook!!

Angel Allgrim - July 25, 2011 - 5:29 PM

Hi Kelly-
I am entering to win a Boudoir session with you. It’s important to me because this gift is for both my husband and myself. Sure, he’d love to look at the images and cherish them forver, but it’s also for me. When I met my husband I wasn’t heavy and after having 2 kids, my weight sky rocketed up to 275lbs. I grew very insecure and miserable and didn’t feel very attractive. In October I started my journey and have lost over 50lbs. I feel alive again- and I found a renewed sense of self. I know how I feel on the inside and I’d love to see what that translates into photographs!!

Angel Allgrim - July 25, 2011 - 5:31 PM

I have also put this:

Go check out @KellyV.Photography at http://www.kellyvphotographyblog.com to enter to win a FREE mini portrait session and all of the digital files (an $850 value)

as my Facebook status- and will continue to do so each day!!

Angel Allgrim - July 25, 2011 - 5:57 PM

I don’t twitter- or tweet…well- I just don’t understand how to do that sort of stuff. I do have an account and I attempted to post something about the giveaway but I don’t think I did it right… LMAO!!! Angel 8307 is me… how to repost the message that I did post something… I have no idea! I’ll see if I can figure something out.

Kaitlyn - July 25, 2011 - 6:47 PM

Hey Kelly,
I absolutely LOVE your photography!!! Your work is amazing and I am totally inspired by you! I want to win a couples photography session with you because I have always wanted to get pictures done with you just because your work is awesome!!! We don’t have a lot of great pictures of the two of us together so I would love to get some professional ones done by you!! Thanks for this awesome contest!!! :)

Kaitlyn - July 25, 2011 - 6:48 PM

I also updated my status with your link for another chance to win :)

Penny Stoltenberg - July 25, 2011 - 7:06 PM

I would want to win the boudoir session and here’s why: I am a mom of five kids. Four years ago, their dad left. And I had a decision to make. Let it ruin me. Or let it make me. With five little faces looking at me, I wisely chose the latter. I started running and it has changed me inside and out. In May 2010 I met an incredible man who loves not only me but the kids as well. We will marry on 9/10/11. So a boudoir session would not only be a reward for me to show me how beautiful I can be and how I look in his eyes…but a reward for him as well… And with five kids AND an upcoming wedding? The chance to win a FREE session is GREAT! Thanks Kelly! <3

Penny Stoltenberg - July 25, 2011 - 7:15 PM

Shared your link on Facebook…and tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/PennyChristine

melanie servello - July 25, 2011 - 10:28 PM

I would pick the engagement package. im 38 and havent had my pics done professionally since high school and my fiance hasnt either. i met the love of my life in 2008 at my dads house. he is my dads neighbors brother so my dad already liked him before we hooked up which is always a plus. we would love to have some great pics taken and be able to share how much we mean to each other with our family and friends and capture this moment forever. we are both very energetic and fun people and we know you would be able to use your creativity and imagination to create some great pics.

Lindsay Williamson - July 25, 2011 - 11:14 PM

If I were to win the 3K Giveaway, I would choose the First Birthday Milestone Session… complete with CAKE SMASH. As you know, my husband and I had our first child in May, a baby girl named Saoirse (pronounced Seer-shuh). We had been married for 7 years and really never thought we’d have children but now here we are with a little human of our own. We couldn’t imagine life without her! Winning this giveaway would also be a win for you, Kelly. I know how much you LOVE seeing the newborns you’ve photographed all grown up one year later. Our newborn shoot was an amazing experience- you even made the purple headband for Saoirse’s shoot. You also used one of her photos in the gallery of the possible portrait sessions for this giveaway… must mean it’s one of your favorites! Just think of the possibilities for her First Birthday Session… can you say adorable? :) Pick me! Pick me!

Lindsay Williamson - July 25, 2011 - 11:16 PM

-I completed the task in COMMENT 2 on my Facebook status.

-I also tagged myself in the First Birthday Milestone Session photo in the gallery.

-And check out the absolute cuteness that I posted on your FB page…

Erin B. - July 25, 2011 - 11:23 PM

I would do a Family Session. We love your work :o) You did such a great job with our Maternity and Newborn pics. However, an important four-legged family member is missing from our pictures. So, I would love some of the 3 of us, but then of course some with our pup bailey too, it would be so fun, especially as Syd becomes more mobile and has developed such a fun smile :)

Plus Bailey is can be very photogenic, once she calms down from all the excitement. haha!

Kelly - July 25, 2011 - 11:33 PM

Hi Kelly! I must say that you capture amazing pictures! I would like to win a family session. I started my family when I was very young. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and are going into our 15th year together. As I stated earlier, we started our family very early in life, which led us through some rather tough times. We were propelled into a life that we weren’t completely prepared for,but who really is?!We pushed through the adversity and both finished college, determined to provide a good life for our family! We have since added two more kiddos to our crew. I love my life and wouldn’t change a thing. The reason I would like to win this is because I would love to showcase my beautiful family and the hard work, determination, and sacrifices that led me to such a beautiful result!!! With making sure that my children have every opportunity in life to suceed and grow up healthy and happy, there is often not enough extra cash for a family portrait! We do have pictures of the kids however, we do not have a family picture in our house. I would love to have such a beautiful memory to reflect on once my children have grown! Thanks!

Kelly - July 25, 2011 - 11:37 PM

Hi…posted link to your site on my facebook page! :)

Sarah - July 26, 2011 - 1:35 AM

I am so happy that we are back living in PA and I can enter to win this amazing giveaway!! I would have to go with a family session for my growing family (i debated between that and a newborn session since I am expecting a baby girl October 1st) but a family session would definitely be what I would LOVE! I have a fast growing almost two year old and a wonderful husband that I just don’t have enough pictures of!

Jennifer - July 26, 2011 - 2:21 PM

Hi Kelly, For me I would love to win this contest to have family pictures done with my son and daughter before my son leaves for basic training with the Marines in Oct. You did my daughters senior pictures and they were amazing and would love to have the family ones done to share with everyone before he takes off on this new chapter in his life.

Chris Williams - July 26, 2011 - 5:56 PM

My oldest son and his girlfriend recently blessed me with a beautiful granddaughter. She was born weighing 10 pounds 3 ounces. I would love to have a family session done with the three of them as well as a few of my precious granddaughter, Olivia. She will be 2 months old soon. We have lots and lots of pictures of her but none that were done professionally.

Thank you.

Julie - July 26, 2011 - 6:12 PM

Hi Kelly! I would love love love to win a family portrait session with you. I’ve loved your photography since way back in the xanga days, before you even got close to the level you’re at now. Over the last few years since A was born, I’ve loved watching your skills as a photographer just bloom and flourish. It would mean so much to me to have a Kelly V Photography portrait of my family for my home. Besides, we’re from the same home town so that’s gotta count for something!!

Cindy - July 26, 2011 - 6:14 PM

Hello Kelly! I would love to win a BOUDOIR SESSION. In January I had gastric bypass surgery and to date I have lost almost 90 pounds. I would love to do this for myself since for many years I have avoided the camera and pictures due to my weight. I have just recently started to look in the mirror again after avoiding it for a very long time. It has been a very long but very gratifying six months. Thanks!

michele - July 26, 2011 - 6:29 PM

Hi Kelly,

I think you do a beautiful job taking all these photos. I really enjoy looking at all the different types you have.

I would like to win because I just got 2 puppies…they are almost 5 months old, they are boxers. They are siblings and are the most precious things in my life. I never thought I could have this much love for my puppies.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more photos on your page.

Karen - July 26, 2011 - 6:29 PM

I’d love to do an extended family session, including my sister and parents (and dog!) They saw how much fun we had with Charlotte’s photos and I know they’d love the opportunity to have a photo session as well.

Amy - July 26, 2011 - 6:59 PM

Who wouldn’t want a free mini session with you?! Your work is absolutely amazing. Although, I haven’t had any portraits done by you, I still find myself constantly recommending you to others just because of what I see on facebook and on your website! I think it would be amazing to have a family session done by you not only to have the photos displayed in my home but also to see how you work! Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win!!

Stephanie Weaver - July 26, 2011 - 8:33 PM

Dear Kelly,
My family and I would love to win a photo session with you, My family itself has myself, my husband and our two children who are 8 and 9. We have never had a family portrate done of all of us. We would love to have you do it. If 4 people is not enough there is 27 of us if you would be able to take a full family picture which we don’t currently have either. Thank you for the chance to win a photo with you!

Christy Weber - July 26, 2011 - 8:54 PM

Kelly, we have been DESPARATELY trying/hoping for a photo session with you for over a year. When we first found out we were expecting Chasem I thought of you immediately and REALLY wanted a maternity session, but timing and distance mixed with pregnancy limitations made it more than difficult. Then when he was born I WISHED for a way to get his newborn, or even infant pix done by you..again no luck. Now we are approaching his first birthday party and with no immediate travel plans to the north in the works I am bummed to say that it will probably be another simple ‘kodak moment’ with me behind the lens. IF we were to win your contest it would FORCE us to take a trip to PA to visit and have a wonderful keepsake made by a dear friend and AMAZING photographer. Now, since Ive missed so many milestones already, I would have to go for a family session…unless I could find a way to sneak off for a weekend trip to surprise Jeff with a “got-my-prebaby-sexy-back” boudoir session!!! So i guess depending on what we decided, the session would be for me, our families, or if a boudoir session, JUST for my husband!

Amy - July 26, 2011 - 9:08 PM

I also updated my status to “Go check out @KellyV.Photography at http://www.kellyvphotographyblog.com to enter to win a FREE mini portrait session and all of the digital files (an $850 value)” Thanks again for the great chance to win!

Nichole Vegter - July 27, 2011 - 12:07 AM

I believe every emotion can be caught with a camera, and only certain people know how to pertray it. And this is a GREAT example of someone who can catch happiness, love, passion, and a great energy in each picture. I see Passion, and love in every photo I have seen, and I only can wish that I could have the chance to be apart of this great portfolio.

Nichole Vegter - July 27, 2011 - 12:08 AM

Also, I would be requesting a couple session :-) thanks! (forgot to mention that!)

Jordan B. - July 27, 2011 - 12:39 AM

We would do a family session. You are so fun to work with and would love to have pics done by you again.

Deb - July 27, 2011 - 5:11 PM

Kelly V did an unbelievable photo session with one of my daughters for Senior pictures this year. I would love to have my second daughter (age 9) have portraits done as well. She is an adorable little girl from Korea and it would be fabulous to have great photos of her at this age!

Amanda - July 27, 2011 - 5:13 PM

Hello i am just leaving a comment because I would love to win a photo-shoot for my son and daughter. when my daughter was about 2 months old she became very sick. She had episodes of not breathing and after 30 days in the hospital we found out she had RSV. Once we found this out we thought we were out of the woods and could start getting better. Two months later she still had the virus and breathing problems so they did some blood testing to check on her white blood cells. About 6 weeks later i had received the worst call of my life. Her counts were very low (almost non existent). At this time we learned that my 4 month old was diagnosed with leukemia. They did white blood cell infusions hoping her body would just start making them but that wasn’t the case. She had a bone marrow transplant at 6 months and when that didn’t work we did another one at 8 months. After that failed we were told my daughter wouldn’t make it to see her first birthday. And if that wasn’t hard enough to hear I had to remember that my son could not see me upset. I have been playing the strong one and now that my daughter will be turning ONE on august 9th I couldn’t be happier! money is tight and i would love to document this HUGE milestone for my little family with a photo-shoot but after paying all the medical bills of my daughter money is extremely tight and there is just no way I could make it happen. I would appreciate any consideration you give our family for the giveaway! Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my story=]


Amanda - July 27, 2011 - 5:16 PM

i also tagged you on my facebook page=] as in comment 2

Sunam Ellis - July 27, 2011 - 8:48 PM

Hello, Kelly! I have looked through your beautiful collection of work many times oohing and aahing over the wonderful photographs and hoping that someday my family could afford such talent. It would mean the world to my husband and me if we could have such lovely pictures of our family. We have three little ones (Nolan, 4; Jacob, 2; and Moira, 10 months). We have never had a professional picture taken of our family because of costs, and only dream of having pictures at the quality of yours. As I am kah-razy eager to be considered in your contest, I will be providing more info soon (you’ll see my name often…HA!!!) I know you’ll have a lot of people to consider, with many touching stories to read. I hope you consider us! Thank you!

Laura Klauser - July 27, 2011 - 11:30 PM

I love love love your work…what puts the cherry right on top of your business is that you are in State College, where my husband and I met while in college. 13 years (*REALLY?*), two kids, and a professional photography career for myself later, we have never had family portraits done and my vision is to come back to State College for a fall session and have you do the pictures…Even if I don’t win, I will do this, but I will have an easier time convincing my husband to take the trip (and to stay at the Nittany Lion Inn) if I win a free session… :)

Katherine Purnell - July 28, 2011 - 1:53 AM

Hey there Kelly,

I’m a seventeen year old aspiring photographer and you are one of the best photographers I have seen in a long time. I look up to your technique because, to me, your photos are very timeless and unique. The quality is also very, very good.
The reason I think I should win a senior session is because:
1.) Money is kinda hard to come by these days for a good session/photographer.
2.) I would LOVE to learn some techniques from you to better my abilities for the future.
3.) If I was impressed with my photos, which I have no doubt I would be, I would definitely advertise and help spread the word for you and your business!

Thanks for reading and I hope you will consider me!!

P.S.- I would love if you would check out my fan page on Facebook and maybe critique some of my photos! It’s called “Silhouesque – Photography by Katherine Purnell”

Brandon - July 29, 2011 - 2:38 AM

Made my facebook status about you!

Kelly S. - July 29, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Hey Kelly! I’m Kelly too. :) I would like either the family session or the child/sibling session.

My son is now 6-months-old and I have wanted professional photos of him since he was born. Unfortunately, my husband was laid off from work and we couldn’t afford it, especially with me just coming off of maternity leave.

It would be such a gift for us to have photos of him to keep for years to come. Right now, my husband has had to go away for work which is why I don’t know if it would be a family or child/sibling session. He has to take work when it’s offered to him, even if it means we won’t see him for weeks at a time. If nothing else, it’s be great to have some amazing photos of the kids for him to take with him when he leaves.

Thanks for the contest, and hopefully we’ll be hearing from you!

Kelly S. - July 29, 2011 - 12:51 PM


Posted your contest on my blog, Park Avenue Mommy.

I’m a Mommy located right up the street from you. Should inspire some fellow Park Avenue Area people to enter your contest and add publicity!

Tam Chomas - July 30, 2011 - 5:52 PM

If I won, I would give the portrait session to my daughter Kerry for couple photos. She just got engaged this spring and they went to Pennys for engagement pictures. I know she would be thrilled to have a great photo session with such a talented photographer!

Cheryl Kalmbach - July 30, 2011 - 8:31 PM

Hi Kelly! What can I say accept that it has been a long time since we have had a family portrait done. In the past two years I have changed my life do to some health issues. I have lost 150 pounds and to have a portrait done with my wonderful husband and my three handsome boys would be priceless. It would mean the world to me.

I love your pictures. What I have seen is beautiful people you have taken pictures of and they are just awesome. Fun, energetic, breath taking and most of all you can see how much fun they had.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest. Most of all congrats to whom ever wins!!!

Brandon - August 1, 2011 - 2:14 AM
Bridget - August 1, 2011 - 3:13 PM

I love looking at your pictures when you post new ones from sessions you have had! I would love to have a photo session with my boyfriend and I. It has taken many years to finally find a guy worthy of my time and trust again. Every one always comments that they can see how happy I finally am (because of him) and I would love to have a professional photographer capture that!

sara - August 1, 2011 - 3:21 PM

hello kelly,
i admire the work you do. You have a great eye to capture the best moments in peoples lives.The family shots you take look like the world was lifted off there shoulders even for a short amount of time, and theres not a worry in the world. If I won the portrait session I would do the family, my family mean the world to me, i welcomed my 2nd daughter in the world in november, and havent been able to get her pictures done, due to my life is crazy busy, i work 35 hours a week and my fiance works 70 plus, we have 3 amazing children. I always have an image in my mind, a picture would look so pretty there. you are able to capture that image with all your pictures. Thank you for giving your fans the opportunity to have there best moments caught with your amazing eye. hope you consider my amazing family and I

sara - August 1, 2011 - 3:23 PM

i put your contest as my stat on facebook

Allison Jansen - August 1, 2011 - 5:12 PM

I just realized that when I tweeted about the contest, I forgot to include the link on here…so here it is: http://twitter.com/#!/stumbleina

Joelle Parks - August 1, 2011 - 7:05 PM

I would love to win a family session, I haven’t had any photos of my son and I done in years!

Dee Miller - August 1, 2011 - 9:24 PM

Hello Kelly,
I love your pictures, and I really look forward to seeing new ones up. You have alot of talent. Two weeks ago today my mother passed away, I can tell you that a picture is truly worth a thousand words. I wish we would have had a family picture with her in it before her passing.

Erica Danneker - August 2, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Would love another family session. Family is so very important to us and you did such a great job with our previous session.

Erica Danneker - August 2, 2011 - 12:03 AM

posted on my FB page too

Billie-Jo - August 2, 2011 - 1:02 AM

Everyone loves the pictures you took of Will from his newborn session and his first birthday. We would love to have you take pictures of our new additions that will be here in October. We are expecting a boy and a girl. We are very excited but know that we will be overwhelmed after their arrive. This giveaway be a big help for us.

Amanda - August 2, 2011 - 1:15 AM

Hi Kelly, I’d love to win a session with you… But not for me, for a family session for my BFF Karen, her hubby Jeff and the world’s most adorable daughter, whom you’ve taken pictures of in the past. ;)

Becky - August 2, 2011 - 1:42 AM

Your pictures truly capture the moment! I would love to give this to my daughter who is graduating from High School next year! She has been following your facebook page since you first got onto the site and she loves to look at the pictures and follow the blogs!

Sharon Clewell - August 2, 2011 - 2:47 AM

For now my brain is not coming up with a creative poem that I had been thinking I would do…
But I thought I would still like a package of your fun and often amazing work… for a family who really can’t afford even the possibility of this great opportunity… they are loving family ( the dad is bit of redneck..and on disability, huge weight problems too… the mother is pure love, help, and someone that would be willing to do anything for another, she works with young people with emotional/learning problems… … the 4 kids are a range of sweet, feisty, silly, smart, compassionate, ditzy, playful, and the 3rd grader has an amazing insight into people and their behavior…) kids are 2 girls @ 16 &15 2 boys @ 8&9

Hugs and keep sharing…

Leah - August 2, 2011 - 3:41 AM

Hi Kelly! There are so many reasons I would love to win a family session. Here are a couple:1) we’ve never had professional pics done before 2) we just had a baby 3) this would be an AWESOME excuse to go back to SC and visit all our old friends 4) Elina could play with Allison and Nolan could play with Evan 5) you are an amazing photographer!

Megan - August 2, 2011 - 3:53 AM

Kelly! I’d love to win this awesome giveaway for a family session for me and my boys! We have yet to have a single family photo taken of me, my husband, our 3 year old son and our soon to be 1 year old son!

Megan - August 2, 2011 - 3:55 AM

I updated my FB status AND tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/abattoirbluze

Megan - August 2, 2011 - 3:56 AM

Sorry, didn’t separate my comments! I also tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/abattoirbluze

Kelly S. - August 3, 2011 - 2:41 PM

I’ve had so much traffic to the blog post about Kelly V. Photography’s 3K giveaway! :) I hope Park Avenue Mommy can help bring much more traffic to your web site.

[...] to be able to give sometimes. I was reminded of that when I met Jo Anne, one of the winners of the 3K Giveaway. She was so excited about her session and said that she’d been following my blog and Facebook [...]

What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday} | Keep it simple

Last week we featured a brightly colored, prop-filled, barrel-of-fun wardrobe.  This week, Shannon Dodge is bringing you the flip side of stylized, and keeping it simple and easy!  Which brings to mind the most important part in all of this, all that we photographers do, and why we continue to bring you this weekly post … it really is all about YOU, our clients, and bringing out the best in your personalities.  No two people, couples, or families are the same, which is the most beautiful thing to capture in our images … what makes you unique!  So enjoy today’s wardrobe suggestions and remember, at your next portrait session, do what makes you YOU!

Here’s what Shannon has to say:

“I am all about color or props in photographs. Bright colorful patterns on children OR coordinating with bright and colorful props can be wonderful. But sometimes I like things toned down a tad. It may boil down to preference or a matter of taste, but sometimes…less is more. As a lifestyle portrait photographer, I tend not to use too many props. I like to focus on the soul and emotion/interaction between my clients, rather than force a situation. Which brings me to this week’s post: whether you are photographing a baby, child or family, sometimes it’s best to leave most of the props behind, tone down the clothing, and focus on the individuals instead.

Some of my most favorite sessions recently have been those where the individuals i’ve photographed were just being themselves. I recently had the privilege of photographing the SUPER talented Jean and Travis Smith and their GORGEOUS boys. Jean told me ahead of time the vision she had for her session. She wanted lots of warm evening light, and photos of her family just being together. She decided she’d like some images in a grassy area with everybody dressed and then some by the water with her boys shirtless. All of her boys wore khakis and were barefoot. Jean wore a neutral colored maxi dress. The result? Pure joy and delightful images. Her boys were naturally comfortable and more likely to relax around me as a result.”

Pssst…let me tell you a little secret. Sometimes the little ones need their comfort items with them–blanket, stuffed animal, doll. And you know what? Capturing them with their “lovies” is PRICELESS and clients LOVE IT!  I photographed this next beautiful little guy last year. His mom wanted some of him tastefully naked. I love the result with this adorable crocheted hat!

His bedroom had the perfect white room with just the right amount of light. We placed him in his crib and voila. With gorgeous blue eyes like that, who needs anything else?

Here’s another example. Just a few weekends ago, I went to a client’s home to do a photoshoot with her children. I told her with the heat, humidity and bugs, that her children would most likely be most comfortable in their own home. I was in heaven when I arrived to their large and open home FULL of natural light. The kids were naturally active, as one and three year old’s are, but I was able to relax them and get natural expressions by letting them do the things they like to do. The little girl wanted to read and hang out in her bedroom, so we did just that. I brought along some inexpensive blocks for the baby to play with, and he was very happy! It’s amazing what a book and some blocks can do. Keep that in mind when using props. In this case, less was more!

And one last example. This little girl loves dress up, so I knew this beautiful flower wreath would work perfectly for her. I was able to focus on JUST her and add a little bit of color and whimsy.

These are just some subtle ways to have fun and focus on the inner soul and personality of your clients. The compilation I put together is very simple and easy. All of the clothing items are from the Gap (keeping in line with my usual “one stop shopping”!). I am picturing the Dad’s jeans rolled up and everybody barefoot. Of course this would have to be a session shot in a warm climate, so it’s perfect for summertime! The props do not go along with the outfits I put together. They are just some ideas to add something a little extra special to your photoshoots. Take some time to relax and relax your client’s by letting them play and just “be”. You might be surprised at the results!


Men’s Jeans–The Gap $59.95
Men’s Shirt–The Gap $39.95

Women’s Dress–The Gap $59.95

Boy’s Shirt–The Gap $12.99
Boy’s Shorts–The Gap $24.99

Girl’s Dress–The Gap $29.95

Props and Accessories:
Crocheted Hat-Etsy–Modiste Bee
Blocks–WalMart $23.99
Orange Blossom Wreath–Bloom Design Studio- Etsy $20.00


What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

There is nothing better than some incredible candid shots of a family interacting with each other. And what better way to do that than by coming up with a fun theme for your portrait session by matching some props to your coordinated outfits? I know. Sounds hard, right? Nope! Rebecca points out just how easy it can be!

And if you like the idea and want to make it your own, I’m happy to discuss any prop options during your pre-session consultation.  One music-loving family brought a quilt, their accoustic guitar and a banjo. Or how about a session at the amusement park? Everything you need is right there! A bag of cotton candy, try to win a prize or two, and of course the rides. Want something more low-key? What about a session at the river skipping rocks, butterfly nets and old mason jars for fireflies? The possibilities are endless!

Now for Rebecca’s “Vintage-Inspired Summer Stylized Session.” Here’s what she has to say:

Recently I asked our Wardrobe Wednesdayfans to give me some ideas about what they’d like to see in my upcoming post, and my question was answered with “vintage” and “retro” and “not costumey” and “family.”  I thought, well, that sounds right up my alley!  I am so in love with all things vintage and retro…and absolutely love all of the stylized sessions I am seeing lately…so I said to myself, “Why don’t we put them together?” 

When I have my pre-session consultations with clients, I always give them lots of ideas on props to bring to make their session unique and different.  I know this can seem a bit overwhelming to some clients, but I am here today to tell you, it is super easy!  It just takes a little bit of creativity and a bunch of Googling, and there you are! 

Since we are obviously in the throws of summer, I wanted to do something with a summer-inspired theme, and what could be more summery than lemonade?  I started on Etsy and typed in “lemonade,” and within about 30 minutes, I had found a dress for the little girl, a flag banner, cute little straws, and the cupcake decorating set.  The dress and straws I found first, so that set my color palette.  From there, I started imagining things that would look cute (and also be functional) for a family session.  Then I headed over to Google, and typed in “vintage soda,” “metal drink tub,” and “pink and green candy.”  It was really that easy!  In about an hour, I had found just about everything I needed for my stylized session.

Before every session, I always take some time to imagine different scenarios that I might want to try with my clients.  That way, I’m not stuck for ideas if they don’t magically pop into my head on site.  For this session, I imagined a field of green grass, maybe some little wildflowers (if we were lucky), a lovely tree to hang our flag banner, and my family sitting on a beautiful quilt, surrounded by all things pink, green and yellow.  Cute little cupcakes (that you can bake yourself) topped with the items from the decorating set on a lovely plate … being eaten and enjoyed during the session … maybe even with a little icing fun!  Pink soda pop chilling in a bright green metal tub and kids eating candy from the Mason jars.  There are so many possibilities with this setup, I could just go on and on!

The wardrobe was inspired by the little girl’s dress and the fact that I knew I wanted something a little bit vintage for Mom.  Luckily, I already knew about ModCloth and their fabulous vintage clothing, so I went there directly.  I already had my color palette from my props, and since my theme was lemonade-inspired, I quickly scanned through the dresses for something yellow.  After finding Mom’s dress, I picked a pop of color for her shoes, and a bit of a retro feel with the owl ring.  The boys were fairly easy; I just pulled colors from the outfits I had picked already!  Bare feet for kids during the summer is my absolute favorite, so we didn’t even have to stress over choosing shoes. 

And that’s it!  A stylized session pulled together in a matter of hours.  You can do it too … it really is amazing what you can find on Etsy and Google!  The important thing is to have FUN and enjoy the process … and remember, there are no limits to your imagination. :)


Green Metal Beverage Tub | Pier 1 | $49.99
Hard Candy Watermelon Slices | Candy Warehouse | $6
Pink & Green Rock Candy Sticks | Groovy Candies | $1
Fufu Berry Jones Pure Cane Soda | Jones Soda | $18.99
Mason Jar | Ace Hardware | $9.49
Lemonade Stand Bunting | Etsy: Stitchin’netka | $35
Pink & Lime Cupcake Kit | Etsy: The Bakers Confections | $14.95
Lemonade Stand Paper Straws | Etsy: The Bakers Confections | $10


Men’s Mini-Check Patterned Shirt | Old Navy | $24.94
South Notch Shorts | Abercrombie & Fitch | $68
Men’s Classic Pique Polos | Old Navy | $12.50
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Slim | Piperlime | $60


Sunny Day’s Best Dress | ModCloth | $87.99
Owl Be Ring-ing You | ModCloth | $20.99
Keen on Kelly Wedge | ModCloth | $39.99


Raspberry Lemonade Ruffles Twirl Dress | Etsy: Reimagined Treasures | $60
Flower Headband | Gap | $11.95


Boys Striped Pique Polos | Old Navy | $7.50
Painter Roll Up Pants | Tea Collection | $29.50

Jacqueline - July 13, 2011 - 12:42 PM

Hey there a friend of Matt & Courtney, we met at Jax 1st B’day Party, These pictures of the Bernier family are absolutely beautiful and amazing!

The Berniers {State College, PA family photographer}

I’d like to introduce you to my BFF from KINDERGARTEN. That’s right. I’ve known Courtney since we were six. I cheated off of her math quizzes in fifth grade, fell asleep on the phone talking to her because we’d stay up so late, and walked into her house like it was my own. We even bought the same car at one point as adults. True story!

So when she and her beautiful family came to visit for the Fourth of July, we carved out a few minutes to take some photos. When we got home, my camera-crazy daughter was very upset that she didn’t get to come along, so we made a big production about a mini-mini photoshoot outside on our front steps. And wouldn’t you know it’s one of my favorite photos of  our kids ever.

… and yes we’ve talked about them getting married someday … and I would put the photo on all of their wedding invitations … and it would be the cutest thing ever … and, hey, it could totally happen …

mary Z - July 13, 2011 - 10:41 AM

I love them all!!!!!!!

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