Here’s another installment of WTWW – Seniors!  To see the first post, click here.  If you haven’t submitted to be one of the lucky Outstanding Teens to receive a free session, hair & makeup – you only have a few days left!  Submission deadline is May 1st, so send in your email now (details can be found here).

XOXO, Lacy

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Many people don’t know WHEN they’re suppose to get their senior pictures done…I was the same way!

Here are a few problems you will run into if you wait until right before Graduation to get your photos done:
1-You may not be able to get an appointment with your favorite photographer as many of us book up months in advance2-If you are able to get into your favorite photographer, you will still need to consider editing time and/or invitation design time
3-Don’t forget about time frames to get your invitations out to friends & loved ones in time for them to make travel arrangements to come be with you on your Graduation day (I recommend sending out invitations at LEAST 3 week prior to your event)
4-You may be forced to do your photos in the Snow (since we live in Utah, and sometimes it doesn’t melt off until Independence Day, lol), or in the early Spring before anything blooms.  If you wait until late Spring, you may not have your photos back in time to get your invitations out
5-You will need to order wallet prints or senior stickers for yearbook signings, so don’t forget to allow time for that

So, what do I recommend?
1-Make contact with your favorite photographer and start the ball rolling on planning your session either at the end of your Junior year, or earlier if you want to be SURE to get in with them
2-Every photographer is different, but I recommend to my clients to do your session while the scenery is still gorgeous out, which would be at the beginning of your Senior Year.  I will rarely take Senior sessions a month or two before they graduate, just because it is too hectic trying to get your images back to you, get your prints ordered, and getting your invitations out
3-Dress in what you’re comfortable wearing, and don’t be afraid to have some FUN with your colors
4-Think about what makes you YOU, and talk with your photographer about what you can do on your session to enhance those fun things about you & your interests, and really make those show through in the images

In the next few weeks, I will be posting a few fun outfit ideas for your photo session!  If you’re looking for a photographer for your session, simply click on the contact section above and shoot me a message to receive more information, or if you’re reading this before May 1st, 2013 go read this post, and submit for a free session!

Here’s the first installment in the Senior’s edition of What to Wear Wednesdays:

XOXO, Lacy

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I’m currently in search of one OUTSTANDING  2014 graduating student from each of the following High Schools:  Uintah, Union, Duchesne & Altamont!  Male & Female…all genders welcome to apply!

I love meeting the upcoming generations!  To see how things have changed since I was that age.  To listen to their hopes and dreams.  To see the glimmer in their eyes thinking of the road ahead of them.  Listening to their accomplishments thus far & knowing they will accomplish MUCH more than they anticipate as they grow and change.

So, if you, or someone you know is an outstanding student that will graduate in 2014…I’m offering you/them a FREE senior session!

Here are the details of how to submit yourself, or someone else:
-Email with a photo &  story of what makes you (or the person you’re nominating) one of the school’s outstanding teens
-Seniors will be chosen next month and posted to the blog
-Help with outfit & styling for your shoot
-We’ll plan a fantastic session with those seniors chosen
-Complete with a hair stylist & makeup artist! Boys…don’t worry, we won’t put makeup on you 😉
-Options for you to earn free prints, senior stickers & graduation invitations


XOXO, Lacy

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Usually, every new year starts out the same for me.  I start by going over the goals I’ve written down in the Fall, re-organize, take some time to breath after the busy season, go to Vegas for the annual Wedding & Portrait Photographer’s International convention for a creative re-charge, then I make plans for the following year.

But this year has been different.  After losing my favorite Aunt last year in March, my little brother (in-law) in August, and my Grandpa in December…I knew that this year I wanted needed to spend more time with my family.  Life is too short for regrets, and the only thing I’ve regretted in my life the last few years is how little time I’ve spent with my loved ones.
It never failed that after every super-busy Fall season, someone would ask how I was…and after blabbing the ever-so-easily-spouted-and-overly-used, “Super Busy!”…I’d say “next year, I swear I’m not going to take so many sessions”, and every year, I’ve failed.  Every year, instead of being more relaxed, became more crazy than the year before.  Working full time (well…kinda full time – thanks to my in-laws & hubby), shooting most weekends, editing/blogging/posting/delivering images every week night has taken it’s tole.  On me.  On my relationships with family.  On my health.  On being present in the moment.  On my friendships.  So this year, I’m sticking to my guns.  I’m taking the initiative to make myself, my husband, my health & my family the very first priority.

I want to tell my husband, I’m sorry.  I’m sorry that most week nights in the last few years, I was stressed and probably a little pissy and had my nose shoved in my computer instead of sitting on the couch with you watching our favorite shows.  I’m sorry I’ve slacked on my wifely duties and that you’ve had to pick up the slack (you’re a saint for helping me)!  I’m sorry that we’ve missed out on camping trips, Harley rides, movie dates because I had too much to do.  I realize now that I’m not super woman, and that isn’t a bad thing.  Things are changing, for the better!
I want to tell my sister, I’m sorry.  I’m sorry for not spending more time with you, my only sibling.  I’m sorry for not being the Aunt that your boys deserve…after-all, D & I are the only Uncle & Aunt they have.  I’m sorry for not being the fun Aunt that Tam was to us.  I know I can do better, and be as fun as she was.  Things are changing, for the better!
I want to tell my Parents, I’m sorry.  I’m sorry for being too busy to come up for family dinners when you’ve called.  For being snappy and stressed on the phone when you just called to see what I’ve been up to because we hadn’t seen each other in weeks.  I’m sorry for not taking the time to go have fun with you on weekends when you go on family trips.  I’m sorry for not being mentally present in the moment when I did find the time to come visit.  Things are changing, for the better!
To everyone else who has felt the effects of my stress…I’m sorry.  Things are changing, for the better!

So what does all this mean?

  • Yes, Lacy Lange Photography is still in business.  No worries!
  • I’m still taking Family, Senior & Wedding clients.  I’m just taking fewer, and am being selective over which sessions I take.
  • Clients will still receive their images in the contracted time (and actually maybe a little faster this year)!
  • I will be doing more Personal Photography Projects for myself this year, than taking Paying Clients.

I hope everyone understands why these changes need to be made, and I hope you are as excited as I am for these implementations.  Less shoots will mean more attention to detail during your shoots, faster editing, me REMEMBERING things we’ve talked about more, and just a better over-all experience for you.  Please understand that as an artist, my clients and their shoots are my creative-nourishment, which is why I’m being more selective of the sessions I take.  While I need to be a good fit for them, they also need to be a good fit for me and my creative vision.  Thank you all for your support in this leg of my journey!

XOXO,  Lacy

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