Senior Model Portrait - Kade Herndon | Emily McGonigle Photography

Hey everyone! I hope you've all been enjoying the most recent glimpse of warm weather we got this weekend. Today, I want to introduce you to my first Senior Model of 2017, Kade Herndon!

Kade is in the graduating class of 2018 at Eagleville High School, and is really good friends with one of my previous Senior Models, Emily Domer. Kade is super laid back, confident, and a passionate baseball player. He also happens to be super suave in front of the camera.

When Kade arrived to the studio on the day of his model session, the lovely Katrina Brooks was on set to get Kade camera ready. After he was ready to go, we create 3 different distinct looks for Kade's Model Session and he rocked them all! Have a look!

 
 
 
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If you are in the class of 2018 and are interested in becoming a senior model for Emily McGonigle Photography, you have about a week left to apply! Visit my Senior Model Program page to submit your application.

Also, thank you to Katrina Brooks for doing a fabulous job on Kade's hair and makeup, and to my good friend Josh Johanson for being both entertaining and a huge help on set! 

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Behind the Scenes Senior Portrait - Brittany Perea | Emily McGonigle Photography

Hey everyone!

I know things have been quiet around here lately, but that's because I'm cooking up a lot on the back end! I've been tirelessly editing my life away (yes, still), I've launched a new retouching brand (Emily McGonigle Retouch), and I've been working on a few top secret projects with my business partner in crime (stay tuned for more on that in weeks to come).

But for now, I wanted to stop by and introduce you all to the lovely Brittany Perea!

Brittney is a high school senior at Curry Ingram Academy. This is the second time I've gotten the chance to work with the Perea family. They first hired me to photograph Brittany's older sister's senior portraits. Tiffany and Brittany definitely have different styles and different personalities, but both were extremely fun to work with!

When I met with Brittany, she expressed to me a love of fashion that speaks to female strength as well as throws back to the old classical Hollywood style. We took that idea and incorporated a little of all of that into each look of her session!

Brittany had 3 different looks the day of her session. She had a casual look, a dressy look, and a more fun youthful look, all 3 very different from one another. We wanted to be able to showcase as much of Brittany's personality and versatile style as possible.

We had Katrina Brooks on set with us that day, and she worked her magic making Brittany look her very best in every setup.

Brittany was a joy to work with. We laughed a lot, had a great time, and made some awesome images together. Here's a sneak peek of one of the finished images from the first set up!

Special thanks goes to Katrina Brooks for doing a fabulous job, as always, and to Matthew Simmons for all his help on set!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin Senior Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Senior Portrait - Elon Perry-Stiner | Emily McGonigle Photography

HAPPY NEW YEAR GANG!

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season (and I hope everyone survived our first snowfall of the year!). 

I wanted to stop by and share some images from one of my senior portrait sessions this fall. Elon was one of my 2017 Senior Models, so you may remember her from her Senior Model shoot.

We did Elon's session mostly in-studio, so for her Senior Portrait session she wanted to go on-location. When I asked her what she had in mind she used the words "grandiose" to describe what she was envisioning, and also mentioned some garden areas. And what gets more grandiose in Nashville than Centennial park? So that's where we did her session and it turned out fabulously!

 
 
 
 

Does Elon know how to work the camera or what? If you love this stunning shoot as much as I loved creating it, be sure to leave Elon some love below.

And if you want to have the same experience as Elon had, I'm currently searching for Senior Models in the class of 2018! If you'd like more information and to apply, head on over to my Senior Model Program page to submit!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Senior Portrait - Emma Novak | Emily McGonigle Photography

Hey everyone! Just dropping by quick to share some photos from a recent senior portrait session, before I go back into my editing cave.

Emma Novak was one of my senior models for 2016, so you may recognize her from her Senior Model session a while back. She's super sweet, confident, smart, and was a ton of fun to hang out with during her session.

 
 
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At one point, I found a small little patch of flowers, set into the trees a little bit. I asked Emma to sit down in it, and at first she gave me a skeptical look, but she went with it anyway. It ended up turing out super cute!

 
 

She's gorgeous, isn't she?! Make sure you leave Emma some love in the comments below!

Thanks to Katrina Brooks for doing a boss job on her hair and makeup, and to Matthew Simmons for helping us fight tall grasses, bugs, and sunlight.

Side Note:

SPEAKING of Senior Models... In case you guys haven't seen, the application for Senior Models in 2017 is NOW LIVE. Check it out, and let your friends in the class of 2018 know they can apply now!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

"And the winning image is..." and another exciting announcement! | Emily McGonigle Photography

Hey guys!

Instead of writing a blog post today, I thought I'd come at you via video! Check out the video below to find out which of the images I submitted to the Senior Style Guide: Hot 100 was the winning image, and who will be getting their very own copy of the magazine! 

*ALSO*... there's another announcment. I don't know if you've heard, but I just launched something awesome, and you'll want to know ALL ABOUT IT if you're in the class of 2018!

Check it out!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Fashion Portrait - Sam Studer | Emily McGonigle Photography

HOI GUYZ!

Man, these past few months... let me tell you... Craziness.

And at the beginning of all the craziness, I had the pleasure of working with Sam Studer, and I'm excited to finally release the images from his session! 

Sam was awesome and allowed me the opportunity to really play around with lighting in the studio for his portrait session. I'm really happy with the way these came out. Take a look below and let us know what you think! And don't forget to leave Sam some love in the comments below!

 
 
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Special thanks to Matthew Simmons for his help on set during Sam's session.

Don't forget to check Sam out on Instagram at: @thetimberlion

Until next time, fam!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Senior Style Guide: Hot 100 Recipient | Emily McGonigle Photography

What an awesome week it has been!

I found out that Rick and Morty will be coming back for a 3rd season, I finally figure out a way to start playing Overwatch, AND... The winners for the "Senior Style Guide: Hot 100" list for 2016 were announced.

What is the "Senior Style Guide: Hot 100" list? It's a contest run every year by Senior Style Guide. Senior Style Guide is both a website and magazine that showcases senior portrait photographers and their seniors from all over the globe. Every year they run the Hot 100 contest, where they take submissions for various categories, have guest photographers judge the submitted images, and compile a list of the top 100 senior portrait photographers.

This year, I decided to enter for the first time. I actually debated quite a lot about whether or not to enter. A colleague of mine strongly encouraged me to do so, but the cynic in me thought, "What's the point? I won't win anyway." So I chatted with a close friend of mine in order to try and gain perspective. I THOUGHT that he'd agree with me and say, "What's the point? Don't waste your time"... but he didn't. He actually did the exact opposite and told me that I should go for it.

With that encouragement, I decided to enter. And yesterday they announced the winners.

There were 7,012 images entered this year, a record breaking number for SSG. Of those 7,012 images, I entered 13.

Today I am proud to announce, that I am one of the winners of the Senior Style Guide: Hot 100!

There were 10 categories possible to submit to, which were: Backlit, Urban, Off Camera Flash, Studio, Editorial, Black and White, Straight Out Of Camera, Organic, Styled Concept Shoots, and Photographer’s Choice.

I won in the category of "Studio". I honestly don't know *which* image won yet, as I submitted several to that category, but the winning images will be revealed when the SSG magazine is release on November 15th. I will be purchasing a copy for not only myself, but also for the senior of the winning image!

But until then, I'd love to share with you the images I *did* submit... the finalists, if you will. :)

Backlit:

Senior: Karli Wise

Senior: Karli Wise

Editorial:

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

 
Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

 
Senior: Taylor Grimes

Senior: Taylor Grimes

 
Senior: Emily Domer

Senior: Emily Domer

 

Studio:

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

 
Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

Senior: Mackenzie Barnett

 
 
Senior: Emily Domer

Senior: Emily Domer

 
 
Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

 
 
Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

 

Urban:

Senior: Rebekah Beaty

Senior: Rebekah Beaty

 
Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

Senior: Elon Perry-Stiner

 
Senior: Taylor Grimes

Senior: Taylor Grimes

Now for the part where I get sappy:

I want to say a HUGE thank you to ALL my seniors for trusting me with such a precious time in your life. I've enjoyed hanging out and getting to know every single one of you. I am super blessed to have such amazing clients. I quite literally couldn't do any of this without every single one of you, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU once again. <3

I also want to take this moment to say thank you to Vickie Black, who runs Senior Style Guide, and to this years judges, Terri FodeDan Brouillette, and Tara Rochelle for choosing me to be among the honored other 99 to be on the Hot 100 list!

 
 

And last but CERTAINLY not least... not by a long shot... Super big thanks goes out to my team, who helped me create these images. Katie Vellman, Katrina Brooks, Kenzie Leath, and Ashely Stevens were the ladies who had a hand in the hair and makeup portion of at least one of the photos I entered, if not several. Hair and makeup artists are the unsung heroes of the photo industry. Even on something like a Senior Portrait session, having a skilled hair and makeup artist present can make or break a shoot. They are the first step on my way to making stunning images for my clients.

Katie Vellman

Katie Vellman

Katrina Brooks

Katrina Brooks

Kenzie Leath

Kenzie Leath

Ashely Stevens

Ashely Stevens

And of course, I can't say thank you to everyone above, without saying thank you to Matthew Simmons, who keeps me sane on set, and drives me crazy off it. Who makes sure my lighting is always on point, keeps track of time for me, makes sure I stay caffeinated, lifts and moves heavy things around set so I don't have to, keeps me thoroughly entertained on set, and fully distracted with the computer games I play when I should be editing at home, haha. He is a huge reason I was even considered for a win in the first place. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have learned and grown as much as I have in the past 3.5 years of living in Nashville, and I probably wouldn't have as much motivation to keep doing the things I do.

 
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Matthew Simmons

 

AND OF COURSE... I have to say thank you to my husband Keith McGonigle, who supports my business endeavors, believes in my abilities as an artist, and deals with a cluttered house during editing marathons in the months of September and October, especially. I also appreciate the OCCASIONAL... (I said occasional...) distraction to taste whatever his newest coffee concoction is. (He knows how much I love my caffeine.) And for bringing home random candy. (He also knows how much I love to munch on candy while I work. HAHA.) And for celebratory tacos. And Just because tacos. (We like tacos).

 
Keith McGonigle ♡

Keith McGonigle ♡

 

But okay... enough of the sappy stuff. Once I know which image won, I will be sure to post!

Until next time! 

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Behind the Scenes Senior Portrait - Elon Perry-Stiner | Emily McGonigle Photography

Hey guys! I'm taking another break from my editing marathon to bring you a behind the scenes look at Elon Perry-Stiner's Senior Portrait session! Woot!

Elon is another one of my 2016 Senior Models (you may recall her model shoot from a while back). For her senior portrait session she told me that she wanted gardens and something a little more grandiose. And what's more grandiose than Centennial park with the Parthenon and the garden area around the way? So that's where we did Elon's session!

We started off the day at Fresh Salon where the lovely Katie Vellman did Elon's hair and makeup.

I just wanna take this time to mention that I'm really sad, because Katie is moving to Seattle. I'm really going to miss working with her, because she's super awesome and fabulous at what she does. This was my last shoot working with her, and while I gave her a hard time about leaving the entire time we were together, I really do wish her the best in her new adventure!

Anyway, after we were done at the salon, we traveled to Centennial park to start shooting. We started at the Parthenon and made our way down to the gardens, stopping along the way at various spots we found interesting or pretty.

At one point we stopped on a bridge and an older gentlemen seemed to be waiting for us to finish shooting to cross. We let him know that it was okay to go and that he didn't have to wait on us and he responded with, "It's okay. I'm actually enjoying watching the process. I've never seen a photoshoot done before." He then turned to Elon's mother and said to her, "You have a beautiful young lady there!".

It was such a pleasure getting to work with Elon and her mother again. I can't wait to show you all the beautiful images we created together! But for now, here's a sneak peek of the very gorgeous Elon!!

Thanks once again to Katie Vellman (http://katievellman.format.comfor doing such a fabulous job with Elon's hair and makeup! And thanks to Matthew Simmons, as always, for his help on location!

Keep an eye out for Elon's finished images hitting the blog soon. In the meantime, don't forget to leave her some love below!

Until next time, fam!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Behind the Scenes Senior Portrait - Emma Novak | Emily McGonigle Photography

Happy Edit-tober!

I thought I'd take a break from my massive pile of photoshop files, to bring you a behind the scenes sneak peek of Emma Novak's senior portrait session!

Emma is one of my Senior Models for this year, so you may recall her Senior Model Session a few months back. For her Senior Portrait session, she wanted to do something a little more bright and airy, so that's exactly what we set out to achieve.

As I usually do, I had Emma meet me at the studio to get her hair and makeup done, this time by the lovely Katrina Brooks.

We had a really good time hanging out and catching up while Emma got her makeover. I even gave her a quick lesson on the difference between a few of the lenses I use and why I use them.

The weather for Emma's session was perfect, and the outfits that she chose for her session matched the feel that we were going for exactly the way we wanted them too. Of course, she also had to get some photos done in her Mizzou t-shirt, since she'll be going there for college!

We did Emma's session at Ellington Agricultural Center, in Nashville, because it's a huge place, with a variety of spots to choose from. It's a really great spot to be able to get several different looks.

 
 

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for...

Here's a sneak peek of one of the final images from Emma's session!!

 
 

Isn't Emma simply stunning?! Leave her some love below!

Special thanks to Katrina Brooks (www.katrinabrooks.com) for doing a fabulous job with Emma's hair and makeup, and to Matthew Simmons for his help on set!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Senior Portrait - Taylor Grimes | Emily McGonigle Photography

Happy fall! Break out your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, your scarves, your Ugg boots, and kick your feet up to take a gander at these gorgeous images from Taylor Grimes's senior portrait session!

You may recall the BTS blog I posted about Taylor's session a little while ago, where we had to deal with some unexpected rain on her session and had to change locations last minute. I promised you that these images came out gorgeously despite the weather, and here's my proof!

When we first started shooting the sun was trying it's hardest to peek through the clouds, but hadn't quite broken through. As a result, we got to play with some gorgeous diffused light.

 
 
 
 

Halfway through Taylor's session the sun finally made its way fully through the clouds, and we got some different light to play with for this storybook-esque scene.

 
 

We even snuck off to one more location for the last look of Taylor's session.

 
 

So in the end, what was terrible timing on Mother Nature's part, ended up turning out to be a beautiful session!

Don't forget to leave Taylor some love below!

And now is the part where I say, a HUGE thank you to Katrina Brooks for doing an amazing job with Taylor, and to Matthew Simmons for being flexible with all the plan changes for the day, while helping me on set!

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.