In Category: ‘Portraits’

While they don’t know each other at all, I thought it was funny that both of my recent seniors had so many similarities: the same name (different spelling), recent tattoos, and going to college to pursue careers in the medical field.

Meet Chelsea #2!

What did you enjoy most about your senior year?

“I was involved with football, so I always looked forward to Friday night. Not only is it the end of the week, but it meant a football game.”

What are you looking forward to most now that you have graduated?

“Going to college and pursuing a career in the medical field.”

What are you going to study at college?

“I will be going to Athens Technical College, and I will be studying diagnostic medical sonography.”

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I love so many things about this session…the colors, the locations, everything.

Chelsea met me super early.  I am really not a morning person, but it’s been ridiculously hot this summer.  I asked Chelsea if she could meet early so we could try to avoid some of the heat.  She had no problem at all meeting early and was totally cool about all the random locations that I picked.  For the past year, I have driven by many of these spots and couldn’t wait for the chance to find someone to photograph at them.  Chelsea didn’t even bat an eyelash when I brought her to a gutted out gas station.  I just love when the people I photograph are as excited about the locations that I pick as I am.

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Check out her new tattoo..and her super cute pedicure!

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The final location we shot at was perfect.  Chelsea really killed it here (in a model kind of way) and I am so happy with all the images!  To see more from her session, click here and go to the High School Seniors section.

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My favorite…

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Congratulations Chelsea on your recent graduation and thank you so much for letting me take you to so many locations that HOT morning!

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If you or someone you know is a Gwinnett County or Walton County High School Senior and is interested in becoming a {Twelve}12 Spokesmodel, it’s not too late to submit an application. Click here for more details.

Until next time…Good night!

It’s been a busy summer!  Hard to believe in a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating Labor Day! Between work and vacation and trying to launch {Twelve}12, I have gotten behind on the blog again.  By the way, we are still looking for Class of 2012 Spokesmodels.  If you or someone you know is a Gwinnett County or Walton County High School Senior, they are eligible.  For more details, click here.

Getting back to blog catch up!

Let’s get to know Chelsie:

What did you enjoy most about your senior year?

“My senior year I enjoyed being more independent and being looked up to by many as the new group going off into the world.”

What are you looking forward to most now that you have graduated?

“Now that I have graduated, I look forward to being on my own and experiencing things that you can only enjoy while your young.”

What are you going to study at college?

“I plan to study pharmacy, or veterinarian medicine.”

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I found this so touching…

Chelsie recently had a brother pass away and got a tattoo in his memory.

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Ahhh…shoes!  Being a little obsessed with shoes myself, I always tell everyone to wear their favorite shoes!  I love these cute little wedges Chelsie wore.  They are very nautical – so fun!

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I want to thank Chelsie for letting me photograph her and wish her all the best as she “goes off into the world.”    :)

I have been hinting around to changes lately.  After photographing families, weddings, children, events…I finally have decided what suits me and my photography style best.  I will now be specializing in High School Senior Portraits.  Now, this isn’t the plain old cap and gown or that drape we had to wear back when I was in school.  Not at all!  :)  My style has always been taking a fabulous fashionable person and find a dirty, not so pretty location and let them pose as if they are in a fashion magazine.  I’m inspired by fashion and editorial style shoots where smiles aren’t always necessary.   What I have learned in the past few years is that my style and what I love to photograph is exactly what High School Seniors want to have in photographs of themselves.

The first most obvious change is the Portfolio page of my website.  I have removed the Children, Family, and Boudoir sections.   I always hear that you should show the work that you want to attract and for me, that is Seniors and Individuals & Couples interested in Fashion & Editorial inspired photo shoots.   The second most obvious change is the addition of the High School Senior gallery to the Portfolio page.  From time to time, you may still see a few family sessions appear on the blog, because I do have lots of friends with children.   I just won’t be focusing on these types of sessions anymore or targeting them as part of my business.

I have also named the High School Senior Portrait side of my business {Twelve}12 and created some new logos to match.  I just wanted a bit of a separation from Tricia Toker Photography.

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That’s the big news for now!  Soon I will be announcing the details of the Class of 2012 Spokesmodel program, where Gwinnett County High School Seniors will help promote {Twelve}12 and receive free photo sessions and/or products in return!

This year has been different for me than last year as far as my photography is concerned.

Last year was about starting the business and taking pictures of anything and everything. Now, it is more about finding myself as a photographer and deciding what really excites me and what direction to take my business.  Along with that, I decided I needed to meet other photographers in my area.

While my friends like that I started my business, none of them care about an aperture or shutter speed and I don’t blame them for that at all.   I do want to get out there though and find some new friends that share in my passion for photography.  Earlier this year,  I started looking for local photography groups.  I found a few really cool ones that meet regularly and attended my first one last month.   Aside from meeting a bunch of really cool and talented people, I got to shoot in a fabulous studio, Photoplex Studios in Alpharetta.  Now, I can’t take credit for the awesome lighting setup (thanks to Trent, Evan, and the rest of the team) or the posing.  The models rocked it big time!  I did come away with some new friends and some awesome shots.   Aimee, Claudia, Kayla – hope to see you at the next one!

Shawna Leigh Grasty:

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Ashley Rivera:

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Olivia Vranjes on Left / Ashley on Right:

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Ariel Betancourt:

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Alan Garner:

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more Ariel:

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Helloooo!!!

Sorry, I have taken so long to blog again…and no, I haven’t been off buying more shoes!! Well…maybe just one more pair of Iron Fist Shoes made it into my closet, but that’s a story for another blog post.  :)

Last month started my busy, busy time for sessions.  You’ll remember the Cunningham family from previous posts.  This time though, I got to photograph the extended family as well. While the day was mostly about little Mia, it’s easy to see where she gets her posing skills from with all the beautiful smiles in this family.  :)

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This is the third time that I have photographed little Mia in a year.  Each time, I would say she has gotten more and more comfortable with me and the camera.  Let  me tell you though, this time, Mia busted out some moves like she has been watching America’s Next Top Model!

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A few more family shots….

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And back to “working it!”   icon smile The Cunningham Family ~ {Smyrna, Georgia Family Photographer}

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Everyone knows how much I love photographing cupcakes, even fake ones…she clearly knew how to get my attention!   icon smile The Cunningham Family ~ {Smyrna, Georgia Family Photographer}

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I know I mentioned that I would catch up on blogging, but first I need to share how I spent this past Sunday with the Cofer Family.  Christy and I have been talking for a couple of months and I was so excited to finally meet her.  I met the family early in the morning in Downtown Winder.  I was very happy to see all the cool old buildings in this town!  I just love little towns with so much character.  I will definitely have to go back.

Christy and her beautiful family were up for anything I asked and were so great about going to a variety of locations in a short amount of time.

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The little boys are so obviously close and so sweet with one another AND look at their eyes!!  Actually, not just the boys, all four of them have beautiful piercing blue eyes!!

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Little Brady was such a ham.  He totally loved posing for the camera.  He didn’t need a reason, but it certainly didn’t hurt when I brought out a bag of foam toys.

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My favorite spot of the day was behind the buildings near an alley.  My mother actually found it and I am so glad she did!

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Christy did mention that she wanted to try to get a few pics of her and her husband Jimmy.  Luckily, since my mother was with me, she kept the boys occupied while I got a few of them alone.  This one is my favorite!

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Thanks to the Cofer family for hanging out with me and making my job so easy and thanks to my mother for tagging along and helping out!  :)

I was so happy when Cher decided to meet me out on a Sunday afternoon and was open to all my locations, ideas and mostly didn’t even care if she got dirty.  I, however, am not as partial to dust and dirt, but Cher didn’t care a bit when we trekked, in complete darkness, across the soggy ground.  Did I mention she did this in a short black dress and black heels, while helping me carry all my stuff?!?  :)

Cher took some amazing pictures.  I wish I could show you all of them, but then this post would be ridiculously long and I would like for you to come back again!  :)   I was so excited about the different locations.  The broken barricade, I passed one morning on the way to work and thought, “oh my goodness, I have to find someone to photograph there!”  Lucky for me, Cher didn’t care where I took her.  Thanks for putting up with all my crazy ideas Cher – hope you enjoy the pictures!  :)

If any of you out there have any suggestions of other cool locations, please send me an email.  I am always looking for random locations, but I don’t really get to drive around exploring a lot.  I would love to see what is out there that I could incorporate into a fun photo shoot!

enough of that…I’ll stop talking already and show you the pictures!

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I’m soooo happy to announce that the new website and blog are finally here!   It was a lot of late nights and a lot of work, but I can’t wait for everyone to see it.   If you are looking for any of the old blog entries, no need to go back to the old blog.  You can find everything here!  Please take some time to look around the site and let me know what you think!

I’ll be posting more later.  I have some exciting photo shoots coming up later this month, plus I need to finish editing the shoot from Sunday.  If you missed the sneak peek on Facebook – it’s right here!  Super excited to show off more from this one!

Check out the size of the image!  That’s one of the main reasons I wanted a new blog.   Now I can actually show you images as they should be seen and not small like my old blog.   All posts moving forward will have large images like the one below.

So that’s it for now – that’s the big announcement!  I hope you all like the new home for Tricia Toker Photography and I think the website address should be a lot easier to remember now.  :)

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