Molly | Virginia Tech Senior Portraits with Horses

Graduation Photos with Horses

I love horses, like a lot, a whole lot.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to horses [Exhibit A: A Horse is a Horse].  I haven’t ridden a horse since I was a little girl at 4H camp so naturally I was completely ecstatic when Molly contacted me about Virginia Tech graduation photos and told me she would like to have them taken at the stables!  Molly is a professional horseback riding instructor, the barn location that we use is not only where she works, but where her favorite horses live as well! Naturally I started looking around for other awesome senior portraits with horses to hype myself even more for her photo session.  Working with Molly was wonderful, she was delightful and so were her equine friends! I’m smitten with the photos we took in the trees, they look like they came straight woodland forest fairy tale.

Where to Have Your Photos Printed | Advice from Your Friendly Photographer

Where to Have Your Photos Printed | Advice from Your Friendly Photographer

Please, Please, Please Tell Me You Print Your Photos...  If you are guilty of letting them sit on your hard drive and never hanging them on the walls of your home, I am hoping to motivate you into having some of your favorites printed so they can be enjoyed by you and your family.  Check out this piece from Design Aglow about How Family Portraits Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem.  Below are some of my favorite places to have my photos printed (in addition to ProDPI which is my go-to professional lab).

Photo Books, Albums, and Ready to Hang Photo Art
Artifact Uprising offers a pretty wide selection of unique ways to print your photographs.  Best of all, most of their products are ready to be displayed immediately in your home, no need to order frames.  Their acrylic float frames are my newest obsession, you can have your photo printed on a wooden box, and their photo books have a custom dust jacket and remind me of being in a library.  Artifact Uprising uses recycled materials and reclaimed wood to create their environmentally friendly products.  Their designs are a beautiful and minimalistic way to display your photos throughout your home.

Holiday Cards and Wedding Invitations
If you want to have highly personalized holiday cards or wedding invitations, my go-to is Minted.  Their selection of card designs is unbelievable.  The designs are submitted by independent artists and curated through competitions.  They have a lot of different card options with a gorgeous gold foil, if you like shiny things as much as me.

Traditional Photo Prints
When it comes to regular photo prints that I want to order a larger quantity of, I always order from AdoramaPix.  I have been a customer of theirs for years.  The print quality is wonderful, the customer service is superior, prints are affordable, and shipping is free on orders over $49.  I order my prints on their matte paper with a white boarder because something about that little white border makes it feel extra special.

Business Cards
Moo Cards are my favorite, you can have a different photo on every single card if you want. Moo cards are a creative entrepreneur/photographer's dream because you are carrying around a mini printed portfolio with you wherever you go.  You can share your best work any time your business comes up in conversation, which will be a long conversation because they'll be wowed by your business cards.  Added perk: if someone takes a card with an image they personally selected, it is a lot less likely to be thrown in the trash.

Take Some Action

  1. I'm always looking for new fun ways to have photos printed and displayed, if you have any hidden gems, please share them in the comments below.
  2. Share with one of your friends who never prints their photos.
  3. Go order some beautiful prints of your photos for your home!

Natalee | Virginia Tech Senior Portrait and Graduation Photographer

I met Natalee a few years ago through mutual friends on social media.  If she looks familiar, you may have seen her giving her family a heart attack when I had her model wedding gowns for faux bridal portraits a few years ago [one of those photos are printed on my business cards still to this very day]!  We got together for some Virginia Tech graduation photos last fall when she was wrapping up her work on her bachelor’s degree.  Natalee and her beautiful yellow lab, Mia took a grand tour of Virginia Tech’s campus with me hitting all kinds of hot spots from Hahn Horticulture Garden, the Duck Pond, the Pylons, to Burruss Hall.  We wrapped it up by enjoying a couple of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks on top of the Kent Square parking garage, Mia loves that PSL almost as much as me!