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Miss Chesapeake 2010 – Pageant Photography

As large as Hampton Roads is, it can sometimes still feel like a small town. Last Sunday was one of those times for me. A young woman called earlier in the week needing some portrait work done – quickly. Since she was only going to be in town for the weekend and we were busy Saturday, we met up at the studio on Sunday. Rosemary Willis, the current “Miss Chesapeake” is planning on competing for the title of “Miss Virginia” in June and needed head shots to submit this week for the program.

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Her name sounded familiar. I’ve literally taught hundreds of girls ballet over the past 17 years so a lot of names sound familiar but I remembered specifically having taught a little four-year-old girl ballet named Rosemary Willis. She was blond, blue eyed and had a bright smile and deep dimples. Surely this girl driving in from William and Mary couldn’t be the same one…

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Sure enough, in walks a taller, more sophisticated version of the little girl with the perky personality I taught years ago. Shooting her portrait was a joy. With beautiful bone structure, taking fabulous head shots of her was easy. Our biggest challenge was keeping fly away hairs in place but thanks to Rosemary’s mom, Patti, keeping an eye out for rebellious strands, we got several great images.

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Rosemary was relaxed and natural in front of the camera and well she should be since she has been doing this for awhile now. She started entering pageants as a junior in high school winning first runner up for “Miss Indian River” and winning “Miss Indian River” her senior year. From there, the directors of the pageant suggested she compete for “Chesapeake’s Outstanding Teen” which she won as well. Her favorite part of participating in these pageants is the talent portion. No longer dancing, Rosemary now enjoys singing – engaging with the audience through her voice rather than her feet.

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As we wrapped up our time together, I told Rosemary I had been involved coaching a couple of pre-teen girls this year and asked her if she had any advice for them. She said to encourage them to do community service. Rosemary knows a little about serving people both here and abroad. She has been everywhere from Africa to the Ukraine participating in AIDS education and awareness. “And, this may sound stupid but just be yourself. Genuine, caring people are more apt to win”. Sounds like some pretty good advice for us all…

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Most Photogenic Award – Virginia Beach Pageant Headshot Photography

Abbie brought Shelby to Hampton Roads Photography last September wanting us to shoot images of her daughter impressive enough to enter in the “Most Photogenic” contest in the Miss York County, Virginia Pageant.

Since Shelby is adorable with plenty of charm and personality, we easily captured several different expressions for Abbie to choose from. Because Abbie wisely chose to bring along a hair and makeup person, she ensured Shelby had a variety of hairstyles giving her different looks as well.

The problem quickly became which image to submit for judging! Abbie eventually chose one she believed would stand out from a pile of other pretty faces by selecting a contemplative image instead of one with a big smile. The soulful image she chose captured Shelby’s beauty in an understated way. Apparently it stood out appealing to the judges as well, because it won “Most Photogenic” in the Miss York County, Virginia Pageant.

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Shelby currently holds the title of Miss Hill City, Virginia and Virginia American co-ed Sweetheart. She plans to compete in Miss Virginia Outstanding Preteen, June 26, 2010. May you capture the judges’ hearts there as well Shelby!

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Casey at the Bat – Pageant Headshot Photography

June 26, 2010 Casey will be up at bat – not swinging a baseball bat like the mighty Casey of the famous poem but definitely going head to head with some tough competition. Casey Shepard will be competing with 25-30 pre-teen pageant winners from across the state of Virginia for the title of Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen.

If you read our previous We’ve Gone to the Dogs blog, you may recall seeing Casey. She was last photographed at Hampton Roads Photography sitting on a bench full of squirming little dachshunds; one of which is named Princess – how fitting since Casey is a princess of sorts herself having won Miss Norfolk’s Outstanding Preteen in 2009.

This past Friday, she came to us needing an outstanding headshot for the state program listing all the contestants. Here are a few images from our session:

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Casey, we wish you the best. May you knock it out of the park!

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Announcing Our “Top Model Award” Winner

Since television programs such as America’s Next Top Model and Models of the Runway have been so popular, even more young women are now seeking modeling as a career. Since we’ve seen an abundance of beautiful faces around here lately, we decided to give our own “Top Model” award to a model we deem worthy of the honor.

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In addition to pageant girls needing headshots, we’ve gotten several requests recently from beautiful girls wanting to break into modeling. They call and set up sessions hoping we can capture amazing images of them, strong enough that when an agency looks at their portfolios they will want to sign them.

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We have an aspiring model coming in soon and not wanting to disappoint her with anything less than fabulous prints, Jessica come in to help me one evening. I needed to try the new lighting setup Carl designed specifically for model’s headshots. Before the night ended, Jessica had put on an assortment of outfits ranging from formal wear to cowgirl gear. Close-ups to full length. This “Runway to Rodeo” session turned out to be time well spent; it was good to be able to test some poses as well as the new lights.

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Some of what we tried I loved. Other stuff – not so much. One shot, the bubble gum image, we did just for fun. She was a good sport about it. That’s what we like about using Jessica. She’ll try anything! Besides, how often does will she have an excuse to chew several pieces of bubble gum at the same time and blow a huge bubble? If nothing else, it made a cute profile picture for her facebook page!

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Without further adieu, Hampton Roads Photography proudly announces this month’s Top Model award recipient. The award goes to – (drumroll please…) Jessica! Our ever patient muse puts up with a lot around here when we need a body in front of the camera. Being such a good sport about it all, she deserves this “distinctive” honor!

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