Planet Photo Tribe 2K20 Kinsley

Meet Kinsley

Mark T. Sheehan High School

The Planet Photo Teen Model Tribe 2k20

Model Tribe 2k20

Every year I invite a limited number of High School seniors and teens to be part of the ultimate teen model experience; The Planet Photo Teen Model Tribe 2k20. We collaborate with local boutiques and businesses so if you have an idea for a social media collaboration then reach out to us and send me some details – my email is janet@planet-photography.com. In addition to some fun group shoots and activities, every Tribe member shoots their own individual senior or teen portrait session that is designed around them. I help them choose locations, styling and of course they get professional make up, they can even borrow from the Planet Photo Style closet. You can draw inspiration from their shoots to plan your own! Preserve the memories of the high school years with a portrait session. Planet Photo will make you look and feel like a super model.

Meet the rest of the 2K20 Tribe here. Follow Planet Photo on Facebook and Instagram to get a glimpse of behind the scenes fun and the latest locations and styling tips to help you plan YOUR photo shoot.

Serving Litchfield County, Fairfield County, Westchester County, Putnam County, New Haven County and also available for studio and on location destination portrait sessions. Why not combine portraits with a trip to a dream location? Spend time and create memories and portraits with your senior before they head off to college. Look out for details of destination portrait sessions with Planet Photo in 2020. Past locations have included Palm Springs, California and Austin, Texas.

Planet Photo Tribe 2k20 Bella

Meet Bella

New Milford High School

The Planet Photo Teen Model Tribe 2k20

What is the 2K20 Teen Model Tribe? Every year I invite a limited number of High School seniors and teens to be part of the ultimate teen model experience. We collaborate with local boutiques and businesses so if you have an idea for a social media collaboration then reach out to us and send me some details – my email is janet@planet-photography.com. In addition to some fun group shoots and activities, every Tribe member shoots their own individual senior or teen portrait session that is designed around them. I help them choose locations, styling and of course they get professional make up, they can even borrow from the Planet Photo Style closet. You can draw inspiration from their shoots to plan your own! Preserve the memories of the high school years with a portrait session. Planet Photo will make you look and feel like a super model.

Meet the rest of the 2K20 Tribe here. Follow Planet Photo on Facebook and Instagram to get a glimpse of behind the scenes fun and the latest locations and styling tips to help you plan YOUR photo shoot.

Serving Litchfield County, Fairfield County, Westchester County, Putnam County, New Haven County and also available for studio and on location destination portrait sessions. Why not combine portraits with a trip to a dream location? Spend time and create memories and portraits with your senior before they head off to college. Look out for details of destination portrait sessions with Planet Photo in 2020. Past locations have included Palm Springs, California and Austin, Texas.

Project Beauty 360 2019

Natural Portraits to celebrate your natural beauty.

Join Project Beauty 360

June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 2019

Project Beauty 360 2018

YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Join me in celebrating the natural beauty of teens. I would like to build on the success of last year’s Project Beauty 360 campaign and photograph as many local teen girls as possible. Let’s show the world that you are beautiful just the way you are. Come on your own or with a group of friends to be photographed at the Planet Photo studio in black and white.

There is a $50 suggested fee – we will be sending a donation to The Women’s Center in Danbury.

You are encouraged to wear a simple black, white, grey or denim outfit.

No make-up, just a clean, well moisturized face with clear lip gloss.

Clean natural hair.

I will send you a link to an app with a few images from your shoot and I will share the images on social media with very minimal editing – you (and your parents) have to be cool with that so I will have model release forms for you.

Schedule Appointment

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Styled Photo Shoot

New Milford, CT

How does a styled photo shoot come together?

People ask me all the time, and to be honest the answer is actually a little different every time. The idea for Breakfast at Tiffany’s started when a cute new cafe, River and Rail, opened on Bank Street in New Milford. I loved the vibe and the decorations and my brain started to fill with shoot ideas, somehow it landed on that scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn sitting in a cafe in her iconic black dress, jewels and little tiara and the shoot idea was born.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. In it, a contemporary writer recalls his early days in New York City, when he makes the acquaintance of his remarkable neighbor, Holly Golightly, who is one of Capote’s best-known creations. The movie is set in the 60’s and Holly’s style has inspired women of all ages ever since.

We needed an Audrey so I spoke to Cadence about adding the Breakfast at Tiffany’s to her individual shoot. She loved the idea, we just had to find an open day – never easy with teens these days!

I wanted to include as many of our Bank Street neighbors as possible so I pitched our shoot to Stacey from Blush Couture and Karen from Joe’s Salon – we were definitely going to need help with hair and make up. Alexis from Joe’s Salon literally worked magic with Cadence’s long hair and Stacey gave her the right make up vibe. Luckily, Sue Snow of Dejavudu Vintage was once again able to draw from her amazing vintage collection and she kept me on the straight and narrow so that our styling was on point and pretty accurate to the era of the movie (can you hear me enthusiastically saying “oh this dress is cute, we should use this?” and her cringing because the dress was way too contemporary!)

Robertson’s Jewelers entrusted us with diamond jewels for our first look – they were absolutely stunning and made us all feel nervous but they added just the right amount of real bling to our shoot so it was worth it. I don’t know how the movie stars do it on Oscar night!

Swank on Bank had a long white shirt and we even recruited Simba the cat for some of the apartment images. I hope you love the images as much as we do and maybe we can introduce Breakfast at Tiffany’s to a new generation.

Game of Thrones Group Tribe Photo Shoot Kent Falls CT

Game of Thrones

Planet Photo Tribe

Photo Shoot Kent Falls CT

I have to admit I haven’t watched Game of Thrones!

I am in love with the styling though and absolutely crazy about the costumes and locations – we actually visited Iceland last year and heard over and over how parts of GOT was filmed there, but I felt like I was just too late to the party. Eight seasons to catch up? That is a lot of catching up!!!

My lack of personal watching history did not stop us for recreating a Game of Thrones theme for our Planet Photo Tribe group shoot. We had the perfect location (OK, I admit that I would have liked to fly to Iceland with the team but that was not quite in the budget….but we had the next best thing – Kent Falls State Park in Connecticut).

The falls usually freeze during the winter but you know what a crazy winter we had this year (do you remember our whiteout shoot with no snow?), so it was actually pretty warm on the day of our shoot. Can you even imagine how nervous I was on the drive up there? I was literally holding my breath when we turned into the parking lot. Thankfully, it was snowy, frozen and perfectly Game of Thrones-esque.

We were so excited to have Sue Snow from Deja Vudu Vintage as our stylist for this shoot. She has an eye for detail and a seemingly endless supply of amazing vintage clothes and accessories so she took our shoot to the next level.

It might have been unseasonably warm but it was still a little chilly standing on the ice waterfall so thank you to our models: Zoe, Sam, Cassie, Madi, Olivia and Julia.

I guess I can’t resist the hype any longer. Game of Thrones is the next thing on my binge watch list.

 

 

Planet Photo on Location Austin Texas with Madisyn from NMHS

Planet Photo on Location

Austin Texas with Madisyn from NMHS

We were SO excited to travel to Texas in January. Who wouldn’t be excited to trade New England winter for Texas weather? Add that we were staying at a cool boutique hotel in the trendy Domain area of Austin and shooting with some amazingly talented photographers in some of the coolest locations in the city and the excitement was at crazy high level!

planet photo on locationHair and make up for Maddy and Lexi (from Minnesota) and the first part of the shoot was at the Lonestar Court Hotel. Parts of the hotel have a very old Texas vibe and the grounds were awesome. We had secured an amazing location for our next stop. Roadhouse Relics is the Austin, Texas, studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs. He has gathered memorabilia, old signs, fairground pieces and the most eclectic collection of vintage furnishings and we had private access to his collection. Literally every time you turned around there was something else to look at.

Our next location was a mix of restaurant’s, vintage stores and trendy cupcake stands. In fact, some of the streets have been featured on Austin’s “most instagram worthy locations” (yes, there really is a list of picture perfect spots for most cities!) so we could have stayed all day. Actually we could have eaten our way along the street but after a TexMex lunch we only had room for cupcakes!

Scooters were parked all over the city and run in a similar way to city bikes you can pick them up and drop them off wherever you are going, you unlock and pay for them via an app on your phone. University of Texas, Austin was our final stop for day one. It’s beautiful downtown campus is the jewel in the University of Texas crown with over 40,000 students.

Day 2 was a much mellower day. We wanted to see some of the traditional side of Texas and landed in historical Gruene Texas. Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall, most of the country greats have played there at some point and the sounds of country music could be heard from almost every corner of the town.

Where would you like to go for your destination senior session? Let’s start turning dreams into reality!

White on White group Tribe shoot teen senior portraits

White on White

Group Tribe Shoot

Everyone knows that you can’t count on the weather in New England. You’ve probably heard people say “if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes”. Well we waited for the snow and it never came, but the rain sure did. So we moved our white on white  snowy, winter-wonderland group Tribe shoot indoors and made do with pretend snow balls and hot cocoa!

group tribe shoot
Did you ever read that book about snow, Miss Smilla’s Feelings for Snow? The Scandinavians apparently have hundreds of words to describe snow and frozen water in its various forms, not surprising when you consider that every snowflake is completely unique. I feel like we need more words to describe white… we probably had hundreds of versions between us but they were all beautiful. The Tribe did an amazing job of dressing in shades of white.

Thank you to Madisyn, Taylor, Cassie, Madi, Cadence, Zoe, Julia and Olivia for participating in our latest concept shoot. When you grow up in a small town then there is a really good chance that paths have crossed at some point or another. Have we met at a dance class or toddler program somewhere or have we been in the same school since Kindergarten? The girls love reconnecting with old friends!

Thank you to Seniors Ignite for featuring our shoot alongside some other amazing interpretations of the “whiteout” theme. Be sure to check them all out.

“Featured-On-UN-January-2019”

A New Years photoshoot Times Square NYC

Happy New Year

A celebration photoshoot in Times Square NYC

Almost every country celebrates New Year’s Eve in some way. If you live in the United States then the site of the ball dropping on Times Square is synonyms with the countdown to the New Year. Confetti, champagne, fireworks, glitz and glamour are all part of the New Year’s Eve celebration for many around the world. A time to reflect on the past and prepare and look forward to the future. How many people set New Year’s resolutions? It just feels natural to use the start of a new year as a turning point.

Times Square in December is busy, bustling and ALIVE with all walks of life and for some unknown reason lots of people dressed up as Elmo, Spiderman and Mario….. The famous billboards and signs cover every facade and are all around. Where tourists gather, vendors descend and you can’t walk five feet without being offered a bus tour, a restaurant coupon or discount tickets to a Broadway show. But it is magical and you feel like you are in the heart of New York City! Just blocks from Rockefeller Center, the Christmas tree, the department store holiday window displays and Radio City Music Hall but surrounded by Broadway and the musicals and plays that make it unique.

Madisyn, Julia and Olivia braved the cold and gave each other confidence to “work it girl” – they got lots of encouraging comments from passersby!! We were a few weeks early with our New Years celebration but we had a blast. 3000 pounds of confetti is dropped BY HAND at midnight, we even wrote messages on a couple of pieces.

Happy New Year to you all!

The Future is in their Hands Tribe Teen Photo Shoot CT

The Future is in their Hands

Planet Photo Tribe

Teen Photo Shoot CT

Much has been written about Generation Z. They are more tech savvy than previous generations, most don’t remember not having access to the internet via their phones and they multitask. They are also starting to express their opinions and frustrations with the current political system. Most American school kids experience drills to prepare for an active shooter situation and they want someone to do something about it. They care about the environment and animals, they have lived through the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements and they took notice.

The New York Times wrote: “Alex Dunphy from ‘Modern Family’ represents the Gen Z antidote, Alex is a true Gen Z: conscientious, hard-working, somewhat anxious and mindful of the future.”

The girls in the Planet Photo Tribe picked the issues that they feel most passionate about and we highlighted some of those things. They believe that we should PROTECT our schools, our planet, our children, our water supply, our food supply, the environment, animals, minorities and the earth.

They say NO to racial profiling, labeling, transphobia, violence, sexism, racism, fat shaming, homophobia.

For today’s teens, the nation’s first African-American president is less a historic breakthrough than a fact of life. It is the responsibility and privilege of Generation Z to vote and they intend to do so. They make up almost 25% of all Americans and THEY VOTE NEXT.

They are Stronger Together. The Future is Female. They Support Equal Rights……The future really is in their hands.

 

Candytopia A Planet Photo NYC Photo Shoot

Candytopia

A Planet Photo NYC Photo Shoot

Who says you have to choose a conventional location for your senior portraits?

Candytopia, a pop-up location in New York City is ANYTHING BUT CONVENTIONAL!

Here is how they describe it on the website:

“What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation?  Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness!”

I’d seen the pictures on social media and I knew it HAD to be… we HAD to have our NYC photo shoot there! We got the golden tickets and Abbi joined me on an adventure into candy wonderland. It was insane. I can’t even imagine how many 100’s of thousands of jelly beans went into the exhibit, it was a crazy dream world on a massive sugar high and we were going in.

NYC Photo Shoot

I knew we needed something different and special for this location, but you know when you don’t know what you are looking for until you see it? Well the minute I saw this romper on Fashion Nova, I knew we had our outfit!

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Thanks to the amazing staff and crew at Candytopia for their help. We shot during regular business hours using the built in spot lighting. No off camera flash or light stands. But we made it work – you gotta love a challenge.

NYC Photo ShootSo where would you love to shoot? Let’s design something completely original. I love street photo shoots, don’t you?