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Urban Vibe in a Small Town

July 17, 2018

It doesn't get more urban than posing in front of the freshly painted Coca-Cola mural in Mebane, NC.

Picking an Urban Location

When helping seniors choose their perfect location, I ask them whether they are more drawn to urban settings or country landscapes. Living in a smaller city, some may think “urban” applies to larger places, i.e. New York. However, small towns/cities often offer up some of the best urban backdrops without the busyness of a larger city.

When looking through Instagram or Pinterest, take note of the types of photos you are drawn to. This will help you narrow down your style, the right location for said style, and your outfits. Let these photos be an inspiration for your own session but don’t attempt to copy them. You want to infuse your own personality into the session!

Choosing The Perfect Date

For some awesome urban backdrops, Mebane, NC is one of my favorite places for a senior session. Remember Camdyn? Her first session was in the country but for her second session, she wanted the feel of the city with Christmas lights twinkling in the background.  When planning your session date, you may also want to plan for November/December! The temperature is usually mild and pleasant. You will also benefit from all the extra lights and decorations for Christmas.

Camdyn Part II

Camdyn’s urban session took place during a mild December afternoon. This beautiful young lady brought a touch of class to the streets of Mebane.

Working with her is always a pleasure and I value the friendship forged in the process.

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Filament Coffee + Tea

The following photos were taken in one of Camdyn’s favorite coffee shops, Filament Coffee + Tea! (I love this place too!) The beautiful Chrismas decor provided a gorgeous backdrop. Note that just because it’s Christmas, no one would necessarily know this by looking at the photo. I use the lights creatively without being seasonal. If you want a few Christmasy shots, I will naturally photograph include those as well.

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What a beautiful young lady. Really gorgeous images as well. The different locations are great!

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