Category Archives: Seniors

Five Things To Do Before School Begins in Northeast Ohio

As August gets going and summer winds down, I find myself desperate to hold on for just a little longer.  Here are five things we recommend before school begins–to get all we can out of these last few weeks.

Visit local eateries, coffee shops, and boutiques.

We don’t mean the chain restaurants and shops you can find on every corner.  Instead, check out some of those interesting local spots we say we’ll hit up eventually, but NEVER get around to. Those are the places to visit! Bring some friends or relatives along and experience your hometown for all that it has to offer.

We suggest:

The Artisan

Compass Coffee

The Cleveland Flea (check the website for dates)

The District Boutique

Plan a day-trip with your friends.

You can be adventurous and hike or spend the day school shopping. The point isn’t what you do, so much as who you go with. As strange as it is to think about, life will probably change a lot after graduation. So take the time while you can, and make great memories with the great people around you. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars, or singing karaoke with the windows rolled down when your best friends are by your side!

We suggest:

Presque Isle (The beaches are beautiful.)

Hocking Hills 

Pittsburgh Be sure to check out IKEA while there!

Read a Shakespeare play and then go see it live!

Researchers have learned that Shakespeare’s works stimulate our brains and can even increase academic performance. Don’t believe us? Just ask Google! Beyond the academic boost, reading and then watching theater is often a life-changing experience. After all, plays are meant to be seen and lived, not just read. So find a local theater group -some even perform outdoors in the summer, and see for yourself why “The play’s the thing!”

We suggest:

Weathervane Playhouse

Akron Civic Theater

Playhouse Square

Great Lakes Theater

Tour the Metro Parks.

They don’t call it “The Great Outdoors” for nothing! Take some time to get out into nature and just be. Whether it’s the sound of crickets as the sun is setting, or the relief of standing knee deep in a cool, lazy stream, time outside has a way of re-centering us with ourselves and reminding us of what we really value. Bring a journal (or snap a waterproof case on your phone) and jot down some notes, or take photos while you’re at it. If nothing else, you can pretend to be Thoreau for a day. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.”

We suggest:

Summit County Parks (Check out the Fall Hiking Spree while you’re there.)

Cleveland Parks 

Jump start your school year by developing your writing skills or practicing typing.

Writing papers can get overwhelming, but before you know it, you’re going to be asked to do A LOT of it. Get a head start by checking out “writing prompts” online. Try anything from academic questions to creative writing. No matter what you choose, any type of exercise is good practice for what’s to come! You might be surprised how the creativity starts flowing once you get started!  

We suggest:

Consider keeping a journal of your year for a keepsake to look back on later.  

More prompts to get you started

Free typing practice (TIP: Begin with their test, which places you according to your current typing ability.)

Did we miss anything that you think should be on this list?  What are your favorite ways to finish the summer?

Zahra | Senior Photo Session Near Akron

Zhara came for her Senior Portrait Session with her friend Paris (with awesome names like these, these two could have their own t.v. show!) and we were immediately struck by her gorgeous dark eyes and long silky hair.  Zhara is soft spoken and has such a natural beauty about her.  Add a few professional touches from her complimentary senior hair and makeup session and all you can say is “wow!”  She braved the freezing temperatures while we moved her from spot to spot on location at Amy Lyn Studio and flashed her beautiful smile for each photo making our jobs look easy!  The real test came when Zhara slipped into her tennis uniform (of course meant for hot temperatures where you would be sweating) and fooled us all by posing like she was in the warm sun.  We tried not to make her suffer too much and eventually let her put her coat on ;).  These images of her all cozy in her coat are some of our favorites!  Zhara, we hope these Senior Pictures serve as a reminder of how naturally beautiful you truly are.  We wish you the best of luck in all the lies ahead for you!

Paris’s Amazing Photography Session

What a privilege to photograph this wonderful young lady!  Seriously this girl makes photography feel like breeze. 🙂  Paris started her morning with a senior hair and make up session in the studio (a service included with almost all of our packages.)  Master makeup artist, Haley, went with a dramatic look that made this adorable girl’s eyes sparkle!  After lots of pampering, we asked Paris to brave the cold…and she did it with amazing stamina!  Let me tell you, it wasn’t just chilly, it was freezing!  Her shining smile doesn’t let on to how painful it probably was, but she was quite the trooper.  We spent some time on location at our Amy Lyn Studio before heading to a nearby park to finish out the day.  Paris, you have a heart of gold and a bright future ahead of you and we are so pleased to have captured you in this special time of your life.  Thanks for working with us and for being so kind and flexible during the entire shoot.  You are beautiful inside and out!

We also photographed Paris with one of her best friends.  It is always so fun when seniors can do their session together and capture these type of moments.  (Plus, you can each save some off your package when you bring a friend!)

Senior Session: Aaron

For this session, we were expecting to have to draw Aaron out of his shell a bit, but we were really impressed to see how  natural, easy going, and totally up for anything he actually was!  He really has a great smile and it wasn’t even too hard to get him to show it.  We might have had to bring up his girlfriend to help it along just a little. 😉  We really enjoyed working with you Aaron and appreciate your flexibility and patience throughout the shoot.  We even learned a few interesting facts about how guys use hats to help style their hair. Thanks for joining in the fun with us; we had a great time with you!