Optical Poetry Provides Customized Senior Photo Sessions
When people saw Allen resident Stacie Weever’s photographs she took with her phone, they told her she had an eye for photography. She bought a Canon camera and continued to explore. Her neighbors, who are professional wedding photographers, invited her to be their second shooter. She became a wedding photographer. She went on a portrait shoot, which involved using a strobe light, and she was hooked. In 2015, she opened her own photography business, Optical Poetry.
Weever chose the business name, ‘Optical Poetry’, because she likes to tell stories with her pictures. She was an English teacher and has creatively given poetry related titles, such as ‘Limerick’ and ‘Ballad’, to her session and package options.
When Weever is hired to take seniors’ pictures, they will receive four sessions. The first session allows her to get to know the senior, their personality, likes, etc. The second session is the photo session. The third session is when they proof the order and choose which photos they love, and the fourth session is when Weever delivers the order. Each year she determines a number of seniors she is willing to photograph. She said, “I have done the math and I know how many clients I can have in a year to give them the level of service that is my brand. I create a custom session for each senior. They won’t get the personal attention if I take too many.” Since starting Optical Poetry, her business has quadrupled. She has shifted her focus from family portraits to senior portraits. Since January of this year, she has created 35 senior portraits.
Regarding her favorite aspect of taking senior photos, Weever said, “I used to teach high school. I missed the tie with these kids. They are on the cusp of finding out who they are. I like how much confidence a great photo can give someone. It gives them a nice boost before they go off to start their life.” She said that when she sees the seniors’ personality in a photograph, she knows she has taken a great picture. She describes a time when a senior had an unusual request, which was that she ‘look cool on a motorcycle’. The senior did not have a motorcycle. Weever was able to get a motorcycle for the shoot and make the senior look cool on it. She likes personalizing photos featuring hobbies and interests the senior enjoys.
Weever shoots with a Canon and uses a 600 watt portable strobe. She is not a natural light photographer. She said, “I always use strobes. It separates the person from the background magnificently.” Her daughter, Sevin Newport, a sophomore at Lovejoy High School, is her assistant and lighting specialist. Sevin has gone on all photo shoots with her mom since she was 12 years old.
There are a variety of sessions to choose from which include length of session, location options, and number of outfits. Session prices range from $199 (Limerick) - $599 (Free Verse). Weever has many ‘go-to’ locations such as Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves, downtown McKinney, Celina and Myers Park. She offers package prices ranging from $449 (Haiku) – $1,999 (Epic). There are build your own collection options as well. Please visit her website opticalpoetry.com for details and to view her portfolio. She can also be reached at 214-908-8614 or Stacie@opticalpoetry.com.
Stacie and her family have lived in Allen, within the Lovejoy community, for 11 years. She loves the small schools at LISD and that they have a strong focus on academics.