I was so busy with photo sessions this last fall, that I wasn’t able to post as many of my sessions on my blog as I would have liked… so I’m going to play a little catch-up now, in these blustery days of winter that are a little slower on the shooting side of things. I am still crazy busy with making business plans for this coming year, organizing my studio and preparing for taxes, but at least I’m near a computer and can take a little break for a few minutes to blog about some of these amazing sessions I am dying to share with you.
Without any further ado… Let me show you some fantastic portraits I took of Dylan.
I fell in love with his mom on the phone. That’s right. She’s super straight-forward and one of those people that “lays-it-all-out-there-for-you” kind of people. MY KIND OF PERSON! 🙂
So I knew right away that her son, Dylan, was a nice looking guy that enjoyed wearing more trendy clothes, he was big into sports (soccer and track in particular) and had a sweet Jeep that he’d love to get some shots with.
ALRIGHT! I was off and running with this one!
We started at the studio, captured some great, more traditional, yet modern portraits. Just keeping it nice and simple. Natural expressions, always key!
Next, we headed to the Big Ol’ City of Albert Lea… LOL! Yeah, you heard me, I said big city… Those of you from around here know that is a little bit of a joke. But it’s truly a great place to go for a variety of backgrounds. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I yearn to live closer to an actual city that would have TONS of options, but then I would worry about the safety of my customers…
Anyhow, you should know by now that I don’t need a big fancy city to find the PERFECT backdrop for senior portraits. We have so many great locations, right here, locally, and I plan on opening your eyes to them! (Well, without giving away my top-secret locations!!!) 😉
Although, it’s rather obvious we did some of these at Tiger Field, which was totally appropriate since that’s where Dylan has all his home sporting events. I would much rather do on-location sporting images, than take one of those in-studio shots with all the uniforms lying on the floor or hanging behind the kid… ugh! They make me want to barf! (excuse my drama)
Oh! What’s that you say? You think you’ve seen an image like that I’ve taken??? Well, you caught me… I may have done them once or twice before… but ONLY on request! And even then, I always try some other ideas as well, because indoor sports portraits can be very cool. I’ll admit that much.
As you can see, we captured Dylan in some great locations and captured all the different sides of his personality, which made mom VERY happy and ended up in some AWESOME collages that will hang on their walls and be proudly displayed at his graduation open house. Which is what this whole senior portrait experience is really all about. (That, and being treated like a Rock Star for the day!)
Well, it’s true. I do take lots and lots of portraits for senior girls, but this year the guys have been few and far between. Paul here, was actually my first for the ’12-’13 school year! Crazy!
I love working with guys. At least the ones like Paul. He was so happy and smiled a ton. I didn’t have to beg for a little grin like I do with some moody teenage boys.
His mom was thrilled to see her little boy all grown up and looking so handsome in his shirt and tie studio shots.
I adore the outdoor images, with the black and whites and the vintage toned images.
And the indoor ones for drumline turned out pretty darn cool too! They rock.
Great job Paul!
I’m excited to finally share a little sneak peek with Jacob and his mom! The last two weeks have been absolutely packed with photo sessions (the whole month of August, actually) and so I’m not turning things around in a week like I usually do for the proofs. I’ve been able to do things within two weeks, even with the holiday weekend. (Which my customers assure me is still faster than most of my competition… but still!) 🙂
I hate to make anyone wait!
So here you go! Another hunk of a guy. And he wanted to do some without his shirt on. 😉 Who am I to tell him he couldn’t?
Aren’t I just the luckiest photographer??? LOL! His mom will laugh with me because she was saying he was making his list and she was starting to wonder if he was planning on doing any shots with his shirt on!
I say, if you got it, flaunt it! (At least a little bit!)
My favorites are the ones in the gray shirt. It’s goes perfect with the location I chose and you just focus on him. Portrait harmony!
Kory was one of those boys who walks in my door and instantly makes me a little nervous. I have to admit. Guys like him always challenge me. I could tell just by looking through his outfits that he is creative and artsy and has a definite idea of what he thinks is cool… and it isn’t quite “main-stream cool”, if you know what I mean.
I get my fair share of these guys. They know that I can pull off the look that they want, it’s just I know how much they are interested in their pictures (they appreciate good artwork) and so I am on my toes trying to get “outside my box” of my standard “senior guy” fall back poses. (I’ll totally admit I have them! I try to be unique, but just like when you’re shopping for guy clothes versus girl stuff… there’s a much greater range with girls.)
Once Kory and I got to know each other and I gained his trust (or just won him over with my charm and grace … LOL!) he really started giving me the inspiration I needed to get the poses and the shots that were going to be unique (but at the same time, not too weird.)
He also brought his guitar, since he is in a band, and that was the highlight of the session for me. I love watching guys get into the roll of rockstar!
I also did a few funkier crops, added some grittiness to this b&w image and made some vintage color effects that I’m hoping he’ll appreciate.
I was thrilled to have Cher and her second son, Parker, in the studio again this year. Her oldest, Tyler, came to have his senior portraits last year and so I felt totally confident knowing that they loved my work and wanted more!
It’s so nice when you really start to know your client’s personal tastes. It makes everything so much easier and I can relax knowing what they expect and that I can provide them with images they will love.
Parker is just the cutest name. And he’s just the sweetest guy with good looks to match!
I’m wondering if it’s a requirement for quarterbacks to be handsome?
Remembering back to my high school days, it seemed like it was always one of the hottest guys in the class… and then look at the guys in the pros… Mmmmm! 😉
And here is Parker! Handsome little devil!
We also had fun shooting some on-location around Northwood, IA and just taking it easy since we had such a perfect day.
I hope they love these just as much as Tyler’s session… I have a pretty good feeling they will!