Category Archives: Senior Sessions
When I first moved to the area, I spent weeks just driving around looking for special places to take photos. Basically location scouting for my clients. One day, I drove a pretty good distance from Peachtree City and I stumbled across this old Purina pet food factory. The weeds were high and the metal from the old factory had rust stains. These are two of my favorite things when looking for a spot. (Not that I like the snakes that are sometimes in those long weeds!)
I used this space for just a few clients. I new it would be perfect for a male senior session. It has been a long time since I have photographed there. Last I was there the crew of the Walking Dead had found this spot and were using it.
Often times, parents call to schedule sessions for the senior high school students. They often ask what they should bring if anything. I like to suggest they bring something that identifies who they are as a senior. Whether they play a sport or and instrument, anything. This is a good example of someone who brought great items that represented part of who he is his senior year. His sport, his car, and his jacket.
This was a very fun session. This senior and her mother were fun to work with at the atmosphere was amazing. For this session we went to Serenbee. It is a small community not that far from Peachtree City, and also not that far from Atlanta. It is extremely unique and is made of four “hamlets” as the town calls them. The town feels both rural and urban. It mixes sustainable living with art stunning homes and some well thought our commercial space.
Our session made use of the farm, fields, shops and wooded area.
Wow, once again it has been a while since I have posted. Happily, that means I have been swamped and haven’t had time to write. I carved out today especially, just so that I could bring some images to all of you. I love sharing your beautiful smiles and the milestones that you reach. Really, besides the corporate head shots that I do, capturing milestones in peoples lives is what I do.
How fantastic is that last year of high school! Some seniors come to me the spring and summer before their senior year begins. Others wait until they’ve graduated. What ever your way of capturing this milestone, do capture it.
This young man met me here in Peachtree City. His photos are one after the other perfect.
Usually I like to work with natural light. You hear this often when looking around for a photographer. The term “natural light photographer”. A photographer may genuinely prefer the use of natural light. They may like the less artificial look. They may just like the way they can play with sun light to get different looks due to position of subject or even time of day. If you have interest in photography, and you’d like to know more about lighting, here is a fantastic article by Darlene Hildebrandt.
I call myself a natural light photographer. I just love to play with what lighting the natural environment provides. There are times though when I make an exception. This location was one of those times. The auditorium was pitch black. I used some different arrangements of spot lights that the venue had. To that, I also used some of my own lights.
This sweet girl is beyond talented and has some talented shoes to fill with family that worked in Motown. The session was meant to highlight each of her talents. It was my pleasure to work with her and her family.
This was a special photo session. A mother called me asking for senior photos for her high school daughter. I always recommend that students bring something to the session that is important to them at this time in their life. Her mother mentioned that her daughter is a ballerina and may want to incorporate that. I was thrilled.
Since I was a little girl I have loved the artist Degas. I remember being at a museum as a child and seeing my first Degas. It was the statue Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. I was transfixed. From that moment ballerinas didn’t just perform an art, but they became art. As a teenager my uncle gave me a replica of that statue and I treasure it. I have always been more drawn to that statue than to the artists other work on canvas. I like to see the focus on the ballerina and not the stage around her.
Several blogs ago I mentioned juxtaposition. I love it. My eye is immediately drawn to things that don’t belong together, but work so well. I also like breaks in pattern. For this shoot, I wanted the background of my photos to be primary subjects like the ballerina. I wanted the strong backgrounds to show either juxtaposition between the two, or I wanted the background to inspire the form you see the ballerina take. In my mind, the world inspires music and music inspires the ballerina. I wanted to cut out the middle man and have the surroundings directly inspire the story of the ballerina .
While we did do a part of the shoot just focused on her senior photos. The ballerina agreed to become a model for me for these fine art photos. We did both the session and the photo shoot in the same morning. The photos from the ballerina fine art shoot will be featured in the commercial work area of my website and some of the images will be available for purchase.
I am very excited to share this shoot with all of you. I have shot at this location a few other times, but this was the first time there with a male client. It always amazes me, how different a location can look simply because of the subject. But this location is almost unrecognizable. Although I do mostly candid shots I do provide direction at times. I love the challenge of knowing which direction to give my client. Male and female poses are very different, as are child poses. Just like when writing, one must think about the subject and the audience. Giving direction during a shoot requires the same thought.
As always I ask my clients if they would like to bring something important to them to the session. It can make a photo that much more meaningful. This client brought his saxophone. I really love the details of a photo, so the photos of him playing are some of my favorite.
What a truly fun photo session. When I met my client, I asked her if there were any props that she had in mind. She said no and that she wasn’t into props. That worked out well for me, because I am not into them much either, with the exception of an amazing vintage find or a basket for a baby. So off we went to a local farm with just my camera in hand. What an amazing farm. The staff was ready for us and went out of their way. They even offered a horse! Who could say no to that?
So while not really a prop, but really a stunning animal, I still like to say think that I started that day with no props and ended up with the largest one ever!
This shoot took me back to one of my favorite spots, the town of Haralson. My client for this session really blew me away with her look. Not everyone can pull off serious looks but she can. She nailed over a hundred photos, many filled with smiles. However, I decided to post mostly the serious photos here because her look is really special. When photographing people I like to always have the photos tell a story, in her case all I had to do was to focus on her eyes. That was enough said.