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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.
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.
This session started with my client wearing a pair of jeans standing in a barn. The session ended with my client in a dress, sitting on a chair, in the middle of a creek. I love it when a client is up for anything.
Two days before this shoot, I knew the client wanted water in some of her photos. She chose an area that has shoals. Having hiked there in the past, I was familiar with the area. While imagining the area, I stood in front of my props and the blue chair jumped out at me. Who doesn’t just sit in a chair in the middle of a creek? So I packed it in my car and when we arrived to the site, my client took to the scene and made it look like she did this every day. Love it!
I also love the unplanned props that drop on our laps during a shoot. While at a fairgrounds where we did the rest of the shoot, I saw a sign and liked the shape and had my client pose with it. As I was focusing the shot, I began to read the sign through my lens and fell in love. I pointed it out to her mom who beamed when she read it. It read Chocolate O’hara. It fit perfectly with the beautiful girl I had before me.
When I grow up, I want to be a movie or television location scout. Why wasn’t that on the list of subjects in college? I wish I knew how to break into that field. I seem to accidentally run into movie and TV sets all of the time.
Once again while on a shoot, I learned that the following week that same spot would be used in the TV show Zombieland. I have never watched the show, but now look forward to seeing how they used the same spot that I scouted for my photos.
One thing is for sure. The images will be different. Really though, how could anyone pass up wanting to photograph the little downtown of Sharpsburg Georgia, a town where everyone knows everyone, bird feeders hang from electric wires over the town square, and buildings just scream “take my picture”.
My client for this session really was a blast to work with. The session included everything from rustic to industrial, violins in a field, violins in a intersection, old mills …everything.
The town used in this senior photo session is called Haralson, and I affectionately refer to it as my little ghost town. There are only about 50 households on the neighboring streets and the entire town is only .7 square miles. It is the main street that I fell for.
One of the buildings has a marking of 1909 upon its brick broken step. Most of the buildings are just store fronts with a door and merchant windows. If you walk to the side of the buildings, you will find that the walls are missing as are the roofs. Instead of floor tile, you find trees and flowers growing. Doors are hung without the glass centers, making it possible to just walk through. All the buildings are made of different textures. Several of the buildings are brick, several more are wood, and then there are the magnificent metal structures that were part of a plant back in another time. The town speaks of a time that has since passed. It is my photographer’s paradise.
The day I scouted the town, I noticed that something seemed off. While all of the structure seems old, there were a couple of buildings where some of the oldness seemed new. It took but a moment to figure out that the movie “The Wettest County in the World” with Shai LaBeouf, had built the set as an extension to the real town. I figured it out once I turned the corner of one structure and realized the buildings were just facades and the backs we new raw plywood. This was the second time that a place I scouted turned out to be part of this movie. The set no longer stands but the beauty of the real town still remains.
My client liked the idea of the town I described to her and was not shy to enter the rubble and bring the photos of my imagination to life. I hope you enjoy.
Neenah is not a stranger of being in front of the lens. As a child she has been in national advertising campaigns. Now as nearly a high school graduate, she has launched a singing career. I remember walking the streets of Washington D.C., seeing Neenah’s face go by on the side of a Metro bus. Another time I remember sitting on my sofa watching TV, and seeing her in a commercial walking with Neil Armstrong. The last time I had Neenah on the other side of my lens, it was a video camera, and she was about 4 years old. I was shooting a public service video for college, and she was my star. Now many years later she was in front of my camera lens again. She now lives in California, so when I think of her, I think of sunshine. I decided to play with the use of the sun as my filter in these photos.
Today’s post is full of firsts! It’s my first blog, my first session in Georgia (my new home) and it’s my first senior picture session.
TKDphotography is please to now offer senior pictures. For my first senior session I had the pleasure of photographing Kate whose smile is stunning and personality is as well. Kate was able to bring to life every image I had in my imagination. I had spent the days prior to the shoot going from one vintage store to the next looking for a vintage bicycle. After six shops and three towns I by chance met a sweet older gentleman who had me follow him to an old mill. There in the debris was the bike of my dreams covered in rust. A quick rinse and a red dirt road later and Kate delivered the shot.
For all my movie lovers here as a little insider scoop. During one of my scouting trips I found this charming little town south of here named Gay. The town is the host of the Cotton Pickin Fair and I instantly fell in love with the genteel neighbors, the charming townspeople and the fairgrounds, but so had film scouts. The filming of Wettest County in the World starring Shia LaBeouf is underway and has rights to the land. After some promising they gave me permission to use the location. Please enjoy these photos of Kate and have fun having a glimpse of the backdrop for the movie. I for one can’t wait to see the movie now.