I was beyond pumped to open this month's issue of Professional Photographer Magazine and see a familiar face in the contents section. Staring back at me was a shot I had taken of Class of 2016 senior Hali Carpenter from Nicholas County High School.
A couple of months ago, I did a phone interview for an article to be written by Jeff Kent, but wasn't exactly sure which month it would appear in the magazine. So, when I saw the picture of Hali, I started frantically flipping through the pages to find the article. When I got to page 80, I think I might have peed a little. Leading off the article were two of my favorite images from the Class of 2016 — the infamous LawnBoys (Nicholas County's Ethan Miller and Marshall Newlon) and a fun field commander shot of Savannah Schafer from George Washington High School.
It was so cool to see how they had chosen the which images to run where and how the page layout was pieced together. To me, it was perfect and I even felt like it matched my branding pretty well, so that was a big bonus.
The spread showcases some of my favorite images and the article covers my approach to working with high school seniors. It also previews my upcoming Imaging USA presentation in Nashville, TN in January. If you'd like to read the article for yourself, click here.
Thanks to all the seniors who made our Class of 2015 great! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the Cap & Gown Party we had for our seniors Sunday, May 3, 2015. Huge shout out to McComas Video Productions for the great footage.
For years now, we’ve known and have been working with Hannah as we’ve photographed Cathy Pecora’s School of Dance group and individual shots and we all knew this day was coming.
Toward the end of the 2013-14 school year, we started hearing from the Class of 2015 on social media and Hannah was definitely one of the loudest voices expressing her excitement to get started with her senior portrait experience. And we were excited too, because we know she’s naturally photogenic and is up for anything when it comes to getting a good shot.
Hannah opted for the split session, our most popular session type. She wanted to incorporate her love for the lake, being an editor on the yearbook staff and of course, her dancing. So we got some great shots in the studio and headed to Sutton, where she wanted to be photographed in front of the old Sutton High School. She had spent many, many hours inside of one of the old classrooms for dance practice, before classes moved over a year ago. After that, we got a mix of urban and nature shots in and around Sutton and Flatwoods, then headed out to the lake to wrap up. Enjoy!
A couple of weeks after her underwater shoot, we had Elizabeth’s first ‘official’ senior shoot — a split session. It was just one of those days where it felt like we were finding good light everywhere we went.
She pretty much brought her closet with her so we had a wide range of versatile outfits, which is one of the keys to good variety in the images. We started outside and worked around to find some good, edgy locations as well as some more natural locations that would complement some of the softer styles she brought.
Fitness was something Elizabeth wanted to incorporate in her senior portraits, so we shot some nice images of her in action in the studio once we wrapped up the outside portion. Did I mention this girl is also a state-champion hurdler for the Nicholas County Grizzlies? So you know we had to show that off in her images. We snapped a few photos inside and then took her hurdle out to street. Don’t panic… it was late and the traffic in town was really slow. Not to mention Officer Lawson, the town’s Chief of Police, was nice enough to turn on his lights for us (which doubled as a deterrent for any traffic that did come down the street).
After all that fun, we came back in to the studio to wrap up with cheerleading and a couple other casual outfits we wanted to shoot and then we finally let her go home. I won’t say what time Elizabeth and her mom left that night, but it was handy for her that she brought her pajamas with her.
A year after photographing her older brother Chase’s senior portraits, it’s Madison’s time to shine. We had been looking forward to this shoot. She’s doing the SEASONS session with us, which means she’ll another outdoor shoot in the fall in addition to her split session (half in-studio and half-on location).
We started off in the studio making sure to get some nice close-ups and get a good variety of outfits, all the while showcasing Madison’s versatility in front of the camera. Speaking of versatile, in one of the photos we posted below, she’s flashing a peace sign and in another she’s kickin’ some butt.
After we wrapped up the studio stuff, we moved outside to catch some good evening light and nail down one specific location that worked well with her dress (don’t hate that it’s a daisy print dress in front of sunflowers — they’re both flowers).
We’re anxiously awaiting the next shoot we’ll have with Madison. We’re planning some unique shots with her softball gear… not to mention the fact that she’s sure to bring it for the rest of her pictures as well.