Recently I worked with Megan to create her Senior Portraits, we started at her home and them took a trip to Garfield Bay to finish up our session.
In Megan’s back yard stands the playhouse that was build by her father when she was little, unfortunately it was used very little ever since the discovery of a spider inside many years ago. We braved the risk of spiders and I set up a flash inside the small building as well as one outside aimed through the window. Since the building as well as it’s furnishings were now very small compared to the now adult sized Megan I kept thinking of Alice in Wonderland growing too large for the house she found herself in. The cards hanging on the wall, minus the Queen of Hearts, seemed quite fitting!
The class of 2012 from my church, Kootenai Community Church, will be having a special graduation ceremony in June and they needed a photo of the group for the invitations. Being spring in North Idaho scheduling a photo shoot with just one person can be hard, add in the often conflicting schedules of 5 busy seniors and you can imagine how hard it might be. We ended up rescheduling our shoot due to weather or illness at least half a dozen times, but then by what some people would call luck and others providence we had a short break in the rain on a Sunday afternoon and we were able to finally get our photographs. Here are a few from the afternoon.
Yesterday I worked with Tim on his senior photos, the second location that we went to was almost perfect, the only problem was that we were not there first. As you can see in these two test shots a few Teens had claim to the spot that I wanted to use as a backdrop.
As you can see having them in the background does distract a bit from Tim so I thought maybe I might be able to bribe them into vacating their location for a few minutes while I captured some images. Of course they all have Facebook accounts so I offered to take their portrait for them to use on Facebook. Here is the payment of my debt to these five teens that were so gracious.
This last Saturday I spent a good part of the day with Kelsey taking the first round of her Senior Photos at her grandparents’ home near Priest River. Kelsey’s Grandfather graciously set up some hay bales for us to use and they worked out great! You would not have even known it was 40 degrees out as Kelsey braved the cold in a sun dress, cowboy boots and for a few photos her dad’s hat.
Since it was a bit chilly still we are reserving most of our outdoor portraits for the warmer, greener months and spent the majority of our time on some studio style portraits.
The last part of our session we broke out the uniforms and did some sports themed portraits.
I had a great time spending the day with Kelsey, her Mom Sandy and Grandmother Jeanie. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun, I can hardly wait for the weather to get nicer so we can schedule round number two!
This afternoon I was going through some photos and came across some shots that I took this summer and had totally forgotten about. My assistant Shea and I were on the drive home after covering a vow renewal ceremony and came across a scene we could not resist. It was right around sunset and the moon was low in they sky we did not have much time so we threw together a very quick one light set up and started shooting. I think we came away with a few fun shots in our very quick, impromptu portrait session.
We also were blessed with a few minutes of some great color in they sky, so we stopped shooting the moon and captured some images with the last traces of sunset.
Lastly, I let Shea snap a shot or two as well, here is one of them.
Just before the cold and snow found it’s way to North Idaho Nikki and I spend a couple of hours at her home taking her Senior Photos. Here is a peek at some of the final images.
While Nikki was changing outfits for the photos in the barn her brother Shayne stood in to model for me so I could get the lights in position, here is one of the test shots of him.
Erin wanted an urban look to her senior photos and I was happy to oblige. We had a great spot with a number of different options for us and even got a little creative with the lighting.
On the rest of the photos for this post we used some colored gels on two flashes to create a colored backdrop.
For this last photo we took it a step further. I set up a couple of gelled lights for the background and then shot one flash through some lattice work to try to give a very different look to the photo by intentionally casting some patterned shadows.