I always love the opportunity to photograph high school seniors. As a wedding photographer primarily, I like to be able to switch my mindset and focus on photographing people individually. So I was thrilled when I received an inquiry for two high school seniors who happen to be twins, Jack and Alora. They were so much fun to work with and each in their own way. We did two separate sessions on different days and came up with some great shots that I hope really reflect their personalities. Here are some favorites from the sessions.
For Alora, I wanted to photograph her in soft light and was really thrilled with how this one came together—I love her outfit complete with her cute boots and how she is so relaxed and natural.
For Jack, I wanted to go with a more industrial setting, so we moved to an unfinished section of the building with lots of windows which create a really nice rim light around his face. I love how the neutral surroundings and his blue shirt really set off his blue eyes.
I love close-ups and this one of Alora is one of my favorites. She just exudes sweetness.
And when it comes to the traditional yearbook photo, I will always shoot it vertically, but when I’m sure I’ve got what we need, it’s fun to switch it up to a horizontal shot. It just feels so much more free this way and allows some room for Jack to really shine.
Alora collects hats, so we had lots of fun photographing her on white seamless with all of her cute hats. I just love this one because it’s so playful and flirty.
And Jack brought along his guitar—one word describes this one well: heartthrob.
It was so much fun getting to know you, Jack and Alora! I wish each of you the very best in the years to come!
It’s just about that time to meet up with family and old friends and celebrate the Christmas season. But before I go, here’s a post from a senior portrait session in October. I met Sam through his brother, whose wedding I photographed in Pittsburgh this past summer. He’s a great guy and we had a fun time during his session with a little help from his friends. First we started with a traditional portrait for the yearbook photo.
This messy look with the hair was expertly achieved by his younger brother Raymond, who stood by making sure it was all in place.
I think this is one of my favorites of Sam. He looks so comfortable and casual leaning against the wall.
Ok, time for another look.
These images of him on the green chair are close contenders for my favorite shot. Love seeing his arms on the back of the chair. Watch out, ladies!
And here, he’s just too cool for school.
We stepped outside the studio to walk along the train tracks and trees that run along the Monongahela River.
What a great guy! Thanks, Sam, for a great session! Many blessings to you in all your future endeavors!
Senior portraits by Captivating Imagery can be done in the studio or on-location. The creative fee is $500 for a 2-hour session with a $350 credit toward prints and other photo products. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to talk more about scheduling a session.
I love photographing high school seniors. There are no two seniors alike and it’s fun to see what happens when the focus is all on them. For some, it takes a little while to ease into the session before they let their personality shine through, and others are seem to soak up every minute of their time in the spotlight. My approach to senior portraits is unique in Pittsburgh. I’m not big on props or maintaining a large selection of backdrops. I like to keep it simple and focus on making the students comfortable so that their portraits really reveal their character. I enjoy getting to know the students over the course of their session and I don’t like tight time constraints. A 30-minute session would never work with my approach. In some cases, it takes that much time to really get comfortable in front of the camera. It’s more about the experience. Senior portraits are an important milestone in a student’s life and it should be an enjoyable experience.
Here’s a slide show of some of the students I’ve had the pleasure of photographing over the past year. They’re all so different and that is a beautiful thing.
Amy comes from a large family and sings on the praise team at church.
Here is a recent senior portrait session in Pittsburgh. Jordan is getting ready to graduate from high school and move onto college. He’s a charismatic guy and I can tell he’ll do well with whatever he chooses. It’s fun working with people at this age because there’s so much life ahead of them and yet they’re coming the close of a chapter where they’ve spent so long defining who they are and want to be. Kind of like getting to the top of that first hill in a roller coaster, it’s a slow ascent, but in no time the pace accelerates and life as you know comes undone. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but when I look back at how my transition to college went, I feel there is a hint of truth to that analogy. Anyway, back to Jordan, who was tons of fun to work with and totally comfortable in his own skin.
This is one of my favorites. I think he can really pull off the serious look.
I’m donating a studio portrait session to benefit The Shepherd’s Door and here’s the poster that will be displayed at the Silent Auction and Pasta Dinner at Bellevue Christian Church on Saturday, May 1st. If you’re local and looking to support a worthy cause, this event is one that you won’t want to miss. There are lots of great items to bid on and the food is delicious! To learn more about The Shepherd’s Door, visit their Web site.
I’m a bit behind in my blogging, but I’ll get to it soon. New wedding and engagement photos and senior portraits to come soon…