Sunday, May 24, 2015

Senior Portraits Beyond the Ordinary

 
Senior portrait season has begun and if you are
a professional photographer shooting senior sessions or
if you just want to create unique photos of someone,
this is the blog post for you.
 
Of course,  I take the typical
photos from various distances and angles.

 

 
But, with seniors...I always try to capture their
interests, talents or activities in a few portraits.
 
This is where I go beyond the ordinary!
 
I really tap my own creativity to
 capture my seniors in a special way
FOREVER...in a beautiful photo!
 
I always ask the senior these important questions:
What is your passion?
What do you LOVE to do?
What talent to you want to capture in a photo?
 
Allie was on the swim team...so we borrowed my
neighbor's pool for this next portrait.
 
I actually saw this pose in a vision and I saw her
curled hair floating in the water.
 
When she got into the pool, I had her slowly
lower her body into the water, and sure enough,
her hair floated as I saw in the vision!
 
 
Abbie plays the saxophone.  I had her come back another day in the morning
to capture this photo in a field of Queen Anne's Lace.
 
 
Nick wanted his vintage yellow car in some photos:
 
 
I love to try out different perspectives!
 
 
Chris wanted his SUV.  I really push my creativity to
think of poses that are NOT ORDINARY!
 
 

Emilee wanted to wear her prom dress:
 
 
Yes, I took the typical photos of Christian, BUT...

 
I also waited for sunset to capture this special
portrait of him playing his beloved soccer.
 
I was lying flat on my back for this photo.

 
I did the same thing for Alyssa who is on the pom pom squad:

 
Silhouette shots look great in senior collages!
 
 
 
I actually went to the baseball stadium for this shot of
catcher Hunter:
 
 
We also shot on several farms for Sarah...
 
 
And, another Sarah:
 
 
Jenna was on the track team...so I created a progression composite.
 
Watch my video tutorial to learn how to do this in Photoshop and PSE.
 
 
 I challenge you to think up a different, creative
portrait for your senior...
then share it with ME on Facebook!

2 comments:

Christine Ruby said...

Hello,
Photos are so beautiful. I can only wish to pick up and learn to be half the photographer you are!! Jealous not hating ;0) God Bless

Jill Wellington said...

Thanks so much, Christine! You CAN learn and grow by following my many tutorials. I want to help other photographers expand their creativity!