Monday, April 23, 2012

Urban Portraits

With senior picture season approaching,
I wanted to scout out some new locations for
what I call URBAN portraits.

When my son was home on spring break from college,
I had him gather some of his friends so I could practice
in a historic area of our city called "Old Town".

We started under this bridge by the river.

Turns out...the cement walls in this area are covered in
wonderful GRAFFITI!

I looked for a stretch of graffiti with colors that
matched Cassie's sweater.

See the graffiti star burst to the right of her neck below?
It's great to incorporate the graffiti when possible.

I also love that it was a windy day!
Wind always adds dimension to hair as I shared in this

I kept telling Cassie to forget her hair...
let it blow wild.

While photographing Jeff by the colorful graffiti wall...

I noticed this railroad track.  Looks like a path to a ghost town
which it kind of IS! 

This part of town has some abandoned buildings by the river...
a great place in any city to scout out portrait locations!

Old, flaking, crumbling buildings add texture
and interest.  I especially like the red color pop by Cody.

Cody is laid back and casual and this setting worked great for him.

I like to hunt out structural details that can match personalities.

Yep, Cody is electrifying:

We continued to explore and moseyed into this back alley.
I think a rat was about to run out of that pipe thingy:

I couldn't resist all the electric stuff stuck to the back of this old building
and made Sonny pose for me.

It's amazing what you can find in back alleys!

A wonderful backdrop for senior males.

For Tyler, we happened upon some historic architecture...
an abandoned building. 

Sarah looked pretty in purple by old buildings, too.

I now look for old buildings when I'm driving and remember them
for photo shoots because
they add so much charm to URBAN portraits.

I like the city background especially in a historic area.

What a fun day with these exuberant young people!
Great to find some new locations for senior pictures.



  1. Great shots and especially love the incorporation of the graffiti!

  2. Saginaw, Old Town?

  3. Wow...these were great! I bet they all loved them.

    Have a blessed day!

  4. You definitely planted the idea in my head to be on the lookout for interesting backdrop areas of town. Great photos!

  5. Very cool!!! Love their soft, beautiful faces against the grit of the graffiti- well done!!!

  6. What a rich location for a senior shoot. Oh, and I LOVE the barefoot-at-the-tracks look.

    {Thanks so much for the sweet comment and also for linking up with Communal Global!}

  7. I love these. Gorgeous shots!!

  8. These are great! How wonderful to have such great models ;)

  9. What a cool bunch of people, lovely shooting hun and yes that railway track shot looks awesome!

  10. These are all great shots! And the locations are great!

  11. These are fantastic, Jill! Love the graffiti as a background!

  12. WOW! I love this! and I love your blog! I'm a new follow!

    Okay, how in the world did you convince them to go and play with you??? My older kids are a bit younger, I can't get them to do fun stuff like that with me. What was it lunch? ice cream? candy? gas money???