Senior Portrait Album – Tabatha

Got more than a handful of favorite Senior Portrait photos to show off? That giant folio thing not your look? We thought so. Grab a custom album of your favorite Senior Portrait Session photos in a book you’ll open after graduation.

Take a peek at our latest Senior Session and Trash the Dress photo shoot album below –

South Bend Indiana senior portrait album

South Bend Indiana senior portrait trash the dress album

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Check out more on our Senior Sessions page, drop us aline to set up a shoot of your own – enjoy!

Matt’s Senior Session

I was pretty stoked while planning Matt’s Senior Session that I heard he was in a band. I’ve been mixing audio for live, local music since the early days back in the Underground basement. Whenever I have extra crew to run things I’ll grab a camera and head for the stage to photograph the energy of a live rock show.

Meet Matt, guitarist & vocals for punk band Late Work Policy

Senior portrait guitarist black and white

Off camera flash on a sunny day? Yes, thank you.

Ambient light nice & even – very chill but lacking some of the punch in the hard lighting above.

Senior portrait guitarist candid

Best of luck in the last few weeks of classes, and with the music Matt!

Tabatha’s Senior Session

Here’s a toss-up: pose by giant number cutouts that form your graduation year or go get some fresh air and shoot in YOUR natural environment? If the nursery themed photos are your look for high school graduation, read no further.

Continuing my “off the beaten path” series from last week I decided to take different routes than the usual trails I hike around Potato Creek State Park. I knew where I liked to shoot around the park (and the day before around Notre Dame campus with Chris) but knew I had two seniors that weren’t looking to have photos matching anyone else’s and weren’t afraid of a little meandering.

I’m all for using God-given sunlight for strong light, clouds and shade for diffusers, and bringing in a little extra light to accent the natural lighting around my subjects. Especially when hiking I’m not looking to set up a studio full of lights to completely alter a great outdoor setting. The two shots below illustrate what a little accent light can add to photos.

The sun wasn’t setting just yet but it was already below the trees and wasn’t putting much direct light in the ravine behind us. This let me shoot some soft light photos and an idea on how to add a little extra illumination for dramatic effect.

Above photo: Natural light, possibly even a test shot. (For you tech spec lovers, Nikon D700 with 85mm f/1.8 lens. 1/80 sec. f/2.0 exposure at ISO 400 for natural light. A little edge darkening in Photoshop CS4 for kicks.)

Photo above: Same camera, ISO and aperture as above but this time the shutter was maxed to 1/250th to match the highest flash sync speed. Why? This darkened down the background, and with a very slight bit of light from a Nikon SB-800 behind a shoot-through umbrella just off camera to the right, let me highlight my subject and make her stand out from the background more than in the ambient light photo.

Thanks to both Tabatha and Chris for humoring me with what would otherwise seem like wandering as ideas sparked instead of the preconceived shot lists from shoots past. Best of luck in your final weeks of high school classes!

Check out more senior galleries here, and drop us a line for a unique session of your own.

Chris’ Senior Session

I started out last week with a lineup of shoots and the expectation of a little walking and fresh air while photographing some cool folks. I met Chris on Notre Dame University Campus and was pretty stoked he was up for a wander around campus without any pre-planned shots (read: make photographer think on his feet).

We wandered away from Notre Dame Avenue, the Golden Dome, football stadium, Basilica and lakes in search of some new sites. Granted by “new” I mean not the usual requested spots – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Good to explore a little and just see what you run across.

Thanks again, Chris, best of luck on the last few weeks of classes!

Check out more of our Seniors Sessions here!

Senior Session – Brandi

It’s official – the class of 2009 is here.

Last week we had an awesome Senior Session shoot with Brandi to celebrate the last days of summer at the beach. What a perfect afternoon and evening of fun, photos and great weather!

Lighthouse Pier summer Senior Portraits

Lake Michigan beach dune Senior portraitNothing like a golden summer sunset!
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portraits

For the final shots of her session, Brandi brought along her Prom dress for some very classy sunset and dusk photos.
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait in prom dress

Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait with prom dress

Tiscornia Park Lighthouse Pier Senior Portrait at dusk

 

Miriam’s Senior Session

Congrats, Miriam!

It’s amazing to see the youngest students of my 2002-2003 drama class now getting ready for graduation day. I was proud of them back then for all the hard work they put into our (elective) class, and I am even more proud as they get ready to celebrate all their hard work throughout high school. The most recent of our students to join us for a Senior Session was Miriam.

What started as a rainy few days turned out to be a vivid, sunny afternoon at the Japanese Gardens. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot – enjoy!

Japanese Gardens spring Senior Portraits

Spring outdoor flower garden senior portraits

Japanese Gardens Bridge Senior Portraits

Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Gardens Senior Portraits