Kelsey is ANOTHER 2012 Curtis High School senior.
She is a swimmer, works as a Lifeguard, involved in Younglife, loves music, loves God and hanging out with friends and she was a pleasure to hang out with on her shoot, as were her mom and little brother. I love when families are involved. It makes it even that much more fun.
I loved that we were able to capture some of the fall in her images. I can’t say it enough. It’s my favorite season!
When I get inquiries about photo shoots one of the bits of info I give is how long the shoot will take. Most take around 2 hours, give or take, but really, so much more goes into it!
I know that my seniors take a lot of time beforehand. They think about what they want to wear, have friends come over and help sometimes, coordinate jewelry, shoes, hats, coats, etc. Get their hair and makeup done (Kelsey’s was done by Melissa at Che’mel Salon), coordinate friends or family to come along on the shoot, etc. There is just so much – hours worth of work.
Then for me, I go through their questionnaire and get to know them a little better. Sometimes I have ideas that pop in my mind and I draw a little picture to capture that or I browse through pictures I have gathered that give me inspiration. I think about the places we want to go and the weather conditions. Do I need to bring props or maybe an umbrella?
Then after the shoot, the senior goes home, has to unpack the car, put everything away and finally relax. I come home, backup all the images and let them sit for a few days before I ever look at them. That makes for fresh eyes when I see them again. The time comes for me to then process them. I look through hundreds of images and certain ones just pop out for me. Either they show off a great feature, or they give some kind of emotion that I like, or the image is artistically cool, or maybe it just shows a different perspective and gives variety.
After the images are chosen I then have to pick the ones for the blog. Those are usually my favorites or give a good variety of the outfits and locations, as well as just the different views of the senior – the 360 degree perspective.
After editing all the blog ones, I then pick 3 to sneak peek on my fan page. I can’t really tell you how I pick these, it just depends on my mood I guess.
After posting, I then head to the next client. I post 5 days a week and keeping on that schedule can be VERY tricky, so I have to keep moving ahead.
After a few days have passed, I then go back to the ones that I have not yet edited and start on those, so I can complete the session. There is a lot that goes into this process for both of us and funny thing is, even though it’s all a lot of work and time, we both enjoyed every minute.
I share the images on the back of the camera with my clients, so they can see just how good they look. That always helps them relax a little bit. I know they trust me to get great shots of them and I appreciate that! I always have their best interest in mind.
Kelsey and I agreed we need to capture the great sunlight that decided to peek through the clouds this day.
It created a glow on her face.
This was a special location for her, since she attended preschool at this church – the same preschool as my daughter, and the church I was married in. I love it too.
Don’t you love her peacock earrings?
One more outfit for Kelsey and then time to wrap this session up. She is as tall as she looks!
And very beautiful!
Kelsey, thank you for hanging out with me! Hugs to your family too – they were great to have with us! I have lots more great images for you. Can’t wait to show you them all!