Luke was a spring session and in fact I was able to get his images turned around faster than any other senior so that his photo could be in his senior yearbook!
Though I would not recommend waiting until the last minute to schedule your senior session, Luke had a great day for his session and we were still able to explore locations and get him exactly what he wanted.
Luke was a natural in front of the camera and I actually (playfully) yelled at him for not being a high school senior model for me this year. What made it even a better session was he was having fun with it. I talked him through at the beginning and of course would still direct him every once in awhile, but he just got it. I always tell my seniors when I first start to photograph them that if they want to move they can, if they want to stop smiling, they can. It doesn't have to be so stiff and they certainly do not have to wait for me to tell them what to do. Most of the time, I am constantly talking and giving direction which is my job - but sometimes you just get a high school senior in front of you that just knows what to do and isn't afraid to show you.
That was Luke. To be even more honest, I usually never get a high school senior boy in front of my camera that feels comfortable and at ease. I have had many girls in front of my camera who can show me that they are naturals, but I believe I can count on one hand the boys that have done this.
We split his session with two locations with one being Lake Wanahoo and the other the alley ways of downtown Wahoo, Nebraska. I held a couple of Luke's shirts as we walked the alleys so that if we saw something and wanted him to switch shirts he could do that super fast and not waste time running back to the car. When I spotted the blue car, I knew exactly the shirt I wanted him to wear in front of it. This car shot quickly became both Luke and my favorite shot from his session.
Luke graduated last weekend with his class of 2019 at Bishop Neumann High School.