I have finally done it! Emma is my last senior to blog from 2019 graduates!
The goal has finally been met and just in time as I will be photographing my first 2020 high school senior this weekend in New York City!
Emma and her mom, well they were just a blast to work with. :) Emma came to me after not getting exactly what she wanted from her first choice senior photographer. Luckily for both of us, I had photographed a friend of hers last summer and Emma liked what she saw. :)
Emma knew she wanted outdoor senior photos with a mix of both nature and urban. We went out to our local lake first to get some shots of her in that golden grass that looked perfect in her black and white jumper. It was pretty windy that day, so we didn't stay very long and I had her get low to the ground for most shots so that we could try and keep her hair from smacking in her face. But, we did get some stunning portraits of her that her mom, Emma and I all loved!
Emma chose an awesome and beautiful yellow top which I knew exactly where to photograph her by to make it pop. This is one of the many reasons I offer a pre shoot consultation for all of my seniors. It not only helps them understand what to expect the day of their session, but also for me to plan ahead of time and not just figure it out as we go that day. Of course, sometimes things don't always go as planned and working on the fly and still getting awesome images is what I strive.
As a professional photographer, I am looking at so many different variables for a session. It isn't just about the location. It is about the lighting, the pose, the angles, the mood, the location and well I could go on and on! The high school seniors that are in front of my camera are not born models. Sure, I see on their Instagram that they have mastered the selfie and fun photos with friends. But when you get someone in front of a professional, that photographer needs to know how to make them feel comfortable, show them how to pose, talk to them about why they are sitting them in a certain location and why they have them move their chin a certain way. There are so many things that go into one photograph that most don't realize. My job is to make my seniors feel beautiful or handsome in a very effortless way all while having a blast!
Emma and her mom Trish were ready for the ride with me when they came to Wahoo for her session. They trusted my judgement on posing and locations even if I had to move a cigarette trash can so I could get the shot I wanted. :) I am so happy that they chose me for their second go at senior pics as that session was a perfect way to end my 2019 seniors. Now I get to look forward to photographing Emma's brother Zach in the fall.
PS: Congrats to this smarty pants who was the 2019 Omaha North Valedictorian!