Haley came in to the studio on the last day of July for her senior photos and the girl is just stunning so it really made our job easy. A good chunk of the photos that I am featuring in this post are just straight out of the camera, no photoshop at all. And the ones that I did open in photoshop, quite frankly, I didn’t need to do much to. They just looked awesome the way they were and that is always a good thing.
We started in the studio and rapped off some casual shots in her first outfit. I made an executive decision that these look pretty darn good as black and whites, so that’s what I did with them.
The next outfit we chose looked like it would go well with some nature. Yay nature! By the way, I never know if I should write above the photo I’m talking about or below. Is there a rule about this? Your thoughts? For now, I’m just gonna go with below.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with this little alley lately. That sounds weird, but it’s true. The great thing about it is that it really doesn’t matter where the sun is at. High above, east, west, doesn’t matter. The white walls just bounce it back and forth and the only thing you really have to contend with is the background blowing out sometimes and that just isn’t a big deal to me. Especially when some guy parks an RV back there and the butt end of it is sticking out as was the case in these photos. But, the background is so washed out that it magically disappears. Actually, if you look really close, it shows up a little on the the left side of her head, but not too bad.
This one is against First Presbyterian church in downtown Fargo. As much as we try to find new locations, this is one that I gravitate to over and over again. You just can’t find brickwork like that any where else in town. Not to mention that if you get there at the right time of evening, the sun bounces off the windows of the Radisson Hotel and back onto the east wall of the church and just creates this beautiful, warm, glowy light. I have dubbed it Radisson Lighting.
First avenue, by the Federal building. I’m going to sound like an early 90’s version of myself right now, but I thought these looked killer.
This outfit was towards the end and we had great light going on at this time, so I have a number of favorites from this set. This shot looks so awesome and it was taken in a ridiculous location. People must think I am crazy sometimes when we pull up to these run down, industrial businesses, or work yards or whatever this was. There really wasn’t much that was pretty about this location other than one tree with some light coming through it. It caught my eye though and we gave it a whirl. Drew was working his mojo with a reflector, pushing some light back onto her face and we just ended up with some super looking shots.
Same outfit here. And also, a very crummy location. And by crummy, I mean beautiful. Run-down, overgrown with small trees, probably abandoned, broken windows type place. It looks so cool though.
This last location was one I had never been to and it surprised me that I hadn’t. Right behind the Plains Art Museum. Neat little alley with some bricks and rusty stuff and whatnot. We started to run out of light not long after we got here and it was a wrap, as they say.
So, I guess that’s it. Thanks Haley and we will talk to you soon.
_michael miller – b.o.t.