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Senior Portrait Tips – Lisa and Heather

Unlike the first two photoshoots I did of my free senior photo shoots, this one was two hours. Lisa and Heather are sisters, and decided to do both thier senior photo shoots at the same. This actually had a big advantage– while one did an outfit change, the other could be getting their pictures taken. Plus, with two hours, we made it into my preferred outdoor lighting, which allowed for more creativity on my part with thier pictures. That being said, I’m thinking of offering a special deal to seniors who want to pair up to have senior portraits done.

For the outdoor and library shots I used the Canon 580EX Flash to add light to the pictures. Backlighting the seniors against the sun then adding flash for fill works really well for emphasis and a neat lighting style. I’ve been using the school’s flash, but I’m thinking of picking up one for myself to use when I start up my senior portraits business.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157626247284825/

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

Lisa And Heather Senior Portraits_SBibb

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Senior Portrait Tips – Chelcy

Chelcy’s pictures were the second shoot I did of my free senior pictures shoot for examples over Spring Break. This time it was easier to get everything set up, and my Canon Rebel XS cooperated with me this time. I set up in the large room downstairs in the library, and the size difference made a great deal of help. It kept me from fumbling into things or hitting the background stands against the ceiling, a major help in trying to get everything set up quickly. It still took a little time to sit up, but I was able to leave it there for my next shoot with Lisa and Heather afterwards.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157626244371747/show/

Chelcy Senior_SBibb

Chelcy Senior_SBibb

Chelcy Senior_SBibb

Chelcy Senior_SBibb

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Great Websites For Senior Portrait Tips

Later this week I will be taking senior pictures for my fiance’s sister. Seeing as its been a little while since I’ve done portrait photography, I decided it was time to brush up on my knowledge of making senior pictures. In order to do that,  there are three things in specific I wanted to do.

1. Look through several magazines (Lucky, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen) to get portrait ideas. These were supplied to me by Isaac’s sister.

2. Check to make sure my Alien Bees are working properly. I don’t think I’ve used them since school ended this spring.

3. Find websites with beautiful senior pictures or with tips to get ideas from.

I decided to share the results of my search for websites here, and below are several websites I found useful.

http://www.seniorpictures.com/Portrait-Photographers/Ten_Tips.html

~This site has several tips aimed at the seniors having thier pictures taken. At the same time, it is useful for the photographer to keep these tips in mind, too.

http://www.boxseniors.com/main.html

~ A portrait photographer’s site. They have some beautiful senior photos and great ideas. It may be helpful to look through the work they’ve done to get ideas on locations and retouching.

http://prestigeportraits.com/gallery.aspx

~ Spectacular images- I envy thier skills. They have many beautiful images, and I suspect much could be learned by studying what they have done.

I plan to look up more websites later, but for the meantime its on to scouting through magazines.

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