Erie Senior Portraits: Levi

Today was our first snowfall of the year. Fortunately, the skies cooperated with us and gave us a good hour for outdoor images with Levi and his four-wheeler and hunting gear:
We captured some other great images outdoors, including this one:
Then we headed indoors and created more great images. Here’s a nice one finished in black and white:
Gerat images, Levi. Thanks for choosing us for your senior images.

Erie Senior Portraits: Meaghan

Monday was a classic summer portrait day: Hot, muggy and the radar projection was showing all manner of badness about to happen.
Meaghan worked with us in studio for a couple of hours, focusing mostly on dance images, including this lovely black and white portrait:
Then we ventured outdoors, eventually arriving at one of my favorite walls:
I love the jeans and boots look in this image!
Considering the weather was so threatening, we did not have high expectations for sunset. However, the clouds parted and we experienced one of the most colorful and intense sunsets that I have seen in quite some time. Here is the sun about ten minutes before setting:
Look at that beautiful warm light. We’re throwing a bit of light back to Meaghan so she is not silhouetted by the strong backlight of the sun and sky.
This dance image was taken after sunset. Note the intensity of the colors in the sky. We emphasize these through underexposure of the background:
Again, front/side lighting is necessary to render the details of the dancer. We simply turned off the lights to render this lovely silhouette of essentially the same pose:

Meaghan, your images are lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to capture your senior portraits. 

Coming Soon: Stay tuned for an “In the Box” dance collage featuring Meaghan!

Senior Images with an Edge!

I continually search for great locations to use for Senior portraits. I find that the students enjoy the “out of studio” experience and really get into the different settings we have in Erie and the surrounding areas.

These were taken at the Raven Sound building on 26th and Peach streets. Phil and the gang have long supported the arts, and this is no exception. They sponsored a graffiti event and their building was the target!

It’s amazing to see the variety of styles and artwork painted on the walls of Raven Sound. Both the front corner, viewable from Peach street driving North, and the inside structure, on the northeast side of the building, are covered with intensely colored graffiti art.

On Friday, in bright sun, we shot our first session. With permission of course from the owners, we composed several interesting poses which prominently featured the walls in the composition.

As you can see, the color and patterns of the art, combined with the strong solid lines of the building itself, create a great edgy, urban background for portraits.

Special Thanks go to Raven Sound. Guys, your wall rocks!
One more note – this is my 200th blog post on this blog! How time flies…