Lakeland Senior Pictures – Julia goes to the beach

In the last post, I wrote that Julia came down all the way from Erie, Pennsylvania for her senior pictures. My specialty in Erie was photographing seniors on the beaches of Lake Erie, and I often had senior dancers ask for poses and leaps at the beach at sunset. I developed an approach that allowed my seniors to capture a wide variety of images in a short period of time, including dance poses, silhouettes and leaps.

So  I was not surprised when Julia asked for the same, only Florida style. I was up for the challenge, and we headed West to the Gulf of Mexico.

Following a great dinner at Crabby Bills Indian Rocks Beach, we headed across the street to access the beach.

I usually capture a few images before we head to the water, just to set the mood. Here’s Julia with the dunes in the background. You have to be careful to stay away from the sea grass and other plants, as they are off limits!

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Julia made some nice dance poses and leaps. Here are a couple, caught before the sunset became too colorful. I kept the flash off for these, to develop more of a silhouette effect.

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Then we did a few senior poses with the developing sunset behind her. Note the balance of subject lighting with the water and the sky. That takes some practice to get right, especially at dusk, when the lighting levels are constantly changing.

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Here is a leap that we caught during the sunset. The key with dance leaps is using a fast shutter, the right light in front, and balancing that with the color of the sky and sea behind the subject.

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Overall it was a great session. Though the sunset was not as developed as I have seen, it did provide a great backdrop for senior pictures

Amanda’s senior pictures

Another great evening was spent capturing Amanda’s senior pictures. We started at Wintergreen Gorge and took a few nice images, including this shot:

 

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We traveled to downtown Erie and went to one of my favorite locations for a nice image among the bricks:

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We headed to the bayfront for some sunny shots, including this image among the posts and birds:

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We finished at the beach with this great shot:

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Great images, Amanda! There are many more coming in your proofs!

 

Senior Pictures in Erie: Kara

Kara’s senior pictures adventure started at Wintergreen Gorge. I have a couple of beat up chairs that I occasionally bring, and this one seemed right for her in this setting.

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We had a couple of other great settings for senior pictures in the same location:

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Then we headed downtown to some of my favorite city locations. Kara chose a few great graffiti pieces featuring her favorite colors:

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Then we headed to the beach. Here’s a great image under a favorite picnic shelter that she had great memories as a kid:

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We got a great profile picture with the early evening sun, just before sunset:

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For some seniors, Erie senior pictures are not complete with out some sunset beach pictures!

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Wonderful images, Kara! I hope you and your family enjoy your senior pictures!

 

 

 

Erie Dance Photography: Haley’s Beach Pictures

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Haley is a young dancer who wanted to have some interesting dance pictures taken at Presque Isle Beach at sunset. So we picked a clear day and had an adventure!

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As we approached sunset, we carefully mixed the right amount of light to get a nice colorful early evening sky. Haley thought ahead and we buried a board under the sand so her pointe shoes would not sink into the sand.

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Here’s a great image right at sunset. The waves were a bit high, but we were able to capture some great dance pictures. Great job Haley!

Erie Senior Pictures: Abby

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Abby had some specific ideas about her senior pictures. Starting in North East at the railroad museum, we captured some great outdoor images. We headed to the beach and other locations for more senior portraits, hit the zoo for some great “giraffe selfies” and finished indoors after dark.

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Abby is a culinary student and plans to study the culinary arts in college. Great senior pictures, Abby!

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Erie Senior Pictures: Paige

Summer senior pictures have begun! This week I had a chance to work with Paige, who is the third senior in her family to have their pictures done by John Huegel Photography.

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Senior sports picture on track in full sun

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We had perfect weather and stopped at a half dozen locations to capture a wide variety of images.

Here are a few senior pictures¬†from Paige’s session. There are more available in my Facebook business page.

Erie Senior Portraits: Jenna’s Journey

Jenna is a dancer. She is also a Senior, but what became clear to me tonight was that she thoroughly enjoys being a dancer.
We started in the studio with some great poses that she specifically wanted to try. Here is one on a black background, and another interesting one on white:
We photographed some other clothing changes as well. Here’s a nice black and white image of one outfit:
We then headed outdoors, hitting some of my favorite locations as well as a new one featuring sunflowers:
Then we hit the beach, and had a great time capturing some action shots of various leaps and other acrobatic and dance poses and moves:

Great images, Jenna! Many more to come soon!

Senior Pictures in Erie County: Claire

Tonight was Claire’s evening. We started at one of her favorite locations, the beautiful Lawrence Park Golf Club and captured several nice images on this wonderful late summer evening.
Following the initial outdoor images, we headed indoors for a few really neat images featuring Claire’s Harry Potter collection. I know my daughter will be envious of this image!
Next, we headed outdoors again for some more great Erie summer senior images. Here are a couple:

Great images, Claire! Thanks so much for choosing us for your senior portraits!

Erie Senior Portraits: Alexa

Today Alexa and her friend Brittany joined us for senior portraits. It was a lot of fun to work with these two friends and their families.
Here is a great image under the railroad underpass.
Another of my favorite settings.
The first time I used this wall in a very long time.
A nice “high key” white indoors:
We made the most of the day, capturing some nice beach images during daylight.

Great images, Alexa!