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

Lakeland Senior Pictures – Julia

This summer as I was settling into my new life in Florida, our friends joined us for a few days. I had photographed two of their three kids for senior pictures. On their trip to visit us in Lakeland, I took some time to capture senior pictures for Julia, their third.

Julia’s a dancer and a lacrosse player, so we focused on some images which included some of her activities, as well as some great images in a variety of outfits. It was in the 90’s outside, so we jumped from the AC to the outdoors and tried to stay cool.

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I applied an infrared finish to the second image.

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I use large studio flashes outdoors, and I also take advantage of special lenses that can provide a very narrow depth of field, meaning that items in front of and behind the subject are nicely blurred, as you can see below.

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We spent some time in Hollis Garden. I like the garden but everyone uses it, so we captured a few ballet images and a couple of lacrosse outfit shots, and moved on. Of course, Julia is from Pennsylvania, so it’s safe to say that no one else from her school had Hollis Garden shots!

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Lake Mirror is a great backdrop for a variety of images.

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I put a bit of watercolor on this image, which I think turned out nicely!

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Next, we moved to downtown Lakeland where I found some really neat walls to use for close up and full-body portraits.

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We headed out to Florida Polytechnic for some bright daylight shots with the amazing architecture. This was full on mid-day, and I was shooting off a high-powered studio flash to balance the ambient light and clearly illuminate the subject.

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There are many great locations in Polk County and surrounding areas for senior pictures. I envision using several locations for each senior session. Check out the next post for some great beach shots with Julia!

Sydnie’s Erie Senior Pictures in Findley Lake

Once again we had perfect weather for senior pictures. Except for the wind, which finally went away. Otherwise, it was clear, blue and warm.

Sydnie chose Findley Lake as her starting spot, which had a number of spots that were either iconic, photo-friendly, or memorable to her family. Here are a couple of nice shots:

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We found some other nice locations as well for her senior pictures.

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We meandered over to the Peak and captured some late summer snowboard shots, which is a lot better than capturing midwinter snowboard shots!

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And we had to try the golf cart tunnel at dusk, to experiment with some cool lighting!

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Great shots, Sydnie! I hope you are pleased with your images!

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!

Rebecca’s Senior Pictures in Erie and Harborcreek

Rebecca is an Erie Otters hockey fan. We were able to capture some senior pictures at the Erie Insurance Arena, where they were conditioning the ice for the upcoming hockey season.

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We headed up to Penn State Behrend campus for some nice outdoor senior pictures.

IMG_5128 The library wall is a favorite location of mine, as the rock is colorful and natural looking.

Rebecca is also a trumpet player, and was proud to show her trumpet collection and her Harborcreek band uniform.

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We finished after sunset at a secret location that had some great light and interesting settings for senior pictures.

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Amazing images, Rebecca!

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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Senior Pictures in Erie, PA: Rosie

We had another fabulous weather day for Rosie’s senior pictures. Starting at Wintergreen Gorge, we captured some great outdoor images. Then we stopped by her school to get some neat photos with her favorite books:

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We hit a favorite location of mine for some downtown images including this one near the graffiti wall by the train tracks:

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We finished in a great location near the bayfront with amazing brickwork:

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Great images, Rosie! We captured some very different looks and poses in your session!

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.