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!

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.

Learning the fine art of boudoir portraiture

Photographers need to learn and grow. I try to attend several seminars each year. The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) offers local seminars twice a year, called “Super Monday”, often produced by local photographers. I often either attend or instruct these sessions. They are a great opportunity to meet with other photographers and learn new techniques.

This May, my friends Stephanie Cunningham and Dana Nordlund jointly presented a Super Monday at Steph’s studio in Ripley NY. Their program was entitled “Bombshell Boudoir” and featured some great models, great clothing and amazing hair and makeup. I have little experience with the style called boudoir, meaning a women’s bedroom. These photographs are often suggestive, but not outright naughty. In addition, we worked on pinup photos as well, which are generally more fun and “G” rated than boudoir.

We used some the newest Wescott constant lights, from florescent to the newest (unreleased) LED lights. They are great for WYSIWYG studio lights!

Here are a few samples of the session. There are dozens more on my Facebook business page!

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Special thanks to our models who worked tirelessly for the whole day, and our clothing, hair and makeup contributors.

Puppy Portraits: Pet Photography Practice

Pet photography - mature mutt

Vito on his favorite leather ottoman

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Vito and Dixie on the couch – their first visit to the portrait studio
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Dixie, aka “Puppet”, our golden doodle puppy, taken with high-key white background.

Today I finally took my two dogs to the studio for some fun. They are both big, and full of energy and bot terribly well trained. It was a crazy half hour to get them posed and snap a few images.

Pet photography is an area that I would like to grow. I figured that if I could get my two crazy canines to behave, I can handle other pets as well.

Erie Senior Portraits: Class of 2013 Feature

Here are some of my favorite images from this summer’s Class of 2013 senior portrait sessions.We love to capture images of seniors doing the things they love.

We work both in the studio (in our groovy old school building at 26th and Peach in Erie), as well as on location at basically any location the senior would like. Many of these locations were specifically chosen by the senior. Of course we will take you to our favorite places if you don’t have any specific locations picked out. And we very often finish at the beach. We have a special formula for capturing amazing sunset portraits!

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For the technically curious, we use Canon cameras and Canon, Sigma and Tamron lenses. I even have a special “Beach Camera” that’s allowed to get sandy! We use Canon and Alien Bees flashes and RadioPoppers and Buff triggers. We rarely tripod, but when we do, we use Manfrotto ball heads and tripods.

I get down and dirty at the beach. I usually get more sand on me than the senior will during the session. My philosophy is: “If you don’t get the right angle, with the right light, at the right moment, with the right pose, it just doesn’t look right!  Right?!”

Check out our Class of 2013 Video as well: http://animoto.com/play/99IXk2rYSg50Fo3nMPdGTg

Thanks to all of my seniors and families that supported them!