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

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 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!

Erie Weddings: Danielle and Charles

Weatherwise, September 22nd was an “iffy” day. Part of it was sunny. Some was windy. Most of it was cloudy with the threat of precipitation. Danielle, our bride, was not about to be put off by a bit of rain!

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The ceremony and reception were held at the historic Sunset Inn in Erie. Famous for its amazing views of the lake at sunset, this day did not have quite the sunset appeal for Danielle and Charles. But that did not stop them from having their ceremony outdoors!

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A delightful indoor reception followed:

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After the reception ended, I still wanted to capture the “Sunset” moment that they wished for and had missed, owing to the rainy weather. So a couple of days later, we ventured out and captured these memorable moments:

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Congratulations, Danielle and Charles! You did get your “Sunset” wedding!