Senior Saturday: The Details, the Look

One thing I love about senior photos is because I only have one subject, we are able to push the creative limits on everything from clothing and background to light, color, and posing, among other things. We are able to pretty quickly get “the shot” that Grandma wants to frame on the mantle and move on to other opportunities for unique and creative ideas that really put the “you” in your senior photos. Sometimes I find myself struggling to push too much in a creative direction because though I love those emotionally moving, and detail-focused photos, I also like photos to be usable. However, a lot of that idea of “usability” comes from seeing your shoot as a story of yourself instead of just one nice “Grandma mantle” picture after another.

At a wedding, for example, I like to take photos of the decorations, the cake, the rings, the flowers, and other details. Now I certainly don’t expect anyone to actually blow up a picture of their handmade candy box favors and hang a 20×30 in their living room. But those details tell the story of the day, what it looked like, how it felt, the light, the color, the smells. It gives you a feeling of actually being there instead of just one nice “pose” after another. I like to look at your senior shoot (or family, couple, newborn, etc.) as a mini-story, and capturing some of those details is part of it.* Even if it isn’t the photo you’re going to send out in your graduation announcements, it still tells the story of who you are, which is my ultimate goal in capturing you for your senior photos. I always want my photos to say more than just, oh hey, here am in in a photo, I want them to show the world the person behind the shot, show more than just a pretty face. My goal lately has been to push these limits just a little further, and really capture the essence behind this amazing person, with so much about them that makes them unique and special. Below are some examples of some of my favorite detail oriented and unique photos along with why I love how they describe these seniors so eloquently:

 *This “storyline” is why I so strongly recommend photo books for my seniors (and really any shoot) because it puts everything together to be read how it was shot, as a story of you. Plus it is such a fun, easy, beautiful way to archive those memories outside of your hard drive.

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Objects

The following photos show off something important in these senior’s lives. And not that I’m one to let material possessions or hobbies or anything define who we are at the core, but sometimes items can say a lot about who we are becoming. For these seniors, these objects say more about them  than trying to explain this part of their personality.

Taylor loved these shoes. They were dirty, had holes in all the right spots, and have been a staple of her wardrobe since Jr. High. She’s walked a lot of miles in these shoes to get her where she is, and hopefully, the next several years will be just that many more miles, memories, and loving life.

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Cortnie and her bicycle. Basically her face says it all. Plus her high heels. I love it.

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Alex was quite the fashionista. When she pulled out this awesome sequined shirt, I just had to show it off with our pretty sunlight. I like how it’s the center of attention. Plus, I’m a sucker for sparkles.

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Travis totally embraced the “I’m chill and just go with the flow” lifestyle. I love his “yeah, just chillin'” pose, his skateboard sitting to the side, and the graffiti trailing off. This is basically Travis in a nutshell.

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I don’t know about most people, but the mandolin reminds me of a free spirit. Maddie was exactly that. She doesn’t care what the world thinks, she charges head-long down her own path, and she’s full of smiles along the way. Her mandolin music is exactly her.

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Not only is Maddie an amazing scholar and attending college on a huge scholarship (hence the book), but she was also on her high school swim team, which has been a huge part of her life the last four years (hence the water). This one photo just says so much about her.

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Kalli and softball are almost synonymous. The captain of her high school team, and an amazing player, Kalli loves the game. Softball has been a huge part of her life through high school. I love how this photo of her bat, glove, and ball highlights her passion.

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Ink

I don’t get many seniors with tatoos, so when the opportunity arises, I love to show those off. I can’t imagine at 18 getting a tattoo is a light decision, which means these words/symbols say a lot more than any picture can about these girls. I just think something about these written symbols of who these girls are is so powerful, and I wanted to show off not only their ink, but the person behind it.

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Ambiance

These photos are more about capturing these incredible girls’ personalities using the places and things around them than necessarily a certain object. The whole atmosphere of each of these photos describes these seniors so well. The mood, the light, their look, the focus, props, color – it just says, “this is me.”

I love the softness of this photo, the whimsical stare off into the distance, the gentle light coming from behind, and the look of being hidden away in a forest field – this is pretty much MacKenzie – gentle, shy, sweet, and just a little bit mysterious.

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Jamie was all fun. Seriously, we laughed, we goofed around, and she was so talented in front of the camera. These three shots are totally her: playful, bright, happy, colorful, and so unique!

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Carefree: that’s the main word that comes to mind when I look at this picture. No biggie that Ciara‘s in some weird jungle of Arizona plants leaning against a decrepit shed, all we get is smiles and a laugh.  She was so carefree and positive. Just a lover of life.

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Amber says it how it is and stands behind the strong woman she’s become through trials and hardships. The fact that in this photo she’s sitting by the highway, yet looking the other direction, I don’t know, it just says to me that she doesn’t need anyone to save her, she’s got this, this crazy thing called life.

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Lastly, I don’t know what can really describe senior year more than an actual graduation cap and gown. Granted, I could take 500 of this same shot with the exact same cap and tassel, but something about having it be yours, you accomplishing this crazy task call graduating, putting in the hours, the sweat, the tears. The nights of anxiety and test prep, the endless papers and countless projects. Something about having a photo like this that says, hey, I accomplished this, just says so much. Not to mention in the last photo, having your sister and best friend in the same boat as you , sharing this amazing journey, well that is just awesome

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I’m all about celebrating your own details.  If this sounds like your type of senior photo shoot, I’d love to book your session! Click below to get more information!

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Many blessings from Jenna Bishop Photography!

{Stop by the second Saturday of the month for new senior photo tips!}

 

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