Senior portraits are the perfect way to record the coming of age of your children. It's the moment to celebrate one of their first major milestones in life and capturing this time with great portraiture has become an American tradition over the past decades. Your child is making the transition into adulthood and this year marks them walking out into the world to make their own life, be it a career or college. It is also one of their busiest years and the time for them, and you, will fly by in the blink of an eye (Trust me I've been there!). That said, watching your children grow into adulthood is an immensely wonderful thing to experience as a parent and the pride and love we have as it happens before our eyes is something almost impossible to describe.
This seminal moment in our children's evolution is a once only chance to record who they are RIGHT NOW, and professional photography is the very best way to do.
With Gillian we went with the largest variety of images we could, taken over more than one day. As well as a dedicated student she is also a beautiful ballet dancer and we wanted to capture both her contemporary life alongside her life on the stage as a performer. I try and tie in a seniors hobbies and interests into their portraits as much as possible as these are the things that identify them as they are now.
Zach wanted to have a number of different locations for his senior portraits so we decided upon his home, downtown Wooster and some sports images at his high school in Dalton Ohio. We were particularly lucky with the timing for one of the sessions as the sky made a spectacular backdrop for the shoot at his home.
Dylan is big into his sports. He's an accomplished footballer and baseball player at his high school, so these themes were at the forefront of our session plan. Although we only had a couple of hours to shoot our images we were able to get to 4 different locations to achieve a great set of portraits for him. Being the strong silent type I gave the images a toned down look, combining muted color images with strong black and whites which worked well with his personality.
Elizabeth is a very studious girl and portraying that was the aim of the fun shots we did with her stood under the umbrella. In truth it wasn't raining but we had a lot of fun creating the scene for her.