McKay and I took a drive out to the desert to take his senior portraits. I loved his selection of clothing. It wasn’t what I had expected, but after spending some time with him. It all fits him. Here are a few of my favorite images from McKay’s senior portrait session.
I loved the white cowboy hat. But in the blazing Phoenix sun, keeping that hat from over-exposing requires a little extra lighting, which I solved with a Canon Speedlight and a set of Pocket Wizards. Besides, anytime someone is wearing a cowboy hat, something has to be done to light the underside of the brim.
McKay brought a seriously tough lookin’ truck, so we employed it in a number of shots. But when he threw the camo on, I couldn’t resist the tailgate shot. If you follow me at all, you could expect the vacancy in this photo. I had the choice of more truck, more desert or more sky. I chose more sky; it puts some contrasting scale to McKay and his truck.
As we were moving around the desert, we ran into a little building, it looked like a saloon replica, but the door was open, so we went in and got some great portraits with indirect light from the doors and windows.
There’s nothing like a long dirt road! Sometimes I feel like there’s too much pavement. Not to say I want to go back to the horse and buggy, but I do love the simplicity of a graded road, and even better the quaintness of a two track road.
Now that’s a truck!
McKay lives in the shadow of South Mountain. So his back yard is perfect for desert photos in open shade for hours.
And once the sun went down, we did a few formal portraits inside. I love the book shelf.
Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Roy Ashen, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Awatukee – Phoenix, Arizona