Meet Lindy. Senior, class of 2013. She’s a all around great girl with a great attitude. I love to meet high school students who have perspective and can see the big picture. Sometimes a teenager who is wise beyond their years can be a bit too serious so they aren’t super fun, but Lindy has a lot of energy and spunk, but still sees her world in realistic terms. That’s important. Well, I can’t say enough good about her and we wish her the very best during her senior year and out into her future.
We took Lindy’s senior portraits in San Diego at Mission Beach. We arrived at the beach early in the morning, so the beach was fairly empty which gave us plenty of room to work. I love the over cast day. So many clients worry when their photo day or wedding has clouds, but when it comes to photos, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I love the soft light. It gives me a nice even exposure to deal with. Then, if I want to sculpt with light, I can add a little light wherever I want to see it.
Lindy brought along a hat, which I completely loved, so that stayed with us a lot during the shoot. While in this next image, it is merely a prop, it finishes the photo in many of the images.
This is where the hat really makes the image!
This next image is very important to me as a photographer. Catching a subtle and important aspect of a senior’s personality in an image is important to me. And this image, speaks volumes to me about Lindy. That strong determination is a big part of how I see her. I suppose I can be wrong in my read of personality, but when I am photographing someone, I think I get a good read on people. And with Lindy, because she is a good friend to our family, I think I can say with confidence that this one is very accurate. But, I suppose you’ll have to ask her mom.
We did a few shots of Lindy looking at the camera next to her 2013 numbers in the sand, but I liked this one the best.
This is a great example of the process of sculpting in a subdued and flat lighting condition. I am using the ambient marine layer lighting to get the basic exposure accomplished, then with my Canon Speedlite 600RT flash off camera to the left and behind the subject, I am adding the crest of light on her nose and cheek-bone, etc. This gives the photo great deal of volume with very little effort. Normally, the sun would fill in as the backlight, but when the sun is held up behind a thick cloud, you have to create your own sun. The nice thing about this manufactured sun (a flash), the power is completely controllable.
Lindy, thanks for trusting us with your Senior Portrait. May every year ahead of you be a success!
Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: San Diego, California
Sarah is my final senior for the class of 2012, graduating from Hamilton High School. Smart, funny, talented and pretty. She was fun to work with. Here are some of my favorite images from her senior portrait session.
Lest you think this is just a bike we grabbed for the senior portraits, that’s not the way I roll. Props are always extremely personal for my seniors. This is her bike. I have seen her ride it on several occasions, though I think that may change now that is it officially five thousand degrees outside.
Sarah was smart and got up very early in the morning for her portrait session. This meant, we got to shoot in the cool of the morning and got beautiful clean golden light from the sunrise. There is nothing like photographing in the early morning. It just takes commitment.
A truck drove by on the dirt road and kicked up some dust so I sent her back out onto the road to get this shot, the dust made for a great change in the lighting scenario. You can see the difference between this shot and the previous shot. The difference is dust. I have been known to have someone do a quick donut in a car to kick up some dust for a photo shoot.
I love this photo. I took great care to make this photo as natural as possible. Sarah’s grandfather has passed on. She is wearing her grandfather’s jacket and holding a picture of him. But the key to photographing someone and having them interact with someone who is no longer here is a tricky one. If you dismiss the importance of the relationship, you are shortsighted, but if you overplay the visual, then you don’t do the relationship justice. So when Sarah brought out a photo of her grandfather, I wanted to make sure I got it right. It’s a simple photo, but I think it feels natural and there’s a softness and comfort level in the photograph that makes me think I got this one right.
I was adjusting the photos in front of another photographer and she remarked how striking Sarah’s eyes were. I quite agree.
You are thinking, “the outfit couldn’t be any more perfectly matched to the car.”
Until you see the jeans.
Sarah is a very playful girl. I guess it comes with the Theater background. She likes to put on a show.
Case in point!
Now, I have to end with this image because I have a connection here with Sarah. She loves Poe and I have always loved EA Poe. Each Christmas Eve, my father would read the Christmas story from Luke or sometimes from Jesus the Christ (by James E Talmage), but after the Christmas story, we were then treated to a reading of The Raven, by AE Poe and then an encore reading of The Bells. Some in my family complained and thought it was bizarre. I have always enjoyed the tradition. So I can relate with Sarah’s affinity for Poe.
Location: Chandler Arizona
High School: Hamilton High School
Macey is a Senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. As with all my Seniors, I asked her what made Macey… Macey. I got a long list of things. This is where we always start with a Senior Portrait. So in all of these photographs, you will see something that represents Macey. I was thrilled to know that one of those things is photography. Hence, the many cameras throughout the shoot.
I really enjoyed the photo shoot and I am very pleased with the images we captured. Here are a few of my favorite images.
I am leading with this image because it is one of my favorites. Especially the treatment of the photo. It is a mixture of new and old, a bit vintage, but not overly so. The outfit was perfect for it.
Macey’s sister, mother and good friend were all there for the photo shoot. And if you are along for the photo shoot, you are going to end up part of the photo shoot in one way or another. Macey’s sister and good friend ended up being used as “extras” in our little busy train station scene. I think they played their parts pretty well.
This little “Baby Brownie” is one of my favorite little cameras in my wife’s collection. I kept coming back to it throughout the photo shoot because it fits Macey so well.
But nothing could have been more perfect than the Polaroid camera that Macey brought to the shoot. I was thrilled with it. That little rainbow down the front was inspiring. That is a camera that says FUN all over it. Of course I would never want to go back to that technology, but the camera itself just keels super fun.
Macey also lovers to travel. What photographer doesn’t love to travel. The point of travel for a photographer is to go and photograph things in far away places and bring them home as souvenirs. So Macey found a bunch of vintage suitcases as elements for the shoot. As we were playing with them, I realized something about the past… we always look back at the past with rose colored glasses. Vintage looks so cool, but those are heavy suitcases, with no wheels and none of the modern ergonomics. Same with the Polaroid. Cute looking camera, wouldn’t go back to it in a million years. I love the vintage look, but it always makes me grateful for advancement in technology.
Macey also loves to write, although I am not sure that she does most of her writing on the train tracks, but I took a little poetic license with the setting…
I love this shot. Love it.
Macey also plays the Viola. I have great respect for this. I myself played the violin for many years as a child, but looked desperately for a way out of the activity as my violin teacher was a sour old woman with corns on her toes which I thought made her a witch. Yet, I played the violin from 5 years old to about 13 years old and now I can only play a scratchy version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. So, way to go Macey for sticking it out for this long.
Having friends along at a Senior Portrait is a great way to make the experience more enjoyable and a great way to get even better photos. Ellie and Sarah were on location with us, as I noted earlier, but this time we put them into the shot. This was a super fun shot, and very beautiful as well. And of course Macey looks like a million bucks.
I think the dress inspired the treatment on this photo and then I used the same treatment on earlier photos and later ones, but this photo was the inspiration being the color and tonality of all of the images surrounding it. There was a softness to the image, a quietness, so it couldn’t have rich colors, but black and white would have been to cold for the image. I think the tone is perfect.
The next two images were a continuation on the same soft theme of the last image.
Macey is also a runner. This is also an amazing thing to me. As I have chosen only to run in cases of extreme danger, and even then, I may just let whatever werewolf is chasing me just overtake me and be done with it. But, Macey is a runner, and I was glad she brought such a colorful outfit. I love it. We shot this running set at sunset on a dirt road south of Chandler, Arizona.
And my favorite light of the day, the moment after sunset, arrived and we took this last shot which I love. It is hard to decide to quit taking photos on a great photo shoot like this because each new situation you start shooting yields such great images, as a photographer, I was to just keep making great photos. But, the photo shoot had to end sometime.
So we went back to Macey’s family’s home and finished up with a great portrait at the piano, yet another one of Macey’s talents. She is a talented and lovely young woman and it was a pleasure to photograph her for her senior portraits. Thanks Macey.
Senior Portrait by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Chandler, Arizona