We photographed this Prom Portrait Session in downtown Chandler, Arizona.
Music by Roy Ashen “Never”, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
I spent the afternoon photographing a few seniors going to prom on Saturday. I photograph a lot of senior portraits, but the last time I shot Prom Photos, was in college. I photographed a prom as the “official” prom photographer with the back drops and lights and such. I always though those kind of prom portraits were the worst. Everyone gets the same photo and they are all very lame. So this was a fun way to do prom portraits. If I were in high school, I would get my prom portraits done on location like this. They’re so much cooler.
So here are a few of my favorites from the portrait shoot.
See the entire set here. Contact the studio for a key code.
Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Subject: Senior Prom Portraits
Location: Downtown, Chandler, Arizona
This Biggs family portrait was taken in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Photography: Platt Photography
Music: Roy Ashen, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTOS
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE PORTRAITS OF THE KIDS
AND A SENIOR PORTRAIT AS WELL
This is my most recent Senior Portrait session in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It was a fun morning with Chelsea and her family. She changed outfits about four or five times and we got a lot of great shots in her different sports outfits as well as the letterman jacket and some cute dress shots and casual wear. Working in a downtown city setting is perfect for getting a wide variety of backdrops without having to spend the time to travel from place to place. Every kind of backdrop is available to you just by turning around. Plus, as an added bonus, the light is beautiful open shade for a much longer time in the canyons of the city walls. One can shoot well past the “sweet light” deadline in the morning and when things get too bright on one street, there is always another street around the corner with completely different lighting conditions.
Enjoy the slideshow from this senior portrait session below:
Here are a few of my favorite images from the senior portrait session.
There is nothing like an early morning in the city with no traffic, the sun’s indirect glow and beautiful open shade. I would prefer to shoot in the city any day of the week.
Simplicity of design in a photo is very important to me.
The dress is perfect for the color treatment on the photograph.
When Chelsea told me she plays tennis, I immediately saw this in my head. We found a court, paid for an hour and dumped practice balls all over the court. The key to the photo was the angle of attack though. The balls are very important to the image and needed to be grouped together, so I had to get comfortable on the ground. I lay down on the job an awful lot.
Downtown is always a great place for graffiti. I sometimes wonder when I will be contacted by the graffiti artist for copyright infringements. I imagine the artist will want to stay anonymous.
There aren’t any lakes in the city for wake boarding. So, we had to find ourselves a flat spot with lots of blue sky. We tried a spot in the fields south of town, but were kicked of by an awfully rude reservation officer, so we moved up the road a mile to the edge of the reservation and took our shot there. Same sky, and it turns out that the tribe doesn’t own the sky, so it was ok for us to photograph it. What a relief.
The family came along and everyone had a letterman’s jacket, so we took a shot. I thought it turned out great.
We shot Sarah and Macey’s portraits in downtown Gilbert, AZ. They are great friends, so we were able to get individual portraits as well as some cool shots of them together. They are not high school seniors yet, but who says you have to be a high school senior to get some cool portraits done?
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the portrait session:
The wind was picking up toward sunset, but rather than fight it, I went with it and it provided some added energy to the shots.
Once night falls, street lights and off camera flash are the only way to go. Here we are using the Canon 580EXII with a Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 TTL radio slave which allow us to send the advanced TTL exposure information to the flash via radio signals.
I think this photo sums up Sarah’s personality.
I went out with Bill K., a previous student of mine to shoot some portraits of Tayler. It was a fun morning and we got some nice shots. The entire shoot was done south of Chandler, Arizona. This area is filled with farmland and this month, we were fortunate enough to have a few fields of wheat. When we decided to do the shoot, I knew we had to do it here because Tayler’s hair and skin tone are both perfect for the setting.
Just a quick thought about exposing in the harsh sunlight of Phoenix, Arizona. There is almost no place like Phoenix on the planet. The hot, dry desert climate tests your skills as a photographer. On a cloudless day (which is the majority of our days) there is nothing to soften the light of the sun and without humidity, there is very little in the atmosphere to refract the light, so we in the desert, are challenged to find ways to equalize the light. One of the simplest ways to remove the harsh shadows from the subject’s face is to turn them away from the sun’s light. In the shadow of their own body, there are no harsh shadows. Just the expansive soft light from the opposite side of the sky. However, just turning the subject is not enough. Without some additional light source, the shadow side of the model’s body would be extremely dark and by exposing for her face, I would have to completely over expose the background. So I must expose for the background and then light the subject with either a flash or a reflector and since I would prefer not to blind her with a reflector, I chose a flash. But on-camera flash would flatten out the face and body, so in order to avoid the obvious flashed look, I took the flash off camera with Pocket Wizard’s new TTL System. By using the Pocket Wizard, I am able to allow the camera and flash to work together to determine the proper amount of flash (with some flash exposure compensation on my part -2/3) for the subject, while my only manual exposure concern is the background. My assistant holds the flash off to my right at about a 45 degree angle to the model, which helps to give her more volume than we would have gotten from an obvious on camera fill flash. Direct on camera flash is almost always the worst form of light one can use to light any subject. Look for ways to get that flash off o f the camera, or avoid using it all together.
There aren’t any perfect Wireless TTL systems out there yet. But I think that Pocket WIzard is the closest to getting it right. We’ll see how things improve as time passes.