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John says:

“Kylee is a senior from Beauregard High School in Alabama and she comes to us from about an hour away. She is an amazing track and field athlete and we love and attract a lot of senior athletes.

I love showing both sides of our incredible senior athletes – both their strong, athletic side and images of them looking and feeling their best with hair and makeup done.”

John’s Photography Tip:

For Kylee’s sports shot I wanted to convey the power and beauty of a track and field athlete with an editorial style look. The sky and clouds were perfect that day for the background (which was great), but to really pull off this look you have to utilize an off-camera light.

The sun was setting off to camera left and gave me some great rim light. A beauty dish is just out of the frame, camera right, to serve as my source of light. And closing down my aperture allowed me to bring that background in and convey the look I was going for.

For post-production, I performed some slight desaturation and shadow control in Lightroom to help finish pulling the look together.


John used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 85mm 1.2 lens, a Canon 50mm 1.2 lens, and for the athletic shots the Canon 17-40 f/4 lens.

John Pyle is a Columbus, GA and surrounding areas Senior Portraits photographer. He also works with Seniors Ignite and is one of the lead photographers at the Seniors Ignite event in February.

Click here to see more tips on bringing out your Client’s Personality and Lighting.

Need to up your senior portraits game (sports pun intended)? The masterminds behind Seniors Ignite put together an amazing event every year in February – centered around everything related to the senior portrait business.

There’s awesome workshops for marketing, business, and of course – creative shooting. And you get to learn from some of the top leaders in the industry. Check out details for the 2015 event here!



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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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