“The young woman in this session really wanted her senior portraits to be an urban session to express how much she loved visiting downtown LA.”
Jessica’s Photography Tip:
I’ve actually got a few different tips related to this session, so here goes:
1. Senior Portrait Success. I think a huge key to making a senior session a success is showing the model the work as it progresses by sharing the back of camera images somewhat regularly. Essentially, you are teaching them about what looks good in terms of modeling while also building trust. If they don’t like something (i.e. “my hair looks too messy”), you will hear about it early on so there are no surprise emails later.
2. Lighting in an Urban Setting. The biggest issue for me is always finding flattering light. This can sometimes be a little tricky in an urban environment with tall buildings casting shadows. We really timed the session around how the light was going to change, so I finished with my open sky images last and shot the open shade images first.
3. Color and Cohesiveness. For the overall color and feel of the session, I took some liberty and enjoyed playing with color and details. I used a variety of the tints I create in order to push the color palette and make the overall image feel unified.
There you have it! Enjoy my session, and try out some of these ideas in your next senior session!
Jessica did a great job with the color palette in these images, but to do that she definitely had to have a solid knowledge and understanding of Photoshop and Lightroom.
If you’re looking to beef up your skills, check out a 7-day free trial at Lynda.com – there’s tons of tutorials on both programs that should get you started in the right direction.
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