Today’s feature is from Tracy Waitkus.

Tracy says:

“These images are from a Class of 2016 senior portrait session that I took in August.”

Tracy’s Photography Tip:

My tip is location, location, location!

I do a lot of two-hour senior portrait sessions, where we have lots of time to shoot different outfits and go to two separate locations.

This particular senior portrait session was only a one-hour session, but I still wanted to deliver to my client a nice variety of images with different backgrounds, colors, textures, and moods. So, choosing a versatile location was key.

We decided to shoot this session in the Village of Arroyo Grande, which is an historic downtown area. Within just a few blocks, we had access to storefronts, vintage buildings, a swinging foot bridge, a green park with white fencing and a gazebo, and a creek area with lots of foliage.

What more could you want? And with one outfit change and the addition of a denim jacket, I was able to get a lot of different looks for my client to choose from.

So, if your shoot time is limited, you can still get the illusion of a longer, multi-location session by finding a location with diversity.






Tracy used a Nikon D610 (affiliate link) with a Nikkor 85mm 1.8G AF-S lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.

Tracy Waitkus is a San Luis Obispo County, California Portrait and Performing Arts photographer.

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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.