September 2, 2020
Do you have a senior for the Class of 2021? This year might be even more different than last year, but it’s still important to keep some sense of normalcy, and senior portraits are one way to do that! In the Salem Oregon area we have 12 area High Schools and most of them have yearbook deadlines in October-December. So now is the time to get your senior portrait sessions scheduled, there are a lot of photographers in the area but we do book up fast. With Covid some might not be keeping a regular shooting schedule. If you would like to contact me here is a link to get prices and book your session!
Carson vanKempen (and his brother) was one of my first customers when I started my business in 2013! They were so cute, I think he was about 10 in those pictures, you will have to go check them out! Deanna and their Grandma both still have these pictures at their desk, they will be sooo glad to get updated pictures of the two boys since we snapped a few during Carson’s session.
Carson has played sport for as long as I have known him, that is actually how I met his family. Our boys were on a lot of the same teams and same sports. It’s been fun to watch him and his brother grown up! Once of the things we did for his senior session was to do some photos with his letterman’s jacket that he got for Christmas last year. Since sports are postponed until Spring we will need to do some spring photos with baseball and football too! Doesn’t he look great in that jacket!! If you want to see the rest of Carson’s senior photos go check them out!
Carson wanted to have a little urban, little grass/trees in his session, so we parked near the waterfront park and walked. Warning, when you have a session it’s sometimes a good idea to bring different or more comfy shoes, especially for girls. If you haven’t taken a walk across the new foot bridge between Waterfront and Minto Park I would highly suggest it, it has great walking trails and really nice views along with awesome sports for pictures!
Some times people are nervous or uncomfortable in front of the camera, so I highly encourage some walking and talking. What do you mean by this? Well, it’s good to have a little walking involved in your photoshoot, (don’t stay all in one place) and as you move around, if it’s a senior talk about what their plans are for the future, talk about what they have been doing during the summer or Covid. This will loosen both of you up and you’ll get to know them a little better. Then when you go to shoot you will notice their smile is more natural, their stance is more relaxed and your photos will just be better.
A lot of time I like to include in my blog what equipment I used for a shoot, so here’s a little geek talk for you. I shoot with a Nikon 750, for Carson’s shoot, I used my Nikon 85mm f/1/4 prime lens. (What’s a prime lens?) Well a Prime lens is one that doesn’t move in/out, if forces me to move and it is a great lens for Portraits!!!
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