Emily's February Photoshoot
I met with Emily this past weekend for a photoshoot in downtown Greensburg, PA. Emily has been one of my sister's best friends since they were in elementary school and she is one of the most kind hearted people that I have the privilege to know. I am so happy with how this shoot went! The weather was amazing for February and Emily - girl, you are gorgeous! This is just what I needed to boost my portfolio for senior portraits this year! So, let's get to it!
We started out at her home so I could capture a few photos of her with her puppy, Callie!
She's a rambunctious little pup but I think we got a few good ones! Just look at that face - "Aren't I a good girl, Mumma?!"
As I was editing these pictures and putting the blog post together I realized how often I backlight my subjects. This is definitely a technique I use often, especially on sunny days. I am considering doing a blog post tutorial on shooting with natural light. Leave a comment if you'd be interested in that!
That also reminds me that I actually took my flash on this day to use off camera. I don't generally shoot with flash but I am trying to branch out and do new things. Needless to say I got so caught up in the beauty of the day and my gorgeous model that I completely forgot about my flash tucked away in my camera bag. Oh well, maybe next time!
Our next stop was downtown, at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. We had taken a few shots around the front entrance pillars but I was quickly distracted by the gardens leading up to the museum. I have no idea what they look like in the summer but I was in love with the wheat like grass and how it looks at the moment. I have been driving by random fields for months now that are covered in this type of overgrown grass, thinking, I need to have a session somewhere like this! I had no idea I would find this at the museum of all places! I was so excited! Yes, I was excited...about grass.. haha!
Emily, your laugh is so cute, I love it!
I think I had a right to be excited, these turned out absolutely wonderful!
Call me crazy but I think the shot above belongs in a magazine - LOVE! Sometimes when I find a sweet location that is just beautiful it is really hard for me to move on to somewhere else. I could have just stayed in that garden for the whole shoot! But at some point you just have to say, OK, we're done here, let's go! Though I was reluctant to leave, I'm glad we eventually moved on because there are still some great shots to follow!
Goodbye my beautiful dead garden - Hello, graffiti wall!
When I asked Emily if she could think of anywhere downtown that might be a good place to start (I'm a country girl and not that familiar with the downtown areas) this was somewhere she suggested and I'm glad she did. What a nice pop of color!
Have we talked about this girl's eyes yet!? Look at those beauties! They catch the light amazingly!
The blazer and sunglasses were one of my suggestions for this shoot. A little city spunk for this city shoot. I didn't realize it at the time but looking at the photos now I'm really feeling the color of the lapels with this backdrop, it really looks like we planned it that way. Don't you just love when things fall into place like that!
The "hair ruffling" was a good time, haha. When I told Emily to mess with her hair I got the feeling she really didn't want to, like she was thinking but I don't want to mess up my hair... We had a few laughs about it! You totally pulled it off girl! (And your hair still looked fabulous!)
Our next stop was a little church down the street. I just could not pass up those red/purple doors without getting a shot or two! We stopped in between some buildings for a quick picture too that sun was starting to look jussttt right!
Emily having my back in the picture above right - making sure I don't get hit by a car as I get out in the street for a few clicks! Thanks girl!
This is why I love city shoots. You just never know what you're going to come across. The only "location" planned in this entire post was the graffiti wall. Everything else we just kind of wandered into - makes for a interesting session and diverse selection of images.
We're well into the golden hour now (thank you SUN for cooperating with us on this February day!) and there is so much versatility we can have with this light. Just check out the images below.
Is the middle picture above your typical "senior" type of shot? Of course not, but I'm allowed to have some fun with this awesome light going on. (Using flash is not even a thought in my mind at this point.)
I love this shot below. The light, the movement of the hair, the catchlights in those blue, blue eyes, a photographer's dream! Just after I snapped this shot Emily said her eyes were watering so much from the sun, and we took a small reprieve to give her eyes a break.
Seriously Emily, can I just take your picture all the time!
The shot below I had focused, decided I was too close, backed up, and did not refocus before I clicked. Normally a photo like this would have been tossed without a second look but for some reason I'm drawn to this one. I think it's the combination of the golden light and blurry focus, it gives it an almost dreamlike quality.
Who knew a dirty old building could look so good?!
Emily, thank you so much for working with me on this session. You were amazing to work with and you did an awesome job!
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