Ep 142: Snapshot: Senior/teen portrait ideas and low light photography


There is a great market in senior portraits – for Aussies, this doesn’t mean elderly people, in the US it’s a thing. Portraits of high school seniors!

In this minisode, Gina and Valerie discuss some great strategies on taking cool senior portraits. And they also look at … afterbirth! No just kidding. Not actual afterbirth – but taking family shots after a baby is born. Gina and Valerie love bringing this podcast to you.

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Show notes

Kcaarin Pineau asks:

I have had some people approach me about doing senior portraits for their sons. I have some creative live classes on posing but otherwise am slightly at a loss. I can capture moments but creating them is something else entirely. Does anyone have any links or suggestions they could give me? (I do not have any OCF so the shoot will be outside).

Direct Like a Pro Course

  • Avoid cliche shots (roads, railway lines, old couches, sunsets)
  • Try and find unique locations that show personality of student
  • Playing pool, in a cafe
  • Keep it simple
  • Open shade
  • Window light
  • Wall
  • Chairs
  • Steps
  • Walking
  • Sitting in cars
  • Leaning on stuff
  • Playing sport/pool/skateboarding/surfing

Image by Kate Flowers
Image by Kate Flowers
Image by Kate Flowers
  • Iso 1200+
  • Shoot wide open with fast lens
  • 24-105mm zoom
  • Fast shutter speed
  • Focus on the eyes
  • Single AF focus and select focus points
  • Grey card
  • Convert to BW
  • Noise reduction in LR
  • Shoot, shoot, shoot!
  • Fill flash

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