Mike Dvornak Photography | Outdoor senior photo shoot

Outdoor senior photo shoot

May 17, 2015

My really cool niece Shelby asked me to shoot her senior portraits - totally flattered at the opportunity.  Of course that was back in April and just got around to it this past week.  Unbelievable amount of "April showers" here in the south during the month of April kept everyone indoors.  I was even contemplating doing something that incorporated the rain instead of fighting it.  Decided not to in the end, BUT, I will keep that idea in the back of my head for the future.  Go with the flow instead of trying to control every aspect of a shoot.  Less stress, plus it makes you be creative on the spot.  

There's always a photo to be made no matter where you are or what you are doing.  Look for the story.  Be the story.  Photograph the story.

So the weather broke and we had a nice forecast from Friday to Sunday.  I took off work early Friday and made a trip down to the area I proposed going to before.  Lots of different backgrounds within walking distance of each other.  Plus I wanted a look that was different than all the other photographers in my neighborhood. AND, we have very good photographers in my area.

The city has a huge outdoor park that gives wonderful backgrounds and wide open areas to shoot in.  Don't be intimidated by the number of people in the area - I was shooting these in areas with up to 500 people wandering about.  Just have to move your shooting angles around to eliminate most of the activity.  Low f-stops bokeh eliminates the background.

Here's my favorites shots.  Two hour shoot, between 4:30-6:30 pm   Nikon D4, Nikkor 85mm f1.4 lens, and a 4' white reflector.  My go-to assistant Malachi - as usual - was awesome in helping me create the best shot.

My niece was happy with the results.  I think she's a natural, great opportunity for a modeling career in her future.

Here's the photo taken in a "sea of people"....

We had to sneak into a wedding reception going on at the time to get this shot by the water fountains...

Here's a photo of us during the shoot taken by my sister Connie....  

And here's the photo from that angle...notice the rim light from sun in background.  Reflector filled in shadows on face.

The best part of this was getting to spend time with my niece.  Doesn't happen often but we both had a lot of fun.  And that's how photo shoots should be!

Have a great week!

Mike

 

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