A&P Senior Photos - Who's done them?

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  1. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    Not senior citizen, high school seniors. My coworker's daughter is entering her senior year and she'd like to get some senior photos done for her and I assume her yearbook.

    I've already expressed my concerns that i've never done this but they have an idea of what they're looking for so that will help. I've already stated that i'd like to start shooting around 5:30 and end around 7pm and that works perfectly for them.

    I don't have much to work with as I don't have access to the equipment I used to, but i'd like suggestions on things to do or look for.

    BTW, i'll be using a D200 w/ Tamron 17-50, Nikon 50mm, or Nikon 70-300. I don't think my Tokina 12-24 would be very flattering.
     
  2. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

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    what lighting gear do you have?
     
  3. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    An SB-800, but I can borrow some bare strobes if needed...I would just need a power source.
     
  4. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    go for simple yet vibrant.

    Definately consider goign from 3pm-6pm, that way you get a good amount of soft light, and right into teh golden hour. Go with teh KISS method. Reflector, reflector, reflector. Get a decent sized one and use the hell out of it. Alot of very good senior shooters use very little flash but all use reflectors. It will help greatly. Also keep the kid interested, get them comfortable, talk to them, and never talk down to them.
     
  5. redna

    redna New Member

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    Pick up this months issue of Rangefinder (maybe last months)... it's all about senior portraits.
     
  6. Wheezer

    Wheezer OT Supporter

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    Find out what they're interested in beforehand to try and tailor it towards that. What sports is she into? Hobbies? Did she letter in anything?

    Last months...Also check out SPA Senior Portrait Artists. I think they have some free info.
     
  7. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    Very good information so far, thanks!

    I'll look into a reflector...Gold? White? Or would some foamboard work?

    I don't know much about her, but her mom told me she wants something grassy/flowery but i'm sure we'll do different scenes to see which ones come out the best.
     
  8. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :werd: really if you are shooting outdoors (which if she wants grass and flowers you will be) you don't need lighting equipment other than a reflector and someone to hold it. one of my mom's friends is a professional photographer that does mainly senior photos and kids portraits. unless she is indoors in her studio, she never uses a flash. she does everything using a reflector.
     
  9. the Rosswog

    the Rosswog OT Supporter

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    the kids will have plenty of ideas on what kind of pictures they want. don't be afraid to ask. here's some standard ideas if they have none:

    Instruments
    Sports Equipment
    Their favorite fashion / clothing designer /retailer (make it a model shoot)

    Take the kids to good locations. Make them feel like rock stars. You'll sell prints and get references.
     
  10. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    let the Senior guide you.

    if they're into sports, a ball or letter jacket are key
    places they like to hang out
    stadium bleachers, in front of the school
    band instrument
    is their car important to them?
    horses? rodeo? etc

    use elements that help them define who they are to guide your photos.
     
  11. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    California Sunbounce, gold zebra:bowdown:
     
  12. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Just thought I would share this senior shot from last Friday

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  13. Nader_D

    Nader_D HAHAHEHHUH ---- POOOHhHhHHCHhh! OT Supporter

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    i clicked this thread and got info overload... ifl to try and understand wtf you are talking about :o
     
  14. EWhytsell

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    I gotta say that I really like your watermark.
     

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