Lately, I’ve been looking for more opportunities to try out some new techniques. So, when I was asked to do a senior portrait session for Troy, I jumped at the opportunity.
This was my first time doing a high school senior photoshoot and it turned out to be a lot of fun! In a lot of ways, photographing a male senior is a lot like capturing photos of a groom…. Make them look cool and confident at the same time.
I chose to do the photoshoot at Troy’s school. Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Florida, offered a lot of possibilities for great photo backdrops. I visited the school beforehand to scope out the scenery and familiarize myself with the perspective photo locations. Visiting a location beforehand is very important, even if I’ve taken photos there in the past, and it is something I do before every wedding.
I also thought back to my senior pictures. All I remember from back then was you’d go to a photo studio in front of a brown or grey backdrop. The photographer would then instruct you to contort your neck in a way that you didn’t think was possible. Thankfully, photography has changed a lot over the past few years.
Troy was great to work with and I captured a lot of images in a short amount of time. By taking the photos at at his school, a place where Troy felt comfortable, it added to the look I was trying to achieve.
His mom was very happy with the pictures and even commented that the photos made him look like an ad out of GQ magazine!
I’d definitely be up for doing senior portraits again! It was a fantastic way to hone my craft and I can’t wait to use some of these techniques in my wedding work!