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Simple studio High School Senior photography

Had a Clarkston senior high school in the studio this evening for some simple studio high school senior photography.  We started with the yearbook shot in a shirt, jacket and tie.  That went well and we moved on to something a little more creative.

I moved and reduced the lighting for something a bit more dramatic, went with a dark background with the key light off camera right with a bit of hair light and background light.  I chose some pretty aggressive editing in Lightroom just to play a little bit.  When finalizing the images I will likely reduce the edit some by about half.  All of the image have basic retouching, remove blemishes, whiten eyes and teeth just a bit.

I then decided to do a high key, bright version.  The student changed to a simple white v neck t-shirt for something simple.  I used white paper as a backdrop and over lit it about 1 stop and moved the key light more center and high.

Mark Kelly, MPKseniors is a Clarkston based portrait photographer.  Give him a call to schedule a senior high school sitting 248 238-8611

High School Senior photography Clarkston MI

Another example of High School Senior photography. This Clarkston student came to the studio for the yearbook shot and some additional fun studio photography.  She later decided to add a location shoot to round out her choice of images.

The yearbook shot is pretty basic as far as lighting and posing.  Where we start to have fun, get creative and use some different lighting setup is after.  The portrait lighting is very basic two light setup.  What makes these shots so nice is the students look. I work to get students comfortable and relaxed to bring out the best they can be.  It must be difficult for most student to be thrust in front of a camera and asked to pose and smile with very little experience.  The ring light is a unique piece of photographic lighting equipment that gets very striking looks.  There is a circular strobe tube in a frame and the camera lens goes in the middle.  It makes for an awkward setup.

The location session was shot at the McLaren Healing Garden just off Sashabaw in Clarkston MI. The healing garden is a wonderful gift to the community from MaClaren and is wonderful for portraits and small group photography.  There are flowers blooming just about throughout the year with fountains, seating and paths. The light was not too contrasty with light cloud cover, so I chose not to use any supplemental lights, just fill cards.

Mark Kelly, MPKseniors is a Clarkston based portrait photographer.  Give him a call to schedule a senior high school sitting 248 238-8611

High School Senior Pictures

These are High School Senior Pictures of a daughter of a friend to the family.  She really did not want anything more that the mandatory shot in the yearbook and Mom convinced her to at least go out and try.  She was glad we did.

Being from Clarkston, MI the family chose to shoot at Depot Park.  The park has many different places to shoot and is a wonderful venue.  The student had a couple different changes of wardrobe from a jean jacket to a nick dark simple dress and a simple sundress.  I really like the black turtle neck with pearls.

We shot near the gazebo and I did a few shots trying to work the backlit sun into the shots.  We then went across the stream and used one of the huge oak trees as a backdrop.  This student happens to have the prettiest eyes, so I chose to use a very shallow depth of field to highlight the eyes

Mark Kelly, MPKseniors is a Clarkston based portrait photographer.  Give him a call to schedule a senior high school sitting 248 238-8611