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 football players in the studio

Some shots of high school football players shot in the studio.  These couple high school seniors came to the studio for their yearbook shots and while here decided to do a couple simple studio portraits

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

When do you take senior high school pictures?

When do you take senior high school pictures?  There are a couple answers.  Anytime and before mid to late October.

The easy one is the deadline for yearbook shots.  For our area, Northern Oakland County, Clarkston, Brandon, Lake Orion, Auburn Hills and Waterford, most schools deadline for yearbook image submission is mid to late October.  I think some schools are accepting delivery on CD/DVD (so 1990’s) and I believe all are accepting emailed submission.  All the schools have specific and slightly different size and proportion requirements.  You should have received some yearbook documents that give you your specific datesYour photographer should easily be able to submit the shots for you.  You should give yourself at least a week for image selection and preparation, although it can be done in a couple hours if really needed.  Request a confirmation that your student’s image has satisfactorily been received.

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The other answer is anytime.  Most students start getting sessions booked to shoot anywhere from August through November.  August can be warm, but there might be some summer activities you want to include, or you don’t want fall or winter scenes.  Late September and through October is always and great time, with the cooling temperatures and fall colors coming.  If you are into the white stuff or winter activities, you can schedule a winter session.  The only consideration for when is when you need the images. Some families like to include some of the session photography in the students “show off” pages. These pages are typically due a couple weeks after the yearbook deadline.

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I have had families shoot sessions as early as July and even as late as the July after the student has graduated.  Shooting one this evening.

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

What to wear for a yearbook shot

What to wear for a yearbook shot. So you need to get a high school senior yearbook shot.  If you are at a public school, you will need to get the shot to the yearbook yourself (or through the photographer you choose).  If you are at a private school it is likely the school will provide the shot on a photo day.

Most of the requirements are pretty similar for public schools in northern Oakland County Clarkston, Lake Orion, Auburn Hills, Waterford and Brandon.  All request a studio situation, no outdoor shots or backgrounds.  All ask for a simple medium to light grey or blue background, plain or mottled is OK.

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Most schools will have female requirements that center around modesty.  Bare shoulders are almost always not allowed and the less cleavage the better.  I like to have the shots more about the student than the wardrobe.  Black top or white tops and anywhere in between are alright for the yearbook.  I try to advise against too bright of colors or strong patterns. Having a female student come right from a hair and makeup appointment works great.

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I have not seen any requirements for male student for attire.  Most wear a dress shirt, tie and jacket, some an open collared shirt and some just what they woke up with that morning (joke).  I like to keep jackets, shirts and ties as simple as possible.  Again make the picture about the student not the wardrobe.  There are times when a fine stripe in a shirt or jacket will give digital sensors trouble and create a moire pattern.  Best to get a haircut a few days before the shoot.

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One of the most important considerations, does the student feel comfortable and confined in the clothes?  It will show and it makes a difference.  In the end I make recommendations and share my opinion and then we shoot what you want.  They are you pictures.

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

Clarkston High School Sport photography

Clarkston High School Sport photography of the football captains.  The team putting the program together wanted to feature the nine senior captains of the football team and asked if I would do some shots.  Always glad to help local sport, I agreed.  We shot the seniors in the football jerseys against a white backdrop with simple directional light.  I got them looking all mean, tough and menacing.  This is the group of athletes that lead Clarkston to their second state championship in three years, quite an accomplishment.

I know some of the seniors used the images for their senior sport photography open house banners.  Some made high school senior prints for Mom and Grandma.

I am in conversation again with the program team to do not only the football seniors, but possibly all the fall sports program seniors.  Looking forward to nice images of Clarkston’s finest.

High School Senior Glamour Shoot

This is a High School Senior Glamour Shoot I did with neighbors and a few of my daughter’s friends.  I had a hair and makeup stylist come in and do the girl’s hair and apply makeup.  In most cases the girls wear little to no makeup, so the amount and style of makeup was a bit unusual for them. In all cases the girls were happy with the results and process.  I think every girl used at least one of the images for prints for part of their senior year experience.

This was a chance for me to play with lighting and working with no models to get the best of them.  I used a florecent ringlight for some of the shots.  I shows an unusual doughnut like reflection in the eye, very even lighting on the face and an unusual reflection around the model.  Some of the other shots were done with a beauty dish.  We even broke out a fan for some of the shots.

High school senior location photography

High school senior location photography of a spring time second shoot for this Waterford teen.  We found some flowering fruit trees not to far from her home where the senior had two wardrobe changes.  It was in a park so she was OK with changing in the car.  We later went to the alley off Main street in Clarkston,  MI and did a couple natural light location portraits.

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Senior pictures of a Clarkston High School Student.  We met in the mean streets of Clarkston, MI and shot on the back alley stairways, fire escapes and alleys.  The locations provide a nice variety of different looks with a variety of different textures for creative high school senior photos.  We later went to the field behind the studio where the student did a bunch of jumps on his bike and we got some nice action shots.

After the yearbook shot we stayed in the studio and did some casual sport coat portraits and played a bit with a ring light.

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