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.

Senior Pictures Clarkston High School student

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.

High school senior photography – sitting fees, printing, releases

Here we talk a little bit about the business end of high school senior photography.  We can review what sitting fees, printing, releases, reproduction rights and retouching mean to the client.

Sitting fee
My business model is to charge a fee to plan, prepare, shoot, process and deliver proofs of all the images shot.  My sitting fee also includes retouching and delivery of the yearbook shot.

The costs for printing is in addition and separate from the sitting fee.  You can order as many or as few prints as you like, there is no minimum order,  I actually encourage customers to order just as many prints as they know they need and then reorder additional prints.  This often happens with wallets.  I don’t like the experience of being forced into choosing images from a predefined package, so I don’t offer them.  I do start discounting packages that exceed $500

Reproduction rights
Copyright in America says that as the creator of images, I have the copyright the moment I click the shutter.  In a black and white world, no one can reproduce (print, copy, add to social media. . . ) images without permission from me. I include a review of this for the family in my worksheets and communications.

Model Release
It is also true that the senior maintains the right that no one can commercial reproduce their image without permission. That is why I have a a worksheet/model release that I have every senior and parent sign.  This release signing is optional if you prefer I do not use your likeness in my marketing efforts.

Editing and Retouching
I edit every image I shoot for color, contrast and exposure.  I also exclude test images and other images not suitable for printing.  I will take a few of my favorite shots and do some creative edits (less color, more color, B&W  . . .) and include them.  I make a web page of all the usable images and post them to a non-linked folder on my website.  You can use this site to share the images with family and friends and to make your image selections from.  For the yearbook image and images you order prints from I will reprocess the images with more care and then do basic retouching.  Basic retouching is slightly whitening the eyes and teeth, removing blemishes and gently softening the skin

Examples of my documents:

High School football player senior pictures

High School football player senior pictures. I did the first part of this football players session at the Clarkston High Schools football field.  We put the student up near the press box with the team logo in the background, did some additional portraits of him sitting in the bleachers, did some with him on the back stairs and finished up the stands with the sun coming through the bleachers underneath the stands.  The student then changed into a shirt and tie for some strongly back lit shot at the fence and in the field behind the stadium.  We had him do his best Joe Cool (none of the kids know what that is) leaning against the fence. After that he changed into his football uniform.  We were able to put him on the field and the AD turned the lights on for us.  We got some pretty dramatic shots of the player with the stadium

A couple days later the student came to the studio where we did his yearbook shot and a handful of additional studio portraits.  He wore his varsity jacket and a “Joe Cool” white t-shirt.

High school senior studio photography test session

I did this high school senior studio photography test session a couple years ago.  It was great to have a few clients, some family friends and some of my daughter’s friends come to the studio to test out a few ideas I had.  I did end up using a couple of the lighting situations in later shoots.  I tried out a couple different backgrounds, found some that worked, others that did not.  Worked on a couple lighting setups, played with the windblown look with a fan and tested out a new ring light.

High School Senior portrait for the yearbook

Every high school I know of in the area requests a portrait for the yearbook.  Some schools use a specific photographer, others have preferred photographers and most have a list that have done well in the past.  This image is used in the yearbook as the student’s official picture and often is used for the class composite shot hanging in the hallway gallery.  studio portrait

Most of the schools require this shot to be submitted by mid October to mid November.  All the schools require the shot to be done in a studio setting with a simple background.  The shots are from mid-torso to mid-shoulder up.  The schools ask that both shoulders are showing.  The most common dress code is that girls should have their shoulders covered and minimal cleavage showing.  Not really any dress code for boys.  If you review most yearbooks for what boys are wearing you will see about 65% wear a jacket and tie, 15% shirt and tie, 15% a casual shirt and the remaining 5% wear whatever they woke up in that morning.  Every school has specifications for the sizing of the image and how it is to be delivered.  Some of the sizing specs make sense and are understandable and complete, most are usually missing one component and require guesswork.

The yearbook shot is a pretty simple shot for an experienced photographer and should not take much time to do.  With everything set up the sitting could be done in as little as 5 or 10 minutes, as long as an hour.  I like to include the yearbook shot with some additional studio portraits if the student likes.yearbook photography

After your session you should get a way to review the images and make your choice.  The photographer should then process the image, do appropriate retouching and submit the image to the school with confirmation to the parents.

For more about the yearbook shot and other senior high school photography FAQs go to:  http://www.mpkseniors.com/docs/FAQ_MPKseniors0715.pdf


High school senior sport photography

High school senior sport photography of a Clarkston soccer player.  I met this student and his Dad at the football and soccer stadium for some posed and action shots.  Dad tossed balls up for headers and scissor kicks and the student had a workout with all the shots we did.  We chose to shoot late in the evening, starting right at sunset and letting the sky get darker, adding some off camera flash for dramatic sport action shots.  The student used one of the scissor kick shots as a large banner for his open house.  I suspect the banner will end up in his California college dorm room.

This student also want to study marine biology, so we came up with the idea to put him a business suit and have him walk in a local lake.  We also had him ride a jet ski in a shirt and tie a make a series of big splashes and waves.  We later did some simple outdoor portraits in a friend’s backyard at their Waterford lake house.

After we did the yearbook shot, we had him put his varsity jacket on and did some simple studio portraits.

Clarkston High School Senior photography

Clarkston High School Senior photography.  As you might have guessed by all the shot at the stadium, this senior plays football for the school.  We had a bit of a cloudy day that started at the football field and stadium stands.  We later went to Depot Park and shot on the traditional green bridge near the gazebo and then on a grassy knoll just near the kid’s playset.  We had to wait a couple times for the kids playing on the playsets to clear our background.  The fall colors at the park added a nice splash of color.  At both locations the skies were a bit gloomy and very evenly overcast.  This kind of lighting can make for nice portraits, a bit boring and safe, but nice.  I wanted to snap things up a bit so I added off camera flash for most of the shots.

This was a pretty basic Clarkston High School Senior photography session.  We only went to two locations and the student only had one wardrobe change, varsity letter jacket on and off.  I took about an hour total and Mom and Dad were very pleased.

Patriotic flag high school senior photography

This is just the first session for Olivia’s total shoot.  She needs a couple quick images for application to a couple military academy.  We will shoot the rest of her session at her local high school track.  A version of the portrait and maybe one with the American flag will go to her senator.

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