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

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 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 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.

Senior pictures of Clarkston High School football player

Senior pictures of a Clarkston High School football player.  We started at the football stadium bleachers and back steps where the student carried the football and wore his varsity jacket.  We later went to Depot Park in Clarkston for some nice natural lit portraits using some large trees for a background.  Again later in the morning we went to some of the walking alley and stairs in downtown Clarkston, MI,

Downtown Detroit urban senior pictures

For this senior, he wanted an urban feel and location to his senior pictures. We went to the back side of the train station just outside downtown Detroit.  We found some great backgrounds for this morning location shoot.  We both liked the very graphic graffiti and rolled doors.

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