Taking Tyler's senior pictures was an absolute blast for me. Because we are great friends, I knew that I had some more freedom to put a more personal twist on them. We decided to stick to areas with lot's of trees and nature, because the fall colors were still present. We settled on a beautiful forest and trail in West Bend, as well as an awesome park with some old buildings and a bridge overlooking a small pond. I had Tyler's girlfriend, Sam, come with, and she assisted with the posing and also helped hold the reflector in a few shots to either reflect light onto his face, or even to shade his face from harsh sunlight. This shoot made it evident to me that golden hour + fall season is a great combo. For the most part, all these shots were done using natural light, but some of them I used my shoe mount flash from some extra lighting.
Posing Tyler was a little different than all my other photo shoots because I had never taken senior pictures for a boy before. So, I focused on making Tyler look as natural as possible. For example, I would ask him to go sit on a set of stairs (like in the first picture,) and however he initially sat down is, for the most part, how I ended up having him pose. I believe that it is more important for a model or client to look natural in the posing, even if that just means they are leaning against a wall. Senior pictures should naturally capture the personality and looks of the model, instead of having the model pose in a way that they never would.
- Canon EOS Rebel T3i
- Canon 85mm f/1.8
- Yongnuo YN560-III Speedlite w/ Neewer Softbox
- Neewer 5-in-1 Reflector