Preconceived ideas

The child’s grandmother Phyllis would commission this portrait. Phyllis had a preconceived idea what she wanted her grand-daughter’s portrait to look like. Preconceived ideas are both good and bad – often more the latter than the former. I can look at an example, and tell you how it was lit, what lens it was taken with and even be reasonably close with estimating the camera settings. We can go to the exact same spot at the same time of day; but at that point I no longer have control. I can’t control expression. I can guide the pose, but really it comes down to the subject to pull execute it properly. This used to happen frequently when I was photographing weddings. The bride-to-be would show me an image cut from a bridal magazine of bride and a groom frolicking in the waves on a Caribbean beach at sunset and ask for the same image when their wedding was in cow pasture in the dead of winter.
The point is, it’s okay to have a preconceived idea – if you are willing to let go of it when something better is shown to you. As a professional with over 25 years of experience, I know what will make you look the best.
Phyllis ended up liking one of my ideas better than what she had originally envisioned.

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Adrian’s Awesome Senior Pictures

Adrian came in early to talk about her senior pictures. That’s always a great idea. We got a chance to talk about her interests and that created some ideas in my mind. The most novel idea was the “floating pictures”. Adrian likes photography, and has some nice macro work in her portfolio. Athletes are always easy to portray – just use some sports equipment. Artists and photographers are harder. I wanted to create something where her images floated around her. I photographed her against my green screen and removed the background and the floor. She sent me some of her images and I blended those into a computer generated scene. The results are really cool.

Another thing I have been doing more of in my senior picture sessions is a “glamor” look. Using very specific lighting and props to create a very glamorous, mysterious image. Just because they are senior pictures doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The results were great. Thanks for coming by for your senior pictures, Adrian.

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Sami’s Safari Senior Picture Session

Sami did our Safari session. What is a Safari Senior Picture Session? First we start in the studio, then we go outside, then go wandering through streets and alleys looking for unusual and different. The end result is a lot of fun and a lot of great senior pictures.

The outdoor part of our session featured our “tall grass” scene outside. We’ve been getting great results with this. The studio part of our session had a real nice full length picture of Sami in her dress and some very fun pictures of her wearing a “Sponge Bob” shirt against a bright background. The best part of the studio was the Nepal images. Sami moved from Nepal five years ago. She brought in a traditional Nepal outfit – and I photographed her against a plain background that I would later drop out and replace with stock photos from her native country. The results were awesome!

After the studio, we went to downtown Norman and found some great alleys and storefronts. The results are fantastic senior pictures! Thanks Sami. It was a blast!

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Brittany’s Beautiful Senior Pictures

I actually have photographed Brittany and her family several times. It’s always fun working with someone you know; and Brittany and I had a blast doing her senior pictures.

She was one of the first to try out my new “rock star” set. I turned on the lights and rolled out the fog and I told her to act like she was at a rock concert. She made the rest happen.

Brittany was also one of the first to do my new “tall grass” outdoor scene. I’ve always liked the look of sitting in a field of tall grass, so I designed my own scene in my back yard.

Thanks for coming by for your senior pictures, Brittany.

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I got to photograph the CUTEST one year old girl the other day.  Her mother had called earlier in the week and said she had few days off and needed to get this done.  We managed to find a time in her schedule and we photographed her daughter outside.  The variety of expressions we captured was amazing.  The little girl just had fun looking at things and smelling flowers and the images were a great representation of her at this age.

Children's Portrait One Year old girl

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