Senior Pictures with an Airplane

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There’s been a flurry of senior portrait sessions this spring!  We always enjoy the last few seniors of the year before they graduate because spring can be such a fun time for pictures….especially senior pictures with an airplane!  Also in this flurry was hail that made a surprise appearance in the middle of this portrait session.  So much for warm and easy spring weather!  This young man is in the process of earning his pilot’s license and both mom and I agreed that his session should take part at the airport.

None of these images are photographed with “Natural Light”.  Without our lighting equipment (be it flashes, strobes or reflectors), none of these images would have the same impact.

For instance…here’s this scenario as natural light, that is, no additional light to add any impact or drama:


Pretty boring and ho-hum, isn’t it?  His face isn’t lit and it’s mostly in shadow.  It’s something you can take with a phone and the result is a snapshot of a guy by a plane. But look what happens when we add light to the set-up:


Suddenly we have the most fabulous drama in the sky, a sharp crisp environment, and a well-lit subject who shows his confidence in this flying skills.  This, my friends, is an art piece and the difference between this and a snapshot is tremendous.

After eighteen years of raising a baby to become an adult, don’t you deserve art instead of snapshots to show off your accomplishment?

Enjoy some of my favorite highlights of his session.

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