When choosing your senior photographer there are several things you should take into consideration. Always view their work to see if it is the style you like.
My style is not traditional and may seem a bit unconventional to some.
Usually seniors that book sessions with me have been referred by their friends, or have seen my work and love the stylish and contemporary locations.
With my unique style you may notice some things when looking at my work that are different from other photographers.
Tight Crops- These are the photographs that are very close up, the face fills most of the frame and the focus is on the eyes. Ever hear that expression “the eyes are the window to the soul”? I am always focusing on the eyes and sometimes with tight crops the tops of heads will be cut off. I meant to do that!
Not-So-Smiley- Did your parents train you to say “cheese” and smile every time the camera was out? You won’t hear me saying that ever (lol). I love a pensive look as much as a grin. I meant to do that!
Let’s be Negative- Negative space is when you see a photograph and the subject is off to one side of the photograph and the rest of the image is empty. This is done for artistic impact. I meant to do that!
Left of Center- The most boring placement for your subject is smack dab in the middle. I know you probably didn’t know that, as most of us are trained to center everything! Trust me there is something called the “Rule of Thirds” that photographers use to employ visual impact.
The rule states that and image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines (like a tic-tac-toe board). The four points formed by the intersection of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. Aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photograph than simply centering would.
Huh? too confusing? Don’t worry; trust me your senior does not need to be in the middle of the image for it to be a fabulous portrait!!
Light in the Eyes- The hallmark of a good portrait is good lighting and that produces “catch lights”, a reflection of light in the eyes.
I constantly move my subjects around to find the perfect light!
If you look through fashion magazines and look close at the eyes you will see the catch lights! Without these the eyes look dull and lifeless.