Senior Inspiration – {Charles Street Photography}

August 03, 2016

What is a better way to celebrate either the summer before your senior year or the summer after you graduate than a fun 1940’s Pool Party Photo Shoot?

“This is my 2016 Model Team!  I chatted with them about different concepts and we were able to really fit each girls personality into the shoot,” said Alycia Goddard of Charles Street Photography.

Check out this beautiful session below and read what Alycia had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with us!!




poolshoot2016_0802poolshoot2016_0806poolshoot2016_0801What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I love everything vintage, and since I specialize in senior portraiture, why not style a shoot in the generation that coined the term teenager. We used true vintage bathings suits, which was no easy task. Bobby Pins & Blush dd a fantastic job bringing the look together with on point hair and makeup.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
I was able to secure a friends pool for the shoot in La Plata MD

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
This is my 2016 Model team. so I chatted with them about different concepts and we where able to really fit each girls personality into the shoot.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Nikon 610 and 600 , Nikon  105mm  2.8 macro , 85mm 1.8g, 50mm 1.8g

What time of day were these taken?

poolshoot2016_0812poolshoot2016_0809poolshoot2016_0813poolshoot2016_0805What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved how the girls connected and formed real friendships, most of them where from different schools, so it was great to see them become friends.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I love modern portraiture, and my style evolves constantly, I never want my style to be boxed. Right now i’m intuit shooting more film so all my work is taking a turn that way. But I’m eclectic and each shoot is edited to fit the needs of that session. As for my girls, conveying friendship and kindness is always my goal.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Just be you, I am in no way cool. I wear all black when I shoot, I’m not trendy. I’m me. Though I am goofy and awkward, but they know thats the real me. I think they teens can smell fake a mile away, and that the one thing I’m sure they can’t stand.  Its hard in the industry, I see all these cool photographers that are so trendy and on point, you almost always feel you should be a little more like them to be successful. Truth is your work speak volumes and trust that seniors know good work from bad, they won’t care if you show up with the newest camera bag and wearing trendy clothes, they want good images they want to feel comfortable.  Be you and set them at ease and all your shoots will flow!