Senior Inspiration – {Clara Bella Photography}

April 21, 2014

How much does weather play into your sessions?  Lately, it seems that I have had to juggle and reschedule due to weather!  Well this was exactly what Claire of Clara Bella Photography experienced with the session below…Weather!

“This was one of my first sessions of 2014!” Claire said.  “Living in Dallas you never know what kind of crazy weather to expect.  We had originally planned her session for early December but were hit with a crazy icepocalypse so we had to reschedule for right after the new year.  I was a littler nervous about it being too cold, but it ended up being a beautiful winter day!” said Claire.

I think it looks like a perfect day for the shoot and you would never know it was winter!  It looks like spring!  Check out this session below and read what else Claire had to say about it!  Thanks for sharing this with Seniorologie Claire!



What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I always have my girls text me their outfits beforehand so I can get an idea and feel for their style and that is what inspires me for their shoot! Samantha is a little fashionista, and at the same time likes neutral color clothing so I knew the location I picked out for her would be perfect.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This shoot took place at a park in Highland Park, TX which is a suburb of Dallas.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5D Mark III, 85 1.2L

What time of day were these taken?
2 hours prior to sunset

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I try to get it as right in camera as possible so all I’m doing in PS is enhancing what I captured. Usually that just entails using a ‘superaction’ I created and tweaked from other actions as well as skin smoothing, sharpening etc.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Other than Samantha being absolutely gorgeous, and just as sweet as she is beautiful. Samantha is also an only child and the apple of her parents eyes. When I sent her a sneak peek from her session, she responded to let me know that her dad loved it so much it brought him to tears! I know my job is accomplished when dad cries. 🙂 Now every time we email each other he signs his name “Tearful Dad”.  I love it!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I feel as though this session really conveys both my style, and the connection that I have with my girls. My first job is to make them feel comfortable, then once they feel like they are just hanging out with a friend the fun can begin!  As far as my photography style I really found it through finding the light and manipulating the sun to give me the natural/airy look and feel in all my images.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Connect with your seniors on more than just a photographer/client basis. For me I knew that I really wanted to connect with each of my girls, even if it meant I couldn’t take on as many sessions per week as I wanted to. The best part is since I started implementing “quality over quantity” I now attract my ideal client who is also looking for the personalized experience that I offer. Win, win!