Senior Inspiration – {Jenice Ray Photography}

May 15, 2012

It would be a dream to have a senior show up to her shoot with suitcases full of clothes for me to help her choose from!  Basically, allowing me to go shopping in her own wardrobe and pick out what she should wear for her shoot!

That is exactly what happened with this senior and Jenice Ray of Jenice Ray Photography!  Jenice says that most of this seniors clothes came from Forever 21 and she looked like she stepped off the screen of Gossip Girl!  Read what else Jenice had to say about this session below!  Thanks for sharing Jenice!

What was your inspiration for the photo shoot?

Definitely Brittany’s personality! I wanted to capture her fun, genuine, outgoing spirit!

Where did this photo shoot take place?

I’m very lucky to live in a very historic place that has so much character, we used two locations, Down town Jackson, CA (where I live) and another little historic town about 5 minutes away called Sutter Creek. Imagine stores with old original brick designs and parlor balconies. Its honestly a photographers dream

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?

I send my seniors a little packet after they book their session with me, it covers hair, makeup and wardrobe ideas. I also send them links to my pinterest boards so they can get some great inspiration. I try to be careful how I explain clothing to them, after all I don’t want them to show up how I would dress, I want them to bring their style and capture them exactly as they are with a touch of glamour

What camera, lens and equipment were used for this shoot?

I shoot with a Nikon D700 and use my 105 f/2.8 for 99.9% of my senior shoots, I just adore that lens!

What time of day were these taken?

We started at 2:00 and shot till 5. She brought the most amazing wardrobe, we literally shot till it was dark. Brittany never wanted to stop, and neither did I

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?

I have a much cleaner style these days when it comes to processing. I really want my subjects to be front and center. Colors are slightly bumped up and skin retouched. Brittany has amazing skin and a little portraiture layer was used at a 50% opacity

What is your favorite thing about this session?

This session I have many favorites but the one thing that comes to mind is that my senior was up for anything. She wanted to get in as many spots and as many wardrobe changes as the sun would allow. When I look back at this session, one would think it was shot over a few days with many different backgrounds and clothes changes.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?

FUN FUN FUN! Brittany and her mom were a blast, we honestly laughed the entire time. I’m sitting here with a smile as the session comes rushing back to me. At one point in the shoot Brittany’s mom Illa was holding a branch for me, we were all on a slight hill and I couldn’t hold my balance so I actually put my elbow on Illa’s shoulder….. Illa was holding the branch and myself up on a hill. We were all laughing so hard, all those smiles Brittany had were genuine smiles. I hope the viewers can see how much fun we had during the shoot.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?

I am very lucky that I have this amazing fan base. My seniors and their parents are excited about their session and I am the first person to jump in and share that excitement with them. My tip would be to let photographers know that its okay to completely live in the moment. When I get an amazing shot I jump up and show them the image on the back of my camera. When I capture their genuine laugh or smile, I run over and show their parents. I get excited and scream like a teenage girl at a slumber party when I look back at the images. My clients appreciate my authentic excitement and feed off it.