Senior Inspiration – {Jolene Dombrowski}

September 28, 2016

Destination sessions are something I myself strive to add to my business.  Mixing love of travel with a senior session is a dream.  Jolene Dombrowski traveled to NYC for the first time to photograph a senior and this session below is fabulous!

“This was my first time to NYC so I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” said Jolene.  “The Greenwich Village/Soho portion was inspired a little bit by Sex in the City a little bit by random shots I’d seen of famous people in NYC, ha!”

Check out this awesome session below and read what else Jolene had to say about it!  Thanks for sharing this session with Seniorologie Jolene!

Website:  www.jolenedombrowski.com

Blog:  www.jolenedombrowski.com/blog

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?

This was my first time to NYC so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  The Greenwich Village/Soho portion was inspired a little bit by Sex in the City a little bit by random shots I’d seen of famous people in NYC, ha!

Where did this photo shoot take place?

NYC – Highline Park, Greenwich Village, Soho, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Central Park, whew!

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

The senior and I met ahead of time to discuss what locations and what clothing would look best for each location.

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What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?

Canon 5DMarkIII

50mm

24-70

135mm

What time of day were these taken?

Highline, Greenwich Village, Soho and Brooklyn Bridge were taken in the evening.  Times Square was at sunrise as to avoid the cray cray that accompanies that and central park was immediately following.

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

VSCO and Alien Skin actions, heavily tweeked.

What is your favorite thing about this session?

My client really wanted to make sure her images looked very New York.  I love images that show a deeper emotion; that are true to who the subject is.  I was hopeful that I could create images that did both and I think I did!

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

My goal for this session was to show my beautiful client as a girl with a grand future ahead of her.  I envisioned this little girl in a big city with all of her dreams and aspirations.  As far as my personal style, I hope these images show a little bit of who she is on the inside too!  At lease that is my goal with all of my girls!

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

For a destination session such as this, planning is KEY!  We had everything including locations, timeline, outfits and accessories mapped out.  That being said, we were also willing to be flexible if the weather threw us a curve ball.  For me, the in-person consultation is so important.  It helps the senior to get to know me a little bit more before we have our shoot and it also helps me to have some say in outfits and accessories.  I saw that most of her outfits were neutral so I threw the colorful blanket in my suitcase last minute.  I think the pop of color was a nice addition to her session and had we not met and discussed clothing ahead of time, I wouldn’t have even thought to bring it.  

For a session in NYC the biggest issue we had was the sheer amount of people we had to work around.  The sunrise portion of the session was much easier to work with and in the future that is what I would recommend to my client.

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