Senior Inspiration – {Lucy MacLeish Photography}

March 09, 2015

Including a sister, brother, or even best friends can make for a fun senior photo shoot.  In the session below by Lucy MacLeish of Lucy MacLeish Photography you can clearly see the bond this senior has with both her twin sister and her best friends.

“I wanted to celebrate her friendship with her twin sister, as well as all of her best friends that came along for the ride,” said Lucy.   “I wanted to capture this sweet time for them – their last year together in high school.”

Check out these fun images below and read what else Lucy had to share about this shoot.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Lucy!

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What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Sweet friendship! I wanted to celebrate her friendship with her twin sister (she’s in image 76), as well as all of her best friends that came along for the ride. Lindsey’s parents were so trusting and kind to me. I walked into their house, met all of the girls (or the ones I didn’t know yet), and then we just hung out for two hours! I wanted to capture this sweet time for them – their last year being together in high school. I wanted joy, laughter, and a fun and young spirit to come from these images.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This photo shoot took place all throughout the neighborhood Lindsey group up in. She led me to different locations that she thought would be cool backgrounds, and man was she right! We took a lot of pictures on an old, wooden bridge/dock, some in her backyard, and others next to an old schoolhouse. All of these locations were in Windermere, Florida.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Nope, she knew what she wanted! I trusted her to be my guide with locations and she had her own personal style with her clothing. One of her outfits was Free People and the other went along with that hippie feeling.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I shoot with two Canon 5D Mark ii’s on me at all times. I also shoot with all prime lenses. This shoot I used my 50 mm f/1.2, and my 35 mm f/1.4.

What time of day were these taken?
8 AM

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Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
For this session, I bumped up the exposure, added warmth, and a lot of contrast. I like my images to be clear, bright, and vibrant. I also wanted to make her eyes pop! I generally underexpose in camera and brighten up the images later in Lightroom.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
Lindsey’s green eyes! They were so inspiring to me, aesthetically-speaking. Her look really matched who she truly is on the inside. She is so beautiful but so humble! I also loved that her personal style was similar to my own, so that made it very easy for me to get inspired. I loved her lace top, flowy dress, and imperfect, wavy hair.

I also so enjoyed getting to hang out with all of these fun girls! They were so welcoming and I felt like a part of the group. They were so easy to be around.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
This shoot combines so many things that inspire me – friendship, nature, beautiful eyes, Bohemian-inspired clothing, LIGHT, laughter, etc. I love doing shoots that match my own personal style! I do most of my shoots outside in places that are natural, overgrown, and don’t have a lot of distractions.

Also, light is SO important to my style. This shoot was scheduled to be photographed on a day that was far too overcast for the style I was going for with Lindsey, so we woke up early and did it the next morning. It was so worth it to wait for that warm, bright, morning light. I do a lot of backlighting and I love to include the sun in my shots, so this was very important for me.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Tell them to bring a best friend or a couple of dear friends with them to the shoot. They need people surrounding them that are confidence-building, and that they are comfortable around. It’s also nice to have someone help with touchups on hair and makeup!
Also, I generally don’t know the senior personally so it’s nice to have someone there to bring out the senior’s true personality! They help me make the senior laugh and bring out their genuine spirit.

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