Stretching your creativity by doing a shoot for personal fulfillment is a great way to reignite your passion for your photography. And that is exactly what this session represents for this photographer.
McKenna Olson of McKenna Rachelle Photography said, “As soon as I saw McCall’s prom photos pop up on Facebook, I knew I had to ask this gorgeous girl to model for me in her dress.” “At a time when I was struggling with a slow season due to our relocation, I desperately needed to stretch my creativity for some personal fulfillment (something I recommend to all photographers when they’re feeling stuck in a rut). This shoot definitely did the trick!”
Check out this gorgeous shoot below and read what else McKenna had to say about it. Thank you for sharing your work with Seniorologie McKenna!
What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
As soon as I saw McCall’s prom photos pop up on Facebook, I knew I had to ask this gorgeous girl to model for me in her dress! At a time when I was struggling with a slow season due to our relocation, I desperately needed to stretch my creativity for some personal fulfillment (something I recommend to all photographers when they’re feeling stuck in a rut)- this shoot definitely did the trick!
Where did this photo shoot take place?
We held this session up on top of Table Rock in Boise, Idaho. The dramatic light-flooded cliffside setting, coupled with the minty greens of sagebrush perfectly complimented McCall’s gown and her natural beauty. She looked like royalty!
Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
We wanted to keep this session focused on McCall. Aside from a simply elegant hair and makeup look done by her mom, her stunning dress did not need any additional styling- it shone on it’s own (literally- the beading on the bodice reflected light like diamonds)!
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
For this session I used a Canon Mark iii camera body, a Canon 85mm F/1.8 lens, and a 35mm Sigma ART lens. The 85/35 lens combo is now my go-to after this session- they work together like a dream.
What time of day were these taken?
7:00 – 9:00 pm (Loving that golden hour!)
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I try to keep my images as clean as possible, while still having a film-inspired feel. Shout out to Mastin Labs for helping me achieve this look!
What is your favorite thing about this session?
Everything about this session came together so well, and it is now my favorite senior session to date. We shot in May, but it holds deeper meaning to me now- in late June, a fire swept over the foothills around Table Rock, scarring over 2,500 acres of land. These photos allow me to see and remember the beauty of a place overcome by devastation.
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Every senior should feel on top of the world about their accomplishments throughout their high school experience- they’ve worked so hard, and have so much ahead of them! I aim to create a custom experience for my seniors that allows for an extension of that celebration through their session. If my seniors can look back on their photos and feel confident and beautiful, then I’ve accomplished my goal!
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
It’s okay to step out of the box! Don’t be afraid to push the limits of your creativity to make a vision or concept come to life as you collaborate with your clients- this creates a session unique to each senior, built around their personality, with images that will highlight the excitement of this point in their life as they take those next steps into their future.