Senior Inspiration – {Susie Moore Photography}

May 01, 2012
Showing off your senior’s personality should always be your goal when doing a senior portrait session!  And that is just what Susie Moore of Susie Moore Photography did with this senior!
Without even knowing or reading about this senior, I can tell she is fun, carefree and happy!  Being able to convey that about this senior through these photos, makes this photographer fabulous!
Check out what Susie had to say about this session and be sure to check out more of her work here.  Thanks for sharing Susie!!
What was your inspiration for the photo shoot?
My inspiration was my senior herself.  Morgan is one of the most outgoing fun, and FUNNY girls I know.  She is also unique in that she is incredibly comfortable in her own skin.  I mostly wanted to convey her free-spirit in her images.
Where did this photo shoot take place?
We shot in a few different places in suburban Chicago. First, a train yard, which offered some great grungy backgrounds, and then we moved to a more urban setting.  Last, we finished off the day in one of my favorite fields with lots of yummy light.
Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I always refer my seniors to various websites as inspiration for what to wear.  And, more recently, I’ve put together a what to wear “style guide” that I send them.  Then we always talk before the shoot to finalize what they are bringing.
What camera, lens and equipment were used for this shoot?
The gear used here was a Canon 5DMark II, and my 85mm 1.2 L, and 50mm 1.2L lenses.
What time of day were these taken?
We started the session about 3 hours before sunset, and continued until the sun went down.
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
One thing I’ve started doing recently is shooting in Kelvin mode.  I’ve found that my edit time is drastically cut down when I get it right in camera, and Kelvin white balance helps me do it!  I always feel like I’m much more in control, and I can adjust the temperature as the day goes on. This helps incredibly when editing skin tones.
What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved working with Morgan, because she brings humor with her wherever she goes.  I’m convinced this made a huge difference in the images we got of her.  She had fun with the poses, and, being an aspiring photographer herself, she was asking me questions about lighting, shooting, etc.  She even brought her own vintage camera as a prop!  I just love a girl who brings her own props!  🙂
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
Morgan’s session really shows her fabulous personality, and that she’s not afraid to be uniquely herself.  I think that when you take the time to get to know a senior and they begin to trust you, you can get some unexpected, amazing shots!  I always want every senior to walk away thinking that this was one of the best experiences of their senior year.
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Have fun with your senior! By the end of the session I always feel a little sad saying good-bye. You should really make it your goal for your senior to feel so comfortable with you that they feel you are friends by the end of the shoot.  It’s amazing how many times I get feedback that really conveys to me what a big deal this experience was for them.  My mission in my senior photography is that when they view their images, in some small way, every senior will see that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!