Senior Inspiration – {Tricia Toker Photography}

February 05, 2013

I have had the pleasure of watching this talented photographer grow to an even more talented photographer.  Tricia Toker of Tricia Toker Photography attended the first Seniorologie Tour in Atlanta and I have seen her work grow to even more beautiful.

The model in the shoot below may look familiar…she was one of our awesome senior models at the Altanta Seniorologie/Savvy Photographer Shoot Out thanks to Tricia!!  This senior is super talented and I think she should totally try out for America’s Next Top Model!  And this photographer’s talent is unbelievable!

Check out this awesome session below that Tricia did for this senior’s actual senior photos!  They are beautiful!  Thank you Tricia for sharing this beautiful session with us!

What was your inspiration for the photo shoot?   There wasn’t a specific inspiration, however I definitely wanted to incorporate some of the fall colors because it looked like it would be one of the last weekends I could do it.  I couldn’t have been more pleased with how the colors really made this session what it became.  And of course, Devan.  Amazing, can’t even begin to describe her ability in front of the camera.

Was this shoot part of your senior rep program?  Yes, Devan is one of my 2013 Spokesmodels from Parkview High School.

If so, could you share tips that work for your rep program?  I think the rep program is a work in progress and is ever evolving once you see what’s working and what’s not.  The Spokesmodel program has really been beneficial in getting my name out there and I think that’s been a tremendous help!

Where did this photo shoot take place?  I have a “day job” and while I have been there 7 years, I never thought about doing a shoot there.  Once the leaves started changing though, I began to look at the area differently.  I drove around the industrial park one day and noticed how many great little spots there were.  It just goes to show all the little hidden gems out there!

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?  I usually make recommendations on the clothing based on the location or spots I’ll be shooting.   I also let the senior know if they want to email / text me with their outfits, I can help in that way too.  While they are getting their makeup done, I will go over the outfits and put them in an order that I think will work.  Any extra outfits, that I really love, we’ll bring as back up options in case we change our mind once we are out on location.

What camera, lens and equipment were used for this shoot?  D700, 70-200mm 2.8, 85mm 1.8, and 24-70mm 2.8.  I think I probably used the 70-200 most of the time with the 85 being a close 2nd.  The 24-70, I only used for wide shots or when I was above Devan when she was laying down in the leaves.

What time of day were these taken?  We began shooting around 2 hours prior to sunset and went until close to sunset.

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?  I use Lightroom to correct any issues that I might have had (exposure, recovery) and make sure the skin coloring is consistent between all the images.  Then I will finish in Photoshop for any skin smoothing that may be necessary and add a little “pop” to the images.

What is your favorite thing about this session?  Oh my goodness!  There are so many things!  My favorite thing about the shoot was laughing and joking with Devan.  She is a blast and her mom was there to help too when I needed some extra ammunition to make Devan laugh.  😉   If I absolutely had to pick a favorite image, probably the backlit shots with the leaves in the foreground.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?  Devan was a trooper during this session….it was VERY chilly, but she killed it.   I think because of that this session conveys, if you want it bad enough, you can do anything you set your mind to doing.  From the second I met Devan, she had a mission and that was to do her senior pictures before the holidays, cold weather or not.  And while she may have been freezing, you would never know it from her images.  What do I want this session to convey about my style?  Probably that you can take a location that may not be typical and make it ideal!

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?  Get to know your senior and their family.  If they are comfortable and trust you, it will make all the difference in the world.  The relationships that you build should be one of your highest priorities.  I love that my seniors and parents feel that they can come to me with any question.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  🙂