Standing out in a sea of other seniors can be hard. But this senior prides herself on being her own person, totally unique from everyone else. And her senior photo shoot had to reflect that uniqueness.
“Even though her family owns a beautiful farm in North Carolina, Peyton wanted a more urban vibe at a location no one else from her school was using,” said Hailey Kemper of Wildflower Photogaphy. “Her farm would have been an obvious choice but Peyton wanted to be different so we decided to meet in NoDa, the arts district in Charlotte, North Carolina. We took advantage of the fun colors, gorgeous murals and all the little pockets that area has to offer!”
Check out this fun photo shoot below and read what else Hailey had to say about it. Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Hailey!
What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
The first impression I had of Peyton was that she is a trendsetter. A leader. She prides herself on being her own person, totally unique from everyone else. Even though her family owns a beautiful farm in Huntersville, NC; Peyton wanted a more urban vibe, at a location no one else from her school was using. The farm would have been an obvious choice, but Peyton wanted to be different. We decided to meet in NoDa, the arts district of Charlotte, NC near uptown. We took advantage of the fun colors, gorgeous murals, and all of the little pockets that the area has to offer. She was thrilled to have something totally unique to her, and I couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out as well.
Where did this photo shoot take place?
North Davidson St (affectionately called NoDa to locals) in Charlotte, NC. It’s a fun, quirky area with tattoo shops, locally owned breweries, boutiques, and fun restaurants. It’s hard to NOT be inspired walking through there with all the different colors, historical neighborhoods, and fellow creatives.
Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
Peyton had an idea of what she wanted to incorporate into her shoot, but I always help with colors and guide my clients in what would look best in the location we’ve chosen. I definitely stressed the importance of hiring a professional makeup artist, so she worked with Sarah Eckard, the trainer for the southeast region for Smashbox cosmetics. She did a fabulous job taking Peyton’s natural beauty to the next level. We included a little bit of everything… a pretty dress, a couple of casual looks, and a few shots of her representing the college she chose. She was awarded a scholarship for soccer and will be playing for them next year, so we definitely had to include that somehow.
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Nikon D700 and the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lens. I also used some off camera flash toward the end to get some dramatic lighting shots.
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I like to keep my work clean and crisp, but with a slight matte effect. My goal is to create timeless images that my clients will enjoy and treasure many years down the road.
What is your favorite thing about this session?
Peyton’s personality! She was SO fun to work with and up for anything. I also adore the colors and cool pockets that NoDa has to offer.
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want my girls to feel confident, beautiful, and strong. And of course, I always want them to have fun! Peyton embodied all of these qualities, and I think it came across well in her images.
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Get to know your senior long before the session takes place. If that’s not possible, spend the shoot asking them about their lives, interests, and activities. The stronger the relationship between you and your senior, the better quality work you’ll be able to create for them.