Finding unique locations is a fun part of being a senior photographer. And when you get a senior client who is as eclectic as the location then you know you have the perfect combination for a great session.
“My studio space is on the grounds of The Goat Farm, in the west part of Atlanta,” said Annalise of Annalise Kaylor Photography. “The Goat Farm was a cotton gin manufacturing plant and now it’s a sprawling property for working artists like me.”
Check out this awesome senior session at this amazing location below and read what else Annalise had to say about it. Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Annalise!!
What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
My inspiration is always centered around the senior and who she really is at this point in her life. When I met Molly, I really connected with her love of music and her artistic side. She is super playful and easy-going, and I wanted to show off her approachability in a sophisticated way.
Where did this photo shoot take place?
My studio space is on the grounds of The Goat Farm, in the west part of Atlanta. In the late 1800s, The Goat Farm is was a cotton gin manufacturing plant and in World War II, it was a place where ammunition was made. Now, it’s a sprawling property for working artists like me. Not only does the sculptural art around the property change, but there are live dance performances, literary readings, and you’ll probably also see some actual goats roaming around, too. It’s also a popular location for Atlanta’s thriving film and television industry. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and some of The Walking Dead was also filmed here.
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
Canon 5DMKIII and 7DMKII
Sigma 85mm 1.4
Canon 24-70 2.8 II
Yongnuo Light Wand
What time of day were these taken?
In the early evening, just after 6pm
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
When I first started learning about photography, digital cameras weren’t even really around yet. Remember those first Sonys with the 3.5-inch disks? Yep, me too. Because of my love of film, I like to impart a similarly moody and slightly grainy texture in post.
I know a lot of photographers like to shoot a stop over-exposed for the more airy and ethereal look, but to help achieve that more moody feel, I tend to shoot up to a full two stops under the exact exposure. Then I can really play around with the blacks and shadows when I’m post-processing.
What is your favorite thing about this session?
Molly and her mom brought a super positive attitude and excitement to the session. That made it so much easier to connect and really bring out Molly’s thoughtful and artistic side. Also, she had never before been told she was photogenic, so it was great seeing her react to her images on the back of my camera!
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
My style tends to be more introspective and guarded than some. Molly is going to be a music therapist, so just like the soundtrack of a favorite movie, my style and her range of beauty and emotion really worked well together.
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
During sessions, I really try to engage with my seniors about things relating to who they are and how bright and talented they are. It’s easy during a photo session to always talk about how they look or their beauty, by reinforcing and celebrating their achievements and ideas beyond their appearance, you’ll learn some interesting gems that usually draw out emotion or last-minute inspiration.
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