Shopping can be a great source of inspiration!  You see a beautiful dress or outfit and a shoot can pop into your mind.  That is exactly the case for this shoot below by Corrie Barto Photography.

“While shopping on New Year’s Day, I came across this gorgeous maroon sequin romper that you see in the images,” said Corrie.  “It was my inspiration piece that lead to a 6 month process of building my team, styling outfits, choosing the best location and much more!”

Check out this fun session below and read what else Corrie had to share!  Thank you for sharing this awesome session with Seniorologie Corrie!




dsc_5180dsc_5335dsc_5203What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
While shopping on New Year’s Day, I came across this gorgeous maroon sequin romper that you will see in the images.  I had to have it.  Once I found it, I scoured the racks and found the aqua sequin dress and silver shift dress, and the wheels started turning.  I knew I wanted some sort of urban location to go with the glam of the sequins.  This began a 6 month search for the perfect outfits for all 9 of my spokesmodels.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
Skyhouse Dallas is a brand new high rise apartment building in the heart of downtown Dallas.  Two roof decks and a parking deck, as well as the surrounding areas around the building were mine to use because I am friends with the building manager.  It worked out perfectly!  The views were stunning.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I had the vision for this shoot, and my ROLEmodels helped supplement the wardrobe with some of their clothes and shoes.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used my Nikon D750 and swapped between my 85 mm f1.8 and 24-70 mm f2.8 lenses.  I used my reflector when I needed a bit more light.

What time of day were these taken?
6:30 to 8:30 pm

dsc_5427dsc_5211-editdsc_5460dsc_5220Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I used Lightroom for most of the post-processing, using my presets, hand editing for tweaks, and brushes for skin smoothing and eye brightening.  These girls were all so gorgeous, so it didn’t take long to edit them!

What is your favorite thing about this session?
I loved seeing my vision come to life when the girls, the clothes, and the location all came together after months and months of planning.  I love the group shots and also the groupings of girls I had on the roof deck with the skyline in the background.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I am always up for helping style my seniors, but most of them have a very unique sense of self and I don’t get to do much styling.  I loved that for this shoot,  I could give my input on how they had their make-up done, although I would have wanted more diverse hairstyles.  I allowed them to decide on their hair for this shoot.  I try to get a variety of expressions, laughter, and emotion in at least some of my images, and this session was perfect to get this done.  We did a lot of serious faces, but I’m a sucker for a laughing shot.  I’m really into sparkles, and in this part of the North Dallas area I don’t see much of this from my seniors…so I LOVED that I got to style them up in some glitz and glam!

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Go with your gut when deciding how to get the best shot.  I went back and forth on renting a wide angle prime lens (vs using my 24-70 zoom), and opted not to get it.  I am kicking myself for not having a prime lens when getting shots of the girls with the skyline in background.  If you want to try something different, DO IT!  I learned a hard lesson and while I’m totally excited about the results, I wish I had pushed myself and tried something a little different.  It’s harder to experiment when you are shooting a paying client vs at a model shoot.


Senior Inspiration – {Corrie Barto Photography}


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