Most often we showcase high school senior sessions, but today’s inspiration comes in a different form of senior…A College Senior!! And this particular senior has had all of her siblings high school senior photos done so it was about time she got some herself!
“When she contacted me, I was so excited since I had previously done her brother’s senior pictures, her step-sister’s senior pictures and her other step-sister is one of my 2015 senior reps!” said Kendal of Kendal Dockery Photography. “From just talking to Britt on the phone, I knew this was going to be a super chic and super fun shoot!”
Check out this College Senior Photo Shoot below, and read what else Kendal had to share about this session! Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Kendal!!
What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
I usually ask my seniors to pick out a lot of outfits that represent their style, send them to me, and I usually pick out the locations I think would work well with the outfits. When she sent me pictures of her outfits I knew that this was going to produce some awesome things. I like my seniors in a lot of color and fun patterns, but since she was a college senior she wanted a lot of black. I had some great places in mind after that.
Where did this photo shoot take place?
We shot in Texarkana, Texas in the downtown area. Downtown has such a stigma around here because almost every photographer shoots there, so I try and find something new every time I have a senior want to shoot there.
Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
We did! Since she lives in Dallas we couldn’t really meet face to face so a lot of texting was going on with us. I guess you could call our concept chic simplicity. We didn’t use props. We didn’t have super giggly pictures. I mean even the overcast skies went right along with the mood of it all! I love a girl that knows her style. Makes my job easy.
What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I have a Canon 5D Mark II body, and the lens that I used for this whole shoot was my 35mm 1.4L. I am overly obsessed with that lens!
What time of day were these taken?
We started around 4:30 that day and ended about 6:30
Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I have recently become infatuated with the VSCO Film Present for Lightroom! I get my colors in Lightroom and then open them in Photoshop CS6 to tweak anything. Usually all I do in CS6 is edit out any zits, dark circles, hairs, all the fine details to perfect the shot.
What is your favorite thing about this session?
The classiness of it. The feel of it being a simple yet regal. Britt was so comfortable with me and just effortless in front of my lens. This might be one of my favorite senior shoots!
What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
With most senior shoots I want my girls to look young, without a care, and timeless. Since this shoot was for a a college senior, and this time marks her embarking on a whole new adventure in life, I wanted to convey a more mature look, but still have that touch of youthful softness in it. Usually my shoots have a lot of color, sun, and giggles in them but with Britton’s shoot I wanted my style to be tad moodier, and it just worked with her.
What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Just have fun! I know how cliche that sounds but seriously, y’all. I think to make a senior girl, wether it be an 18 year old, or a 25 year old senior, you need to show them you aren’t some scary monster that is making them look weird. You need to talk, and talk, and talk some more. I have noticed that even if my seniors are painfully shy at first the more I talk and make really stupid jokes the more they open up. By the end of the shoots the seniors are wanting to shoot longer! Just knowing that you have helped boost their confidence with you in so rewarding.
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