How many locations do you include in your senior sessions?  In this fun senior session, photographer Jennifer Lee of Portrait Pretty Photography in Buffalo, New York included several locations that matched this senior’s personality.

“We were able to pull different scenes throughout Western New York that really showcased her personality,” said Jennifer.

Check out this fun session below and read what else Jennifer had to say about it.  Thanks for sharing your work with Seniorologie Jennifer!




mk2a0554mk2a0880mk2a0572What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Everything Jess was the inspiration of this shoot.   I really got to know her during a session I did for her the previous year and we were able to pull different scenes throughout Western New York that really showcased her personality.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This shoot was taken at various locations throughout metro downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo’s waterfront, Japanese Gardens and the Village of East Aurora, NY.  We started the session at the Japanese Gardens then moved onto the Albright Knox Art Gallery next to the gorgeous marble pillars and stairs, afterwards we drove to the waterfront and captured some adorable nautical scenes by the ships, from there we went to the cobblestone district and took some portraits by the bricks which is a popular scene among seniors, then we completed the session in the Village of East Aurora by some urban artistic walls and in front of the lights of the village movie theater just after sunset.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
The gear I used during the session is a a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 135 L 2.0, Canon 70-200 2.8L II, Sigma 35 1.4 ART, Assistant and Reflector, Changing Tent, and I bring tons of accessories

What time of day were these taken?
Late afternoon

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I start the editing process in lightroom where I make minor adjustments to exposure, white balance if necessary, I play with the vibrance, blacks, whites, contrast, luminance noise sliders, from there I edit in photoshop using portraiture, removing any blemishes, acne, distracting items, stray hairs, I sharpen the eyes, whiten teeth, and make some minor color adjustments.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session is the boho chic conceptual part of the session.  It really showcased Jess and her relaxed but outgoing side of her personality.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
This session is definitely as unique as the senior. I strive to be unique and not just settle on the same ‘ol scenes and poses, I am constantly searching for new locations and coming up with new ideas to bring a fresh and new experience to my seniors, like the conceptual scene as well as the Village of East Aurora scenes.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Make them feel at ease and comfortable.  If at all possible, try to communicate with the senior before the session so you can get to know them and so they can get to know you.  This will help the session run more smoothly.  As with this session, I already worked with Jess previously so we were able to work together perfectly.


Senior Inspiration – {Portrait Pretty Photography}

  1. Those are absolutely beautiful locations for senior photos, and a gorgeous senior as well!I loved reading the tips from Jennifer. It’s always fun to take a detailed peek into what goes into a senior photography session.

  2. Christine D says:

    Jennifer…this session is so awesome! I love the great variety and that you were able to pack so much into one senior portrait session! I am sure Jess is thrilled!

  3. Ashley says:

    I love this western New York senior session and how it totally showcases Jess’s personality. Jennifer’s use of the different locations throughout Aurora & Buffalo really emphasize the different aspects of Jess’s personality. I LOVE the ones in front of the movie theater!

  4. I love how vibrant and colourful this senior session is! You sure did a tour of locations around Buffalo, NY! The tips for other senior photographers is great info — I didn’t know you used a changing tent. Such a smart idea!

  5. ashley eiban says:

    oh my goodness!! this session is totally beautiful and I love each of her location and outfit choices! you did a great job showing her personality through these images!!

  6. Ashley S. says:

    These are really gorgeous senior portraits! I love the location choices around Western NY, too, because there is so much variety. She’s going to have a really hard time deciding which images to purchase, but that’s a good issue. 😉

  7. Alyssa says:

    I adore this senior session! Such a gorgeous gal and so many amazing locations in New York! It would be so hard to choose a favorite!

heck, yes i do!

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