When teens come to you with a vision board and a distinct look in mind, that makes planning their session so much fun!  Teens have great ideas and when the client also happens to be an aspiring photographer, you know she will have great ideas!

That is exactly the case in this beautiful nautical themed senior session by Katie Sams of Red Boat Photography.

“Morgan came to me with a vision for her shoot,” said Katie.  “As an aspiring photographer, she had a definite look she was trying to achieve.”

I think the nautical look was definitely achieved in this fun session below.  Read what else Katie had to say about it and check out the beautiful photos below.  Thanks for sharing your work with us Katie!

Website:  www.redboatphotography.net

Blog:  http://www.redboatphotography.net/blog/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/samsphotographs


What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?

Morgan loves the nautical look, and so do we! That was the basis for our inspiration

Where did this photo shoot take place?

Blue Springs Marina, Ten Mile, TN

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

Morgan came to me with a vision for her shoot. As an aspiring photographer, she had a definite look she was trying to achieve. After brainstorming on a theme, we came up with “J Crew Nautical”. She brought the style and we coordinated the sailboat. God coordinated the gorgeous weather!


What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?

Canon Mark III, and various prime lenses ranging from 16mm-50mm

What time of day were these taken?


Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?

This session was edited using VSCO film presets with enhancements to sun flare for maximum impact.

What is your favorite thing about this session?

I love that it was on the water. Water is SUCH a beautiful thing to photograph on (during the right time of day). Its so flattering to the skin. And anything that puts us on a boat is a plus!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?

I want it to convey that much like Morgan, the shoot was quiet, contemplative and elegant. At times it was melancholy. My photography style isn’t bold and in-your-face. I strive for understated elegance, minimal editing, and candid always.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?

Get to know your senior beforehand. Try to become their friend on Facebook and follow them on social media. What they post is who they want the world to know them as. If you can capture that, you’ll have won them for life 🙂


Senior Inspiration – {Red Boat Photography}

  1. Katie Sams says:

    Thank you for featuring this lovely shoot!

  2. Great set of images of a lovely young lady 🙂

heck, yes i do!

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