Being flexible is key when you are a natural light outdoor photographer!  Sometimes Mother Nature has different plans as with this session below by photographer Samantha of Samantha Lee Photography in Tampa, Florida.

“Camille’s senior session took a 180 degree turn when our original location got rained out,” said Samantha.  “But I believe everything happens for a reason and her images ended up being some of my favorite of the year so far!”

Check out this fun, colorful session below and read what else Samantha had to say about it!  Thanks for sharing your work with us Samantha!




camilleseniorology-1roofWhat was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
As always, I like to use each individual senior as my inspiration. When I initially met with Camille and her mom Tammy in their home, they gave me a tour and showed me some outfits Camille had picked out. I noticed right away we were a perfect fit because her room was full of color, so I used her personality and her likes as inspiration for her session.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
This shoot took place in Tampa, Florida at Cutis Hixon Park! We were originally going to go to a field, but when we saw the storm clouds we turned around and changed our location last minute!

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I always offer tips, and give my insights on what looks best in camera! But Camille has wonderful style and put most everything together herself.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I use a Canon 5d mark iii and mostly an 85mm 1.8, I am a natural light photographer, so I love to use the sunshine to my advantage! I do use reflectors on occasion but for this shoot we were able to use naturally reflective surfaces like concrete and windows!

camilleseniorology-3camilleseniorology-18cityWhat time of day were these taken?
about an hour and a half before sunset!

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I love vibrant colors, and sharp images. I love to bring up my shadows to keep things light, but also play with my whites and blacks to bring out colors and contrast to each image. I also sharpen and add a bit of vibrancy to help colors really POP!

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session was the senior herself, her and her family were a pleasure to work with and made my job easy! They trusted me and let me “do my thing”, and that is always a gift in itself. I also loved how even though our plans were completely changed, we were able to turn it around into a really positive and fun situation.

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I think Camille’s personality really shines through in these images. She was relaxed and I think my photography style and her personality couldn’t have been a better fit! We both love color, laughter, golden light, and dogs of course… so I would be proud to hang her images in my future studio one day!

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
RELAX. And just have fun! It is totally doable to be professional and have a great time all at once. I also really recommend professional hair and makeup before a senior session because it boosts your seniors confidence and give you a chance to put them at ease and help them feel comfortable before even stepping foot in front of the camera. Find a makeup artist that feels like family, and someone you know will make your girls (or guys) feel INCREDIBLE!!!

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Senior Inspiration – {Samantha Lee Photography}


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