Red, White and Blue, Americana and July 4th are all great things to inspire a concept shoot!!  And this beautiful session combines those things with glam and fashion forward posing!

Stacey of Stacey Dershem Photography in Wichita, Kansas said, “During the summer, I love to do a couple of concept sessions to have fun and do something a little different than I do in my normal senior sessions.  For this session, we combined a “glam” shoot with a fun 4th of July theme.”

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




What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
For this shoot, I looked through fashion magazines and chose more fashion-forward poses. They’re a little more dramatic than I usually do, but I love them!

Where did this photo shoot take place?
We started the shoot on fun downtown rooftop and ended at our local boathouse for sunset.

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
For wardrobe, I told the girls we’d have two looks – a “sequined/glam” look, and then a casual red/white/blue vibe. I was so excited by the outfits the girls chose – they hit the concept perfectly!

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I shoot with a Canon 5DMKIII. I shot with these with an 85mm lens.

What time of day were these taken?
Golden hour


Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
For these images, I did very little post processing. Just a tad of sharpening and a small pull on levels to get a little richness to the colors. There is so much going on in downtown shots that I tend to use a very light hand when editing.

What is your favorite thing about this session?
My favorite thing about this session was the attitude and posing the girls accomplished. We really mixed it up with some very dramatic shots and then switched it up at the end for the fun shots, and the girls rocked both!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I think this is said often, but I am laser-focused on bringing out each girls’ individual personality, interests and hobbies in her Senior Shoot. I so hate seeing shoots where the same locations and poses are used for each client. That won’t do – you’ve got to bring out the “true” girl. I tell the girls that it makes me smile to think go them with their kids looking at the gorgeous album from their shoot. Senior year is such a unique point in time in our lives, it’s important that we accurately document it for our clients with something more than a “me-too” shoot.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
I highly recommend using the off season to play with your style. Try things you wouldn’t ordinarily do and just be creative and play. It does wonders to get you refocused and excited for the season ahead, plus sharpens up those shooting and editing skills.


Senior Inspiration – {Stacey Dershem Photography}


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