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Senior Portraits

One of the things that stressed me out week before last is that I was asked to take senior portrait shots for my nephew, Logan.  I’ve never done portraits before, but I wanted to give it a try, so I said yes – and it was way harder than I thought!

When we first got started, Logan didn’t know what to do and I was little better.  The whole thing felt pretty silly, to tell you the truth.  

“Ok, umm…make a pose.”

“What, Aunt Michelle?  Like…what do you want me to do?”

“I don’t know.  Stand like you’re posing.”

“Stand like I’m posing?”

“I don’t really know what to tell you to do…”  We were both laughing by this point, and I was certainly feeling foolish.  Then something clicked in my memory from all the senior portraits I had Googled.  “Okay, put your hands in your pockets…  Now put all your weight on one leg…  Not like that…”

I eventually got the hang of the pose directing part – sort of – but I was out of my league in every other way.  The bright sunshine was a major hindrance, I don’t have the right camera equipment, I took too long to do every shot, I was nervous because I wanted to give him good pictures, etc., etc.  And then I tried using Photoshop.  For the first time.  Ah, well…

Anyway, here are some of the shots that turned out okay – after I undid all of the Photoshop “corrections” that I made the first time around.

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  1. Senior pictures are different than when Abraham Lincoln and I had ours done!

    Which did he choose?

    April 15, 2012
    • Haha – me too! I went to a studio and did poses with a decorative umbrella and other props that had nothing to do with who I was. All the portraits now seem to be outdoorsy or staged with lots of personal props (like his skateboard). I like this stuff better than what I got!

      He hasn’t seen any of these yet, I don’t think. He went on a spring break trip right after we shot these, and the ones I gave his mom were all jacked up by my inexperience with Photoshop. I just finished re-editing these tonight. I hope he likes them.

      April 15, 2012
  2. I think they look great! I don’t know his personality, but I think I like the closeup in the tree or either of the ones by the graffiti wall. You sure kept him busy!

    April 16, 2012
    • That was another thing I did wrong, haha! I was way too ambitious about what we could accomplish. We did it over two days, though. I really like the graffti wall ones.

      April 16, 2012
  3. I especially like the close-up and the one in the canoe. Good job.

    April 16, 2012
    • I got some good tree shots, but he wasn’t posing then. We struggled with the posing thing. Same thing with the water – we were losing light, and I was lucky to get one or two shots when he was actually looking at me.

      April 16, 2012
  4. Mom #

    I can’t believe that he is so grown up, it seems like he was a child for such a short time. These are great pictures and I’m glad you got a variety of facial expressions to show his many looks. I especially like the one on the railroad tracks looking down and somewhat sad and thoughtful. It hurts my heart to see this expression, but it also is one of my favorites, go figure. I also like the graffiti ones. Anyway, these are great pictures and you did a great job capturing his many sides. He is a lucky boy to have an aunt that cares so much to take all this time with the pictures. Someday he will look back and tell his children how you did this for him. He will never forget this and even if he never tells you, this will mean so much more to him the older he gets.

    April 16, 2012
  5. These are GREAT! I really had to laugh at the image of you two conversing about how to proceed…could just picture it. I love how these poses don’t look posed.

    April 16, 2012
    • It was rather ridiculous – I tried to prepare, but when the time came for that first pose, I just felt totally out of my element. The “poses” on that first day are pretty much all non-poses!

      April 16, 2012
  6. I like the one with Logan crossing his arms, standing right off-center of the cement wall.

    April 16, 2012
    • My focus was soft (okay, off) on those, but they are my favorites. I especially like the one you like. It looks like him, I think.

      April 16, 2012
    • Mom #

      You are right Brian, this is a great picture. It is also one of my favorites. Of course, being the Maw Maw makes almost all of them my favorites. Michelle did a good job!

      April 23, 2012
  7. “Stand like you’re posing” – that totally cracked me up 😀 It sounds like a fun shoot. We don’t have senior portraits over here but it looks like your nephew has some really great shots to choose from 🙂

    April 16, 2012
    • Yeah, I don’t know what they’re for really – just a keepsake, I guess. When I was a senior, they were much different than this. My sister and I have a tri-fold display with about 8 or 10 photos in it (which no one ever looks at – I don’t even know where mine is). Still, when I’m 80, maybe I’ll look at it again. Mostly, I think they wanted a photo to put in or on his graduation announcements. Do you guys do that? Photo cards – announcements for graduation, birth of baby,Christmas & birthday cards, etc. – are getting really popular here.

      April 16, 2012
      • Graduation annoucements aren’t big over here but there are families who head down for a photo shoot together when a child graduates from university. So it’s kinda like a series of family potraits. I think these will be priceless when you look back at them in your 80s and think, wow, look at me! 🙂 Actually, that’s how it is with photos – they capture memories, forgotten moments in time -and that’s what makes them so valuable. Thank goodness for digital photography that makes it so much easier!

        April 17, 2012
        • I love the idea of doing family portraits – we never really did that in my family. In fact, most of us are kind of camera shy. I agree about digital photography! I take so many more photos of people now that it doesn’t cost me so much in film and developing. The only downside is that not needing to develop pictures means that I don’t ever print most of them. But like you said, they are stored for the future!

          April 17, 2012
  8. Great shots! I did my senior shots in a studio. These are soooooo much better! Nice job! I love the train tracks.

    April 17, 2012
    • The train track shots turned out okay – I do love how they look fading off into the distance, especially where his body hides where they go.

      April 17, 2012
  9. I think they look GREAT! Awesome job, Michelle!

    April 17, 2012
    • Thank you – I worry that they are not focused correctly, but it’s too late now!

      April 17, 2012
  10. These turned out so well! My favourites are (prepare for terrible descriptions since I can’t find photo names or numbers) the one where it’s a close up of his upper chest and face with the sky in the background; and the one where he is standing and leaning against the concrete wall with graffiti on it.
    I love these photos, and am a little bit of a hobby photographer. I keep dreaming of the perfect camera, hahaha, oh the goals I aspire to…

    April 22, 2012
    • Thanks! I am lamenting my camera – or lack of a great camera – right now, too. Before I started taking my (very starter) photography class, I simply LOVED my camera. Now I keep thinking that it’s rinky dink. Ah, how we suffer…

      April 22, 2012
  11. Wow, man. Just Wow. I hope your nephew liked them! To me, they look amazing and I want a photoshoot tooooo!

    Btw, your nephew’s kinda cute. 😀

    April 28, 2012
    • Yeah, we think he turned out okay :). Actually, he’s a pretty good guy on the inside, too. I’m glad you like the pictures!

      April 28, 2012

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