Senior Shoot

May 8, 2011

This is my friend Amanda. She has a wonderful, mischievous sense of humor and a sweet, soft heart. I loved taking her photos. This is a new location for me-Historic Ellicott City, MD. I was inspired by some photos that my daughter-in-law's family took while they were here, and Amanda liked the idea so we decided to go explore. I think we found some interesting backgrounds.

What I learned from this shoot:

  • The moment after a crack-up often yields a nice, natural smile. So, get them to crack up and then shoot several in the intervening nano-seconds. (Our word of the day was "fart" and all I had to do was threaten to say it again and she'd get over the "plastic" smile.) 
  • It is much easier to have a helper. With a helper you can use reflectors and not have to carry absolutely everything. This day my helper was Amanda's mom and she was heroic. 

1 comment

  1. I have used that same trick with the laughing and getting the smile after, but mostly on the DADs. Seriously, it is hard to get a man to smile naturally.

    These are lovely. Great job as usual.


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