Taking senior portraits of guys is quite different for me than taking pictures of girls. With girls I can get creative, using different postures and hand positions. Now for guys, it can be challenging, because it’s pretty much, “Stand there and look cool”, or maybe some “Blue Steel” action. But that’s cool too. It’s a good time for me to brush up on my joke telling skills.
“What did the fish say when he hit the wall?”
Just don’t ask me to tell the joke about the three guys from New Jersey.
Then after we take all the safe shots that your Mom will like, we can have some fun like climbing giant trees hanging on rocky cliffs above Boulder. Yiiiioooot!
I’m always on the hunt for new locations in Boulder to shoot my high school yearbook photos. It’s easy to be lured into thinking about exotic locations that require a lot of travel time. This isn’t always convenient or time efficient for me, or my clients. For Meredeth’s shoot, I took up the challenge to photograph her in the neighborhood of my suburban studio. I was truly amazed at the backdrops that I found! I particularly love the shots under the willow tree and looking down that crazy tropical looking tree. The shot of her standing in the tree was actually shot in my parking lot! So for all the photographers out there, the next time you are at a loss for a cool location, maybe take a closer look at what is right out your front door!
My senior picture tour of the unappreciated crevices of Boulder continues! I’ve had a really cool top secret location where I’ve been thinking about shooting at for a while. When Natalie told me at our pre-shoot consultation that she was looking for something urban and creative, I knew that she was just the girl to test it out. We got some really great shots and quite a bit of variety; I can hardly wait to post the full set! While this photo that I chose won’t make the yearbook, I love the creative competition and shadow-play.
For Ali’s Boulder senior portrait shoot, we met at a most unlikely location. I’m not really sure what a kid’s parents think when I ask them to meet up in the deserted parking lot behind a strip mall! But this is my current artistic pursuit; to hone a Midas Touch and turn suburban lameness into photographic radness. I think we pulled it off, but I can’t take all the credit. I believe that Ali is a reincarnated star from the silent movies of the 1920′s. I know, I’m a freak. But hire me for your yearbook pictures and I will say irreverent things on your blog entry too!
I’m back on the attack with my most action packed Senior Portrait session of the year! I was super stoked when I got a call from Brandon saying that he wanted to take shots wakeboarding on Boulder Reservoir. We’ll get to some shots of and wakeboarding, but first we need to take care of some shots where he’s got his shirt on
The Res turned out to be a pretty cool location for portraits. There were some buildings and old boats to shoot around which provided nice colors and textures.
When Brandon first called me about doing the shoot, he only mentioned photographing wakeboarding. While that would be pretty cool, I knew that composing the shots would be limited due to the distance off the back of the boat. Then when he pulled out the wakesurfboard, I was like, “Hold the phone! I can STROBE this!” And the strobe is really the key to this whole shot. I was able to bring out the dramatic sky and provide great lighting on Brandon as well. Extra bonus points for the Flatirons in the background, I say! This shot below will be the one in the yearbook but with a vertical crop. Too cool for school!
After the wake surfing session, we also took some wake boarding shots for good measure. Witness the “Flatiron Grab”!
As it turns out, Brandon is studying photography at Boulder High School. So when it was my turn to take a run, I handed him my camera and told him to shoot away. This was not my first time wakeboarding, but it was my first time since I’ve learned to snowboard. It was way easier this time! As a super bonus, I was out on the water when the money sunset happened. Brandon killed it with the camera and got this great shot! Thanks man!