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Fall is the perfect time to take gorgeous senior portraits. Nature provides a stunning backdrop and natural lighting is more subdued due to the lowered angle of the sun. Another advantage is the abundance of props, such as leaves to add personality to the shot.

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I set my F stop low for a nice blurry backdrop of color and set my white balance on cloudy when I initially took the shots. However, in post production, I changed the white balance to shade to add a little more gold to the pictures.

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This senior not only wanted outdoor shots, but some of her in volleyball uniform as well. These were a bit tougher because they were taken in a dark gym. With the help of a tripod and remote shutter release, we were able to shine a flashlight on her during a long exposure to get good coverage of light.

I really love the way these shots turned out. The subject was very photogenic and had the most beautiful complexion. I did no post production work on her skin at all.

I have begun pinning ideas for winter portraits, because the leaves are all off the trees now and snow is in the forecast for next week. I plan on shooting those in a completely different group of settings. Can’t wait. 😊

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Its graduation time-which means that many high school and college seniors are wanting photos for invitations, relatives and resumes. These types of portraits are usually environmental portraits (as opposed to head shots taken at school). Most seniors like to choose what to wear and where to have the pictures taken. Natural lighting works best, but not bright sunlight. These pictures were taken on a sunny day, so we sought out the shade for these shots.

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For the top two pictures, the subject was under a lattice canopy which let in small dabbles of sunlight. It took a little work to get her placed where they would hit in just the right spot.

IMG_7628 faceThe pictures above and below were taken in total shade under the porch roof of the building. Each of them turned out nicely because there was plenty of light, but not harsh sunlight.

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Posing for pictures is usually more natural for girls than boys. Occasionally, I ask the subject to bring props, such as sports equipment or musical instruments with them to a photo shoot. Sometimes, posing with something in one’s hands is easier. You have to make that call when you meet the subject or talk with them before the shoot. If they seem nervous about having photos done, props are a good way to relieve some of the anxiety.

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