The Special Interest Senior Portrait and Photography Style
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As a photographer, I've had the privilege of working with countless high school seniors over the years. One thing I've learned is that each senior is unique, with their own interests, passions, and personality traits. That's why I'm excited to share with you today about the special interest senior portrait and photography style.
This style of photography focuses on capturing seniors doing what they love most, whether it's playing an instrument, painting a picture or playing sports. By incorporating their interests into their senior portraits, we can create truly one-of-a-kind images that showcase their personalities and tell their stories.
But how do we achieve this style? Here are six tips for capturing the perfect special-interest senior portraits:
Get To Know Your Subject
The first step in creating a special interest senior portrait is to get to know your subject. Talk to them about their hobbies and interests, find out what makes them tick. Once you have a good sense of who they are as a person, you can start brainstorming ideas for how to incorporate those interests into their photoshoot.
Use Plenty of Props!
One idea might be to have them bring along props related to their hobby or passion. For example, if they're an avid runner, have them bring along running shoes or even a medal from a recent race. If they're into music, ask them to bring along their instrument or sheet music. These props not only add a personal touch to the photos, but they can also help your subject feel more comfortable and confident during the shoot.
Location, Location, Location
Another approach is to choose a location that ties in with their interests. For example, if they're passionate about art or architecture, you could shoot at an art museum or historic building. If they're into sports, consider shooting at the local stadium or on the field where they play. This will not only add visual interest to the photos but also serve as a backdrop that reflects their interests.
Think Outside the Box
Don't be afraid to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to special interest senior portraits. Maybe your subject is a fashion lover, in which case you could do a stylized photoshoot with different outfits and accessories. Or perhaps they're into gaming, so you could incorporate elements of their favorite video game into the shoot.
When it comes time for the photoshoot itself, don't be afraid to get creative! Encourage your subject to really engage with their hobby or passion during the shoot - whether that means playing guitar on a park bench or twirling around in a ballet tutu.
Adding humor to special interest senior portraits is a great way to bring out your subject's personality and make the photos more fun and memorable. You can do this through techniques like puns, hyperbole, irony, sarcasm, self-deprecation, and pop culture references. Just make sure to maintain a balance and be mindful of your subject's sense of humor.
Post-production is also important when it comes to special interest senior portraits. Consider adding text overlays or graphic elements that tie in with your subject's interests. For example, if they're a writer, you could add text from their favorite book or poem to the image. Or if they're a musician, you could incorporate music notes or lyrics into the final product. This will not only make the photos more visually appealing but also add a personal touch that will resonate with your subject.
That's a Wrap!
Special interest senior portraits are a great way to showcase a high school senior's unique personality and interests. By incorporating their passions into the photo shoot, we can create images that truly tell their story and capture a moment in time that they'll cherish forever. If you're interested in learning more about this style of photography or booking a consultation with Kelly Tareski Photography, please don't hesitate to reach out! We'd love to work with you and help you create the perfect senior portrait for your unique individuality.