Mock Senior Photo Shoots

As much as I love my nature and artistic photography, portrait photography brings in more money at this time. I have come to really enjoy it as well.  I am working towards steering my business towards senior photo sessions. I teach juniors in high school and love working with teens. Also, it is so much easier to work with one person than a whole family! Plus, I love the post processing as well.

I had the daughter of a friend and my cousin both model for me with mock photo shoots. Both of these have gotten me a lot of notice as a senior photographer and I have started talking with students about booking sessions for their senior photos. I am also looking at giving one of my boys a free session in order to both get experience with shooting males and getting some senior boys in my portfolio.

137-365 Hummingbird Silhouette

I plan on trying to get several good shots of my hummingbirds this year. This is the first.

136-365 Petunias

Nothing special, just a quick shot of the petunias my great grandmother gave me. I spent all day editing photos from my modelling shoot and didn't have much time to take pictures...

135-365 Hailey

A former student of mine needed a last minute photo shoot to get some photos for her modeling portfolio. We had 1 day to prepare and 1 day to shoot. I will then have 1 day to edit!

We had a lot of fun, but it would have been more fun if it hadn't been 56 degrees, windy and misting off and on...but she was a trooper. We ran out of time, but I guess the photos we took will have to do. I will post more photos of the shoot later.

134-365 Deer

Not a great picture because of how far away I was, but there were a few buzzards feasting off of the small animals that invariably get caught in the mower and the deer was eating the fresh mowed grass.

133-365 Mia

When I saw the light hitting Mia's face, I just had to grab my camera and take a picture. She is trying to to laugh but I love the smirk on her face. She is just a beauty.

132-365 Emily

My cousin was kind enough to model for me as I continue to work on my senior photography. I needed someone to help me test different locations on my parents' farm.



TERRIBLE focus. I tried to get some quick pics while working in the nursery. I couldn't quite get Mary to be still enough and didn't grab my flash, so I wasn't using a very fast shutter speed... Oh, well.

365 Catch Up

Once again I am behind on posting my 365 photos. This time it is due to time constraints and internet problems. Luckily, I have a little time right now and my internet was fixed today! Yeah!!

I realize I should also be blogging about each photo, but I just haven't had the time to do it, or maybe I should say "take the time" to do it. I will try to do better...when I have time.




 My nephew carries the worm bucket as my mom and I take the kids to hunt for worms. The worms were supposed to be for the chickens, but ended up as fish bait.

 My mom and I on Mother's Day. I can't even remember the last time we had a photo taken together. I used to hide from the camera, but after losing over 100 pounds, I'm not quite as camera shy (although I still prefer being behind the camera).

 My nephew runs to first base at his T-ball game. This was the first game I have gone to and it was so fun to watch.


123-365 Brett

I had my friend's daughter model for me today so I could practice and get samples of senior portraits. I had only done two quick senior shoots before and those were over a year ago (last minute shoots before the pictures were due to the yearbook staff). Brett is actually a freshman, but I wanted a younger student for my portrait pricing flier. I really enjoyed the shoot and I am enjoying editing them as well. There is just more you can do creatively with senior portraits than you can with family or wedding portraits (IMHO). I think I am going to like this aspect of portrait photography and since I teach juniors, I have a pretty good "in" with potential clients.

365 Prom, Babies and Kitties

Once again I have gotten behind in posting my 365 photos. I post them in three different places, and this blog takes the longest for them to load, so sometimes the photos back up.

This year's prom theme was A Night at the Beach and this mask was part of the tiki bar.

I love that these girls decided to wear their Chucks with their ball gowns for prom! Keepin' it real!

The theme for this baby shower was centered around vintage toys and the colors were inspired by the primary colors of blocks.

I spent all evening after work editing photos from a shoot, so I just took a quick photo of Hemingway for today's photo.