Graduation is a big deal for students and it was no different for Megan. She's not a traditional student, mind you. She followed a nontraditional path and graduated from Aveda Institute of Boise on September 27th.
Megan and I had the opportunity to get together for a quick session. We met at Star River Walk in Star. The small park is quiet, has some great tree coverage, and a path through a wooded area that makes it feel like you're miles from civilization. Rain was on its way, and the clouds produced some great diffused light. Even still, I wanted to create something with a bit of moodiness, as I often do, so I adjusted my exposure then added some extra light to make things interesting.
We walked past the open grassy area of the park, crossed over a bridge, and were swallowed up by the trees. They were a great backdrop for Megan and added a kind of mystery to the scene that reminded me of a little red riding hood scene with a bohemian twist.
The rain started to fall lightly and it added that much more to the experience of the day We kept shooting. I let Megan peek at the back of my camera as we worked to refine the poses. With each peek I couldn't help but smile, just loving the results. I saw a smile on Megan's face too, so I knew we were getting some great shots.
As much as I enjoy photographing in a more traditional portrait crop, I decided to pull back and take in more of the environment with the changing leaf colors. I composed the image with Megan on the right side of the frame with the left side remaining open and a soft focus to keep the background from competing with Megan.
I pulled back even further and got a full body shot of Megan, but this time with her eyes looking away from the camera. Either of these would make great wall prints. For the traditional high school senior, this is a great composition for graduation cards, too.
We were able to stay ahead of the heavier rain and finished up without delay. We got some great shots that show off Megan's personality and style while celebrating her goal of finishing up her schooling.
Congratulations Megan. Your new adventure awaits!