It was Super Bowl Sunday, and I had a senior coming in for some portraits. I thought we might be in a rush before the game, but Jacoby was calm and relaxed for his senior portraits. We had decided to get together in downtown Caldwell for our first location. Downtown Caldwell is a great location for varied backgrounds, architecture and textures.
Downtown Caldwell is a part of my regular running route, but I usually run when it’s dark, so I wasn’t sure how different things might look in the midday sun. I arrived a few minutes early and had a look around. Jacoby arrived within a few minutes and moved around to different locations as we began photographing him while enjoying the day.
After exploring a few locations in a 2 or 3 block radius, we moved back to the studio and focused on some headshots.
The first headshot was later used for Jacoby’s graduation card. A standard size for a postcard, this announcement featured Jacoby’s headshot with the added details on the side, so the card could be trimmed for a nice keepsake photo.
Jacoby also brought his wrestling uniform, so we took advantage of the opportunity to take some photographs in his uniform. These photos used harder light to create more dramatic and moody shadows, and were edited to emphasize that kind of mood as well.
When we finished inside, I learned that Jacoby was an avid hunter and had his hunting gear and rifle in his car. The corn field behind the prop shop was being used to graze cattle for the winter, so there were still stalks in the field. We dressed for the mud and went out into the field where we were greeted to some great color and texture.
In every portrait session, there is one image that seems to stand out from the rest. For Jacoby’s portrait session, this final image is the one. It shows Jacoby in his element: rifle in hand, camo on, and the sun in his face. Experiencing a senior in this way is what makes senior portrait photography so rewarding. And what makes us look forward to every senior session.