As I begin preparations for another fabulous senior portrait season, I find myself itching to try a few new concepts, styles and methods before I’m buried in client work. To help facilitate this type of project session, I keep a running list of potential models who have a certain look or personality that fits with my ideas. When I worked with Alisa last fall, I knew right away that I wanted to find just such an opportunity to work with her again. Fortunately for me, she was most willing, and was fully on board with what I had in mind.
While shooting an outdoor portrait session in deep winter (especially THIS winter!) is always a dicey prospect, I really wanted to incorporate the stark landscape into a set while using snow as both a softening element and as a natural source of reflective light. There have been a number of days in the past few months that may have served well, were it not for the extreme cold. At long last, the temperatures rose sufficiently last weekend, allowing a brief window in which we were able to capture the images you see here.
While prepping at the studio, we decided to get a few indoor shots to make sure we captured Alisa’s 60’s mod hair style before the wind took it outdoors. This set was a little more serious in expression than Alisa’s senior portrait set last fall, but her dazzling smile can be seen yet again in our brief studio foray. From there, we made a short stop at an industrial location here in Fostoria and then moved on to Van Buren State Park, where we shot the bulk of this boho / glam senior portraits set.
Featured in the glam look is an amazing 60’s era blue silk coat that I scored at an upscale vintage clothing store in Dallas years ago. I wore it once, but it was so beautiful, I couldn’t part with it – thank goodness! The second look is a bit more bohemian. After scouring Etsy and Ebay looking for just the right look, I finally found something that I felt both fit Alisa’s vibe and lent to the aesthetic I wanted to achieve. Ultimately, I really wanted something incorporating pink to hint at the impending arrival of spring. The buff colored coat was a last minute addition from my own closet that both kept this poor girl from freezing and added to the layered look we wanted. The jewelry is also mine, part of a wonderful collection inherited over the years. The last bit – pulling it all together – are the head pieces, designed by me with odds and ends found at Hobby Lobby.
I love every senior portrait session I shoot, but this one makes me especially warm and fuzzy. Many, many thanks to Alisa for braving the weather with me to make it happen!
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