I love it when we have the opportunity to work on photography projects with planning and a budget to create the shoot! Where we can develop a concept, building an idea from scratch. We teamed up with local Western Kentucky fashion designer Roby Joe for the styling and wardrobe, alongside Erin Hendley with FACE Makeup Artistry for Makeup. Our goal was to make a portfolio of advertising images for senior portrait photography, showcasing Roby Joe's clothing line. One of my favorite parts of this project was balancing the aesthetics to meet each artists goals! Scroll down for 'How it Was Made.'Read More
Olivia's senior portrait session might be one of my all time favorites. A McCracken County student, she came in early in the season and we were able to play with a few ideas, and really take the time to make some unique pictures. We took pictures both indoors and outdoors. I've always felt that our studio work really gives our senior portrait clients portfolios a sense of continuity and cohesiveness. It also gives great variety to the photography itself. Conceptually the photo above came from the idea of taking something overdone, reinterpreting it, and making it our own. I've been asked countless times how the portrait above was created and thought I'd give everyone a quick run through on the process! Thanks for reading! View more girls senior portrait photography from our studio here.
How Was it Made?
Creating this photograph started with a tripod. We setup the photo's composition and had Olivia standing in a chair, a ladder may have been a better choice though! By the time it was all said and done we actually ended up moving Olivia higher in the frame to make the shot more dramatic.
We ended up using four images to create the final in post production. One photograph for Olivia, the balloons, the background, and the foot.
Some intense Photoshop went into making the composite as seamless as possible. The hardest part to get perfect was by far the balloons.
Olivia Binkley / Senior Portraits / Mini Portfolio
The Hack's family portrait session turned out amazing, I mean they have such a beautiful family, how could it not! We started the shoot in our studio located in downtown Paducah, Kentucky and eventually found our way over to the nearby Grace Episcopal Church courtyard. It's the perfect time of the year for a spring portrait session. Not too hot and not to cold, with all of the flora newly grown and showing its best spring colors. My favorite thing about the shoot was capturing Karlie and Katelyn's relationship with their younger brother, Evan. It was adorable and made me really think about what it would have been like growing up with two older sisters. I imagine Evan will be quite the lady's man when he grows up, based on his extensive training. I couldn't be happier with how their pictures turned out! I've included a few more highlights below, thanks for reading! View more children and family photography from our studio here.
The Hack Family / Photography Mini Gallery /
Lucas's senior portrait session was definitely a fun one to work on! Lucas was a Graves County student and football player. We covered our bases by taking some great portraits in studio and on location. What ended up standing out from the rest was the action oriented sports photography. We had been experimenting with water effects in the studio before this shoot, but this is the first time we've used them in a composited picture. I was skeptical at first that this would work, but after some serious fidgeting I think it ended up successfully. For my more elaborate portraits I get asked quite a bit how we created the final photograph. With that in mind here is a quick run through of the process. Thanks for reading! View more senior athlete photography from our studio here.
How Was it Made?
Creating this photograph was fairly standard on the shooting end. We photographed Lucas in our studio in Paducah, Kentucky. We used a standard spray bottle and lighting from behind to pull out the detail of the water droplets.
We used only two photos to create the final in post production. One picture of Lucas, and another for the backdrop.
Some intense Photoshop went into making the the water effect work. Since none of it is fabricated we had to do some fairly complicated things with the layering and blending modes.
Lucas Murphey / Athlete Senior Portrait Session / Mini Portfolio
Ella Weis's portrait session was a blast! Ella recently had her third birthday and she had so much energy and enthusiasm during the shoot! Most, if not all of us, could take a few notes from her playbook on happiness. It was a bit cold outside when we did this shoot, so we stuck to clean studio photography. We gave Ella the room to be herself during the session. We always get the best portfolios when we work with children and families that allow freedom while we shoot. There's something truly magical about the spontaneity and creativity kids have isn't there? It's always a genuine pleasure to try and capture that energy with the camera! Check out a few other highlights from the shoot below. Thanks for reading! View more children and family photography from our studio here.
Ella Weis / Childrens Photography / Portrait Mini Gallery /
Gracie Youngblood's senior portrait session had some seriously great styling! Gracie is a recent Graves County High School graduate. She definitely brought her game face for her senior photos. We shot both indoor and outdoor locations for her session. Photographing against the vine wall was probably the highlight of the day. I love it when things just come together so organically. The way Gracie's eye color almost perfectly matches the tones of the Ivy is what makes these spectacular for me as an artist. The complimentary red lipstick makes the color harmony of the pic even better. Check out a few other highlights from the shoot below. Thanks for reading! View more girls senior portrait photography from our studio here.
Gracie Youngblood / Senior Photography / Portrait Mini Gallery /
The Smith Family's portrait session turned out spectacular. What a beautiful family! We started the shoot in our studio and eventually found our way over to the nearby Grace Episcopal Church courtyard. We got lucky and the session was during the very short window that the flowers in the courtyard were in full bloom. My favorite thing about the shoot was how great the styling was, Kelly really did a fantastic job with coordinating everyone's outfits! She's a school teacher by trade, but she may have missed her calling to be a stylist! I couldn't be happier with how their pictures turned out! Thanks for reading, check out more photos from the full shoot below! View more children and family photography from our studio here.
The Smith Family / Family Photographer / Mini Portfolio /
Aaron Martin's senior portrait session had both me and my assistant knee deep in the wilderness. Aaron is an avid hunter, and outdoor adventurer from Marshall County High School. We started with studio portraits and finished the day with the hunting photography around dusk. I'd have to say the photo above was probably my favorite from the shoot. It was definitely hard to choose. I love the way the trees curve symmetrically in the composition. Check out a few other photographs from the shoot below. Thanks for Reading! View more guys senior portrait photography from our studio here.
Aaron Martin / Hunting Senior Photography / Portrait Mini Gallery /
When Camryn Tilford came to the studio for her senior portrait session she gave us free reign on locations and concept. Camryn is a senior here in Paducah at McCracken County High School. She definitely has the model look! After we finished taking photographs in the studio we headed over to a local building undergoing some transformations. It was in the stage of remodeling where it was showing tons of character. It was a great way to get that old building vibe with the pictures and still be safe in the process. The building gave us amazing textures and architectural detail. I couldn't be happier with the variety of looks we captured for her final portfolio! Thanks for reading and check out the mini-gallery below to see more photography from the session! View more girls senior portrait photography from our studio here.
Camryn Tilford / Senior Portrait Photography / Mini Gallery /
Connor Mckee's senior portrait session was definitely one of our more comprehensive senior shoots. Connor, a graves county student, is an avid automotive enthusiast and wake surfer. We had plenty to work with when it came to subject matter for the photography! We started with studio portraits, then went on location to photograph Carson with his Hyundai Genesis. We finished the shoot at Kentucky Lake photographing Carson wake surfing. For anyone reading that isn't familiar with wake surfing, its very similar to wake boarding, except you don't have a line propelling you forward. I ended up hanging off the edge of the boat with my camera only inches from the waters surface to get the photos I was after! I'd have to say the photo above was probably my favorite. I love the way the colors are working together and the way that the hints of the scenery in the reflection of the car window makes you want to see more! Thanks for reading! View more guys senior portrait photography from our studio here.
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Madelynn Harper did a phenomenal job during her senior portrait session. Almost every photo we captured was fantastic! Madelynn, a McCracken County student, loves being on the water and we wanted to get some great shots showcasing her hobbies and interests. We photographed the outdoor session at Kentucky Lake. When we were scouting the location we found an area where the water was almost entirely still and only a few inches deep. It made the perfect setting for the shot of Madelynn with her skis shown above! It ended up being one of my favorite photos. See more photography from the day below, and thanks for reading! View more girls senior portrait photography from our studio here.
Madelynn Harper / Senior Portrait Photography / Mini Portfolio /
Hunter's senior portrait session might be one of my all time faves as far as sports photography goes. Hunter came in while we had been working with fog, fire, and pyrotechnics. So naturally we decided we needed to catch a basketball on fire in the studio. I've been asked several times if he was holding a real basketball that was on fire. He wasn't! I thought I'd give everyone a quick break down through on how me made the final photograph! Thanks for reading and make sure you check out the portrait gallery below for a few of the highlights from the whole shoot! Scroll down for 'How it Was Made' and Hunter's mini-portfolio.
How Was it Made?
We took the photos used to create the final in the studio. We started by shooting a variety of portrait options of Hunter holding a basketball in different positions. Then took the same basketball and placed it on top of a glass vase, duplicated the lighting, and set the basketball on fire to shoot the second shot. We used a fog machine to create the heavy smoke effect in the background. When we got into Photoshop dropping the basketball into the portrait was about as easy as composites get. View more senior athlete photography from our studio here.
Hunter Rommelman / Senior Portrait Session / Mini Portfolio