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Tyler. Senior or Model?

I love to shoot seniors, you know Graduating High School kids. When I first started shooting seniors it was all by mistake. I was taking some model shots for a girl and after talking, found out she was graduating from my high school. I asked her if she had done senior photos? She responded with no, she just did not want those.

So why were the photos I was taking any different that a senior photo? She was 17 and a senior in high school, right? Well that got me to thinking about why I approached a “real” senior session differently? My mindset was different, the way I shot was different, everything. Guess what, my seniors looked very similar to what I believed a senior photo should look like. This in itself is a post all on it’s own and I will show some examples.

Well today I had an experience much like I did 4 years ago when I had the epiphany that I should shoot seniors and models the same.

Tyler placed in a model competition. I was contacted by Fusion Models in NYC. I don’t know anything about them but the website looks good. Regardless, I need more male’s in my portfolio. The hired me to photograph Tyler. Tyler also “forgot” to get senior photos done.  Now that I have photographed him, I guess he has some senior photos… Having never had modeled or even had pro photos done and being very nervous, I though he did great. Good luck Tyler.

So here are a couple.

Looking forward to Afterdark in Portland tomorrow. Hope to see some of you there.

Peter DSeptember 12, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Glad to see you are back posting. I’ve missed your style of images and insights. Hope to see more.

ChuckieSeptember 13, 2010 - 7:21 am

Thank you.

Geoff CaptainSeptember 13, 2010 - 8:45 am

Great shots. May I ask how you lit the second shot, where he’s sitting against the wall?

ChuckieSeptember 13, 2010 - 9:46 am

Thanks. The second shot was lit with a 580 ex2 with no modifier. the light is behind Tyler. I do have a reflector by me to kick in just a bit of fill on the dark side of his face. That is it. I decided to go with an exposure more balanced towards the flash than the natural light to give it more drama. Pretty simple set up.

Debi KnowlesSeptember 13, 2010 - 10:44 am

Beautiful work Chuck! Tho I do not pretend to have a clue as to lighting equipment or xperience,I do know when my eye is caught by a Photo~Thx for the link that lead me here~its a pleasure to know you,and enjoy your Unique style! C;ya soon ur TwitterBud DKK 😉

Charleton ChurchillSeptember 15, 2010 - 9:30 am

Dude, your work rocks! I love shooting senior portraits and weddings. I am a friend of Kevin Focht, and he had talked about you. I really enjoy this style, and glad to see work like yours, very inspiring.

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