Your Senior guy may not love the idea of having his senior portraits taken but you should not ignore this milestone! The next time he has his photographs taken by a professional may be many years down the road. Senior portraits are the perfect excuse to set your senior down in front of the camera.
It’s August of 2020 and the warm Spokane summer sun is setting on the campus of Central Valley High School. A gentle breeze keeps the temperature a pleasant 75 degrees. I pulled into the back of the school overlooking one of the athletic fields and load all of my equipment into a blue collapsible wheeled caddy. This caddy has been a life saver as I tend to overpack for literally everything in my life. The caddy, loaded with 100 lbs of gear lumbers slowly through the tuffs of grass as I cross the athletic field toward the baseball stadium. Walking in the distance is a young man and his family. They are carrying typical baseball gear. We greet one another and begin our session.
Gavin is an especially pleasant and smiley person. We spent about an hour doing photographs behind the school, near the field, and in the bleachers. We add some “action” photographs and the look of determination on Gavin’s face as he strikes the ball with his bat turns out to be my favorite photograph in the series. This first part has been a success.
For the second half of our session, we leave Central Valley and meander toward the Spokane River. The sun is much lower in the sky and dipping gently toward the water. We quickly park, change clothing and head toward a rocky outcropping in front of the setting sun. A young family are 100 yards away with another photographer taking advantage of the same location. Apparently, we are in the right place. Using the rocks as a stool, Gavin sits at the river’s edge for his final photographs.
As we talk about his future plans, I offer to take a few more photographs of Gavin and his family. I always try to talk parents into at least one or two photographs with their senior. Who knows how long it will be until this opportunity presents itself again. Thankfully, they take me up on my offer. After some additional instruction, we exchange pleasantries and I load up all of that gear and head out completing another successful senior session.