Catie, Class of 2017

The first thing Catie said to me when we met for her senior portrait session on a beautiful fall November day was “I hate fall and don’t want any leaves or fall-y things in my pictures.” As I looked around at the very rustic, very “fall-y” location we agreed to meet, I felt sad to abandon the perfect warm sun streaming through the last of the leaves and golden grasses, but I had the perfect spot in mind – a place I’ve been waiting for the right person to photograph there.

My hometown of New Brighton has some great old cobblestone roads, graffiti covered tunnels, and lots of other cool semi-urban, definitely not fall backdrops for us to take advantage of. So that’s where we headed. I did incorporate a liiiiiiittttle fall into the pictures, but it was “Catie approved fall.”

Catie is spunky, tough, and confident with Beyonce good looks and a passion for life. In fact, she just recently had ACL surgery and was on crutches for our session, but that didn’t stop her from scaling a hillside and a stone wall to get to the perfect location for shots with her snow board. I found myself yelling “Yaaaassss!” more than someone of my age should during our session because Catie totally ROCKED it!

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Katrina, Class of 2017

When Katrina contacted me about doing her senior portraits, I couldn’t have been more excited! I had been driving past a few spots around small town Indiana, PA all summer and was just waiting for the right person to photograph at the spots …and Katrina was my girl! I was super-pumped when she loved the ideas (client gets to pick of course!). A lot of time can get lost during a senior session if too many locations are used, so I try to make one location turn into 3 and keep the other spots fairly close together. We had 3 mini locations in town (I say “mini” because they were within 2 blocks of each other) and then finished the session at Yellow Creek State Park because Katrina wanted some fun water shots.

Overall, we had a GREAT time, Katrina totally KILLED the session, and I couldn’t be more excited to share these images!

Kennedy — Apollo-Ridge Class of 2016 — Senior Portraits

Kennedy is one of the 7 other people who live in the small village of Elders Ridge, so I was super-pumped when her mom asked me to take her senior portraits. Kennedy loves the beautiful rolling hills and golden fields that surround our homes, but also was intrigued by other locations I’ve used before, so we just took pictures all over the place!

Kennedy also plays softball for Apollo-Ridge, so we visited the ball fields for a few portraits, too. She worked this session! Best of luck, Kennedy!

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Devon — Senior Portraits — Indiana PA Photographer

When Devon’s mom saw the portraits of Devon, she gave me the greatest compliment a photographer can receive: “you captured how handsome he is!” As a mother of a boy myself, I can totally relate to what she meant: boys aren’t really into getting their picture taken and often act goofy or silly, or just plain don’t smile and give you that “stare” begging us to stop “torturing” them. Capturing how we as mothers see our handsome sons growing into men right before our eyes is probably one of the reasons I love senior pictures so much!

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Like many good country boys, Devon is into hunting. I look out over this gorgeous valley every day and the sunsets have just been amazing here, so I was super excited to photograph Devon and his hunting gear looking out over Elders Ridge.

Eric — Senior Portraits — Indiana County PA Photographer

About 3 minutes into Eric’s session, I remembered why I love doing senior portraits so much: photographing one person in a controlled setting is so much less stressful than many of the other things I shoot!:) Eric did a fantastic job – pretty handsome guy, right?

I loved the conditions we had – late fall light is the absolute best! We labeled the walking shot on the railroad tracks as his “album cover.” Definitely one of my favorites from the session! Best wishes to Eric!

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Lucas — Senior Portraits — Class of 2014 — Indiana, PA

“I’m so looking forward to getting my senior portraits taken!” said no guy ever.

But seriously, c’mon guys…it’s totally painless and it’s my job to make you look like a stud, not a corny dude in the “thinking man” pose. (which just happened to be Lucas’s go-to “silly” pose! He was quite entertaining throughout our session!)

Chances are, if you’re looking at this blog, you either know Lucas, are a fan of me (yay! thanks!!) or you’re a mom doing photog research for your son’s senior pics. 🙂 If you’re number 3, rest assured: I’m here to help.

I’ll ask what you think your son’s style is, what kind of things are important to him (sports, activities, etc), and then I’ll ask about how he wants to look in his pics.

Lucas is an athlete but didn’t want to be photographed with anything that said so. And that’s fine! His mom identified his style as “Abercrombie but with a shirt on”, and that gave me all the info I needed. I picked the location and we shot the studio shots and the outdoor stuff in less than 2 hours.

Piece of cake! And here are the results! Handsome and not corny at all! Best wishes to Lucas!senior portraits male_2 senior portraits male_3 senior portraits_1