Girls love their senior photo sessions, and it’s definitely not hard to get them excited about the clothes and accessories they’ll bring, and how awesome they’re gonna look after my make-up and hair artist gets finished with them. Yep, they are super fun to photograph and easily engaged in the process.
In fact lots of senior photographers exclusively photograph girls. They aren’t even interested in the other half of the student body.
I’m going to just say it…I love photographing the boys!
Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of three girls and have BEEN through high school with them. Boys seem—well—so refreshingly simple and uncomplicated.
Grant it, sometimes they are at the photo session because their mom kind of made them. But even if that is true at the beginning, it isn’t by the time we get done.
I’ll use two high school senior guys I photographed this summer for example.
I didn’t meet Dominic, a Naperville Central class of ’18er, until the photo session day.
A bit about Dominic…he’s one of those high-achievers, excelling on his sports (swimming and water polo), as well as academics.
He came without props or wanting to do a theme, so I was able to just focus on capturing his intense eyes, and finding those expressions that came natural to him.
He was a great sport, enduring one of the really humid condition days we had with no complaints at all. I really loved his easy-going nature.
He even agreed to allow his mom in a few frames. A little love for Mom.
My client Ryan is a Downers Grove North senior. This kid is also pretty amazing! He’s a track and cross-country running star, having reached a national competitive level. He just really loves to run!
But there’s much more to his resume, including his rigorous schedule of A/P classes. He has his sights set on universities like Purdue, Bradley, or SLU to major in engineering after he graduates.
He’s tall and kind of soft spoken with a runner’s physique. We started out doing the outdoor casual shots in downtown DG It was when he put his track clothes on and was on the track that I found the true Ryan.
I love it when a senior lets me photograph him or her doing what they love. Even if they don’t continue track, or swimming, or whatever they’re into in high school into college, it’s so meaningful to the senior and to his or her parents.
The best shot of Ryan came in an unlikely location under the bleachers. I loved the way the shards of light framed him there.
So yeah, the guys are awesome to work with and they deserve the attention and that spot on Mom’s wall!
There's still some fair weather weeks left to get that perfect senior session in!