With senior picture season approaching,
I wanted to scout out some new locations for
what I call URBAN portraits.
When my son was home on spring break from college,
I had him gather some of his friends so I could practice
in a historic area of our city called "Old Town".
We started under this bridge by the river.
Turns out...the cement walls in this area are covered in
I looked for a stretch of graffiti with colors that
matched Cassie's sweater.
See the graffiti star burst to the right of her neck below?
It's great to incorporate the graffiti when possible.
I also love that it was a windy day!
Wind always adds dimension to hair as I shared in this
I kept telling Cassie to forget her hair...
let it blow wild.
While photographing Jeff by the colorful graffiti wall...
I noticed this railroad track. Looks like a path to a ghost town
which it kind of IS!
This part of town has some abandoned buildings by the river...
a great place in any city to scout out portrait locations!
Old, flaking, crumbling buildings add texture
and interest. I especially like the red color pop by Cody.
Cody is laid back and casual and this setting worked great for him.
I like to hunt out structural details that can match personalities.
Yep, Cody is electrifying:
We continued to explore and moseyed into this back alley.
I think a rat was about to run out of that pipe thingy:
I couldn't resist all the electric stuff stuck to the back of this old building
and made Sonny pose for me.
It's amazing what you can find in back alleys!
A wonderful backdrop for senior males.
For Tyler, we happened upon some historic architecture...
an abandoned building.
Sarah looked pretty in purple by old buildings, too.
I now look for old buildings when I'm driving and remember them
for photo shoots because
they add so much charm to URBAN portraits.
I like the city background especially in a historic area.
What a fun day with these exuberant young people!
Great to find some new locations for senior pictures.
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