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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


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It's been a really busy fall season, so haven't had time to post pictures. But I like to share and get feedback, so here we are. Mom is referred to me by another of my senior portraits, and while looking at my website, realizes I've also photographed a close family friend's daughter's wedding this summer. Loves my pictures, wants to hire me, but I'm more expensive than what she was thinking. Her daughter's the captain of the cheerleading team, so I offer to make her a rep and explain the benefits of the program. Done. She's sealed.

We go out the first day and unfortunately, it's cloudy. Mom really likes my shots shooting into the sun and we obviously weren't getting any. With a normal session, that's just the breaks of the game. But Sarah is a gem to work with, she's gorgeous, she's easy in front of the camera, and so I offer a second golden hour session to be scheduled when we know it's sunny. A week later, we do the session and we rock it.

So here they are:

Day 1.

1.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3938/15090576513_87fbee4de6_b.jpg

2. Later, I got some tighter shots of her jumping just over the "Golden Eagles" but I like how this encompasses the football field.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5614/15525092840_06c5ecaa0b_b.jpg

3. She's laughing at her mom here.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3947/15709932315_5be5217769_b.jpg

4.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7496/15090408094_00dd56e916_b.jpg

5. A dress that flows, long hair that flies.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3946/15089993054_8bb12c962b_b.jpg

6. The town's clock tower.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7495/15089992624_3456135d05_b.jpg

7. I couldn't believe these flowers were still in bloom. Went back a week later, they were all pretty much dead.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3954/15686213246_fe1d776989_b.jpg

8. Across the street from the clock tower park, a rustic abandoned building.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5611/15709932775_ba58a6b357_b.jpg

9. Along the Fox River, just discovered this park less than 5 minutes from my house just this year. Now it's a must-shoot location for all family portrait sessions.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/15686211996_7a72284a4e_b.jpg

10. I've always wanted to nail this shot, pretty much always try it and usually don't like it. But for once, I really liked this shot.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3951/15090578473_e83ac56a0e_b.jpg

11.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3947/15524745707_2fb6dab230_b.jpg

Day 2.

12. Sunny late afternoon. Backlit by the sun, front-lit by one Einstein and a medium-sized softbox.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5598/15089992454_8e8e69ae80_b.jpg

13. Had to wait for the breeze to stop blowing to get some still water. The mom really likes water reflections, but they had no idea I was pulling this out. It's funny as you look behind her directly, there's a shopping center and parking lot. But because of the angle, I'm just getting the blue skies behind her.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7579/15709934845_212221f324_b.jpg

14. Again, the sun as backlight, Einstein with softbox front light.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3953/15708032151_70d73cd29b_b.jpg

15. Same lighting, but I changed the settings to make the scene more serene.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7576/15524065399_bcfb4bf5ed_b.jpg

16. One of three different looks with shooting into the setting sun. I arrived a little early so was able to scout this second location. A park with a hill that gave a nice view into the setting sun.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3954/15089990454_10575283c0_b.jpg

17.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7568/15686211686_9ee6f9d26f_b.jpg

18.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7494/15710343285_aa518bde30_b.jpg

19. I'm a sucker for girls who jump and sunset silhouettes.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/15686211196_44e7283c7b_b.jpg

20. Okay, I don't even know why I'm including this. She was so excited about the full moon. I asked her to lean over and pucker up her lips, and she had no idea what I was doing. As dumb as this is, this was one of their favorites.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3948/15090577893_ea79700405_b.jpg




Nov 04, 2014 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Very nice, Ron. I will learn from these shots. Thanks!

Mike



Nov 04, 2014 at 04:46 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Great set, Ron.
7, 8, 16, 18 and 19 are my faves from one time thru.



Nov 04, 2014 at 05:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep



Thanks, guys!



Nov 04, 2014 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Terrific photos. Great job with the cheer set and capturing that part of her life too.
#17 the graffiti on the bench grabs me eye, and #19 the con trail does also.
Looks like you have a great sr rep too!!



Nov 04, 2014 at 05:53 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


what a solid fantastic set. you literally have every type of look you can get which is awesome. Great work!


Nov 04, 2014 at 05:56 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Very nice set Ron. Like Mike says, I will learn from these.
I love the variety of expressions you captured.
Thanks for sharing.
Greg



Nov 04, 2014 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Ron, I really like your work.....very creative on all accounts! One question I have to ask about the young lady jumping in the air doing the splits in front of the stands....did she really get that high or was there magic at the computer PP? I have to ask......


Nov 04, 2014 at 06:51 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


coreybell wrote:
Terrific photos. Great job with the cheer set and capturing that part of her life too.
#17 the graffiti on the bench grabs me eye, and #19 the con trail does also.
Looks like you have a great sr rep too!!


Thanks, Corey! Yep, I looked and looked and looked at that grafitti. I thought about creating some grafitti that said 2015. But in the end, I stuck with what was there. It definitely does catch the eye, tho, and I'll continue to think about it.

As for 19, I hadn't really even noticed the con trail since you mentioned it. I'll probably get rid of it as it doesn't really add anything to the shot. Originally, the branches extended to her head, so her hair and the branches got mixed together. I cleaned that up without ever really noticing the con trail. Thanks for mentioning.



Nov 04, 2014 at 07:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Herb wrote:
Ron, I really like your work.....very creative on all accounts! One question I have to ask about the young lady jumping in the air doing the splits in front of the stands....did she really get that high or was there magic at the computer PP? I have to ask......


Zero pp magic on lifting her, Herb. I'm laying on the grass to give the perception of her being higher, and if you notice, a football field slants off to the sideline, so there is an incline to the middle of the field where she's at. That helps give the impression of her being high, too. Plus, she just got up there. Good jumper!



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Thanks, Greg and Shawn! I appreciate it!


Nov 04, 2014 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Great shots Ron, thanks for sharing.



Nov 04, 2014 at 07:45 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


You captured her personality well, Ron. Nicely done. #12 is my fave, followed by "cheesy" #20 (the moon is made of green cheese, after all). Locales are great; color pops; images are sharp; movement shots are frozen (good, no blur), despite the clouds (no harsh shadows).


Nov 04, 2014 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


I agree with Mike. I will learn from looking at these shots.

Could I ask what length of lenses you used? And how wide an aperture for both the close portrait and the wider environmentals?

Really nice.
Scott



Nov 04, 2014 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Really loved them all. That jump shot is unreal it is so good.


Nov 04, 2014 at 08:13 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Awesome set, Ron. I'm voting.


Nov 04, 2014 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Nice work. A really good connection with the model - beautiful pictures.

Jonas.



Nov 04, 2014 at 08:34 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


yoshidude wrote:
I agree with Mike. I will learn from looking at these shots.

Could I ask what length of lenses you used? And how wide an aperture for both the close portrait and the wider environmentals?

Really nice.
Scott


Thanks, Scott! I generally only use two lenses during these senior portrait sessions: my 85mm f/1.4G and the 70-200 f/2.8. The close portrait of her in the cheerleader outfit is the 85, but I also used the 70-200 to get the tighter shot of her in the prom dress. On that latter shot in the prom dress, I'll shoot wide open at f/2.8 because she will be completely in focus for that shot, and then I'll get a little bokeh coming in from behind. On the cheerleader portrait, I'm shooting at f/4 so her entire face is in focus. I can shoot that shot at f/1.4 and create a razor-thin DOF but I prefer to have her whole face in focus. As I pull back, such as the shot with her sitting with the reddish flowers behind her, I'm far away enough now to shoot wide open (f/1.4) and not really lose focus on her face. So it's all relative.



Nov 04, 2014 at 08:47 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep



Thanks to everyone else for their comments. I really appreciate it.



Nov 04, 2014 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Senior Portrait Session: Cheerleader/Rep


Cool shots Ron!



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