I developed my business in Erie, Pennsylvania, where I lived and worked my entire life. Starting as a Dance photographer, I branched out into family portraits, then senior pictures, then weddings, events and even some commercial work.
But then a new opportunity called. In late 2014, I took a job in Lakeland Florida and picked up my family and moved 1162 miles almost due South.
For the first year, I focused on getting established in my new company and settling into our wonderful new house. I did a bit of scenic work, keeping my skills warm, but none of it was paid work.
But now…I’M BACK!
With a simplified price list and business model, I’m focused on Senior Pictures and maybe a bit of Family Portraits. I won’t be pursing weddings here – I decided that they take up too much of my weekend time, and I’ve spend 30 years away from family and home on Saturdays.
Stay tuned for a teaser of some Lakeland Senior Pictures that I took last summer. I’m starting to learn about all of the great locations in Polk County and the greater Central Florida area for senior pictures.
Abby had some specific ideas about her senior pictures. Starting in North East at the railroad museum, we captured some great outdoor images. We headed to the beach and other locations for more senior portraits, hit the zoo for some great “giraffe selfies” and finished indoors after dark.
Abby is a culinary student and plans to study the culinary arts in college. Great senior pictures, Abby!
We share great images of Emily in tonight’s session. She had some great in-studio images on several backgrounds, including images with her guitar. Then we moved outdoors and captured more great images in town and at the Peninsula, on both the bay and beach side.
This weekend, I hosted Leah and Lydia, who helped me photograph all of my backdrops. Over the years I have collected ten different backdrops, which I use for my indoor photography.
These lovely ladies were great sports. I went through my whole set of drops and they chose clothing which worked with each backdrop color scheme. We kept the session relaxed, and we captured many individual images and also several of them together.
I intend to use the images to create a backdrop sampler for my changing room, so my clients can see and choose the backdrops as they prepare for their sessions.
In post production, I applied one of my favorite soft/warm filters which works great for senior girls.