Jessica’s Summer Senior Session Grinnell High School

This past summer, I had the opportunity to photograph Jessica’s senior portraits.  Getting to know Jessica and her mom during her session was a delight, and giving them some special mother daughter photos was one of my favorite parts 🙂  Jessica chose my Couture Session, and we lucked out and had just enough time for a few extra creative lighting portraits featuring her athletic gear!  Check out some of my favorites from her session!

My favorite place to start when someone has gorgeous blue eyes like Jessica.  But alas, the wall is sadly no longer blue 🙁

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When the wind catches your hair perfectly…

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I said this during her session, and I’ll say it again now – I think she totally looks like a young Kate Hudson in this next shot.  Right?

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More and more seniors are asking for unique and dramatic light for their senior portraits.  I love when we can work together to create something different!  I bring all my light gear with during our shoot, and we can set up anywhere – even the locker room!  It’s awesome!

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After a drive out to the country, and a quick outfit change, we captured some more down-to-earth portraits of Jessica.  I know this was one of her favorites!

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Jessica’s one request was a portrait with her mom.  I love that we did this, and that it was the ONE thing she wanted.  I get this request from seniors quite a bit, and as a parent, I know how sometimes the last thing you want to do is get in one of their shots.  But it is SO worth it.  I wish I had a nice photo like this of me and my mom from high school!

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Such a natural beauty in that summer sun!

I hope you’re having an awesome senior year!


Gear Used
Nikon D750
Nikon 85 mm f/1.4
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Apollo Orb + Light Stand
EinsteinE640 + Vagabond Mini Battery Pack

Edited using my own personal presets.



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