I did Kelsey's high school senior photographs when she was a student at Kimball Union Academy in 2018 and here is a link to the session we did back then: KUA High School Senior Photo Session. Then she came along earlier this summer with her friend Luke, another Kimball Union senior (class of 2021) and we did some photos of the two of them playing out a GOT theme. Luke also had an amazing senior photo session and I will be posting his blog soon.
It was so great to see Kelsey again and since this year has been particularly slow because of Covid-19 and all the weddings that have been postponed, I asked Kelsey if she was interested in coming back for another photography session. As photographers, even though weddings might be few and far between we need to keep shooting and practicing our skills, whether photographing high school senior portraits, elopements, engagements, or stylized photo sessions, we need to keep shooting.
Vermont and New Hampshire high school senior photos have always been such fun and they are one of my favorite fields of photography. Being able to hone in on my skills and put to practice some new editing techniques I learned from a Paulina Duczman workshop in the UK was also a plus and I was super happy when Kelsey said she would love to come back and model.
She brought along a ton of wardrobe changes and we opted first for an outfit she put together from one of her favorite TV series 'Outer Banks'. I loved the muted colors and casual look and since it was a bright sunny day, we started with some bright sunny photos in the field.
All my high school seniors and other clients get their finished photos in both black and white and color so there is no need to decide between the two. As a rule my seniors will end up with about 50 different, fully edited, high resolution jpgs on a USB thumb drive from a two hour session all included in the session investment.
I especially love photographing seniors and other clients here at my property in Woodstock, VT, as I know the light anytime of day, there are many, many different locations and I have landscaped the property with photo shoots in mind. Class of 2021 seniors can use the studio for studio styled photos and also the pond, apple orchard and woods for a more natural high school senior portrait. We can do it all! Here are some of Kelsey in the apple orchard on the new swing I had made. Since it was mid-day, the light was super harsh and there was a large "hot spot" behind the swing so I was able to set up one of my studio backdrops to block the light and add a bit of an editorial feel to the photos.
Whenever I photograph high school seniors I always try and add a few detail images as well. Sometimes my Vermont and/or New Hampshire seniors like to have photo books made of their sessions and these little detail photographs always add a more editorial feel to the book or album.
Even with the midday sun I always have shaded areas where we can do portrait photographs and one of my favorite shady places is under the maple trees with the forest in the background. I can do portrait photography here anytime of day as the trees are very large and provide shade all day long.
After photographing Kelsey for about 45 minutes she changed into her ballgown and wow! Unfortunately the time was running out so we were only able to photograph her in one location as she also brought another amazing gown she wanted her portrait in. This location is also under some shade trees and allows a little more room for swirls and movement. I can just see "the twirl" on the cover of Vermont Bride or as an editorial in Vogue.
Here are a few more photos of Kelsey in this amazing ballgown. If you are thinking of having your high school senior photos done with me, please by all means bring your prom dress or suit as well as some casual clothing if you are at all interested in getting some high fashion looking photos like these. Practice your twirls or that GQ pose and I promise we will get some amazing photos!
After some photos in that "fairy tale ballgown", Kelsey changed into another absolutely stunning gown that was so colorful and sparkly, it made me think of a mermaid. We could have gone down to the stream but the time was running out so we photographed it by the 'English Garden' railing and also on the hill between the stone walls and statues. Seriously I think some of those photos would rival almost any Vogue or Vanity Fair fashion shoot. Just imagine your high school senior photo in your prom dress between the Griffins. This particular shot has to be done just before sunset unless it is a cloudy day and when Kelsey was here, the clouds seem to come the minute she put the dress on and we were able to take advantage of that location.
There is still time to book your Vermont or Upper Valley New Hampshire high school senior portrait session. I can guarantee a turnaround time of one week! Please feel free to message or call me anytime to discuss all the class of 2021 senior photo possibilities. I will also travel to you, but feel the photos you receive will be much better if you come to Woodstock as it is a location I am extremely familiar with and I have all my studio equipment avaialbe should the need arise.
Let's have some fun and get some amazing class of 2021 high school senior photos while we do! As well as one of the top wedding photographers in Vermont, I have also gained the reputation as one of the best high school senior photographers in the Upper Valley, Vermont and New Hampshire. What I promise is an editorial, couture and/or natural senior photography experience that focuses on your true beauty and personality – inside and out. There are so many beautiful locations for senior photos in Vermont, but here in Woodstock, I can offer both fine art studio style and outdoor natural photos as well. However I am happy to photograph your high school senior session wherever your heart takes you from the top of Killington to the shores of Lake Champlain.
I pride myself on not being like any other senior photographer in your area. I’m well known in the portrait and wedding industry for my attention to detail and amazing post production editing techniques and I provide high school seniors with not just some editorial and amazing senior pictures… but an experience in and of itself!
This is YOUR time to celebrate your youth, your free spirit and your love for life. I cannot wait to photograph it for you!