This session was particularly special to me. This is the senior portrait session of my own oldest who just graduated. We ran into some snags, but those snags ended up causing us to create some truly amazing portraits and forced me to try new things. I’m so glad things happened just the way they happened. I now have huge new found love for night time photography. But, let’s start at the beginning. As we arrived at our first chosen location, it was starting to sprinkle a little bit. Sprinkling, we can work with. As I was getting the camera ready, the down pour began. So, Emily, my assistant and myself ran back to the van. Well, now what. Off we drove, in search of some covered locations. We came upon this parking garage. We ran through a RIVER of drainage from the upper levels and all had soaking wet feet and shoes. But, Emily is a trooper and we got some really fun shots.
By the time we finished here, the rain had nearly stopped, so we headed out to try our original location again. But, on the way back, we passed this area of Urbana that had been under construction for quite a while and is now nearly finished. It provided several very cool back drops. It will be even more amazing when the grass comes in.
By the time we finished here, it was starting to get back and I figured our original location was now a no go, because it was bordering on too dark when we first stopped there. Now as for sure going to be a no go. So, we headed more into down town Urbana and checked out Crane Alley. Because of how dark it was getting, I knew I had to pull out my flash. This was the first time I’d ever done anything like this and I have to say, I’m quite wowed by the results. I’ve done lots of reading and studying, so I had the basic knowledge in my head, and I’ve used my flash in “safer” ways before. But, since this was my own daughter and she’s been right beside me on my photography journey, I knew she was open to me experimenting and was going to be patient with me, so we played. This next shot is one of my top three favorites from the night. First, I happen to think she’s beautiful and she’s such a natural in front of the camera. But I also just love some many elements about this image. The rain drops, frozen in the air. The lights strung across the alley behind. The light flare from my flash. I just love it.
She had one more dress she wanted to wear for her pictures, so we changed and headed to a parking garage again. This time, one that was decently lit. Not enough to use those lights, but we had fun again, using the flash. That’s the first one here below. All elements came together perfectly. A nice breeze lifted her hair just so, the city lights in the back ground. Just perfect. Then, as we were headed home, we made a last minute decision to try our original location again. Now that we had the flash out, we would have no problem with it being dark. And it was. Pitch black out. It was 9 p.m. and totally dark. In fact, we had to use the van head lights to even see what we were doing once we got there. But, it was totally worth it. This shot is amazing.
This session is special to me in many ways. It’s my own daughter. I got to try new things and learned a ton, and best of all, created some really fun memories with my girl before I send her off to college. I love you, Emily, and I just know you are going to totally jump in with both feet and make a huge difference in thousands of lives. You’re amazing!