At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about my New Year's Resolutions [featured here]. If you recall, I said one of my goals was to branch out and explore different genres of photography...this shoot is the one that sparked the sudden change. You see, my forte is weddings. I've been doing them for years. I'm comfortable with them and I know what to expect. As a matter of fact, since I started shooting professionally, I haven't really shot anything different. I've only done a senior shoot once before so my experience is pretty limited. However, this past fall I was approached by a former co-worker and asked if I could shoot some senior portraits of his son, Michael — I just couldn't say no. I was excited for the opportunity to try something different.

I began brainstorming and immediately settled on the thought of doing it more like a lifestyle shoot instead of an awkward, rigorously posed session in a studio. I wanted something more natural and fun in a variety of unique urban and natural settings. So, after scouting some locations and getting some ideas flowing, I met up with Michael and we started shooting.

Michael's a cool kid. He's smart, social, and an avid golfer. He's got a natural confidence in front of the camera that kept him calm and relaxed the whole time so working with him was a great experience. We actually split the shoot up into two sessions because we ran out of light and encountered some extremely persistent mosquitoes, but that's a story for another day. We started shooting in Panora and eventually finished up in Des Moines with some edgy urban shots and sweet golf pictures.

All in all, this experience was eye-opening and made me remember why I love photography. It was great to get back to basics and enjoy working with someone in a variety of locations with some killer light. No rules, no time limits, just a whole lotta fun. I hope I can do more senior portraits in the near future. Until then, sit back and enjoy.

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