Meet Lindy. Senior, class of 2013. She’s a all around great girl with a great attitude. I love to meet high school students who have perspective and can see the big picture. Sometimes a teenager who is wise beyond their years can be a bit too serious so they aren’t super fun, but Lindy has a lot of energy and spunk, but still sees her world in realistic terms. That’s important. Well, I can’t say enough good about her and we wish her the very best during her senior year and out into her future.
We took Lindy’s senior portraits in San Diego at Mission Beach. We arrived at the beach early in the morning, so the beach was fairly empty which gave us plenty of room to work. I love the over cast day. So many clients worry when their photo day or wedding has clouds, but when it comes to photos, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I love the soft light. It gives me a nice even exposure to deal with. Then, if I want to sculpt with light, I can add a little light wherever I want to see it.
Lindy brought along a hat, which I completely loved, so that stayed with us a lot during the shoot. While in this next image, it is merely a prop, it finishes the photo in many of the images.
This is where the hat really makes the image!
This next image is very important to me as a photographer. Catching a subtle and important aspect of a senior’s personality in an image is important to me. And this image, speaks volumes to me about Lindy. That strong determination is a big part of how I see her. I suppose I can be wrong in my read of personality, but when I am photographing someone, I think I get a good read on people. And with Lindy, because she is a good friend to our family, I think I can say with confidence that this one is very accurate. But, I suppose you’ll have to ask her mom.
We did a few shots of Lindy looking at the camera next to her 2013 numbers in the sand, but I liked this one the best.
This is a great example of the process of sculpting in a subdued and flat lighting condition. I am using the ambient marine layer lighting to get the basic exposure accomplished, then with my Canon Speedlite 600RT flash off camera to the left and behind the subject, I am adding the crest of light on her nose and cheek-bone, etc. This gives the photo great deal of volume with very little effort. Normally, the sun would fill in as the backlight, but when the sun is held up behind a thick cloud, you have to create your own sun. The nice thing about this manufactured sun (a flash), the power is completely controllable.
Lindy, thanks for trusting us with your Senior Portrait. May every year ahead of you be a success!
Senior Portrait Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: San Diego, California