Kristina is already a little famous around this website, as she is the daughter of my oldest DSLR Photography student, Rosa, and often our model during our lessons. Her boyfriend Chad makes his debut. I already knew Kristina was a great and willing model, and I quickly realized Chad was the same, which made our candid senior portrait session a great time.
We changed speed several times during the senior portrait session, from serious to fun, to contemplative, to relaxed, and back. Downtown St. Petersburg provides a great variety of settings within short walking distance of each other.
It was my first time to use a tattoo parlor as a prop. Not only did this allow for us to make an animated shot, the covered roof provided nice shade to shoot in, and also a break from the heat!
I wanted to find a creative way to work the waterfront into a shot without it just being a background. So I balanced as far out on the above seawall as I dared, holding my Nikon D300 in my left hand and stretching out my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight on a lightstand as far out in front of Kristina and Chad as I could. Fortunately all gear and photographer stayed dry. Thus a very fun and creative senior portrait session came to a close and perhaps in four years or so I might be photographing their wedding? No pressure guys!