Video: Senior Session – Merissa

A blast from the past. Merissa is one of our former senior models from Kellam HS (Virginia Beach). Merissa was fun to work with and she brought some great clothes. What really stood out were her heels.

PSD Experience

I’ve always wanted to attend a workshop to learn & improve my photographic skills, as well as meet other photographers. I finally had the opportunity at the PSD Experience. PSD stands for Photograph • Share • Discover.

The amount of education available was incredible and it was difficult to pick the program I wanted to attend each session. For a few sessions, I split time between two programs. Whether your primary focus is seniors, weddings, or pets; you have a big studio or a home studio; shoot natural light or use strobes & off camera flash, there was something for everybody. The education continued when the free shooting sessions began at midnight each night.

I really enjoyed my first workshop and can’t wait for my next one. It was great meeting all the other photographers from around the state and beyond. A special thanks to all the educators, models, stylists, hair & makeup artists.

I’ve posted a few quick edits of images captured from the event. I’ve also included a 2 minute behind the scenes video taken at the event. I attached my Flip MinoHD to the hot shoe of my Canon 5DMKII using a Manfrotto 482LCD. This way I could take photos and shoot video at the same time. You can see the lens hood when the Flip isn’t zoomed in a little. In the future, I hope to try using the 5D for shooting video. The video instructors were amazing as well.

I had so much fun, it was worth not getting much sleep for three days. Be sure to stay in touch. Until next time.

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2011 Kempsville Fashion Show

One of my 2011 seniors invited me to take photos at this year’s Kempsville Fashion Show. I went to my first high school fashion show last fall (Kellam) and I really enjoyed it. I agreed and brought Penny & Tyler with me. My seniors should remember Tyler as my #1 helper. While I took photos, he videotaped the event.

The theme of the show was The Fashion Network. Area stores donated the clothing that was used for the show. The students had a great time modeling the various fashions for the crowd. It was a great show and we had fun. I’ve posted a few photos from the show and included a brief video sample.

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I’ve been so busy with my senior sessions that I’ve haven’t been able to keep up with my blog posts. The 2010 senior season is off to a great start. I’ve been shooting almost everyday and I’ve had some really great photo shoots. Now that school is about to start, hopefully I can get caught up on all my posts.

Megan, a cheerleader at Kellam, is one of my senior models. We had a great time during our session and it was fun getting to know her and her mom.

We started off in Norfolk, near Harbor Park. Once the traffic through the downtown tunnel died down, we headed over to Portsmouth. We were able to get some good train shots over there. When we were done, we headed back to Norfolk. We stopped at the Half Moone Cruise Center, before ending the night at the pier at Nauticus.

Take a look at some of the photos from our session and don’t forget to watch the video slideshow at the bottom of the post.

Vera – Part II

Back in May, I posted several images from the session we had with Vera, a rising senior at Kempsville. It was a fun shoot and it was also different in that her boyfriend, Jaime, came along and we were able to get some photos of the two of them together.

When Jaime wasn’t in the photos, he helped out by filming some behind the scenes video footage for me. With my primitive editing skills, I was able to throw together a short video of a photo session.

In addition to the behind the scenes video, I’ve also posted the video slideshow that was missing from the original post. Enjoy the photos and feel free to leave a comment.

Behind the scenes video:

Video slideshow: