September 5, 2023
Senior photos are a staple for anyone graduating. College, High school, with their masters, from a specialty school. Anything. And they are for everyone. I think so many people associate senior photos to females with the hair and make up and outfits and extravagant-ness. And while they aren’t wrong, they are just as much for guys as they are girls.
Port Hartsock, a Norman Oklahoma high school senior, booked a session with me and it was just what I needed. Guys are easy. He wanted 2-3 outfits and 2 locations. The first outfit was a casual athletic suit. Comfy, yet stylish. The neutral grey paired with a white t shirt screamed GQ to me. I took us to city streets so the neutral colors of his outfit flushed well with the neutrals that surrounded us. I found buildings that had touches of grey in them to compliment the tones and had him act super casual. With my seniors I don’t force them to do super elaborate poses or act extremely weird. I had him walk. And walk. And walk some more. And flip his hair. And lean against the building. And that was basically it. The photos from this first part felt relaxed, yet elevated. And I think that describes Port and a part of his personality perfectly.
The second location I took him to was Lake Hefner. I knew we wanted to add some touches of color with the greens of the trees and texture form the gravel and water. It was perfect with his next outfit. Port paired a beachy white button down with black shorts and vintage Nikes. It felt relaxed and like something he would wear to go out to eat. Natural.
Finally for the last outfit, something he would throw on every single day, a black cutoff, black shorts, and black and white nikes. Classic. I knew I wanted to document this outfit differently than the others. The outfit was not “senior photos” vibe to me. It was vintage, yet new age, and I wanted to capture that accordingly. This particular evening Oklahoma had an insane sunset filled with bold colors and I knew I had to capture that within the images. I threw on my flash and pointed it directly at Port and captured he and the sunset together in a way that showed the boldness and chill ness of a random moment that may be stuck in time. Vintage, yet new age. Exactly what I wanted.
As I look at Port’s gallery as a whole, it feels complete. Like you can easily see the different sides to this person. Shown through the outfits, locations, how I captured him, his expressions and movements, I think this session was a success.
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