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Michael's Senior Portraits - May 7th, 2016 - Rochester, NY and Lake Ontario

I usually don't capture senior portraits before the school year ends, because I want the subject to truly be a senior. Well, this was the exception that broke the rule: a senior portrait taken in May of senior year. Michael was content with the school-supplied portrait for the yearbook, but as the year came to a close, his parents realized that they wanted something more. Michael was game, and in the end, I think he had a great time changing outfits, personas, and locations to capture different sides of his personality. It helped that his faithful compatriot was with him the whole time, even getting in on the action for a picture or two.

- Daniel

Frederick - Fairport, NY - February 21, 2015

At first, Frederick wasn't feeling it.

I don't think people realize how many pictures you have to take of a baby in order to get maybe one or two really good ones. Frederick can smile, but he isn't going to smile unless he damn well feels like it, which is usually right after a nap, a diaper change, some milk, and a burp (in that order). Then, and only then, he'll gift you with the most dazzling smiles you can possibly imagine, his eyes brightly gazing into yours, cooing sounds emitting from his mouth, and for about three minutes, everything is perfect in the world.

Per my suggestion, this was also a spontaneous shoot, as he had woken up from his nap in a particularly nice mood, so I grabbed a pair of overalls, stripped him of his uniform sleeper (fourth kid, sorry, buddy), and that's when the trouble began. Fortunately we got him to cooperate somewhat on the floor, and after a bit, we even managed to prop him up in the tiny armchair. And that was where we got the magic, in the last image below.

Frederick is about 3 1/2 months in these pictures (again, fourth-kid syndrome means we never know EXACTLY how old he is at any given moment in time).


Eleanor - Fairport, NY - February 19, 2015

Spontaneity! That's what kids are known for, right? Well, Daniel whipped out his camera on Thursday afternoon, after Eleanor's nap and snack (if you look closely you can still see the goldfish cracker dust on her mouth) to capture a few photos. Leaving one's expensive lighting equipment out for days can be problematic when you have a small house and kids, and he really wanted to photograph all four kids in succession that week. Hence the hoodie and Superman t-shirt too, because time was of the essence, and we had company coming for dinner. Nobody asked me for a wardrobe consultation, because...well, she could be wearing a paper bag and still be THIS CUTE. The joys of being two.

Connor - Fairport, NY - February 18, 2015

In this series of photos, Daniel was experimenting with high key lighting for basic headshot-style photography. The backdrop is our living room wall; he used a three flash studio setup, and the photos were all taken during mid-afternoon hours.

Our eldest son, age 11, going on 17.

Except he can't tie his own tie, and he most certainly needed assistance in the hair styling department. He likes the goofy photos where his eyes are askew, or his mouth is gaping wide open in a mock snarl. Fortunately I get to select my favorites for the blog.