It’s May which means that it is almost graduation time here in Northeast Ohio. Our local high school seniors have already completed their course work and are finishing out exams as graduation downtown looms at the start of June. Like all of my senior sessions, Nick’s was a series of sessions that helped build a portrait of who he is right now. First and foremost, I like to take a family portrait with my seniors.
Usually, families haven’t had a portrait taken in a few years. It can be difficult to coordinate schedules and set up a family portrait once the student is away and entrenched in the chaos and freedom that is higher education, which makes this often a last chance to gather siblings and parents. And it’s just nice to have a portrait of the family at this moment right before that kid officially becomes an adult and leaves the nest for their next adventure.
For the rest of the session I like to chat with the senior and find out who they are so the images I create reflect their personality and are not just a generic portrait. Nick told me that he is going to study aeronautical engineering, that he might like to work at NASA someday. I believe that he will, and I know that one day I will say “Hey, I knew that guy!” when he helps create something amazing.
Because of his interests, he wanted to do some metal grinding images. At first he suggested we do them in his basement, and alarm bells went off in my head because sparks like these can be fire hazards. So I did a little checking around and my friend Sam over at The Lusty Wrench allowed us to shoot in his garage after business hours.
I can’t even express to you how much I appreciate Sam after looking at these great images.
Another thing that Nick was very interested in is longboarding and beaches. His family spends some time in California and while I couldn’t bring California to him, Cleveland is blessed with a lovely waterfront area that is perfect for someone on wheels.
These are some of my favorite images from his senior session, and I hope that they are his favorites as well.
All in all, I think that we captured some really fun images that give a sense of Nick’s personality, and that is the goal. Anyone can create portraits perfect for hanging on family walls and appearing in graduation announcements or yearbooks, but not everyone can find the story about the person being photographed.