My niece, Hillary, showed me a series of poses she saw on the internet and as I initially looked them over I didn’t see any issue in pulling them off. I warned her that I am not experienced in indoor shots with flash, and that I’d feel better outdoors.
Naturally, we headed to the basketball gym and started with indoor pics with flash. Hillary is a 6-foot-tall high school basketball star (who signed to play for D-1 Oral Roberts University next year) and she really didn’t want any photos in a dress or anything – she only wanted basketball photos. We went out on the basketball court and I took another look at the photo samples she had on her phone.
“This is what I want,” she said. “The rest is up to you.” She then dribbled a basketball and swished a three as I sat there looking at the photos wondering what I’d gotten myself into. Without any backgrounds or external flashes, I suddenly felt really nervous. I hope I don’t mess this up, I thought.
Although I couldn’t pull off a few of the photos, with the help of my sister, mother and 3-year-old niece, I think we did a good job.
For session two, we went to an old mansion on an overcast evening where I could use natural light with a bit of fill-in flash – this was more in my element. Hillary had to wear pretty clothes, so it may have been awkward for her. We shot photos with a basketball as a prop, of course, but also used the Bible, some confetti and the Harry Potter books. The mansion and nearby buildings provided some nice backgrounds.
What started out as terrifying and intimidating was actually quite fun and I think I’d like to do more of this. If you’d like to book me for your senior photos, family pictures, quinceanera, Bah Mitzvah, cat photos, dog photos or baby photos, I might be available. Drop me a line.