Posts Tagged ‘high school senior pictures’

I have a deep admiration for the work done by Mary Ellen Matthews, the talented artist behind the lens for the SNL bumper shots each week. A bumper shot is the image you see of that week’s guest host or musical guest, that appear for all of three seconds as the show returns from commercial.

Mary Ellen Matthews has been creating those images since 1999, and her body of work to date, is an incredible gallery of musical, theater, and political icons of the last twenty years. Celebrity subjects aside, the images are fun, creative, zany, off-the-wall, dramatic, and utilize a slightly softer color palette than Peter Max used when stormed the art world in the 60’s.

The beauty in her assignment, is that she is working with professionals. She has an incredible team surrounding her, a world class wardrobe and prop department, and the most animated human beings on the planet – all with a terrific sense of humor and are game for anything. Some are among the most beautiful beings on the planet, some are as cosmetically challenged as the rest of us, but ALL are willing have some fun and mug it up for Mary Ellen’s lens.

This got me thinking… who among MY world as a professional photographer/studio owner would/could/might fit into that category? Who are my most animated clients? Who would mug it up for the camera? Who would enjoy the challenge of taking a common household object and turning it into an improv routine, just long enough for me to light, compose, and capture an image that could very well be THEIR bumper shot in life?

High School Seniors, that’s who.

So my challenge is on. My on-going project for the next few weeks is to photograph a handful of students and feebly and humbly attempt to create a bumper shot or two for each of them. With all due respect to the genius of Mary Ellen Matthews and her creative team, I know good and well that I can never fully re-create the incredible look that has gained her recognition on SNL, but my knock-off bumper shots are still a lot of fun for my seniors and worth the attempt.

I need at least five, class of 2017 high school seniors – three girls, two guys would be perfect – that would be willing to model for me to create a few promotional images for senior pictures.

I’m working on “a Look” that I’ve greatly admired for some time now (not my invention). This “Look” is quite recognizable in pop culture, but rarely created (very rarely), by photographers in general. That’s all I’m willing to divulge to you right now, just suffice it to say that it’s fun, creative, and today’s senior class is going to LOVE IT!

Requirements are:

  • Must be Animated – Expressions and Body Language
  • Must be Creative – Able to improvise with stage props, for example
  • Images will be used to promote “the Look” in Newsome’s promotional material
  • One hour of time in the studio

In exchange for their cooperation, each senior will receive one high res digital image created from “the Look” session, and a 15% discount off any prints on our high school senior price list should they decide to purchase anything (no purchases are required at all).

If you have a 2017 senior at home, or know of one that you believe will be a good candidate, please have them call the studio at 813-968-2810 as soon as possible. Candidates will be screened and models selected by Friday, August 26th.

Thank you!

Had a second senior picture session with Mallory, this time on location. Netted several incredible images (how could I not?), and am posting a few of them here. We are not the school’s official yearbook photographer, but that won’t stop seniors from seeking us out when they want something the yearbook photographer may not able to provide. Enjoy!

The tractor just happened to be there, but the three crosses in the background were the motivation for selecting this site.

The tractor just happened to be there, but the three crosses in the background were the motivation for selecting this site.

An open field of wildflowers (I really have no idea what kind they are), are always a bonus to use as a background (not to mention a hair ornament!).

An open field of wildflowers (I really have no idea what kind they are), are always a bonus to use as a background (not to mention a hair ornament!).

There will be many Class of 2014 seniors photographed this season, but few will be as animated and colorful as Mallory. And yet, instead of featuring her colorful, animated self, I’m presenting you with a glimpse of her soft, quiet, B&W self. Enjoy!

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