I always had a vision of creating high school senior portraits that aren’t just the typical portraits that you see all the time. I want to offer seniors more. I have always been inspired by fashion photographers and feel my work does have a more editorial feel especially when I photograph seniors. This year I decided to try some things that I have been dying to try.
Lindsay Adler is a very successful New York based fashion photographer that I have been following for a few years now. I even got the chance to meet her and attend a couple of her classes at a WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) conference. When she started a company called Dream Shoot Rentals that rents dresses and other garments to professional photographers I was super interested. I wanted to see if I could incorporate one of her beautiful dresses into a senior session. When I saw the parachute dress I said to myself “I need to use that dress!” I just had to find the perfect model for the vision.
Fast forward a few months. I showed Sophie’s mom, Jane , the parachute dress online and she was all about it. So, we brain stormed and came up with an idea. We decided that the Imperial Sand Dunes would be an awesome location for the session. We wanted to take some individuals of Sophie in the dress and we also wanted to include Sophie’s twin brother, Beckett as well.
The day of the session was set and we had a small window of time to take the photos before I had to send the dress back. I was so worried because the day of the session a huge storm blew through Yuma. It was extremely windy and rainy and I thought we would have to cancel the session. But we decided to try anyway because of the dress availability. I am so glad we went through with it. By the time we got out to the dunes the rain stopped and the wind died down. The clouds that night were amazing. I don’t think we would have gotten as good of a backdrop if it had’t stormed earlier that day.
The dress was amazing to work with. Sophie did an incredible job.It’s not an easy feet to stand still while being pulled around by the wind in the parachute dress. Sophie is one of those people that doesn’t even have to try to look good. She is simply stunning so I knew the final images would be amazing. I had a great crew of her family and friends to help out which is needed when carrying equipment into the dunes and dealing with such a giant dress.
I was so excited when I saw the images later that night after I uploaded them. Here are just a few of my favorites and some outtakes from this amazing session.
This is my favorite of Sophie and Beckett together.
A behind the scenes look at everyone doing their job. A fun outtake of Sophie, Beckett and Joey.
I also took some studio images of Sophie for her yearbook photo. I loved working with the confetti. Here are a couple from that fun session.