Salior's Delight

The Importance of Finding a Photographer Comfortable Shooting in Difficult Situations

Not all required photo sessions are created equal, and there are many atypical situations that require a photographer comfortable in locales that are dynamic, unpredictable, and challenging. Unlike photo sessions for portraits, headshots, and wedding photos, where time can be taken to prepare for locations and guide the subjects, some photography presents a variety of difficulties including movement, changing light, and unpredictability.

In challenging photographic situations, there may be many changing and moving parts in the shooting environment and a photographer working in this type of capacity needs to be comfortable and aware in their surroundings: knowledgeable to remain safe, quick enough to capture fleeting photographic opportunities, and skilled enough to adjust camera settings for correct exposures.

Examples of environments where such conditions may be found include the following:

1.      Sporting and Competitive Events
2.      Sessions In or On Bodies of Water
3.      Large Private or Community Events
4.      Wildlife or Nature Photography
5.      Sessions in Urban/City Environments

Each of these examples provide their own unique challenges and needs, and when searching for a professional capable of successfully operating in such demanding situations, the most important and yet simple thing a client can do is view a photographer’s portfolio and identify examples of the type of services required.

If such examples present themselves as quality work, and reflective of the photographer’s ability to meet the required needs, the next step would be to consult with the individual, communicate expectations of the shoot, and inform them of the dynamic environment which will be present. This time also serves as an excellent moment to collect any information from the photographer as well, gleaned from their experiences, and beneficial to assist them in completing their challenging tasks successfully.

A seasoned photographer, capable of adapting to challenging photographic environments is a great asset to have, and important in unstable, volatile, and changing conditions that present moments worthy to be captured on film. Finding such a professional can present challenges of its own, but is not impossible, especially with just a little preparation, research, and communication.


Senior Portraits

Choosing a Senior Portrait Photographer

A high school senior's final year of their formal education is one of the most exciting times in their lives, and a staple of that busy year along with events such as homecoming, prom, and the finale of graduation is their senior portrait photo shoot. If approached distinctly, and with a knowledgeable photographer, such a photo session can be just as memorable as the aforementioned events and can incorporate a student’s unique personality and style.

A set of senior portraits can serve in a variety of ways, ranging from gifts given to family and friends, to uses in graduation invitations and announcements. Additionally, they also become great keepsakes between classmates allowing them over the years to reminisce on their friendships and times spent together. Such photos however, especially in a smaller community, can tend to imitate one another; which is to be expected when similar backdrops and themes are used; and of course student’s may wish to have photos similar to their peers. Similarity though, can still integrate uniqueness, and the completion of the session can remain a unique, fun, and engaging experience.

To ensure unforgettable and distinct senior photos, and have a fun and engaging experience with your photographer, there are a few points to consider:

1.       Choose a photographer who is capable of relating to the senior and engages them in an inclusive and attentive manner; such photographers generally have a witty and exuberant personality.

2.       Consult with your photographer regarding any backdrop settings you may feel are common in others’ portraits; they can assist in suggesting alternate settings that will set the final product apart.

3.       Discuss with the photographer any personal items, clothing, or themes wanting to be incorporated into the photos; this will assist them in preparation and ensure the needs are able to be met.

4.       Before the shoot, ensure communication is open and details such as time and place are confirmed; keeping on schedule allows the photographer and subject ample time to work together and not feel rushed.

Many photographers express a genuine enjoyment in working with high school seniors, as they feel there’s an exuberance and vitality not found when shooting other subjects: seniors are excited to be photographed in such a professional fashion, are generally in the know of the current styles and fashions, and enjoy interacting with the photographer, a professional working with them in a mature and inclusive way.

Ensure a matchless set of photos by working with an engaging photographer and consulting with them on the key points mentioned before. By doing this, undoubtedly the student’s senior portrait session will be one they remember, and the final product will become a cherished keepsake in their and others’ personal belongings.  


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