A couple weeks ago Kim’s daughter Emily went to homecoming with a few of her friends. So I set up a couple of lights on our back patio and did some portrait work. Let me tell you nothing is worse than trying to keep the attention of teenage girls on the way to a dance who are running late. So we rushed through and managed to get some good shots. I used 2-Alien Bee 1600, my Photoflex 36 x 48 softbox on the main light and just a 20 degree honeycomb on the hair light. I really like brick wall covered in ivy that is the background. I just wish it had been a little brighter or I had more time to set-up a third light. But all in all I’d say not bad for a sum total of 20 minutes of shooting.
Spring means different things to everyone. For most it is the earth re-awakening from it’s Winter nap. A re-birth so to speak. For photographers it means proms, formals, Senior portraits, engagement portraits and the like. This year I am trying to expand into the prom and Senior portrait arena. I ran a contest earlier this year for Seniors where they could win a photo shoot and some prints. I sent out mailers and had my girlfriend’s daughter distribute some post cards around the school. It went ok but I found the response rather minimal. I only got about 10 responses. A little disappointing but hey it’s just the first year trying this. So I am going to take a much different approach next year. I’m going to find about 4 or 5 students from each of the area high schools and recruit them for this work. I plan on providing them with their own photo shoot and print package as well as their very own Rep Cards. All of this in exchange for a minimum number of referrals that turn into actual paying customers. We’ll give that a try and see how that works. I have attended a couple of webinars where other photographers have used this approach and apparently been very successful with it. Plus having this knowledge under my belt will help me get a bit of a jump start on it for next year.
In the meantime here’s a couple of shots of Emily and her friends before they left for their Junior Prom.