Kristen: Rochester New York Senior Portraits

Mary Dougherty

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She plans to go to med school. She pole vaults for her high school track team. As an editor of her high school yearbook, she’s seen all the tricks in the book and knows what kind of senior pictures she wants. She’s has two brothers and one sister, and has frequent gatherings with her extended family that live throughout the Rochester New York area… and it’s because I know all of these things about Kristen that I was able to take such amazing senior photos for her.

It’s true that there are good sessions and then there are great portrait sessions. Some of that has to do with me, some of it has to do with the subject, but it almost always relies most on our interaction. Making people feel comfortable in front of the camera is an art just as much as capturing gorgeous photos is. Each photographer is different and what they tell or don’t tell you to do, their reactions and encouragement guides most of the session. What I try to do is first make people feel comfortable, since relaxed and natural photos are my top priority. From there I encourage them to be more confident in front of the camera, to give me some different emotion, and to have fun.

I loved shooting Kristen’s senior portraits and think she not only did a great job but that she’s gorgeous. Don’t you love her red hair? Here are a few of my favorites:

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fierce. I love a good camera stare down.

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Below is Kristen’s model shot where she started to open up to the camera and play around. I think it’s so fun, and Kristen you did a great job – enjoy looking through the images and I look forward to seeing what your favorites are!

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