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Senior Session | Shooting in a Crunched Timeline

March 16, 2021

Filed in: Education, Seniors

Shooting in a crunched timeline.

Sometimes things just happen. Someone is running late. You get stuck in traffic. Weather changes. You find yourself with a very limited space to photograph and so on. If this hasn’t happened to you, I guarantee that it’s not if but when. So what do you do when things don’t go as planned and you find yourself shooting in a crunched timeline?

First, don’t panic! I know, you didn’t come here for me to tell you not to panic. 

Second, always have your go-to plan of action and your primary go-to poses. 

This photo session was taken at the Push Conference. I had less than five minutes…well, four minutes and eleven seconds to be exact to photograph my model. I also didn’t have much space to move around because I had two other photographers photographing two other senior models near by. You’ll notice that I didn’t move my model much but I was still able to capture different poses. 

My three step action plan:

The Wide and Full Body Shot

I started by having my model leaning on the wall. Standing first and then squatting. I then had her move about two to three feet away form the wall.

The Three-Quarter Crop

Moving my self closer either with my feet or on this case zooming in with my 70-200 lens I can now get the three-quarter crop shot at this same location.

The Close Up Shot

I love this shot because it really focus on the eyes. And you know what they say,  the eyes are the window to the soul. 

So that’s it! One small location, four minutes – eleven seconds photo shoot, one amazing senior model, and here are the results.

I hope this post was of some help. Like always I would love to get your feedback. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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LYDIA GILLIS PHOTOGRAPHY is Denver based Seniors, and Personal Branding Photographer as well as educator. She helps photographers run a profitable and sustainable business. 

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