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Ashley A. Mowitz
 

Male Senior pictures


Hi, I am a college student majoring in photography. I have a few boys who have seen my work and want me to take their senior pictures this summer and late fall. My problem is that I've only done girl portaits and I'm having problems thinking up good poses and places for boy pictures...flowers probable aren't very flattering for a male. I need masculine ideas, poses and places. Some places I already have to work with are railroad tracks, a railroad bridge over the river, graffiti walls, and one hasd a drag car he wants a picture with. I just don't want these boys (and their parents) to be disapointed! any help would be greatly appreciated!!!


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5/17/2007 5:36:55 PM

 
Kendall L. Noland
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/15/2005
  Ashley,
Try useing props like a basketball, football, reading a book. Take pictures by the river. Hope this helps.


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5/17/2007 7:37:16 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  they may have a very nice/old car that they'd like in the photo with them, or see what their hobbies are- outdoor scenic shots have always worked best for me & then do a few nice head shots to make mom happy!


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5/17/2007 8:19:21 PM

 
Ashley A. Mowitz   i also have the problem of not having an indoor studio to work with. any ideas of how I can try to fashion some stuff inside like hanging up sheets or something like that would be greatly appreciated as well.


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5/17/2007 9:42:07 PM

 
W.   
Since they're supposed to be MALE portraits, (outdoor) location photography may be more appropriate than indoor studio shots, Ashley.
If you have the proper locations, fill-flash, maybe a reflector, and varying shutter speeds to let in ambient light, could be all you need.


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5/18/2007 4:32:40 AM

 
Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  Ask them what they want to do, those are the best shots. I would never shoot in a studio unless its freezing outside. I did a shoot in March and it was a little nippy so I had the girl in the heated car and she ran out took a couple shoots and jumped back in while we checked the shots on the laptop until we got what we wanted.
BTW, I didn't know you could major in photography. I know some older photographers with "Master of Light" certificates, but their pictures are so boring and posed.

"Think outside the box and don't shoot boxy" -me

Nice gallery by the way


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5/19/2007 11:59:17 PM

 
Ashley A. Mowitz   haha! thanks for that....intriguing advice justin! oh, and also thanks for checking out my gallery, I love constructive critisism whenever I can get it.


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5/20/2007 8:32:41 AM

 
Kathryn (Love) Scheet
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
  you might try an old garage or barn- for the outdoorsy or rustic look... or a brick wall - I hope to do senior shots this year too, as my own son will be a senior - and he prefers anything "prehistoric" as in old farm equipment, old buildings, knarly trees, etc.... old trucks, wood fences


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5/20/2007 9:48:45 AM

 
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