Let's go on an adventure!
Though I most commonly shoot what the layman calls a senior or graduation session, student sessions can extend to students of any age or education level. I believe that most people would agree when I say capturing images of ourselves during the time of our educational process is very important. We are ever-changing, growing, and it passes by so quickly. One thing is for certain, no year spent in this process of our lives will ever be the same, nor can it be repeated.
I love working with students and talking about their interests, their hobbies, their passions, and for some students, maybe even their hardships. Students typically have so much going on, especially seniors and graduates. I find great satisfaction from allowing my students to open up and feel completely at ease during their sessions. I recommend bringing parents, friends or anybody along to make sure they feel comfortable and I always encourage bringing a representation of their hobbies, as well as choosing the perfect location to suit their personality. I get all the "traditional" shots but mainly work hard to capture the demeanor of the student through the mood of the image. Catching the student in their natural state is of great importance, but for the parents of those kids who never smile, I've got a pretty good talent for catching a candid with some teeth as well. Students are so passionate and have such personality. By far, students are some of my favorite individuals to work with.
Below, I've included a portion of a handful of different student sessions.
I hope to shoot with you and your student soon.
Michael R. Ballard (Nilas)