We have great urban senior portrait locations in and around our studio in the Addison area of Dallas and we love to incorporate architecture and texture. This session from a few weeks ago has kind of a Palm Springs, California feel with the rock wall and colorful tile backgrounds that are so much fun. This location will work as well for male subjects as it does for females and still look good on the living room wall (unlike some urban scenes). Getting the right combination of light and texture is a challenge for a photographer but so worth it when it all comes together.
To choose the right location, consider strong vertical and horizontal lines that lead the eye in and out of the center of your image – and don’t forget to frame your subject to draw the attention to the face. See what kind of crazy things go through a photographer’s head while they’re moving around like a clown? It’s all about the light…. but it’s all about the background and the body language of the subject at the same time. Urban settings have their own very special challenges. That’s why you should always let the photographer pick the setting.
An urban setting can be stark and linear, but I love some softer elements like the vines and shadows. Adding stronger lines and textures (like this metal gate) contrast with our beautiful subject and actually lend strength and energy to her portrait. We felt this location was the perfect way to bring out her strength and focus in an urban senior portrait, but still show her softer side. Thanks, Zoe, for trusting us with your senior portraits and best of luck as you pursue your goals in journalism!