Urban senior sessions are favorites. We love combining architecture, strong colors and all the lines and angles of the city in our backgrounds. Urban senior sessions work with a variety of outfits and almost any light, although we always prefer the soft golden tones of late afternoon outdoors. With our In & Out session we also do some studio shots (both natural light and studio flash is possible in our studio) just in case you need some more business looking shots for internships, grant applications or a more formal feel. We’ve seen some really great looking suits this past year!
For this session we were not interested in a soft natural background with grass and trees. So what elements make great additions to the Urban senior sessions? Strong verticals with lots of color, like this shot of Austin on the yellow tile wall –which he liked so much we chose it for the cover of his coffee table book.
Another great urban look is concrete walls — the opposite of strong color, but still adding depth and interest. We especially like the stains and texture of urban senior portraits in unexpected areas like parking garages and alleys. A big favorite with jeans and layers of casual clothing! We can even combine light and shadow with graffiti and rust — awesome texture plays for backgrounds — as seen in this portrait.
All neutrals with black and white polka dots, concrete and a touch of nature soften the look of an urban session without making it too feminine and a bright day gave us all the light we needed. This is the perfect type of session for early spring as we didn’t need a lot of greenery and trees to make the look we wanted. Our senior sessions are now booking for the spring and lots of seniors are choosing this bright bare look. Lastly, we loved the moodiness of the dead vines on the wall. It’s not the warm and fuzzy feeling that every family wants for over the fireplace but the art and texture of the clean lines and dramatic contrast is a real winner.