My Generation

A Lesson in Photography

After a decade-plus of photographing farmers and small children, who knew shooting senior portraits could be so easy? Not me.

After 12 years of photographing farmers…


 And 8 years of photographing small children…


And one evening of photographing high school seniors…


I can tell you which is easiest. And it's not farmers or small children.

When my friend, Jessica Atkins, asked me to take her senior pictures last month, I said, "Sure, why not?" Then I commenced to worrying. I'd never done such a thing. Senior pictures. How do you pose them? Do we need props? What's a prop?

It turns out, when you photograph someone who actually wants their photo taken, and you don't have to simultaneously think up photo settings, monitor light, consider that you're wasting their time and take copious notes on how they got the thingamajig on their planter to do whatever more easily, it's a little less stressful. Also, if you don't have to continually chase down the subject and bring them back, or wake them up, or grab a kitten and pretend said kitten is operating the camera in order to get them to smile, it might create fewer gray hairs.

It's a whole new world. Honestly, I'm not sure why I haven't thought of this sooner.

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