• Dani Eberbach

Behind the Scenes of Hope's Senior Session

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

This past fall I got to take senior pictures for my sister-in-law Hope, and it was definitely the most unique session I've ever done! Hope's session took place at her family's farm so she could include all the animals in her portraits. My husband was with me for this session and took some behind-the-scenes shots for me, so now you get a "backstage pass" to see how the whole thing came together.

Fort Wayne senior photographer, behind the scenes

When you book a session with me, I welcome your input about where the session should take place. Since I've spent a lot of time at the family farm, I didn't need to check it out ahead of time, but Hope's mom did scope out a few specific spots in and around the barns she thought would work well for pictures. We started with those places to get some specific shots we had in mind.

Behind the scenes of senior pictures at the farm
Taking senior pictures with a horse

If you don't know where you want your portraits taken, or if you're not sure what would look good in pictures, don't worry! Even during Hope's session I noticed new places as we walked around. Either the scenery looked right, or the light was falling in a unique way, and I would say, "This would be a cool spot!" Hope actually suggested the shot with the barn window, and I'm glad she did!

Senior pictures with barn window

I had probably walked past this post thingy a million times and never really considered it as a place where I would take a portrait of someone, but on the evening of Hope's session the sun was hitting that spot just right. I like to keep poses simple, and I'll even demonstrate them. That way you're not thinking about whether you have your hands in the right spot or your arm at the right angle, and all you have to do is be yourself in front of the camera.

Posing for senior portraits behind the scenes

And finally, the question you've probably been wondering about ever since you saw Hope's session posted last fall: "How on earth did you get all those animals to cooperate?!" And as much as I'd like to say I just channeled my inner Eliza Thornberry, I had a lot of help from Hope's mom. She works with these animals every day and was able to get their attention behind the scenes.

Setting up a portrait with three dogs
Behind the scenes of a portrait with horses

Special thanks to my husband Brad for taking these pictures for me so I could take you on this "backstage tour." Most senior sessions don't include getting three dogs or horses to look at the camera together, but they are a lot of fun and are designed to let you be yourself! (Though it is a bonus if there are a few cats hanging around.)

If you're graduating this year, now is a great time to start thinking about a spring senior session. Or, if you're a junior graduating in 2020, it's not too early to start planning for your own senior session, because summer will be here before you know it. Contact me and let me know you're interested, and I'll send you my client guide that tells all about my sessions.

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