A fun and fabulous session share with photographer Shannon Leigh Photography
1) Where are you located in the lovely world, AND how long ago was this session shot?
I am located in St. Louis, MI. We are literally right smack dab in the middle of the mitten, so if you hold your left hand up and point directly in the middle you will find me.
This Session was shot on August 15th, 2014. I know nobody ever gives an exact date but I’m kind-of a scheduling geek.
2) What did you shoot with for this session? Gear geek talk me..
I shot this session with my Canon 5D Mark II. Lenses used were the 50 mm 1.4 Prime and the Lensbaby Composer Pro with sweet 35 optic. I love both of these lenses and use them with every session (besides newborns).
3) Did you have a prop theme, and if so, How did your prop “theme” come to life?
Yes. When the clients first approached me about using the car somehow in the session I was so inspired. We knew we wanted to keep this first set of Hannah’s Senior photos with an old timey/vintage feel but also keep it downtown. After talking about the “feel” we wanted to achieve we added the dress, heels, and balloons. I ended up changing the location last minute after seeing the “Grease Auditions” posted at the local theater. It spoke to me instantly and I knew I had to incorporate it somehow.
4) Where did you get your props for this specific session?
The main prop for the session was the 1957 Chevy Bel Air. This was provided by the clients cousin who was more than willing to drive around and park anywhere we needed. The Dress was purchased in Pentwater, MI at a store called Craze and the designer is Stop Staring by Alicia Estrada. The red heels were purchased at KMART.
5) What was your favorite part of this session (i.e. baby snuggle time, great new prop used, location)?
Honestly my favorite part of the session was working with the family. They were all so willing to help with whatever I needed. Hannah (the senior) also had great ideas and was fun to collaborate with!
6) Do you shoot in studio, or on location?
I shoot both in studio and on location. I shoot all children/senior session outdoors on location and all newborn sessions in studio. 99% of my child/senior sessions are customized and stylized to fit the client. Because of this I often have set-up’s at different locations. I couldn’t count the number of hours my hubby and I have spent setting up and tearing down props…LOL.
I am super excited about my new studio space. It is actually in the reno stages right now but is coming along amazingly. My favorite part about it is the main wall that features reclaimed barn wood and shelving to hold all of my newborn props.
7) What was your FAVORITE prop used during this session?
This my sound crazy but my favorite prop used during this session was the Red Heels. I’m a sucker for an awesome pair of heels…..
8) Anything fun, nerdy, or quirky about yourself that you’d like to share?
I touch the tip of my nose when I’m thinking. A friend pointed this out to me about 5 years ago and now I notice myself doing it all the time…..lol.
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