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Randy McKown's Senior Smile: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Portrait Photography, Family Photography, Giveaway       Tags high school senior portraits, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, Instagram giveaway

This week's BackPacker Giveaway winner, Randy McKown, is a successful Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer in Kansas City. Randy's business, NewImage Photography, specializes in creative images that express the unique personality and style of each of his clients.

"This photo was taken during one of my senior portrait sessions here in the Kansas City area. I love shooting seniors because it’s such a special time for them. A lot of girls spend years looking forward to this moment. So when the time comes, I do what I can to make them feel like a model for the day.

This shot was taken in front of these giant metal doors of a church that’s located in a small religious community called Unity Village, just outside of the city. I love the contrast between the dark doors and her red dress. What makes this picture even more memorable is that this senior was the daughter of our very close friends. This was her special day."  - Randy


Joshua Hanna's Determination: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Portrait Photography       Tags Joshua Hanna, MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, high school senior portraits

Creative, gritty, glamorous, fun! High school seniors are embracing a whole new style of senior portrait. Gone are the days of one or two poses against a single backdrop. Today's seniors are looking for portraits that showcase their personal sense of style. 

Joshua Hanna's winning image for this week was shot as part of a high school senior sports session.  For this particular image, Joshua used a three light setup - two small strip boxes behind and to the sides of the subject and one light in an octa box in front of the subject.

Once preliminary adjustments had been made in camera RAW, the image was imported into Photoshop for post-processing to create the edgy, magazine style look of the finished portrait.

We asked Josh to share his process with us: 

"After importing into Photoshop, I performed some general skin retouching as well as added a couple of dodge and burn layers using Curve Adjustments to enhance the shadow and highlight areas. Next, I selected out the subject to add to a new layer. This allowed me to put some light flare behind the subject to allow him to stand off of the background a little better. Having the subject on his own layer also allowed me to layer some fog, using a custom brush, behind and then in front of the subject for a little more depth. I finished up the image by doing some color grading using Curves Adjustments by adding some blue/green to the shadows and yellow tones to the highlights. Then topped everything off with some High Pass sharpening."  - Josh


 

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