Winter senior sessions aren’t always ideal simply due to deadlines. For so many, the yearbook deadline is in late Fall. Typically in Wilson County, James B. Hunt high school has a yearbook deadline around the second week in November. Others such as Fike typically have January. Others don’t allow environmental pictures at all. It is all based on the particular school requirements. However, if you missed a session with me in the fall, DO NOT FEAR!
WINTER SESSIONS CAN WORK!
what to look for
The cold and frost WILL hit! When it does, the locations that once had a lot of foliage now look barren and dead. The trees which had lush leaves now have large dark branches. Flowers have often died off and grass turns brown. HOWEVER, it is possible to gain a beautiful, vibrant winter senior session during this time! I run to timeless things with color. Often, fields with golden grass showcase a beautiful and even skin tones.
I also draw into locations with clean light and bold colors. In this winter senior session, the senior was naturally drawn to Historic Downtown Wilson which was already a win! In Downtown Wilson, there are pops of color all around the town. With any senior session that I photograph, the focus is on the senior. He/She/They should POP off of the image as a priority. I avoid putting them against the color but make sure that they are well in front of it to add for a vibrant background. Here, we walked around a few blocks but focused on two areas. On Goldsboro/Barnes, there is a location with pops of yellow on white columns. It makes for a very basic, yet powerful pop of color! This combined with her black dress allow the contrast to immediately happen!
We also went towards the corner of Nash/Goldsboro street. There is a basic wrought iron gate that adds a bit of elegance along with the majestic look of the old BB&T Building. It is timeless, but makes a 53 degree day feel like the beginning of a classic summer night at the Wilson Arts Council! We even trekked by the Whirligig Apartments and found a few ‘peak fall’ trees! How beautiful to tie in the yellows!
All of this being said, if you ABSOLUTELY want a fall senior session, you should plan on booking 8-10 months in advance. I have a full time vocation, so my time is more limited than many other photographers. How can you do this? Simply fill out a form on my website! Click here to learn more about my Senior Spokesmodel Program! But if a winter senior session is in your future, don’t fear. You have a LOT to look forward to!