Downtown Mckinney Senior Portraits - Campbell

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The first Senior Shoot of the 2020 School Year for me was actually with Campbell: a 2019 Senior. Campbell had planned on Senior Pictures in the spring, but postponed after he broke his arm!

Better late than never of course. It all worked out for the best, as we were treated with a (relatively) comfortable Texas Summer evening, with great light and a McKinney Square that wasn’t too busy.

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This was my first shoot in Downtown McKinney in over a year, and I had forgotten how much I loved all of the textures, rustic alleyways, and murals that the area had to offer. The sun sets at the perfect angle to let light through a lot of the buildings and alleys, which made it easy to find dramatic light on every street we turned down.

The image was primality lit with the Profoto A1 and their Deep Umbrella. Super easy setup and a great soft look that blends in well with the available light

The image was primality lit with the Profoto A1 and their Deep Umbrella. Super easy setup and a great soft look that blends in well with the available light

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Probably my favorite shot of the session, composition wise. The two buildings help frame and draw attention to Campbell, while the direct sunlight helps to further separate him from the background.

Probably my favorite shot of the session, composition wise. The two buildings help frame and draw attention to Campbell, while the direct sunlight helps to further separate him from the background.


Technical Stuff

Also of note, this was the first time I brought out the Nikon Z6 for a senior shoot. I originally picked it up for video work, since I was frustrated by the fact that my Canon EOSR didn’t properly fit on the new DJI Ronin SC.

I soon found that the Z6’s new Eye-Autofocus feature made my life incredibly easy.

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Here you can see the Z6 picking finding my son’s eye, even in a 4X6 photo.

Here you can see the Z6 picking finding my son’s eye, even in a 4X6 photo.

In addition to the Z6, I finally invested in a Profoto A1 to bring along to portrait shoots. Without getting too nerdy, the A1X is a super capable flash that allows me to overpower or supplement natural light on location with much greater ease than a traditional flash. It’s also incredible well designed, and just plain works. Reliability has been an issue with every other flash system i’ve used. I think those days are over!

5 of the 9 photos featured here utilized the A1X and Profoto Umbrella, while the other 4 were just available light. My goal is always to blend the two seamlessly, I never want to use off-camera lighting for the sake of it.

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