fortuna high basketball

Senior Summer Sessions


The sun is beaming bright and temperatures are rising, summer is here and it is HOT!   This time of year often makes me feel like I am shooting in a sauna every summer when I head to an outdoor photography session with my high school senior clients.  Even on those scorching hot days where I can feel the hair on the back of my neck drenched with sweat, I am so thankful for where I live. Nestled in the heart of redwood country, I love the ever changing weather and climate variations of Southern Humboldt.  With having experienced the weather in all of it’s glory, I feel confident in my ability to adapt to any changes in temperature.  With that being said, having my clients feeling good and looking their best is important! Not to mention I don’t like spending an entire session feeling gross and sweaty either…  


I have put together a list of some of my favorite outdoor photography tips for beating the heat this summer!

2019-07-03_0015.jpg

Schedule With Purpose.

If you check the weather channel and it looks as if it’s going to be hot on the day of your photo shoot, make sure you consider which times of day might be the coolest.  From my experience, early morning and late in the day work best because it’s not uncomfortably warm. The lighting is also gorgeous around these times. :)

2019-07-03_0016.jpg

 

  Be Prepared to Hydrate.

When you have arrived at the spot you picked out, if it’s outside, chances are there’s no air conditioning or fully stocked fridge with cold drinks.  Bringing a cooler with lots of ice, water and your favorite drink is a great way to help you stay hydrated! 

2019-07-03_0017.jpg

 

 Keep the Motor Running.

Even though you might not be able to duck into an air conditioned house on location, your car can help keep you cooled off it the heat starts to get to you.  Take a 10-15 minute break in between shots by sitting in your care with the air conditioner on for a bit. This is a great alternative for a quick cool down.

2019-07-03_0018.jpg

 

 Plan the Itinerary Ahead of Time.

If your outdoor senior summer session includes a number of locations, a water attraction might make for a great final pit stop!  Squeeze in a fun and refreshing dip in the water somewhere along the Eel River.  Not only will this little adventure be sure to cool you off toward the end of your photo shoot, but  I will get the chance to take some jaw-dropping action shots of you in the water! It’s a win win!

2019-07-03_0019.jpg

 

 Bring a Battery Powered Fan.

A battery operated fan can sure be a lifesaver on a hot outdoor session!  Not only will a fan provide air circulation and help keep your makeup from running, but it might just create that perfect wind blown shot with your hair dancing in the breeze! 

 

2019-07-03_0020.jpg

How About A Cool Treat?

With senior summer sessions I sometimes love to incorporate ice cream into the session. It provides a quick cool down on a hot day and well… let’s face it.. Who doesn’t like ice cream!

 

2019-07-03_0021.jpg

 Use the Landscape.

When you’re planning an outdoor photography session, it’s a good idea to think about how much the surrounding landscape impacts the temperature.  Wooded areas such as in Humboldt Redwoods State Park can be a cool backdrop for a very hot day.  The top of a hill is always several degrees hotter during the heat of the day, so be sure to save those locations for either very early or very late.    

 

2019-07-03_0022.jpg

 Bring Supplies for Quick Comfort.

There are a lot of simple, inexpensive ways to cool down on a hot summer session. Cold, wet towels are great, especially draping one on the back of your neck during a pause between shots.  Pouring cold water over your wrists also gives your body a quick cool down. 

 

2019-07-03_0023.jpg

Think Like a Boy Scout.

You want to make sure you’ve got all the essentials you’d pack if you were heading to the beach or out on a hike.  Sunscreen and bug spray are a must for an outdoor photography session and it’s a good idea to keep a first aid kit in the car and a little bit of perfume and deodorant, too.

 

2019-07-03_0024.jpg

 

There are so many unique & fun images you can create with a senior summer photo session!  The landscape alone brings excitement and adventure to photo shoots. I highly recommend doing an outdoor photo shoot, the possibilities  are endless for capturing some of the most amazing photographs! Strike while the iron is hot and book your summer senior session today!  

 

 












When should you book your senior portraits?

One of the most asked questions from high school students I get is when should I book my senior portraits?

Well the easy answer to this would be during your senior year of course but it is a little more complicated than that.

Here are the 4 things you should consider when thinking about when to book your senior portraits.

  1. What does your schedule look like? Is there a certain time of year that would be too busy to fit in your senior photos? Also do you need these photos for graduation invitation or for the yearbook and what is the deadline to have those photos in by. Taking into account your schedule and deadlines should be the very first question you ask yourself when thinking about booking your senior photos.

    2. What is your favorite season and is that important to you? Do you want the fall leaves or blossoming flowers in your photos? If a certain season is important to you make sure to take that into account. Also think about what you want to wear and how the seasons will affect that. If you are in love with the thought of wearing neon pink then a fall photo session may not be the right season for you.

3. Do you have a uniform you want to wear? Do you play football, lacrosse, softball or volleyball? If you want to make sure that your uniform is part of your senior portraits make sure to schedule your portraits during that time of year so you will have access to your uniform. Parky’s Pics does offer an update session at a later date that is shorter and a great price if you are wanting your full session a different time of year than your season of sport.

4. When is your photographer busy and available? You should always book your senior portraits at least 2 months ahead of time. Talking with your photographer ahead of time about their availability is always smart. It would be horrible to wait until last minute and decide you want your portraits done on a weekend right in the middle of wedding season.

These are my four tips on what to consider when booking your senior portraits. Do you have any questions for me about senior portraits? Drop them in the comments below,

You may also be interested in this post on what to wear for your senior portraits in the fall https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/whattowearforyourhumboldtcountyfallseniorsession




What to wear for your Humboldt County Senior Session

What to wear for your Humboldt County Senior Session

Stumped on what to wear for your senior session? Read this blog to figure out what your undertones are and what will make you shine in front of the camera!

Senior Sportraits|Parky's Pics Photography|Humboldt County

I LOVE sports! I fell in love with basketball at the age of 12 when I first picked up a ball.  I remember my parents telling me that if I wanted to go to college, I would have to earn a scholarship because they couldn't afford to pay for it.  That lit a fire in me, and I enjoyed learning that the more work I put into the sport, the better I became. From that moment on, you would rarely see me without a basketball in my hand. I would get my homework done at school so that I would have more hours to practice after school. That dedication did eventually earn me a full ride scholarship and later an induction into the hall of fame. I have so many great memories from those years, but no physical images to show for it. 

My one regret?? I had not one really great picture of those memories. I lived and breathed basketball for 10 plus years. It was a part of my soul, and I have zero great images to show for it. It's just a story I tell my kids. I would love to have something tangible to show them. Look at what mommy used to do. 

Does your son or daughter (or you?) love sports? Do you want memorable,  creative, dramatically lit images that can be displayed on a beautiful metal print or canvas, or in an album as a keepsake for years to come? You have worked this hard and come this far, let's give you something to show for it. I would love to help make that happen for you. This last year we captured softball, baseball, tennis football, soccer, rodeo in a barn, car racing on a mountain top, and motorcycling in the Redwoods. Let's create something unique and memorable that will last a lifetime!  I feel my most comfortable on an athletic field, with a camera in my hand. If you want a Senior Sportrait Session for your son or daughter, (or yourself) contact me today. Let's make it happen!