Not like my sister’s! This was the first thing Emily had to say when asked what she wanted to do for her senior pictures. Graduating just one year after Molly, Emily is certainly her own person and a field of sunflowers just wasn’t on her list.
A talented artist, actress and lover of Broadway, Emily wanted something a little more edgy. I offered up a few locations I thought would get her the look she wanted and we settled on Midtown, Harrisburg. With the recent boom of murals in the neighborhood, we thought this would be a great way to underscore Emily’s artistic talents. She picked a solid black jumpsuit which worked out really well with both of the murals we selected.
Next we started looking down alleyways for something to pull off a more dark and moody vibe. We soon came across a great location lined with brick walls and featuring a swinging metal gate. The high walls blocked the direct sun so that the light was streaming in from the front of the alley giving me the light control I wanted.
Next up, was a spot that I’d been drooling over for the last year. So every time I passed under this bridge leaving the city, I would think what awesome photos could be created here. The rusty support columns had so much character and the graffitied walls and dark interior gave you the impression that you weren’t in the safest part of town.
We got some shots at our bridge in Emily’s dressier outfit and then it was time for a change in my super cool pop-up dressing room. For her casual outfit, Emily chose torn Mom Jeans and a concert TShirt.
Before going back to the bridge there were some cool opportunities surrounding the place we had parked. An old railroad bridge ran through the area and its concrete supports were overgrown with vines. Another section of our lot faced Cameron Street where an old factory was visible in the distance beyond some gnarly underbrush and a cool section of chain-link fence topped by barbed wire.
We headed back to the underpass as the sun was dipping lower. Emily loved the shadows that were quickly developing in the tunnel. I loved the warmth of the setting sun. We all knew we needed to get our shots and get back to the car before well before dark! It added a touch of excitement and some nervous laughter as we finished up our session feeling very successful!
I think it’s awesome when my seniors come with ideas to make their session their own. Embracing both the art and the grit of our little city with Emily was something I really enjoyed!