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Senior Inspiration – {Michelle Cuppy Photography}

Senior sessions are especially special when the senior has overcome something tramatic and the photographer gets to celebrate the senior’s life!  In this session below, photographer Michelle of Michelle Cuppy Photography captures a senior who is happy to be alive!

“A couple of years ago Emily almost died when she went into cardiac arrest while playing soccer,” said Michelle.  “It was a very inspirational shoot and Emily is an incredible person.  I really want to share this special lady with others!”

Check out this beautiful session below and read what else Michelle had to say about it.  Thank you so much for sharing this session with us Michelle!




emily1emily6What was your inspiration for this photo shoot?
Fall in our area of Michigan is a really special time.  We have a lot of apple orchards here in Michigan as well as corn and many of the orchards take advantage of the corn before it’s cut and turn them into corn mazes.  My inspiration was to incorporate all of the beauty of fall and the unique features of our area.

Where did this photo shoot take place?
The photo shoot took place at Robinette’s Apple Orchard in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Did you collaborate with this senior to come up with the clothing and/or concept for this shoot?
I worked with the senior to make wardrobe choices but the concept for the shoot was mine.

What camera, lens or other equipment was used for this shoot?
I used the Canon 5D Mark iii as well as three lenses: 85mm 1.2 , 50mm 1.2 and 24-70mm 2.8

emily2emily3What time of day were these taken?
5:00-7:00 pm

Can you share any post-processing techniques used when editing this session?
I am very intentional when I am taking photos so there is very little post processing other than tweaks here and there.  I ran a VSCO lightroom film edit on all the photos as well as a minimal portraiture filter.  In addition I removed any red

What is your favorite thing about this session?
It was my client.  She is so full of life and has the most amazing smile.  She was very easy to work with and after her initial nervousness wore off she was a natural!

What do you want this session to convey about this senior and about your senior photography style?
I want this session to convey the confidence that this senior has. She is hilarious and laughed throughout the entire session.  I wanted to capture that part of her personality.  My personal style is dreamy/moody and although I do some high-key photos most of my photos are low key and convey a mood.

What is one tip you can share with other photographers regarding photographing seniors?
Take 5 minutes at the beginning of the session to do some warm up exercises and let them know you won’t be using any of the pictures you take at the beginning.  It takes the pressure off and before they they know it they are having so much fun they forget they were ever nervous!