All About Seniors

I have thoroughly enjoyed all the high school senior sessions I’ve done this year. I love photographing seniors. I love this age; it is an exciting time in their lives. I remember my graduation being one of the best days of my life up to that point. I was tired of all the “clicks”, the high school drama, and was ready to experience what college life had to offer. These young adults are taking a critical turn in their lives. They will now begin to live on their own and have the opportunity to study what they actually choose to study. They start blazing a new path in their lives. I also have the opportunity to teach this age group in Sunday School every week. I like the intellectual level they are at. We can actually have mature discussions and I can get mature answers from them. They are getting a better understanding of who they really are and what they are made up of…and it is just the beginning for them. It is such an exciting time!

Seniors pictures are not quite what they were 15 years ago when I was graduating. Photography itself isn’t quite what it use to be with the new digital age. While I still appreciate film and what it has to offer, I admit that I completely embrace the digital side of photography. It was because of the endless possibilities of digital photography that my passion and knowledge for the art could grow like wild fire! High school senior sessions now offer so much more variety than ever before.

So parents, yes, I think this is one of the times in your child’s life that you can splurge on them. I think if you are going to invest any money in a photo session for them this is the time. This is the last time they will take pictures for themselves, and this is such a big turning point in their lives. Even though my senior pictures were different 15 years ago than they are today, I remember them being important to me and they still are. It was nice to have a session all about me and to capture myself at that moment in my life. That is what I love about these senior sessions….they are all about THEM and they LOVE it. After this time in their lives, the next major milestone for pictures will be marriage, followed by baby pictures their own family pictures. This is a unique time in their lives and it is fun to have it captured in a unique way.

So this post is a tribute to the 2009 seniors I’ve had the opportunity to work with this year. I’ve enjoyed each and everyone of them and all they’ve brought to each session (guitar playing, break dancing, vibrant personalities, beautiful faces, etc.) Here are a few shots and storyboards of many of them.

This next one includes a poem written by the girl.


  1. Kiana Griffin said . . .

    These are amazing. I bet the seniors (and their families) were thrilled. I especially love your Ryan series with the red boxes. That is so creative and fun!

    Posted November 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  2. J.Fields said . . .

    Thank you Kiana. I love that you comment on my blog. I loved the Ryan series too with the red boxes. He did a great job coming up with different poses. I had that series in mind when I did the shoot and I thought it came out a success.

    Posted November 12, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  3. kristi said . . .

    OK, so I want to buy all of these photos….and I don’t know any of these kids!!! Wow, you are talented beyond words, and how incredibly lucky they are to have you as their photographer. Can I be a senior again, pretty please!!!???? You’d just have to photoshop me a little more than the average ( ha! ALOT!!)

    Posted November 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  4. Kamee said . . .

    JEN! These are fantastic! WOW! This is my prayer…
    Dear God, Make me just like Jen. Amen!!! You are so so so good!! We do need to catch up! How are things?

    Posted December 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  5. Julie said . . .

    I’ve been blog-hopping today and came across yours. I love your work–it’s awesome. I moved to a new area this year and I’m hoping to jump into the High School Senior market in my neighborhood. If you feel like sharing any tips, I’d love to hear them! Terrific post.

    Posted January 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  6. Holly Christian said . . .

    I love your senior work and everything else… :)

    Posted February 14, 2009 at 6:27 am | Permalink
  7. gina said . . .

    your storyboard idea is awesome. i love reading the quotes and poems, what a great idea. i’m bummed that i didn’t meet you in utah, now.

    Posted May 25, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  8. charlote wilson said . . .

    I am so inspired by your beautiful portraits! I have a lot of catching up to do!LOL

    Posted May 26, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

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