Doing a senior or elderly shoot session can be so much fun in several ways. They are so experienced and filled with wisdom you would be shocked as to what you can learn by doing your first session with seniors. Not to mention the shots you get and to be so amazingly dramatic and breathtaking you can’t help but stare at them. However, be sure to never use the word “old” or “elder” too often, because you have some who might just get offended by that and still consider themselves pretty young and youthful. In this article, we will be talking just a bit about the gear that could come in handy when doing senior sessions. If you don’t have some of this gear they can easily be found on Amazon and most definitely won’t put a dent in your pocket, depending on the brand you choose.
This step should be pretty easy for you as there are only so many great portrait lenses to choose from. The lens that should be at the top of your list is, of course, the nifty fifty. There are a few third party and camera manufactured lens on the market for you to choose from. If you’re on a budget there are definitely some options for you and if not then the world is your oyster. Personally, I prefer the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L USM lens as it has a very low aperture which helps to produce that nice blurred out of focus background and still keeping an edge to edge sharpness at the same time. It is of course on the pricier side but makes no mistake, it performs very well for the price tag attached. Another lens that you could consider using is the Canon 85mm f/1.2L USM lens. It produces crazy isolation on the subject and gives you an amazing background blur like you’ve never seen before. When it comes to capturing seniors, you want to create that dreamy looking background, as it blends so well with the essence of wisdom.
Photographing kids and teens are always fun but it’s really a great opportunity when you get the chance to photograph someone with wisdom in their eyes and experience in their skin. You find yourself gaining useful knowledge that can be easily applied to your daily life. I hope this article has helped to make the senior session that much easier for both you and your subject. I look forward to sharing more tips with you in the future but until next time, all the best!
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