Being a photographer in South Mississippi can be tough, especially in the summer. You never know when a portrait session may be either forced inside or cut short because of rain.
That was exactly the problem I faced when taking Kimari's senior portraits. Kimari is an incoming senior at Forrest County Agricultural High School. I have known his parents for years, and I was honored when they picked me to create his senior portraits.
We started with some indoor photos
I particularly love this black and white photo. Because of the threat of rain for Hattiesburg on this day, we started taking some photos inside. Here, I had Kimari against a window, using sunlight (it wasn't raining yet) as a backlight. In this particular location, the light colored bricks and the part of the window in shade complement the dark and light side of Kimari's face.
I was planning to move around a good bit, so I didn't have any backdrops with me. Fortunately, if you know how, you can always make a solid backdrop, even indoors, like I did in this next photo.
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
The rain was holding off, so we decided to get some outdoor portraits.
As we walked to the first location I had planned, I kept my eyes open for anything I thought would also be a good spot for taking photos. Nothing like some spontaneity and serendipity!
We passed a brick wall that I thought would be a good location. The only problem was it was in the shade of a tree. This is usually a good thing, but this was some dappled shade--sunlight was peeking through between the tree's leaves and creating some bright spots. These moved with the breeze, so I tried to time the shutter so none of the sunny spots were on Kimari. No such luck.
Fortunately, I had my "assistant" <cough>Kimari's dad<cough> hold a shoot through umbrella to act as a scrim. (A scrim in photography is a piece of fabric meant to diffuse bright light). This isn't the umbrella's purpose, but sometimes you just have to Macgyver it!
We made a few more photos, but eventually, the rain came, and we had to cut our portrait session short before it became a "pourtrait session." (Get it? Rain--pour--pourtrait?)