Kimmy’s Senior Portraits



BRENT PENNINGTON Kimmy Pretko's senior portrait shoot, held at her home in Dallas, PA, and the nearby Lands at Hillside Farm on the afternoon of 24 October 2015.

A flashback to autumn, when it was still warm before the snow began flying.  I met up with Kimmy down in the Back Mountain for a senior portrait session, where she simply rocked the camera like a pro!

We began with a couple of setups around her home – she wanted all outdoor shots – including some great shots of her sitting in a rope swing under a maple tree.

BRENT PENNINGTON Kimmy Pretko's senior portrait shoot, held at her home in Dallas, PA, and the nearby Lands at Hillside Farm on the afternoon of 24 October 2015.

There are moments like this where a photographer couldn’t ask for more – and a full Hollywood design team couldn’t create a better setup.  A maple tree aflame with fall color, the lawn behind thick with leaves, an overcast day with perfect, soft light – it doesn’t get any better than this!  (Although we did have to run and stop Kimmy’s dad from using the lawnmower to clean up the leaves until we’d finished our shoot!)

BRENT PENNINGTON Kimmy Pretko's senior portrait shoot, held at her home in Dallas, PA, and the nearby Lands at Hillside Farm on the afternoon of 24 October 2015.

From there, we make a short drive down to The Lands at Hillside Farms and took advantage of the beautiful grounds there for a few more setups.  We stopped in the barn and grabbed the hay bale shot above, then worked our way along the creek and finally ended up inside the greenhouse for a few last, bright portraits.

BRENT PENNINGTON Kimmy Pretko's senior portrait shoot, held at her home in Dallas, PA, and the nearby Lands at Hillside Farm on the afternoon of 24 October 2015.

BRENT PENNINGTON Kimmy Pretko's senior portrait shoot, held at her home in Dallas, PA, and the nearby Lands at Hillside Farm on the afternoon of 24 October 2015.

There are folks who step in front of the camera and need a lot of coaching to feel – and look – comfortable for portraits.  And that’s fine, it’s part of the job and I’m always more than happy to help them get just the right pose, just the right expression.  It’s a fun challenge for both of us to overcome.  But then there are others like Kimmy, who step in front of the camera like the own it, and I spend the whole session yelling, “Don’t move, that’s perfect!”  They make my job easy.

Here’s to you, Kimmy – may your senior year be great!

Lauren – Senior Session



Going back to a little before Christmas, here for the final shoot in Lauren’s senior package. We swapped things up and moved into the studio for this set – it was getting too cold for outdoor shooting anyway, and we wanted that classic white background for the final few looks we had in mind.

Lauren rocked each outfit she brought and I couldn’t imagine things getting any better, but then she finished the set in her black gown, which was nothing short of stunning. I always like ending on a strong note, and it doesn’t get any better than this!

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Lauren – Senior Session



Senior session for Lauren Boyle at the Boyle Ranch on the morning of 06 November 2011.The day after finishing Kristen’s senior session, I was able to shoot part two with Lauren.  Time was tight and we ended up having a few last shots to finish up at a later date, but what we were able to accomplish was just excellent!  Lauren hammed it up for the camera as usual and really rocked the country vibe – since we were shooting on her grandparent’s ranch, it was easy to pull it all together and come away with some great stuff.

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Kristen – Senior Session



Senior session for Kristen Boyle at her home in Dallas, PA, on the afternoon of 05 November 2011.Got together with Kristen a couple of weeks back and finished up her senior sessions.  Another great shoot, great weather, and of course a great gal to work with!  Check out a couple more shots after the break.

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Kristen – Senior Session



Kristen is an artist and an equestrian, the quiet one in the family who every now and then cuts loose with a real zinger.  When she asked about senior portraits, I was psyched, and immediately thought of having her a field in her prom dress near sunset.  It’s the perfect look for her, and she rocked it for the camera.

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Lauren – Senior Session



High school senior Lauren on the shore of Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park on the evening of 24 August 2011.

Lauren, who worked with me on some cheerleading photos on a very cold and windy day last spring, is back in front of the camera, this time for her senior portraits! This is part one of a two for Lauren, and we started by hitting up one of the nearby parks for some shots near the waterfalls, before moving up to the lakeside to finish.

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