When I was deciding where to base my studio, one of the biggest reasons I chose downtown Naperville was because Naperville has five public high schools. Not even mentioning all the high schools in the surrounding suburbs! It is truly my pleasure to get to photograph so many Naperville seniors. This young man was a football player for Naperville Central High School. I loved taking him somewhere totally different. If your senior is looking for something rugged and definitely masculine, this spot is perfect. As a photographer, I can’t get over the gorgeous dilapidation of this junk yard and am thrilled that we had permission to shoot there.
But first let me show one of his athlete pictures. I love being able to give seniors something awesome like this.
Now back to this awesome junk yard. We were both covered in dust in just minutes of being there, but well worth it! I think this is my favorite image from this session.
Look at this amazing brickwork at this place! The broken out windows just added to the feel. I could shoot there all day. Can you see that thick layer of dust on everything? His butt was just coated after this shot, poor guy. LOL
Then we went a block away to this awesome graffiti mural. I love the blue against his black shirt. I wish I knew of more graffiti walls (that are safe to shoot at)!
Then it was time for an outfit and location change to something more clean cut and less edgy – downtown Naperville. Also time for some smiles. That blue was a great color for him.
There was some beautiful lighting on the covered bridge that I couldn’t resist. While I always bring lighting to my sessions, sometimes natural light can be equally as dramatic like here.