These photographers are raising the bar with stunning senior year photos | TODAY

These photographers are raising the bar with stunning senior year photos | TODAY


>>>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT THE PROCESS OF TAKING MY SENIOR YEAR HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO CONSISTED OF A BLUE BLAZER, BORROWING ONE OF DAD’S TIES AND A FAKE BACKDROP WITH AWKWARD LOOK ON MY FACE. SENIOR PICTURES HAVE REACHED ANOTHER LEVEL. JOE FRYER HAS OUR SUNDAY CLOSER. *>>Reporter: AS FAR AS HIGH SCHOOL TRADITIONS GO, THE SENIOR PHOTO WAS AN INSTITUTION, ONE TYPICALLY CONFINED TO BEDS OF DAISIES AND BRICK WALLS. BUT FOR IOWA PHOTOGRAPHER BEN SHIRK, THESE SETTINGS ARE A PRETTY PRELUDE TO THE REAL FIREWORKS. THESE DAYS, PORTRAITS ARE GOING TO EXTREMES.>>I GOT TO BLOW MY CLASSMATES OUT OF THE WATER WITH PICTURES NOW.>>Reporter: CUE THE TRAMPOLINE, MANY OF HIS AVANT GARDE IDEAS.>>WE CREATE ACTION SHOTS, MOVEMENT, FUN THINGS THAT LOOK MORE LIKE A NIKE, UNDER ARMOUR AD. LIKE A MOVIE, YOU CAN PLACE THEM HOW YOU WANT.>>SPECIAL EFFECTS I CAN DO WITH SENIORS.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE INSTAGRAM GENERATION, SO THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED TO CREATE MEMORABLE, PERSONALIZED MOMENTS.>>YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO GO TO A GOOD PERSON TO GET GOOD PICTURES, GET A LOT OF LIKES.>>HE EVEN INSTALLED AN INDOOR WATERFALL, PRODUCING IMAGES DRIPPING WITH DRAMA. WHY HE ATTRACTS STUDENT ATHLETES FROM AS FAR AWAY AS ALABAMA. MOST OF THE NORTH AND MINNESOTA, PHOTOGRAPHER MEGAN CATERS TO AN ARTISTIC CROWD. ON THIS DAY, PUT ON-GOING A “VANITY FAIR” STYLE SHOOT, WITH HAIRSTYLISTS, MAKEUP ARTISTS, AND RENTED DRESSES. LAST YEAR, THE THEME WAS VICTORIAN. THEY’RE BURSTING WITH CREATIVITY.>>WHERE THEIR TALENTS LIE, FINDING A WAY TO SHOW THEIR AUTHENTIC SELF TO THE WORLD IN A WAY THEY HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO DO BEFORE.>>Reporter: A FAR CRY FROM PORTRAITS OF THE PAST. ASK WILLIE, DYLAN, OR ME.>>THESE ARE MY SENIOR PHOTOS.>>THEY’RE SIMPLE.>>I REVEALED MINE TO A COUPLE OF TEENS.>>LOOK LIKE THE COLOR VERSION OF THE ONES MY GRANDMA DID.>>Reporter: TO THE TENNIS RACKET.>>THE WAY YOU’RE HOLDING IT IS FUNNY.>>Reporter: I WASN’T ALONE.>>I HAD A BOUQUET OF ROSES, PUT A FLUTE ON TOP OF IT, HOLDING IT LIKE A BABY.>>Reporter: TIMES HAVE CHANGED. FAMILIES ARE NOW WILLING TO PAY 2 TO $3,000 AND SOMETIMES MORE FOR A STANDOUT COLLECTION.>>IT IS REALLY MY JOB TO LET THEM KNOW THAT DESPITE THE STANDARDS THEY SEE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE GORGEOUS.>>Reporter: WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR YOU TO SEE THEIR REACTION WHEN THEY SEE THE PHOTOS?>>SUPER EXCITING. I LOVEMAKI MAKING MOMS CRY.>>Reporter: BACK IN IOWA, SHIRK IS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FOR SOFTBALL PLAYERS, ONE MORE WAY THEY SHATTER THE IMAGE OF THE SENIOR PORTRAIT. FOR “SUNDAY TODAY,” JOE FRYER,

Dereck Turner

3 thoughts on “These photographers are raising the bar with stunning senior year photos | TODAY

  1. NFOPlanet says:

    Show the authentic with a fake background and context, yea right, lol, but nice pictures though.

  2. Molon Labe! says:

    Lots of photoshop creation…

  3. G. Sotelo says:

    Sooooooo photoshop..

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