Russell and I bought our dream home in 2003. Located in Plainville, Connecticut, it is one of a handful of properties with close to two acres of land. We wanted a place where we could just go out our door and start taking pictures. This certainly qualified, though it needed some work to get it in shape. Most obvious to us, at least everytime it rained, was the need to pave the driveway. Our beautiful 19th century home came with a dirt driveway, and rain would literally turn it into a moat. I would look out my upstairs window and feel like a princess in a castle surrounded by water! Charming for sure, but not great for having clients over as we would have to warn them to wear mud shoes!
After some paving and other work, including creative set designs by my soulmate and business partner Russell, we were ready to do the outdoor portraits we wanted to create for our clients. Please join us for a pictorial essay of some of our favorite outdoor locations for senior photographs!
We have often been told by seniors that they love our natural settings. Each of these photos were taken in a different area of our yard (from left to right): Upper back yard, front yard (doesn't the landscape in back of Tiffany look like a painting?), and our lower back yard. Each area has it's own color palette and background.
Don't you just love a good tree to lean on? We think they make great props for portraits!
Stone walls add great depth and texture to our senior portraits.
Russell built this natural wood deck against a picturesque backdrop of color and trees.
Our barn provides a rustic setting popular with seniors. Although Russell didn't build it from scratch, he did spend many hours fixing it up.
Our swing shots are some of our most popular.
We also delight in photographing our seniors in fields of lush green and golden colors right across the street or next door to our studio location.
For seniors looking for something more unique, you don't have to travel too far. Less than a mile from our studio you can find all sorts of neat props and backgrounds including this graffiti wall and old rail road track.
To schedule your senior portrait session with Steadman Photography, call us today at (860) 793-1159. For more details on our services, visit our website at www.steadmanphotography.com.
The winner in our contest for the 11x14 metal print is . . . (drum roll please) . . .
We photographed both Jake and his girlfriend Jenna for their senior portraits on the same date in July. This turned out to be a really neat idea since we were also able to do a "couples session". What an adorable couple they were too! Jake and Jenna started dating in their sophomore year and their relationship continues to grow. According to Jake's mom, they do everything together and each one thinks of the other first. So it was only natural that Jake would choose this image of the two of them as his pick for the metal print. I can't wait to see how it comes out, and will be sure to let you all know! I especially love how relaxed and comfortable Jake and Jenna look in this photo which speaks volumes about their commitment to one another. The tall grass and natural setting also compliment the calm and peaceful feeling conveyed by this photo, and their relationship with each other.
Here are some more portraits we took of Jake and Jenna,
And of Jake alone . . .
Jake is a volunteer for the Farmington Fire Department, and is planning to study criminal justice upon graduating from Plainville High School this year.
If you are thinking of hiring a photographer to take your senior portraits, please take a look at THIS POST on getting the most from your senior portrait session.
Steadman Photography offers free buddy shots only available during your high school senior photography session, so consider scheduling your session to inclue your best friend, significant other, pet or family members.
Plainville High School seniors celebrate in style at a rock'n graduation party at the local Wheeler YMCA. Who says you need alcohol to have fun? These teens proved you can have a good clean fun time at Gameland, this year's theme for the graduation party! Best wishes to all 2014 graduates. CONGRATULATIONS!Parents and teachers spent months planning the party which included an obstacle course, rock climbing, surfing, a casino, pick up basket ball, portrait drawings, dancing and tatoos not to mention all the great food donated by local restaurants.
Below are some highlights from the 2014 graduation party. More photos will be posted to our Facebook page, so check there soon!
Don't forget to check our Facebook page for more photos from Plainville High School graduation night! If you have any comments, leave 'em below -- we'd love to hear from you.
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Plainville High School senior Danielle came to us for her senior portraits on one of those gorgeous fall New England days we had in October. The days have been so beautiful this year that I wish we had a senior for every one of them! Just love the colors of autumn.
Scenery like this is what Connecticut is known for, and makes the perfect backdrop for senior portraits. Of course it doesn't hurt that our model is so pretty! Thanks Danielle for choosing Steadman Photography to photograph your senior portraits.
Danielle also brought sister Nicole and mom Dawn for a couple of buddy shots. We did Nicole's senior photos just a few years ago.
The outdoor photos reigned this time around, but we did love this great studio shot of Danielle.
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Photographing high school seniors at our Plainville studio location gives us such pleasure partly because we feel so blessed to have such beautiful property with so many posing options -- it's sort of like living in a park! But we also find it a joy to work with the seniors and their parents who choose us to photograph this special time in their life. Kelsey plays basketball at Plainville High, and plans to graduate next June. Here are some of our favorite photos from her session.
This is a classic pose of a beautiful girl!
Here is something a little more funky. We think Kelsey totally rocks this shot!
Another fun shot -- this time against the weathered board behind our barn.
Russell built this deck specifically for our senior sessions. It's a new addition to our yard for 2013.
Another pose on the deck. Love those bracelets, Kelsey!
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