By Isa Rose; Authored: 11-10-21; Photographed: 5-9-2021


Playing with a combination of props can create a great deal of variety when delivering the final gallery.

I like to think of a photoshoot with me as an experience. each time I meet with a client, I bring an energy and commitment to the moment that creates a feeling of excitement.

Lisa and I met through Thumbtack, one of my online marketing tools. Graduation season was upon us and the leads were flooding in. Mainly for Harvard, but one shiny lead for Yale appeared on my message board and she picked me!

Lisa was incredible. Plain and simple. Smart, well-spoken, thoughtful, all the things you hope in another woman. It made my job EASY.

I am so thrilled to share some of these shots with the world. I hope I can relay some details about the experience that might prove worthwhile to the novice photographer embarking on a photo journey of Yale or wherever the wind takes you on the path.

I recall seeing this pathway inside the Yale campus. It was a pretty empty day, early May of 2021. We were lucky these "streets" weren't littered with people I'd have to eventually "spot" out of the picture. Lightroom has some super simple ways to go about doing so!

As we scoped out the campus for spots, I was on the lookout for compositional value, generally looking for obvious lines.

Pathways (empty one's especially) are perfect for creating the line and drawing the eye to where you want their attention to be.

Once lining up my, I encouraged Lisa to use the path as a runway, "Top Model style." Sometime, I will go as far as to show the client the dramatics in which I want them to move. It helps to add humor!

This is another solid example of strong lines! Some would say, the building is doing the work. It draws the eye to Lisa.

​What was especially fun about this shot, was timing the cap just right within the empty space of the sky.

​Trust me when I say, get low, line yourself up where you want the cap to be in the photograph, set your Canon to "high speed. continuous" and ask your client to look somewhere (whether the camera or up towards to sky).

​That can change each attempt, but keep in mind what their face is doing. It can often times be pretty candidly great, but a little direction here can be useful. Ease the moment with direction and of course...humor never hurt anyone.

At the end of the day, creating a wide variety for my clients is what counts for me. This includes changing poses, locations, and props quickly and efficiently. Taking things out and adding things in, when it comes to a graduation shoot, the props are pretty clear. It's getting creative with other style shoots that's something I hope to expand upon as well. Really excited to share a senior shoot I recently did in Coastal Mass where the student brought props. It was perfect.


If there's anything I've learned about and through out the game of photography it's the magic of including motion into the photoshoot. Rather than asking a person to freeze their body in an unfamiliar position, ask them to move in a familiar way more ecstatic than they ever have before!

For example, "Put on that graduation cap, like you gave your blood, sweat, and tears for it." That always gets a laugh.

The photo on the left, I asked Lisa to zip up her graduation gown very slowly. If I need another chance to capture the shot, I'll ask her to do it like that three more times and give her facial expression some direction.

Most importantly and this is a very simple and obvious comment (I am well aware!) HAVE FUN! When you have fun the client has fun and vice versa. You can't get it wrong when you're genuinely in it for the experience.

Reach out all the usual ways with questions and comments!


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