About Parker

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to do my first official senior photo session. If you live in the midwest, you know how important senior photos are. And if you’re a portrait photographer, you know how busy the season can be. That being said, I was honored when I was approached by Parker’s Mom, Vickie, to do his senior shoot.

They traveled all the way from Carroll, Iowa to Des Moines to hang out with me and take photos. I can’t tell you how awesome that made me feel that they’d drive over 90 minutes to have me as their photographer.

Parker is 17 and entering his last year of high school. He works at a local grocery store in his hometown and loves his job. In his spare time, he likes to game and can also play the tuba. It took him a few minutes to get comfortable in front of the camera. But, once he did, it was more like we were old friends, rather than just meeting for the first time.

Parker’s parents, Vicki and Randy, were a ton of fun! I even enlisted Randy’s help to create a better lighting situation for one of our shots. Long story short, he literally climbed on top of a roof and blocked out a distracting glare with his jacket.

Extra kudos to him for that one!

Gear used

Sony A6500Sony 50mm F/1.8 lens, Flashpoint Zoom Mini Flash


Downtown Des Moines, IA and Gray’s Lake Park

One thing I learned during this shoot

As always, I’m trying to learn something new each and every time I pick up my camera. With this being my first senior shoot, I learned quite a bit here. But, if I have to list one thing, the most important thing I took away is that it’s all about the experience. I’m not talking about how much experience one has with a camera, rather the experience they are providing to their clients. Parker, his family and I had a blast that day – and that’s how I want every single shoot I do to turn out.

Fellow photographers, if you’re not focusing on providing a wonderful experience for your clients, you’re doing both them and yourself a disservice. It’s all about that customer service, my friends.

Some of my faves from our session