Senior Portraits of Strongsville High School’s Audrey O’Bryon Truly ROCK!

Every now-and-then, I have the privilege of creating senior portraits of a girl who just intuitively knows how to pose and offer just the right expression at the moment the photo is created.

Audrey O'Bryon, our class of 2017 SpokesModel at Strongsville High School, “rocked” her photoshoot with dozens of cool poses, a variety expressions and an amazing array of outfits that truly showcased her personality.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

She displayed classic elegance in a formal dress, with and without her engaging smile.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Oh, and did I mention that Audrey is an avid photographer? She is already taking on commercial photography assignments. Pretty amazing for a high school girl!

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

With her “bubbly” personality, this seemed like a good fit! I couldn't resist doing a little “digital magic” for a few of Audrey's poses.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Audrey was completely at ease in front of the camera. Although I typically direct guys and gals into a variety of poses, (you know, these kids aren't professional models), Audrey enjoyed putting her own “spin” on some of them.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

Once again, Audrey's fun-loving personality just shines in this pose.

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

I just love this pose of Audrey. Her beautiful, brown eyes are almost magnetic!

Senior Pictures of Strongsville High School's Class of 2017 Audrey O'Bryon

My favorite season is Spring. Creating this portrait of Audrey among the blossoms in our outdoor portrait park was amazing. As soon as I snapped this shot, I just had to show her how beautiful she looked on the camera’s LCD screen.

If you would like senior portraits that show your personality and fashion sense, call us to schedule your session ASAP at 440.748.6300. Our calendar is filling fast for the Class of ’18 – especially for the “early birds” who want to experience the unique portrait style at SpectraLight Photography.

Discover more about our senior photography and grab our price guide here.

Low camera angles can add visual interest to portraits


Sometimes, you just gotta “take one for the team” to get an interesting portrait. Click the photo to see it bigger. (Photo of me lying on the ground by Colleen Pishkula)

Over the years, I've found some of the best portraits require climbing a ladder or laying on the floor or ground.

Olmsted Falls High School class of 2015 student, Tori Pishkula, her mom, Colleen, and I set out for a “photo safari” in The Flats near downtown Cleveland this summer to create something a little different for Tori's senior portraits.

When we came across this lift bridge, I fell in love with it's massive structure and metal girders criss-crossing at 90 degree angles. When I viewed Tori and the bridge at Tori's level, the size and “power” of the bridge just wasn't obvious. Laying on the ground and shooting up at Tori with the bridge rising up behind her solved the problem.

Notice that I positioned Tori slightly left of the center of the photo so as not to block the view of the entrance to the bridge. I also posed her close to the camera so she stands out beautifully against the background. Most amateur photographers would typically place the person at the entrance of the bridge where they become lost in the photo.

Do you have any photo-related questions that you would like to have answered? It can be about composition, exposure, Photoshop techniques, cameras… the sky's the limit! I will answer them here and sometimes create a video to give a better visual explanation.

Just post your questions in “Comments” under the title of this post.

How to make your own amazing photo book

Picturesque Olmsted Falls book

Picturesque Olmsted Falls book

Ever since I wrote about publishing my Picturesque Olmsted Falls coffee table book, I've been getting TONS of e-mails asking where I had it printed. Seems like every one wants to have a gorgeous keepsake of their vacations, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries – even the adventures of family pets – including a guinea pig!

After months of online research, checking forums and talking to other photographers; I found a company – – that makes high quality books at a very reasonable price! You can download their FREE book design software from their web site right now and begin designing your masterpiece in minutes.

Prices start at just $4.95 for a 5×8 book. They have several intermediate sizes with the largest books at 12×12 and 13×11. These books are far superior in quality to other company's that are comparably priced.

So what are you waiting for? Download your free software and create your amazing book of memories today! BONUS:  Save 20% with code BLURB20 through August 31, 2011.

What would your book be about? A family vacation? A special holiday? Your son or daughter's wedding? Please leave your comments on this post.

Adrienne Gaggi Senior session was amazing!

Adrienne Gaggi has some modeling training and she obviously learned well. Rarely do I see a high school girl easily show such a wide variety of expressions – and soooooooooo effortlessly.

Adrienne, thanks for a GREAT photo shoot!

Now if I could just find some girls like Adrienne from the class of 2012 to be Facebook models for my studio!

Out with the new, in with the old – Polaroid cameras to replace digital?

Polaroid SX 70 replacement film by "The Impossible Project"

Is it time to simplify your photography and ditch that fancy, new digital camera?

The founders of The Impossible Project, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, think so. Recently they released its first color instant film, PX 70 Color Shade, designed for use in Polaroid SX 70 cameras.

PX 70 Color Shade, the company says, is reminiscent of the original Polaroid Time Zero film and “delivers unique images by rendering astonishing pastel tones with crisp details. “Combined with a highly sensitive overall exposure performance and strong characteristics, it allows achieving breathtakingly charming results,” states the company.

The film can be used not only in SX 70 cameras but also in all 600 series Polaroid cameras, with appropriate adjustment of the exposure settings.

In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for Integral Instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to re-invent and re-produce new instant films for traditional Polaroid Cameras.

So what do you think? Please leave your comments – below.

This free-spirit takes flight

Kara Solomon – SpectraLight Senior Portrait Scholarship Winner

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph Kara Solomon – a North Ridgeville High School senior who is truly a “free-spirit.”

Kara's energy and playfulness made the session “fly” by as seen in one of her portraits here. What made her session extra special is that she is one of our $350.00 senior portrait scholarship winners!

“Receiving the $350 scholarship truly means the world to me. Without it there would have been no way for me to pay for senior pictures,” wrote Kara in a recent note.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity make senior portraits a reality for her.

To see more of Kara's portraits, watch her video on YouTube or Facebook.

Great senior portrait session!


Ashley Butcher, class of 2011 at North Ridgeville High School, had a fantastic photo shoot a few weeks ago. She brought a fun selection of clothes and looked great in everything.

Read what she thought about her photo shoot and see a slide show of her pix at:

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