Preston was my first senior after the new year, and my thousandth (that’s an exaggeration, but I’m too lazy to count) class of 2017 Fort Payne wildcat! Since January doesn’t afford us much pretty scenery outdoors, I like shooting more urban sessions at that time of year. For Preston’s shoot, we started in downtown Fort Payne at some of my go-to locations. The Coal and Iron building has recently been renovated, and I love that little corner of the block, especially for more masculine portraits.
We did manage to find a little bit of greenery at one of the nearby parks, and we used that spot to add some color to Preston’s image. I love that he brought along a hat so he could really inject some of his own style into his portraits! Guys aren’t always thrilled to have their picture made, so it’s great when they can have a part in choosing their wardrobe and picking thing that they’re comfortable in.
We ended Preston’s session at the Fort Payne wildcats football stadium, which you’ve seen before on the blog many times. This was also the spot where I took Will‘s football portraits back in the fall. In my opinion, jeans and a jersey are definitely the way to go when you want some casual sports portraits. I’m also a big fan of shooting them either where they’re played, or in a really nice open location where there isn’t much to distract from the focal point. For any of my senior guys that play sports, I think this is usually their favorite part of the session. Preston was definitely in his element being at the stadium with his football gear. Looking back at these images now, I think they’re some of my favorites too!