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May 18, 2021

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Lauren: Senior 2008
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Lauren and her mom, Liz, met with me this past week down at the City Market for a fantastic day of shooting! These two ladies, well, I just gotta say this…they rock! Lauren’s energy was bursting and she was smiling and laughing from the word go. She is an energetic and spunky cheerleader. She has a great sense of laid back style and a fun laugh…I had a lot of fun and I hope they did, too. We got some fun shots here and there that may need some explaining, but please tell me what you think of the photos.

For all you photographer’s out there, I added a 24mm f/2.8 to my arsenal. Snagged it off ebay. I also shot this whole session in manual mode (for all my years shooting, I have used Aperture priority unless I am shooting in the studio). It was a total learning experience for me. As long as I remember to check my settings in each new spot, I do okay…I also noticed I was able consistently process the photos that much faster using my Lightroom presets. Yeah!

Without further ado….here’s the pics. Lauren, I hope you dig them as much as I do.



A little bit of 5’2″ fun with a Minsky’s menu inside the restaurant …Ha! 



Look who’s behind door number one!


Cheerleader getting a bit of air! I love this little 24mm lens. Way cool for shots like these. 



Man, you can’t hide from all the tourists around these days! :-)


The tears in her eyes are from the bright, bright sky…not from seeing my ugly mug. Be nice to me, people! 😀


Wow. The slightly overcast day made for amazing lighting…It looks like it is studio light, but it is all real. Photographers! Go find the light and make it work for you!


Gotta love the reflections.




Stop laughing at your mom, Lauren! Goodness, where’s the respect?!  Ha!


Kiss and make up. 


Aaaaaaagggh! Too much fun!


Tell me what you think, folks! I really want to hear from you.

Seriously. Tell me already. :-)

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  1. M Stites

    These are waaaaay cool! You really captured her gorgeous eyes. Isn’t shooting full manual fun! I wouldn’t shoot any other way :)

  2. Luke

    ummm…what do you say to something that is so perfect? LoL Seriously, these are awesome! You never cease to amaze and inspire photographers like myself to simply capture our subjects with great clarity, color and most importantly emotion! Thnx Dustin!

  3. Jamie Delaine

    5 and 6 are spot on. :)

  4. Jim

    WOW! The color and personality of each shot is just spot on! No doubt they would be happy with what was captured here! Keep up the good work.

  5. Kate Mefford

    LOVE them. SCORE! These are all amazing, seriously. What a beautiful girl and beautiful photography!

  6. Kami Brady

    LOVE these, Dustin! You have such an amazing eye — and your design background clearly shines through. Great work!

  7. Dennis

    These fantastic and it looks like you guys had a great time!

  8. Lauren's Mom

    Dustin, you are so creative. We had a GREAT time!!! Beautiful pictures!!!

  9. Roxie

    These are absolutely amazing and your model is beautiful!!

  10. Rachel Gardner

    These are so cool. I don’t think I could pick a favorite. Good job as always.

  11. Bruce L. Snell


    Really nice set. That 24mm is a super focal length, it’ll serve you well. You’ve got a great eye and your use of light is well done.


  12. Ryan

    Great stuff!! was there much post processing besides lightroom? it all looks great! by the way are you trying out LR 2.0 beta?

  13. Sandy Farrar

    Fantastic, totally awesome photos Dustin!!!!! You’ve done it again.
    Of course you always have these beautiful girls, can’t always blame those GREAT photos on your camera(teehee). I have a handsome senior guy I’d like you to do a session with. I’ll be in touch. You rock Big D! Well done!

  14. Janet Stephens

    first chance I have had to ‘blog stalk’ you in awhile–and, of course, find myself blown away by your work once again! Thanks for the inspiration! (new presets, huh? where’s my checkbook…hmmmmmm)

  15. neal

    Great Job! #160 is perfect!

  16. Amy Hoskins

    wow…UH-MAZING shots! What a pretty girl!!! I guess thats why your the camera king! :)


  17. Steph

    Love your images !!!!! So pretty and your style is great !!!

  18. Caycee

    Dustin these are incredible! It didn’t hurt that she is out-of-this-world gorgeous, there is no way she couldn’t love every single image! It’s getting me excited for the big day! (P.S. Why did everyone get a picture with you in it except us?!?!)

  19. KellyT

    What a beautiful young lady! As usual, this session is just fantastic, Dustin. You always do such a great job with your senior portraits! It’s obvious you connect with your clients, and the results are just amazing. :)

  20. Mark

    What a great set of images!

  21. Jason Domingues

    6, 7, 10, 11, Gotta to be my all time favorite session from you!

  22. Laura H.

    LOVE these! What beautiful eyes she has! And what a wonderful eye YOU have!

  23. Lisa Fitts

    Looks like a fun shoot great work Dustin I love the colors

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  25. Robert Nellums

    This is my favorite shoot of yours so far! Amazing composition and color. I have become a fan of yours.

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