Ferne February 20, 2013blogjeff Ok, can we talk about senior portraits for a moment? Ferne is a senior at BUHS, and Les and I had the chance to work with her on her senior portraits this fall. This series was done in our studio using only natural light. Using outbuildings for backdrops is alongstanding Vermont tradition! This is not a fake backdrop—it’s the road in front of our house. Don’t you love Vermont? Ferne pretending to be warm and doing a dang good job.In the upper meadow’s late afternoon light. We ask Seniors to bring a pile of clothes so they can get a variety of images.For one of the last shots of the afternoon, Ferne busts out a sweater. On the trapeze at New England Circus Arts. Trapeze work is one of Ferne’s loves, so Les and I arranged to do a portrait session at NECA. The portable studio lights and 10-foot stepladderwere key for this session! Ferne has been so fun to work with that we’ve asked her to model for a couple of hours a week as Les and I experiment with more dramatic lighting patterns. I love the quality of the diffused light that just feathers Ferne’s face. Les shoots with a digital pinhole camera. Crazy beautiful. We ended our last portrait session with this image of Leslie’s.She loved it so much, she couldn’t go on. We’ll use this shot for Ferne’s first appearance on SNL.Ferne, thanks for being so fun and so yourself!