Frank Hardy Photography

Pensacola CHS Seniors 2015 …

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Two weeks ago, I spent the week over at CHS photographing the 2015 seniors.  I have never done this in the past, but this year I thought that I would take a few photos of the set-up and then show several finished images.  The ones with the camera were made with my iPhone and they are not that bad …mainly to give you an idea of the little studio that I have in one of the class rooms.  The girls I photograph in a drape and the guys wear a coat and tie for their yearbook photo.  The first girl is wearing the drape and the second girl is wearing a casual outfit.  I did this just to show something different and I just wanted to let people know that there are other options that I can do and besides,  the images with the iPhone were turning out better than I thought that they would.  So here we go ….

IMG_0963 Pelham  1 _ RTP_ 4x4 _ SFW

Next, is an image that has been retouched, cropped, color corrected, etc, etc …


IMG_1032  Pelham _ Ret _ SFW

Obviously, that is a different pose than what is showing on the back of the camera, but I think that you get the idea of what was being done.  Next, the iPhone was working better once one of the girls helping me showed me how to focus on one area and take the image with another button on the iPhone besides the button on the screen.  Thanks for that Jodee,  I never knew that it could be done with another button on the phone … I guess that just goes to show that you can always learn something new.  The next girl had on a cute outfit and this iPhone photography was working out better than I thought it would, so I got her to model for us so I could just show some variety.  Here we go …


IMG_0971  Shimeck Casual 1 _ RTP _ SFW

A little different cropping …


IMG_0971  Shimeck Casual 1 _ RTP _ 4x4 _SFW

Now, the first will be what I call ” out of camera ” and then the next will be one that I have retouched and corrected …


IMG_1423  Rachael 2_Crop Only _ SFW

Now retouched …


IMG_1423  Rachael 2_Ret_RTP _SFW

One more different pose and retouched …


IMG_1429 Rachael  Shimeck_ Casual Ret_RTP 4x6 _SFW

Thanks to the models … they were several of the seniors that helped me the week that I was over there at CHS and I did not think of trying to do this until later in the week that I was over at the school, so that is why I chose them.  There are still 35 or so seniors that did not have their photos made and I will be back over to CHS sometime in September and probably again in October.  No dates have been set and I do not set the dates, but when they give me a date or dates, I will let you know.  If you have any questions about what I do or can do, please do not hesitate to ask … I just assume that people know that I can do it all, but apparently so many people think that the drape shots are all that I do.  One the things that separates me from most of the other photographers out there now is my retouching that I do to my finished images.  There are so many photographers now that just shoot a lot of images and then burn a disc and then they make you feel like you are getting a great deal since they take so many ” available – light ” images … just take your disc to Walgreen’s or Sams or wherever  and have print them printed out regardless of how they look  Thanks and please check back … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

August 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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  1. I’m a new photographer, volunteering to take pics (all the pics, shudder) for the high school where my husband teaches. I found your blog searching for tips on how to do formal senior portraits (IDK what else to call them – the cap and gown/tux/drape portraits).

    This has been really helpful! Do you have any advice for a noob?



    June 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    • Thanks for the comment … Send me an email at and I will give you several groups on Facebook that are run by photographers. Not only are they excellent photographers, they are teachers also. You can spend some time looking at the posts and you will learn a lot. This way you do not have to pay to join and you can post a photo or comment when you are comfortable. Thanks again … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      June 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm

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