Glace Bay High Senior ::: Bryah Boutilier

This will be a long one...there are just too many images....so, sorry but I'm not sorry.

One of my absolute favourite things to do is shoot senior sessions. Each one is different in so many ways and it is because each grad is different in so many ways. It just isn't the same old, same old photo session every time. Which for me, is great because it doesn't get monotonous.

In some ways I need to connect with my clients in order to capture them at their best. My goal is to capture who they are in our images, so getting that ice broken right away is key. Whether that is having a laugh or chatting for a few minutes, one way or the other I need to get things comfortable right away. This was super easy with Bryah!

But, I'll be honest, I'm nervous about every session. I always have been, I believe without being nervous, I am slacking in my creativity and then falling into the unproductive and unimaginative space that I hate being in.

Bryah was great from the start, and so were her parents Nadine and Stephen. Luckily, living in Cape Breton it is really easy to chat with people, it is what we do! I'm guilty of talking the faces off of people all the time, so...maybe that works for me!

 Probably my favourite image from the session. The light was coming across the open field and falling on the tree perfectly for me to use some smooth "bokeh" in the front and of course behind Bryah. She killed this session!

Probably my favourite image from the session. The light was coming across the open field and falling on the tree perfectly for me to use some smooth "bokeh" in the front and of course behind Bryah. She killed this session!

Going into this session, we had lots of ideas. So many ideas with outfits, locations, sports theme photos and some indoor stuff with a baby grand piano inside the Savoy Theatre, where Bryah will be working this summer.

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So, how do I capture everything that my clients want in a senior session AND incorporate all of my ideas, which for the most part happen as we are shooting? Basically just shoot shoot shoot, and go with the flow ensuring that all of the bases are covered while trying my best to get as much unique stuff in there as I can.

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The weather and light during this session ended up being so perfect! The light isn't always a huge issue for me as I use off camera lighting for nearly 100% of my images, but the wind SUCKS. I often feel as though I'm going to be told to "F" off from my clients for asking them to get their hair out of their face for 2 hours, but luckily Bryah didn't have that problem!

 Speaking of light, check out that background. I'll add a bonus image of the Lingan Power Plant below...it was a crazy display!

Speaking of light, check out that background. I'll add a bonus image of the Lingan Power Plant below...it was a crazy display!

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The cool thing with the field photos and the power plant back in the background, Bryah's family lives only about 3 minutes from here.

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Big shout out to Bryah and her famjam, I had such a great time and LOVE hanging out with cool people for these sessions. It makes the session so awesome!

Check out this photo of the Power Plant I snagged while there. The light from the setting sun was peaking through the clouds and highlighting the power plant so perfectly. You have to low golden hour!

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I am a wedding and portrait photographer in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Over the last 12 years I have photographed thousands of people, families and hundreds of weddings locally and abroad.
I now focus on wedding and high school senior photography. If you have a unique idea for some images, let me know!
Cape Breton Island Graduation Photographer • Scott McIntyre