October 6, 2016

My Brother Noah’s Senior Photographs | Can’t Believe This Kid is Graduating!

When I was in sixth grade, my brother Noah was born and it was one of the single greatest days of my life. It was November 1st, 1999 and, the night before, I’d gone Trick or Treating in the rain with my two closest friends. It was the most freezing Halloween ever and, when I woke up on November 1st with lingering flecks of red lipstick on my cheeks (from the scarecrow circles my mom had drawn on me, of course!), my mom came into my bedroom and told me the news: Noah was on his way!

Actually, maybe she called. But! The details besides this are irrelevant: My mom was headed to the hospital and, at the age of twelve, I was getting a third brother and I was thrilled.

I carried Noah on my hip for the majority of junior high and high school, going so far as to call him “Noah Baby” for the first three years of his life (a nickname I’m dually sure he doesn’t remember and a nickname I’m sure that he’ll love I’m disclosing on the Internet). I took him to Mexican restaurants for tacos and the grocery store for Oreos and I took him swimming in my friends’ backyards and, most of all, I loved (and love!) him like crazy. Noah is amazing and he was born at this magical time in my life where I was growing up and crossing childhood to teenage years and, basically, he was one of my very favorite humans for the majority of my teenage years. Like, the night before I left for college, he and my youngest brother (David!) slept in my bed and I left them sleeping in there when I hit the road to start my adult life. Being an older sister to Noah (and David!) has been one of the highlights of my life and I am so excited to get him on the blog today. I think he’s my only sibling who hasn’t gotten his very own blog post and, today, it is time for him to shine!

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A few more things about Noah: Noah is super smart, super funny, super kind hearted and he’s also captain of his football team at Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee’s Summit. This guy is beyond amazing and he’s adorable, too – at least he is when he remembers to shave which my mom made him do before he headed down to Fayetteville for these photographs!

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After shooting at Lake Fayetteville, we headed to the Maude Wall! The light was so crazy there early on a Sunday morning and I love the fun patches of light we captured on the walls here.

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Noah has been cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks since he was, like, old enough to walk so, for his senior photographs, we had to take some in front of the stadium. I took some photographs similar to these of him back when he was in junior high and it was so fun to take some of him again as an almost grown up which is CRAZY. Can’t believe this guy is a High School Senior!

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After shooting at the football stadium, we came home and I had Noah take some photographs with Victoria. My parents have two tiny, fluffy dogs and, whenever Noah is home, he’s trailed by the dogs. He is a dog whisperer and, every time Victoria sees him, she runs around the room at least seven times until he picks her up to love on her and call her Vicky which drives me bananas. Ha!

We love you, Noah! Thanks for coming down and spending such a fun day with us!!

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Dear Lissa, I read your article in Clickin on Nailing focus. It was perfect. I know this is why my photos aren’t always sharp as they could be. I need to slow down. I get nervous sometimes when their are children involved and try to rush it.

I was wondering if you had any suggestions on picking the right ISO. Obviously, lighting is important, but when choosing an ISO do you have a rule of thumb of an ISO you won’t go higher than before looking for a different location. I find too high of an ISo produces too much grain which is not favorable for portraits.

Hey Kelleyn!

I am pretty laid back with my ISO, probably because I shoot weddings. I don’t really like going over 1250 for portraits but I push whenever I need to push and then correct it in post. And sometimes? I go way higher and just embrace the mood! I shot an engagement session recently at 10,000 ISO and loved the photographs! The Mark IV is supposed to handle grain like a boss and I’m really excited to get my hands on one soon! It all depends on your camera and how well you can manipulate things in post.

Hope that’s helpful! Glad you loved the article!