Senior Sessions – A Milestone {Senior Portrait}

There are songs and stories and sonnets about why we do things in life – what drives us. 

To be candid, compliments are rarely the reason. I think that teachers will tell you that seeing a former student become successful is a huge reward and it validates the passion they have for teaching.

For me – photography is my passion. I know that I shoot more looks than the seniors expect because I want to capture who they are and what they will become. – Confident, strong, flirty and funny. 

Senior sessions capture a milestone in one’s life. Too often Parents and their Seniors see it as just another portrait session – when in reality it is a celebration of the journeys they have been on and the one they are still living. 

In the blink of an eye, these Seniors will have children of their own and their lives will be dedicated to guiding their journeys. They will look back at this time – [senior year, dating, school work, school activities, graduation, leaving for college, etc] – and try to remember. 

It’s a blur for them right now and the images from their senior session look just like “pictures” that were taken on that day – but one day, when things slow down a bit …. maybe they’ll be on the train, commuting to work or watching their child sleep in their crib and the images will be like gold.

Annie ! Ursuline Academy – Dedham MA {Performance}

Ursuline Academy in Dedham MA presents – Annie ! Yes that mega musical that includes the popular “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow”. 

 

This talented group of actors hit the stage and totally delivered a great performance


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Seniors Rock! and We Love Them

Shooting senior high portraits is totally a labor of love for me. This is such an incredible time in the life of both the senior and their families.

Think about it … for the senior it’s a mix of terror – anticipation – happiness – fear – fear …

And for the parents … happiness – pride – sadness – sadness … fear … fear

I know I repeat my self .. HA!

For me – it is a time to capture this awesome time in their lives when they are teenagers on the verge of being adults. There is so much magic in their eyes and I just love it.

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Grease – Walpole High School – Walpole MA {Performance}

I love shooting high school shows. They’re fun for both the actors and the audience.  It’s kind of like a big “group hug”.

Walpole High School – in Walpole MA recently did Grease – The Musical. All the Greasers and Pink Ladies were there at Rydell High for a journey back to a time when you could get wicked “greased back” and kick some serious boooo-tay! Although I don’t think that the word ” boooo-tay” came along for a few years.

I got the chance to realize that even those sweet Pink Ladies were tough … so you had better be careful what you say or you’ll be eating all your meals through a straw … Hey … I’m talkin’ at “chew” knucklehead ? Got it! HA! 

Everyone was either a nerd, a jock or a greaser . Oh yea, these were good times … good times!

 

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Headshots – Dan Busler Photography – Memorable Images of You

Love – and creating fun – flirty – memorable headshots takes time.

The misconception about headshots is that they are portraits. When they are really “headshots” and you are the product. Because after all – they’ve just seen 50 or 100 actors or models and You want them to remember you! Incredible – awesome – talented – handsome – beautiful – approachable – sexy – stunning – “the perfect redhead for the part” … You!

So here’s the story when you come in for your session – First of all, relax – this day is going to be a blast. We’ll begin with a discussion of what makes you so darned incredible and how your images will be used.

 

Then a review of the clothing you’ve brought and we’ll spend a few minutes getting you acclimated to the lights, camera and the simple posing direction I give to make your images even more memorable.

All the time focusing on expression and attitude and speaking with your eyes to the person who will be holding your headshot after you’ve left the audition/modeling call. The purpose of this is after all – to get you the gig!   

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The Suicide – Norwood High School {Performance}

Norwood High School – Norwood MA presents the 1928 Russian comedy “The Suicide” … it’s a fun romp with guns and girls and slapstick … and red boxer shorts and … a carrot and a sausage and … well,  it’s Russian. You will laugh …

I always try to give a little extra when I am photographing a school play. The arts are so important and the kids put so much effort into their performances. Actually I am amazed at their talent.

 The Suicide was written in Russia circa 1928 –  in the time of  Stalin.  It gives us a view of what type of comedy was in vauge at the time.  And it was slapstick and political.

  I have no idea if these red Russian boxers were listed as part of the costumes, but they sure did produce a funny moment in the play

Of course the play was about a suicide, which we never see and I think never happens. So it was a fun romp … like I said!

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THe Guys – The Walpole Footlighters

” The Guys ” is a two person play about a NYC fire chief who lost many of his men on 9/11 – he contacts a writer to help him compose the words that he will use to talk about his guys at their memorial services.

The Walpole Footlighters in Walpole, MA presented the play on September 9 – 11 2011 … it was the tenth anniversary of the tragedy. The play is in memory of those who lost their lives and in honor of the Walpole Fire men. All proceeds went to the fire department.

I had the opportunity to photograph 12 of the Walpole Fireman and the play.

Here is a short video of the images.

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