I LOVE the fair! Shooting sessions at the fair has always been my favorite thing to do and I've been doing them for years. It's usually time consuming, and costly, but in the end it's totally worth it! Lucky for me my family also loves the fair and after my sessions we stay and ride the rides, go to the shows, feed the animals and eat lots of junk food till the place closes down! Last year I shot an engagement session at the fair and they told me they have NEVER been to a fair ever! I was so sad for them! The fair is always great family time.
Lucky for me I have a class of 2019 graduating senior of my very own! So at the fair I asked her if we could take some precious time away from the big scary rides to get a couple of shots on the sky buckets. As the daughter of a photographer she knows her duty and indulged me! I had my camera in hand and got on the bucket in front of her and as we rode the 10 minutes or so high across the main fairway at dusk I shot some great shots with my Nikon D700 with a 85mm 1.4 lens. We waited long enough for the sun to go down and the bright lights of all of the rides would be on, but there was still enough daylight so I wouldn't need strobes. I even used the light from of of the rides on of one of my other shots.
This shot was pretty simple. I just asked her to sit up straight, as any mom would tell her teenager girl, and smile at the camera. I had several other poses, but I liked the background of this one the best. In photoshop I added some blur to the background and dropped in a soft sunset. It took some time to make the shot how I wanted it. It may not be perfect, but I think it's a pretty epic senior portrait!!!