Posts tagged classic cars
What Are You Willing to Do for Great Photos?
high school senior photo of girl with glasses leaning against a tree in the fall at Chimney Rocks in Hollidaysburg PA

Do you have one of those people in your life where they have a complete disregard to personal safety, comfort, and convenience? Yeah, I'm one of those. Over the years, I have done some pretty weird and stupid things for the sake of photography. To gear up for senior pic season this spring, I'm sharing some of the strangest locations, stunts, and situations that I've survived to tell about during a senior shoot. Just kidding, it's not nearly that ominous.

High school senior laying on stomach with sun flare on Indiana University of Pennsylvania Campus in the Oak Grove

LAYED IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY COLLEGE CAMPUS

Okay, so this one is pretty tame, but to get this beautiful shot of Hannah, we both crawled on the ground on the main walkway of one of the biggest party schools in the country, good 'ol IUP!

redhead high school senior model in tree during the fall or autumn

CLIMBED A TREE

Tree, bleachers, railing, fencing... if I can hoist myself up there, you better believe I will! This golden sunlight was  TO DIE FOR during Joelle's shoot, and I was totally willing to get up in the trees with her to make sure I captured it!

High school senior model wearing sundress sitting on wooden chair in a field of flowers

BUSHWHACKED THROUGH JAGGER BUSHES

I love getting foreground in my images, and sometimes the only way to do that is to grit your teeth, walk through the jaggers, and crouch down in the middle of it all! These little flowers behind St. Bernard's perfectly matched Kayla's dress, so it was really a no-brainer to go play in the flowers

High school senior boy in between brick building in urban setting

RISKED GETTING ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING

Brendon was a great sport when I asked him to crunch up and sit in-between these two brick buildings near Grace Church! The light coming in from the back was awesome, and I love the vanishing point perspective the patterned walls gave! Too bad we looked SUPER shady when we came back out onto the street! haha!

blonde high school senior model in vintage car with petina

TOOK A CHANCE WITH TETANUS

I. love. classic. cars. Maybe it's because my dad was a gear head, but I am always drawn to cars. Abby was a great sport when I asked her to romp around a rusty classic car graveyard to get some cool, colorful, textured shots!

blonde high school senior male model in red ford mustang claifornia special

STOLE AN EXPENSIVE CAR

Just kidding! I only borrowed it!  Adam was a big Mustang fan, and my mother graciously let me take her baby out to a photo shoot at Greenhouse Park - it was the easiest way to get Adam to smile, that's for sure!

high school senior model standing in water by rocks for senior photos

GOT WET. REALLY WET.

There's at least one shoot a year where I will wade into a lake, but this shoot with Whitney called for a whole other level of dedication. Waist deep in a slippery, fast moving creek doesn't come without consequences! The previous year I did a similar shoot and slipped backwards. Luckily my camera went straight up into the air, safe and dry, but my iPhone in my back pocket however...

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Dan + Danielle | Car Themed Wedding at The Farm on the Ridge, Hooversville PA
Bride and groom in front of dark blue classic Chevy SS Camaro

I was looking forward to this car themed wedding at Farm on the Ridge in Hooversville, PA ever since I met these two. It's always good to share an interest with your spouse - whether it's TV shows, sports, or counted cross stitch (no? just me? haha!), having something that gets both of your motors running (I'll keep it light on the car puns I promise) is a really great way to keep the fun alive in your marriage! These two sweethearts met at a car show, oldies playing in the background, their Camaros drawing each other together. Dan's z28 is old school, while Danielle has a fiery orange Camaro with the new, sleek body style. For their engagement shoot, I learned that Dan loves to burn out his tires - so a lot of smoke, noise, and streaks in the middle school parking lot later (oops!) we had an awesome shot that perfectly captured their style.

Fast forward to their wedding day. Poor Dan had a rough start when the bolts on his z28's flywheel came off and he was broken down about 20 minutes from the venue. Luckily, the groomsmen were all handy with a wrench and had him fixed up in no time.

My favorite part was the unique ways Dan and Danielle incorporated their love of cars into the decor as well. They traveled to Carlisle over the summer to scavenge classic car graveyards to find emblems that would decorate and "name" each table at their reception. There were also pistons on the tables from engines they ripped apart! Talk about dedication and DIY to the extreme! So many of the elements in the barn-style reception venue were created by either Dan, Danielle or those close to them. Dan cut the log slices where the floral arrangements, assembled by his mom, sat. He also hollowed out and lacquered a huge tree stump and wood burned with their names for all of their wedding cards! And just wait until you see the "L-O-V-E" shaped table (yes TABLE) h grandfather made for the cake and cupcakes! This family can do it all!

Danielle is a photographer herself, so the pressure was on to do a good job, but she and her new husband were such a joy to work with, knowing photos are important to the bride! They happily let me haul them (car puns!) off at golden hour to get some of the most dreamy, breath taking photos I've captured yet. I hope you enjoy all the unique sweetness of their big day!

Chevrolet emblem and piston as DIY wedding decor
Wedding details like wire necklace with pearls, pearl and silver flower earrings, and family ring heirlooms for luck on the wedding day
wedding garter with something blue on brides western cowboy boots worn under her wedding dress
blonde flower girl wearing white dress and cowboy boots looking out of window
moody black and white candid photo of bride putting necklace on
bride with tulle gown and orange and purple bouquet standing on the edge of a forest
groom sees bride for the first time
Bride walked down the aisle by her grandfather at The Farm on the Ridge in Hooversville, PA
Bride and groom exchanging vows at The Farm on the Ridge in Hooversville PA
Bride and groom pour orange and purple sand into a glass jar during sand ceremony at their wedding at The Farm on The Ridge in Hooversville PA
sand ceremony with orange and purple sand
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DIY car themed wedding centerpiece piston with wedding rings
Jill Gearhart Photography Wedding
Jill Gearhart Photography Wedding
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Bride and groom sharing a sweet moment in a grassy field at sunset
Jill Gearhart Photography Wedding
Bride and groom pinky swear near grooms roayl blue z28 classic camaro
Bride and groom lean across the hood of a new orange chevy camaro for a kiss
Bride and groom hug from behind under a harvest moon at The Farm on the Ridge in Hooversville PA
How I Got The Shot: Some Of My Weirdest Stories From Senior Sessions
high school senior photo of girl with glasses leaning against a tree in the fall at Chimney Rocks in Hollidaysburg PA

Do you have one of those people in your life where they have a complete disregard to personal safety, comfort, and convenience? Yeah, I'm one of those. Over the years, I have done some pretty weird and stupid things for the sake of photography. To gear up for my first senior session of the year, I'm sharing some of the strangest locations, stunts, and situations that I've survived to tell about during a senior shoot. Just kidding, it's not nearly that ominous.

High school senior laying on stomach with sun flare on Indiana University of Pennsylvania Campus in the Oak Grove

LAYED IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY COLLEGE CAMPUS

Okay, so this one is pretty tame, but to get this beautiful shot of Hannah, we both crawled on the ground on the main walkway of one of the biggest party schools in the country, good 'ol IUP!

redhead high school senior model in tree during the fall or autumn

CLIMBED A TREE

Tree, bleachers, railing, fencing... if I can hoist myself up there, you better believe I will! This golden sunlight was  TO DIE FOR during Joelle's shoot, and I was totally willing to get up in the trees with her to make sure I captured it!

High school senior model wearing sundress sitting on wooden chair in a field of flowers

BUSHWHACKED THROUGH JAGGER BUSHES

I love getting foreground in my images, and sometimes the only way to do that is to grit your teeth, walk through the jaggers, and crouch down in the middle of it all! These little flowers behind St. Bernard's perfectly matched Kayla's dress, so it was really a no-brainer to go play in the flowers

High school senior boy in between brick building in urban setting

RISKED GETTING ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING

Brendon was a great sport when I asked him to crunch up and sit in-between these two brick buildings near Grace Church! The light coming in from the back was awesome, and I love the vanishing point perspective the patterned walls gave! Too bad we looked SUPER shady when we came back out onto the street! haha!

blonde high school senior model in vintage car with petina

TOOK A CHANCE WITH TETANUS

I. love. classic. cars. Maybe it's because my dad was a gear head, but I am always drawn to cars. Abby was a great sport when I asked her to romp around a rusty classic car graveyard to get some cool, colorful, textured shots!

blonde high school senior male model in red ford mustang claifornia special

STOLE AN EXPENSIVE CAR

Just kidding! I only borrowed it!  Adam was a big Mustang fan, and my mother graciously let me take her baby out to a photo shoot at Greenhouse Park - it was the easiest way to get Adam to smile, that's for sure!

high school senior model standing in water by rocks for senior photos

GOT WET. REALLY WET.

There's at least one shoot a year where I will wade into a lake, but this shoot with Whitney called for a whole other level of dedication. Waist deep in a slippery, fast moving creek doesn't come without consequences! The previous year I did a similar shoot and slipped backwards. Luckily my camera went straight up into the air, safe and dry, but my iPhone in my back pocket however...

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