• Shannon Konek

Fine Art School Portraits | Pittsburgh Area Photographer



Guys, Did you know that I photographed nearly 200 school portraits in 2019?!


Photographing school portraits is one of my favorites. I get to meet so many kids, goof around with them, make them laugh, and create beautiful, classic images that their families will hopefully love forever. It just gives me so much joy!


Some of these kids, I first photographed in 2017, then in 2018, then in 2019. So I got to see them grow, lose some teeth, become big siblings.


Most schools that I work with ask me to come twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If the weather is nice, and there is a scenic spot to do them outside, we do them outdoors, if not, we do them indoors with a solid neutral backdrop.


Just like my family portraits, all photographs are taken in natural light. As time allows, I spend a little time with each kid to earn their trust and smiles. While I definitely make a fool of myself trying to make the kids laugh, I never force them to smile. Some kids are more serious, or a little shy, and I think that is totally ok! I find those portraits are so much more authentic and beautiful than a forced "cheese" face, anyway.


I don't use props. Or complicated settings. No bunnies in the spring and no Santa's in the winter. I realize that some props are super cute, and that there is a time and a place for those kind of portraits, but its not really my style. I like a clean, minimalist portrait that emphasizes the child's features and expressions. Those beautiful little features that change before you know it! I like a classic looking portrait that stays relevant, and doesn't look dated in the years to come.


My business is just me. And the schools that I work with often have limited space. So I don't want to use their space for longer than I need to. Elaborate set ups just eat up the time that could be spent working with the kids. I often photograph at pre-schools with very young kids, who need to nap. I try to disrupt their schedules as little as possible.


Additionally, not putting money into in props and different backgrounds, allows me keep my prices accessible.


What do you think? Would you like school portraits like these for your kids?


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