Sunday, May 12, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

As I mentioned in my post last week, I am on the hunt for an appropriate background to photograph our oldest grand daughter for her senior pictures.  In Arkansas, as in most locations, the two best times of the year for outdoor photos is spring and fall.  Last week I found a local ruin, but I will have to get owner's permission to shoot there and I'm not convinced that's going to happen.  So, what is "Plan B"

 This rustic wooden footbridge along a walking trail provides a great perspective and possibly a great background for a senior portrait.

 Our grand daughter is very seriously considering a small Christian college to pursue her higher education.  Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwest Baptist University, Quachita University, and Harding University are all on her radar.  I thought that the Mildred Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas might make a good backdrop for her senior portrait.  The building was designed by Fay Jones.  Those Gothic arches are steel.  The remainder of the structure is wood and glass.

 Along the walk to the chapel above there are azaleas and dogwood trees.  This backdrop would limit the photo shoot to early spring.  In fact, it is already, nearly too late to do this year.  But, it is something to keep in mind.
That footbridge that you saw in the first image is nestled in a very shaded area of the walking trail.  It would provide great light nearly anytime of day.  In other words you don't have to be there at sunrise or sunset to get good photos.  Plus, it provides multiple textures to include in the back drop.

 A local park would provide a more pastoral scene if I choose.  The truth is, ALL of these photos are local.  I didn't drive more than two miles from our house to get any one of these images!  Yes, I live in a beautiful part of the world.  The other great thing about these potential backdrops is that all but one will work in spring or fall!  So, which one do I use?  I'm open to suggestions, but I do have a preference.


  1. Such scenes within two miles! I like the area of the footbridge myself but I'll be interested to hear what your choice would be.

    I had an opportunity to be at Woodward Park here in Tulsa yesterday evening. The place was packed with young people and their parents getting pictures all the way from the rose garden to the creek runnig alongside 21st street. I thought it was great.

  2. I would give my left arm for any of these locations for senior pictures (okay, maybe just up to the elbow for any - the whole dang thing for all). Fabulous!

  3. PS - liking the header to your blog - is that new? (loosely translated: just pretend it is so I don't feel so feeble for not noticing before - okay, good!)

  4. WOW!! What amazing photos. Looks like a perfect place to hike and take in all that beauty..

  5. I'm still thinking the stone walls/ruins are the way to go. Remember, its easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission ofttimes... and it cant be TOO remote or far into private property else I doubt you would have gotten the photo in the first place.
    Otherwise, I'd probably go for the 'dark' one - softer light and varied background. Just my $.02 and YMMV.

  6. You do these very well you know. Very well indeed.

    Have a terrific day. Happy Mothers Day to your wonderful wife. :)

  7. They are all lovely but I like the chapel, the footbridge area and the green park with trees for the portraits,

  8. Love that chapel - so beautiful!

  9. That chapel is gorgeous! I don't think you can go wrong with any of your site options. You really do live In a beautiful area!

  10. Wow so many great options. I loved the Footbridge and the Chapel.

  11. I don't think you can go wrong with any of those places.