I’m a big proponent of shunning drab studio backgrounds for senior pictures. Seniors should get a more unique look than a simple colored muslin backdrop. We are only a high school senior once. Unless I am planning lighting that requires a solid background I prefer to avoid backdrops. I do like backdrops, though. To me they serve a different purpose than saving a photographer time and plopping person after person in front of one with the same lighting.
To me a good background for a senior image should be a unique location. With that, I also believe a unique framing can give an ordinary location more oomph. For example I love hearing someone ask where an image was taken only to hear it was a location they knew but didn’t recognize. Simply combining a unique location with a character, in our case a senior, allows an image to be made that has impact.
These images were taken in an alley. I grabbed one light with some modifiers and we simply walked down the alley utilizing the different backdrops provided. I had scoped out most of the shots ahead of time but some of them we stumbled upon.