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Chestnut Hill Senior Portrait Photographer

Temple University BFA Musical Theatre Peer

Lizzy is one of my friends from the Temple University BFA Musical Theatre Program. She is an incredibly skilled and versatile dancer. She can transform from a graceful ballerina to a charged Fosse dancer in the blink of an eye. Her movements are highly precise and yet never look overly-efforted - she is the perfect combination of strength and grace. Lizzy heard about Temple’s BFA Musical Theatre Program when she attended a Fosse masterclass taught by Maggie Anderson, Head of Dance and Movement in the Musical Theatre Department.


Natural Light Portraits in Chestnut Hill

This image contrasts greatly with other images from the shoot. This image was taken outside of my Chestnut Hill Philadelphia photography studio using natural light, which many people prefer for their senior portraits. The natural light was reflected off of buildings across the street to provide a soft yet slightly specular light. This highlights her bone structure without being distracting. The background is foliage growing alongside a sloped hill running parallel to the sidewalk. The out-of-focus background element is called bokeh and is very aesthetically pleasing, particularly when the bokeh is creamy and not overly distracting. Her outfit is a simple plus dress with a minimal floral pattern. The blue color of the dress is a beautiful match to the blue-green background of the foliage. These images are perfect as senior portraits. The surrounding area is also ideal for senior portraits in Chestnut Hill. 


History of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

This image was taken in Chestnut Hill, one of Philadelphia’s prominent historic neighborhoods. Chestnut Hill originally became part of Philadelphia in the late eighteen hundreds, and has since been home to many prominent government officials and other prominent cultural and political figures. The main street of Chestnut Hill is Germantown Pike, along which upscale retail and small businesses call home. Each year, Chestnut Hill serves as the home of Philadelphia’s widely-acclaimed Harry Potter Festival. Chestnut Hill is known for its expensive real estate comprised of many historic homes and commercial properties. The studio I call home, Studio92 Collective, was built in 1925, according to Zillow. It is now home to Studio 92 and a massage therapy business. The studio features large windows to let in natural light, and high ceiling for the use of flashes. This allows both natural light and flash photography to be achieved in the comfort of the studio.


Chestnut Hill East Train Station and Chestnut Hill West Train Station

Chestnut Hill is served by two SEPTA train lines, the Chestnut Hill East line and the Chestnut Hill West line. There are two lines because the lines were run by competing railroads, the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad, prior to the formation of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact (SEPACT), the company that would absorb the Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads and later evolve into the South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Today, SEPTA serves Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs with one of the most extensive transit systems in the country. The system is comprised of six regional rail lines, trolley lines, bus routes, trackless trolley lines, light rail service (the Norristown High Speed Line), and subway lines (the Broad Street Line and the Market Frankford line).

Location: 92 Bethlehem Pike, Philadelphia, PA.

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