When Liam and his mom arrived to discuss senior photos, before we even got chatting, Liam explained that he was not looking for traditional senior photos in a nature or urban setting. Liam is an artist, set to attend MIAD in fall, and he wanted his photos to be more than a documentation of his graduation. He wanted them to speak to who he is and function as half portrait, half art statement. As many of you know, my background is a bachelors in studio arts, so this spoke to my roots.
Retro 80s Arcade and Bowling Alley
When we got talking about Liam’s vision, he saw a retro bowling alley and abstract lighting. I knew the perfect location immediately: Cherry Lanes arcade and bowling alley in Sturgeon Bay. Liam and his family are not from Door County and weren’t familiar, but as I described the teal and orange seats, vintage arcade games, and our strategy for adding flash gels to create colored lighting, they knew we were on the right track.
Cherry Lanes, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
At Cherry Lanes we started in the bowling alley with editorial posing and playful lighting. Once in the arcade we added more flash gels to mimic ambient game lighting and got fun with lifestyle shots. Liam was up for everything we wanted to try, even when Ben suggested Liam climb under a pinball machine to catch the green rope lighting. (It was worth it!)
Thanks for trusting us with your vision, Liam, we see lots of great things coming in your future. And special thanks to Cherry Lanes for hosting us!