Even though high school football season’s over, my friend Kim was able to borrow a couple of jerseys for her son, Tyree’s, senior session. The day of the shoot turned out to be rainy and cold so we scrapped the plan to shoot outdoors in Bowie. Instead, we decided to do the session at my work’s old lab/warehouse in Upper Marlboro.

For about an hour we managed to capture a few different looks at different sections of the warehouse. We got some amazing shots but I thought this particular shot offered some nice creative post-processing opportunities.

First, I made global adjustments in Lightroom such as cropping, adjusting exposure and  giving it a “contrasty”, cold blue finish.

After initial adjustments, I moved to Photoshop where I had access to more advanced tools. Planning out my next steps helped me keep my focus on the end result.

Then for the creative touches, I decided to add lens flares on both sides, a lit textured background and finally some smoke effects to round it out.

After the final touches, I brought it back to Lightroom and added a very subtle warmth to the skin to complement the blue tones.

Tyree will be graduating with Batch 2015 of the Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, MD. He played for the GPHS Yellowjackets football team as a defensive end and line backer.   He plans on going to the US Naval Academy and aspires to become a Naval Aviator.

Good luck, Tyree!

CLICK HERE to see the full resolution view of the final image.


Mario Gozum is a portrait photographer and owner of PointShoot Photgraphy, based in Kent Island, MD, serving the custom portrait and general photography needs of residents in the following counties and cities:

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY│Centreville, Chester, Stevensville, Grasonville, Queenstown
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY│Annapolis, Arnold, Crofton, Davidsonville, Fort Meade, Galesville, Glen Burnie, Harwood, Lake Shore, Lothian, Mayo, Millersville, Odenton, Pasadena, Riva, Severn, Severna Park, South Gate, South River
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY│Bowie, Kettering, Lake Arbor, Mitchellville,Upper Marlboro
CALVERT COUNTY│Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Owings
CAROLINE COUNTY│Odenton, Ridgely


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