Senior Portraits on Portsmouth’s Sarah Long Bridge

Several months back I had a fun senior portrait session in Portsmouth with Olivia. It had long been announced that the Sarah Mildred Long Memorial Bridge was to be decommissioned and replaced, and by now the bridge had already been closed to everything except for foot traffic. With no cars zipping by, it was very quiet and enjoyable shooting here… and I was booted off this time (way back in 2002 Ned Jackson and I were kicked off the bridge for taking night time photographs of the bridge — which I guess made sense during the heightened awareness and security following 9/11.). Anyway, So Olivia and I weren’t kicked off the bridge and we created some dramatic portraits for her senior year. Here are a handful of my favorites from the evening; we started in Prescott Park

From there, we made our way over towards the bridge, stopping underneath for a new portraits as well…

Today, the center span is no more, having been carted away via barge to be scrapped. Olivia was a trooper here as it was quite cold out…

After a few images at Harbor Place with the bridge in the background, we moved out onto the pedestrian walkway. We were treated to some nice evening light and the sun slipped lower and lower…

One more image on the bridge with the steel girders that will soon be gone too, and then we finished with a couple of night portraits with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard lit up in the background…