Happy Labor Day! This weekend has always meant the last of summer and the return to school (insert sad face). This year though, we won’t be going back anywhere as I am jumping into home schooling. We have all of our supplies, we are all organized (which somehow always makes everything manageable) and we are ready! I’d love to hear any tips and tricks from veterans out there (especially anyone local that has any must do activities or programs)- I am just as ready to learn as the kids are :) Pretty excited about the lack of sad faces around here too ;)
This time of year also means Senior sessions (which are always such a nice break from kid sessions- someone that listens and does everything you say? no acrobats or animal sounds? I almost feel guilty at how effortless it is! haha). This lovely lady is actually the little sister to a Senior I shot way back in the early years of my business (hard to believe I’ve been in business 7 years!) and I absolutely adore the fact that they came back to me for this occasion. There is just something so cool about documenting families through the years. Gorgeous, gorgeous girl with a personality to match…
If you have followed me for a while you’ve probably noticed that I have given up newborns (just sold all of my ‘props’ last week- yay!), Seniors & families for the most part. I can count on my fingers how many of these I do in a year. So when you see me shoot one of these genres you know that they are a pretty irresistible :) I flew out to Dallas last week to photograph this Senior. This girl was such a doll… she is going off to college in LA next year to pursue her acting career. If her ability to nail the fake laugh is any indication of how well she’ll do, you’ll be seeing this girl on the big screen in no time ;) A little added bonus was that she also hired my amazing friend & stylist Vanessa (Butterfly SpArks) to come style. You know it’s a good day when I get to hang out with my girl.
styling: Butterfly SpArks
dallas | TX
On a side note I was interviewed by The Bloom Forum today! You can see a little sneak peek of the interview here or if you want to be a part of the forum and read the whole thing you can jump over to The Bloom Forum !!
Thanks for asking me!! :)
I would consider my business very specialized. 90%+ of my work is kids in the 4-10 bracket. And I absolutely adore it… I love the challenge, I love the silliness, I love the play, I love the unexpectedness, I really do just love that age group. Every once in a while though I get to shoot the older set and, I have to say, having a subject that does exactly what you ask for as long as you ask it is pretty darn amazing! On my most recent visit to Dallas I got to hang out with a small group and shoot these two lovely models. I came home thinking that perhaps my speciality should add a few years ;)
dallas | TX
“you’re so put together… I’m another planet” -amy seeley
I was never really one of the ‘cool’ kids. I may have sat at their lunch table or ended up in a group of them at the game… but it wasn’t me. I stayed to the outskirts… kept quiet… sneak in a side door, quietly watch from the shadows. You can probably count the amount of yearbook pictures or snapshots you could find me in on one hand (I cringed at the thought of a picture being taken of me). Come to think of it… rather similar to the role I play as an adult ;)
So when these Senior girls come for their sessions, I am always so taken aback- these girls are poised… put together… confident. I wonder where was that when I was 17? Right in that moment of pause though, I am proud. Proud that we have a generation of girls that can hold a room’s attention on their own. Proud of the confidence they exude in front of a camera. Proud that I see these tendencies in my own daughter. And proud that as a photographer (all of us), we are solidifying this by capturing their personalities & beauty for them to hold.
Yes. Point proven… beauty in & out…
portland | OR