It’s nearing that hectic time in a teenager’s life when they’re about to enter into the all-important senior year of high school. I remember being pumped about finally being finished with high school and partaking in all the events associated with the celebration of completing that phase in my life. There’s the ordering of the cap and gown, the dreaded SAT/ACT tests, and of course, the senior portraits. I remember going to one of those studio photography places to get mine done. There were a few shots of me standing up against a wall or leaning on a banister, then there were a few shots taken of me sitting, and that was about it. I was happy with the clothing choices but looking back now, I tend to wonder if the pictures truly represented “me”. As we grow older, we mature and grow into the adults that are a sum of our experiences from our high school years. I think senior pictures should be more of a time capsule that accurately represents who you were during that period in time. When you look at the pictures, they should be a door to a time in your young adult past when life seemed a bit easier, and beer actually tasted gross (maybe 😉 ). Most importantly, they should represent the “you” of that time period. If you are able to create that representation in a studio, by all means, go for it! If you’re looking for a bit more than that, then this is where I come in.
I truly believe that everybody has a story to tell. Before I even shoot a single picture, I absolutely insist on meeting the soon-to-be graduate and find out what they like, what they don’t like and what gets them pumped. What’s so interesting about the conversation, is how much information I get outside of the dialogue that’s spoken. When we begin to talk about a topic they’re passionate about, they become way more animated and their faces light up. They go from being laid back and relaxed to wide-eyed and completely oblivious to what’s going on outside of our conversation. It’s these moments that are the most important to me because if they are this excited about simply talking about these topics, then that same excitement is bound to show up if these topics are included in the story telling session that will be our photo shoot. I love when a senior brings items to include in the shoot that they hold near and dear to their heart. That is how their story begins to unfold. I hope you’ll consider me when looking for someone to tell your story because it would be my goal to tell your story as accurately as possible in a way that will bring a smile to your face for decades! For more information on how the shoot would work, please take a look here and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout!