I LOVE myself a non-traditional photo session, and with Annika we let light and lifestyle lead the way. We knew we were going to incorporate dancing into her session, but as one of my models, she and I had talked enough that I knew she was open to ideas and spontaneity. So rather than plan ahead and storyboard her session, like I often do with my clients, we picked a starting point and just let the light dictate our destination. It’s obvious that we made the right choice, because hers was one of the most uniquely lit and environmental sessions I’ve ever shot. And when we found the street closed sign, with a fair in the background, I knew we were just destined to create spectacular art.
As a shout out to dancers: if you’ve ever heard of Jordan Matter, and you want to shoot something similar to his style, give me a shout. He’s one of my FAVORITE photographers of all time, and I would love the chance to work with you to show off your amazing dance skills!
When Maddy told me she was all about hiking, life outdoors and a future in environmental studies, I had to see if she was open to a beach session. I’m so thrilled that she was, so we arranged to meet out by our family beach house in Netarts, Oregon for her senior session last summer to create a series of truly magical shots. We started at Cape Meares lighthouse, and took advantage of the mystical fog that rolled to capture beautifully coastal, moody photos. After her casual look, she slipped into this almost Edwardian-looking dress, and all I kept seeing in my mind were scenes from “Jane Eyre” and “Sense and Sensibility.” I think her wind-whipped hair and the grey skies were just completed the effect. Of course, the shoot wouldn’t have been complete without scaling a high dune to get shots with a view, which tested my stamina, and showed me just how amazingly athletic this beauty is as well. I’m so excited for this fun and fabulous young woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing since she was in first grade! (WOW!) Sending huge hugs for your adventure next year, Maddy! University of Montana is lucky to have you! XOXO
I know there’s a recurring theme to many of my posts, but it’s no coincidence that I’ve known Emily since she was a very little girl, because back in grade school, Emily and my daughter Alexis were friends, so I have had the pleasure of knowing Emily and her family for many years. I took photos for her gorgeous sister, Hailey, a few years ago, and now it was time for Emily to be in front of my lens for the first time in nearly a decade. It was hard for me at first to shake off the memories of the little girl I knew, but it was hard to escape the absolutely sweet and gorgeous young woman she’d become.
Given her favorite quote, it seemed only appropriate that we shot her photos around fields of beautiful blossoms. “Remember this: a flower does not think of comparing itself to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
As have you, Emily! Thank you for letting me help you capture this time of your life. It seemed like the perfect bookend to the funny, silly pics I have of you when you were a little girl. And don’t worry – I won’t share those here! 🙂