I’m excited to share a few great images from my most recent session with you. They are of the McNaughton family who has done several sessions with me over the last few years and it’s extra special because they come all the way from the Washington D.C. area! They are just THAT loyal! … Oh, and her parents live about an hour from my studio so they stop by there for a visit since they’re in the area. 😉
This time around, we have the little guy who is 2 years old, almost 3… and little miss who is 5 years old now. I laughed when I was taking these because for her 2 year old portraits, she was “challenging” my photo taking skills and her brother tried to follow suit, but in both cases I worked my magic and captured some of the family’s favorite portraits.
Carys now, after 5 years of working with me was amazing! Last session I was so impressed by her willing and eager attitude, but this time she just blew me away. I think she’s taken up watching America’s Next Top Model, judging from some of the poses this girl was giving me! Love her so!
Here’s a sampling of a few of my favorites. I really love the outdoor ones of Carys with the flowers and the family ones turned out great too!
This young lady was a lot of fun for me to photograph because I felt like I knew her a little better than most of the seniors I take portraits of.
She wrote to me earlier in the summer, asking if I’d mentor her for one of her senior projects where she shadows someone in a career she’s interested in. Of course, I was happy to help and we met a couple different times… I gave her my best to get a “Big Picture” of what it’s like to be a portrait photographer… and the many aspects of my job.
She also go to shadow me on a fun family photo shoot and see me in action.
I love helping young people pursue their passion. We all need to find out what it is that we really love to do, and then figure out how to use that to create a service that will bring us the fulfillment we long for in our careers!!! (Okay, off my soap box) 🙂
So, since Sam here, loves photography, she wanted to do some images with her camera… a nice little number, I must say!
But my vision, to create something a little more artistic… I had her wear one of her dresses and I borrowed her a cute vintage Kodak camera I adore, and go stand in the long grass… I just feel like the picture tells me a story. Maybe it’s a little bit of fantasy, but it’s so cute if you ask me!
She also talked her dad into retrieving their t-top Camaro from their cabin to pose with… I loved, loved that look! Since it was an older model, having her wear her letterman jacket gives the images a retro feel.
Can you tell I love that vintage look???
She had some other cute outfits too, you’ll have to check out in the slideshow below.
Kory was one of those boys who walks in my door and instantly makes me a little nervous. I have to admit. Guys like him always challenge me. I could tell just by looking through his outfits that he is creative and artsy and has a definite idea of what he thinks is cool… and it isn’t quite “main-stream cool”, if you know what I mean.
I get my fair share of these guys. They know that I can pull off the look that they want, it’s just I know how much they are interested in their pictures (they appreciate good artwork) and so I am on my toes trying to get “outside my box” of my standard “senior guy” fall back poses. (I’ll totally admit I have them! I try to be unique, but just like when you’re shopping for guy clothes versus girl stuff… there’s a much greater range with girls.)
Once Kory and I got to know each other and I gained his trust (or just won him over with my charm and grace … LOL!) he really started giving me the inspiration I needed to get the poses and the shots that were going to be unique (but at the same time, not too weird.)
He also brought his guitar, since he is in a band, and that was the highlight of the session for me. I love watching guys get into the roll of rockstar!
I also did a few funkier crops, added some grittiness to this b&w image and made some vintage color effects that I’m hoping he’ll appreciate.