Over the past few months you may have noticed some changes in my photography for senior portraits. With this being my 10th year in business I really began reflecting on my work and what moved me most. I felt stuck in a rut and just wasn’t loving what I was creating. I took some time to pull my favorite senior images from the past, write down words that describe me best, look at my surroundings at home as well as with my style and I realized my current photographs were not at all a reflection of me. Did I love them still? Of course, I have loved everything I’ve ever created! I just didn’t see myself in them.
I am a city girl living in Dallas that loves and craves nature and the outdoors. My favorite clothing comes from Free People and most are black or gray. I have a love for mid century modern furniture. I usually blast tunes from the indie dance radio station on pandora. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I am a total homebody and prefer pjs and Netflix over heels and hitting the town. All these things said to me that I needed to create real, raw, emotional, fun and authentic images.
So I decided it was time to do some shoots that reflected these changes. While attending one of my senior client’s high school graduation party I saw Miss Sydney. She was full of so much joy I was automatically drawn to her. Then I saw her super fun and funky Free People style and thought, “Yes, I need to photograph this girl!” So after getting her instagram name from one of my past senior models that was there (yes, total stalker style) I asked if she’d be interested in doing a fun shoot together. I’m pretty sure I did a full on happy dance after she said yes! We met in Downtown Plano and her aunt came to make sure I wasn’t a total crazy person. Although still debatable, we were cracking up at the fact that as soon as we started talking we realized that our families were friends. I swear this world gets smaller and smaller. Sydney pulled out her outfits she brought and just as I had hoped her car was full of super stylish looks. I told her my goal was to create art that was more me. That we were going to just have fun and I wanted her to do what felt natural to her. These are the senior portraits I want make. And that’s the senior portrait experience I want to give. Bye, bye stiff poses and fake smiles!
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