Emily wanted someplace funky, someplace fresh for her senior portraits.
She was tired of the same ol' thing she'd seen over and over again.
So I went back in my memory of what was cool when I was 18--Deep Ellum. And you know what? It's still cool.
Secondly, how fun is Cami? She wanted natural photos that reflected who she is every single day.* And I applaud that. Call me old school, but when it comes to senior portraitsI'm a big advocate of keeping it casual and close to how you are on an everyday basis.
Not that there's anything wrong with getting super glammed up. I applaud that, too. But I think it's really important to have at least one senior portrait where the 17/18 year old looks like a 17/18 year old. Right?
*We did get a little nutty with the T. Rex and pizza photos. I mean sometimes you just have to give into the PhotoShop urges.
Anyway, spelling rules aside, we probably broke a few rules while taking these photos at the Lake Highlands Town Center. The Henz family was jumping off of things, clobbering one another, and acting like loving siblings do.
It was a great way to spend a few hours.
It also offers high school seniors tons of beautiful, park settings for portraits.
This last weekend, I took Dakota's senior portraits at one of my favorite spots on the trail, a park at Walnut Hill and Greenville Ave. It's lush and green, offers the right mix of shade and light, and has ample parking (always a plus).
Jordan wanted something different for her senior pictures. Most of her friends have gone to the usual local spots, but Jordan ventured to Oak Cliff with me. So we wandered around the eclectic Bishop Arts District, drank sodas, and listened to good music. All in all, it was a great way to spend a few hours.
My husband and I crashed the party at my aunt and uncle's house this weekend. They were playing lacrosse, my younger cousin's newest passion. My husband was quite the player back in the day. So he's excited to have a lacrosse buddy in the family.
I gave it a go myself, but no one in the family felt comfortable enough using my camera to get too many photos of my (awesome) abilities. Oh, well. Perhaps they should sign up for my photo workshop.
Jon is tall. He's very tall. He's not even out of high school yet, and he's a walking tower. So it only made sense to take his photos in the downtown area--where all of the tall buildings are. That and Uptown has so much to offer photo subjects. There's nature, there's urban settings, there's even billboards.
So that's where we shot. Amidst the birds and buildings of Uptown. Not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday morning, really.
If you try to pose, you're going to look posed. One thing I always tell a person is to be herself (or himself, depending on the person).
It's pretty easy since most of us act like ourselves for a good chunk of the day.
Take Jordan here. She's a young, angry teenager. But she's also a free-spirited hippy chick. She hates shoes, she has chipped nail polish, and she's currently not cutting her hair so she can donate it this summer.
Jordan didn't try to overdress or act like someone else during her shoot. She just acted like Jordan. And the pictures, just like Jordan, are really fun because of it.