I am sooooo glad that Senior Season has started. I love photography of all sorts, but there’s just something special about Senior Portraits. There is so much excitement when these kids are getting ready to start their senior years. They are looking forward to being the Big Men/Women on campus. For the first time, in a long time, they are the top dogs. They are planning for their futures and deciding what they want to do with their lives. In 10 years, I’ve never photographed a senior that I didn’t love. And Aly is certainly no exception. She is a hard worker, a wonderful dancer, a beautiful young lady, and the apple of her mother’s eye. I think she may have been as excited about her session as I was. The last time I photographed Aly, she was in elementary school at a birthday party. We did glamour shots for all the little girls. They got to have their hair styled and make-up applied, then they chose their clothing and accessories. It was a lot of fun for me and the children. I had seen pictures of Aly since then, but hadn’t really gotten to talk to her. When she walked in, I couldn’t wait to get started. She brought a lot of clothes so we had to decide what she would wear. This time Aly did her own hair and make-up, which is a very good thing. I don’t remember what she chose for her glamour shots all those years ago, but some of the little girls had crazy styles going on. Aly looked good in everything she put on, so that certainly wasn’t an issue. Aly was a natural in front of the camera and gave me lots of beautiful, natural smiles.
It was hard to find just a few images to post on the blog because Aly’s gallery is very large. As we do with many seniors, we started in my home studio then moved outside to a couple of different locations. I got a little shutter happy and took a LOT of pictures. Normally I like the location portraits best. But Aly looks amazing on my red backdrop, so I think they might be my favorites this time.
When I photograph seniors, it’s not a one-shot deal. If they choose, they can come to me for prom and graduation pictures as well. I give them a really special package for those big events. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Aly. She was a joy to work with – and she makes me look good!