A Senior Portrait Session
Nick and his Mom met Paul (my husband/assistant) and me at a local park for Nick's senior portrait session.
"I'll just stay at the entrance. I think it would be best if I weren't right there," Nick's Mom said.
Among the ancient pecan trees on a beautiful spring day, we three slowly walked further into the park, making conversation as we went.
About as soon as his mother was out of earshot, Nick said, "I'm only here for my Mom."
I appreciated his honesty. At least I knew where I stood!
As I was setting up, Paul soon found something in common with Nick. They talked about the college where Nick was to attend the following school year. Paul went there for graduate school so it gave them some common ground. It definitely loosened Nick up, though I knew he still wasn't thrilled to be there.
I took a few pictures and Paul and Nick kept talking in between.
After a while, the sun started to set over the beautiful pecan trees in the park. And it peeked through the heavy blanket of limbs overhead, giving us that light that practically makes me start jumping up and down.
Pretty quickly, I got this shot, which turned out to be one of my all-time favorites:
I tell you this to say that I've photographed the reluctant senior before. I don't like to be photographed, so I completely understand. My husband and I work hard to help kids relax. We talk to them, direct them, and give them breaks.
If you're an upcoming senior, I promise to make it as painless as possible! And I will meet with you and a parent up front so you can feel more comfortable in front of the camera when it's time for your session.
And if you're a parent, I urge you to push a little for your senior to get more than just the yearbook photo done. These casual portraits are for you, remember. They are to adorn your walls and be kept in albums that you will cherish forever. It will likely be the last time your child is photographed professionally prior to their wedding (eeeeek, I know). So, push just a little and see if we can make it happen.
I hope to meet you soon!
Visit us now at www.StudioYouPortraits.com. Then, give me a call at 214.783.9691 or e-mail Dawn@StudioYouPortraits.com to book your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!