Smart, sassy, with a wicked sense of style all her own, Kinsey is Christa’s daughter and the second eldest of 15 children. She’s 21, so these are her honorary senior portraits which we designed into a luxurious album with the leather “Pelle” cover.
I wondered if there was a typo in the email I got where Christa casually mentioned her fifteen children. I mean, I’m one of 8 myself, but I was still skeptical and got her on the phone as soon as I could.
Christa is a wonder woman mom boss. She’s an author and a business woman. She didn’t set out to be a mom of fifteen, but she rocks at it and she and her posse keep a blog. Follow their facebook here.
More on this cool family later, but first, some portraits from the album she picked out. I mean, how hotis this woman?
Sexy. Curvy. Modern. Probably one of my favorite dresses, too - K brought this amazing black body con by Kendall & Kylie that was the bomb-dot-com and hugged her curves in all the right places! And rented a dynamite off-the-shoulder red gown from renttherunway.com that was perfect for some incredible dramatic, editorial portraits. I mean, how about that smile, though?!
Dancers are some of my favorite subjects to photograph. There is always a beautiful sense of movement, drama, and grace. The commitment that goes with studying dance in the elementary, middle school, and high school years is a huge choice that requires sweat, blood, and tears from young women, yet builds in them tenacity and self-respect. So, it is always an honor to meet these young women, to watch them dance and to photograph with them.
O came to the studio to invest in traditional dance photos for her portfolio, and we also created some stylized, "fun" portraits.
As always, please help me love on this dancer by showing her some love in the comments below!
I was re-reading C’s original email to me, and I fell in love with her and her family’s session all over again. Here’s what it said.
“To put it plainly, I am *not* looking for that very casual style of portraits that seems to have taken over (family in jeans walking through outdoor space of choice). I want something special that I will think is just as lovely 20 years from now as I do today.”
I thought, YOU ARE MY CLIENT. And she was. We created a gorgeous, huge portrait for above her fireplace as well as a collection of smaller Italian Shadowbox portraits. We’re both so proud of these portraits - gorgeous symbols of motherhood and family. How strong and sexy does this woman look? She’s works long distance providing for her family while also dedicating this time in her life to her baby girl. I’m so proud of her for prioritizing her family and these moments in a way both she and her daughter will cherish for the rest of their lives.
Everyone always thinks of doing family portraits in the fall… but what about maximizing all those lazy summer days and putting them to long-lasting use? Here’s a few reasons to reconsider doing your family portraits in the fall, and instead think about the weekend before you take that long vacation…
#1 The kids are already out of school!
#2 It’s finally kosher to use all those vacation days!
#3 It’s a two-for-one: Take your vaca a few days early, get your portrait done, and have it ready when you return!
#4 Skip the crowds; Photographers have greater date flexibility before their busy season (fall)!
#5 Finally get those Christmas cards out on time!
Get your portraits done BEFORE you sunburn in St. Barts (no, seriously)
D is the second rockstar senior I’ve photographed this spring, and with a look that’s somewhere between Gal Gadot and Zendaya, we ended up with some really gorgeous-yet-edgy portraits! She is a singer and has performed at the Long Center Summer Stock and regularly at her church, so we wanted to take a very diamond-in-the-rough approach to her senior portraits, something that felt like an editorial in a magazine, but also beautiful, and she absolutely nailed it.
The internet recently celebrated 30 years, and a friend of mine posted her own memory that is similar to my own: having a question about something that happened 1250 years ago, so your parent goes to their computer at work, gets on “the google”, does some research for you, and brings home half a ream of paper with web results printed out for you.
I was probably 15 before I got on the internet by myself, and if I’d known then what I know today, my “senior portraits” would have looked a heck of a lot different.