A few years ago I took some family photos for the Harrell’s while we both were on vacations in the OBX! Well, the time has come for James to finish up high school and to spread his wings. We got together two Saturday’s ago and took James’ senior photos. The foliage at Hanover Wayside Park was perfect!
I’ve known Samantha since she and I were little. :) Samantha’s mom would babysit my siblings and I when my parents needed to go somewhere or had a worship practice to attend. Samantha (and her older sister, Ashlee, whose wedding I’m photographing in less than 2 months!) would play with us until my parents got back home. Now Samantha is graduating!!
I was so honored to be able to photograph my fun, beautiful cousin at the beach! We wandered around the beach and then went to the Currituck Sound for some more pictures. Allie is so much fun and every time time we get together, we’re always laughing (thanks to her!). She just has a natural smiley, happy attitude that makes you want to be around her. Allie’s graduating from Lee Davis High School June 2014 and I can’t wait to see what she does after high school!
Enjoy my favorites (which were quite a few!).
I’ve had a hard time trying to define my style. I finally took some time today to look at some of the pictures I’ve taken and determine my favorites. I was going to go through most of them, but that’s too much for one day. :) So, I decided just to post my favorite senior pictures and why I love them so much. This post will probably be very boring for you, but that’s okay because this post is more for me than for you! I’m trying to define “my style” and the only way I can do that is if I write it out.
If you’re wondering how I determined which pictures are my favorite…I used Scott Kelby’s advice. He said that the one picture that makes you stop dead in your tracks and just stare at…those are the ones. And he’s right! I don’t have many pictures that make me want to stop and just look at the picture. I’ve got some good ones but very few “track-stoppers.” :)
For example, I took about 436 senior pictures last year. I only found 4 that made me stop and stare.
What I love about this picture: the wave in the back, the wind blowing Kate’s hair, Kate’s perfect expression and pose, the tight crop…I just love the overall mood of this picture.
What I love about this picture: the lighting (knew that right off the bat), the bokeh in the background, how Erika’s framed between the two light trees with the darker background, her soft smile, the tight crop.
What I love about this picture: the sense of mystery, that tree!!, the bokeh, how Kate’s outfit matches the darker tones of the tree, and the mood (again!).
What I love about this picture: the wind blowing Erika’s hair perfectly, her slightly titled head and soft expression, how her eyes and shirt pop, and those green plants.
The second picture has the best lighting out of all of them, but overall these are the 4 senior pictures I’m most proud of. Most of you probably would prefer this or that picture, but these are what I like. These pictures have shown me that I like the more moody images…instead of capturing a huge laugh, I like the quiet/more reflective moments (that shouldn’t be shocking if you know who I am but I never realized this before). These pictures also solidified the fact that I already knew…I like close pictures. I’m not a huge, wide-angle lens kind of gal. (Don’t get me wrong, I like my fair share of wide pictures, my favorites just always happen to be close-up.)
Overall, I’m enjoying going through my pictures and finding the ones that make me stop and stare. It’s revealing a lot about the kind of pictures I like and I think it will help me take more pictures like them!