When I was in high school I was the yearbook editor. Like, a Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick intense kind of yearbook editor. I was intensely intent on having a yearbook that included every student, or at the very least tried to include every student. Page after page of the same 10 kids was a real pet peeve of mine, so I posted a student roll on a board and we had to write the page numbers that each student appeared on next to each name and they were cut off after 4 pages. I mention this because I also sat at the photography studio and welcomed the seniors when they came in for their senior photo sessions. Back then it was all velvet drapes and maybe an in-studio hobby photo or three. Maybe if you’re lucky I’ll dig out one of my terrible terrible senior photos to share with you one day. Maybe.
Senior photos are a whole new beast these days. Now seniors can get out of the studio and into the real world. They are no longer limited to what props they can carry into the studio (yeah, I did drag a bunch of my favorite paperback books in for one of mine… what?), instead they can get the model treatment. Multiple locations, multiple clothing changes, and if you really want the model treatment a hair and makeup artist can be arranged just for you.
That’s some kind of awesome experience.
Lillie’s session took place in two locations for two very different style of images. First we climbed down into a gorge for some casual shots near some pretty awesome graffiti. Did I mention it was hot that day? It was really really hot. She was such a good sport because the humidity was real.
We chose the second location because it fit in with her interests in Latin and mythology kind of perfectly thanks to all of the lovely columned architecture and the lush green scenery.
One of the things she told me she really wanted was a profile picture. Lillie is an artist and she likes to draw profiles. There’s pretty much no way I was not going to do a profile with that amazing golden laurel headband and the on-point eye makeup.
And sometimes you just find a massive rhododendron and your client coos over the blossoms so you just have to take a photo. You know, whatever works.
It was a great day and I really loved working with Lillie and her parents. I am so looking forward to the coming senior season!