One of the trends in high school senior portrait photography is to capture images that look like professional modeling pictures. Although most are beautifully done, I have seen some poses and outfits that stretch the limit of what I (as a mother and grandmother) find appropriate for a seventeen year old. I also know that that style of high fashion/dramatic makeup just doesn’t fit everyone. My favorite kind of senior portraits are done outdoors in an easy, casual environment with beautiful and flattering natural light. My target client is the kid who doesn’t obsess over fashion or makeup, who isn’t trying to look years older than she or he is, who prefers to actually BE outside instead of staring mournfully out of a window backdrop, and who has a happy smile and wouldn’t be able to give me one of those angst-ridden dramatic looks if she tried. 🙂
Ava is one of those girls who would be the LAST one to choose high-fashion portraiture. We did her session outside around her home and at Mingo Park, and her beauty couldn’t have shone any brighter. I love the variety of images that we got! These images will forever preserve her seventeen year old self, just as she starts her young adult journey finishing her senior year and setting her college path. I always love to imagine that someday my senior clients will be sitting down with their own teen, looking back at mom’s pictures and picking out how they resemble one another!
Ava’s collection included all of the digital files from her session, so she will be able to use her favorites for senior announcements, party invitations, gifts for family, and fun things like phone covers and party favors. That is a very special and useful thing, because kids and parents don’t always have the same favorites…and now they don’t have to choose one over another to save money!
Best wishes to you, Ava! I hope your senior year is everything you hoped for, and that you enjoy every moment with your family before you leave to start your own adventure!