I happened to meet Megan in person a couple of weeks before the yearbook deadline. I went in to the school to take pictures of any students that wanted to be part of a tribute that I was putting together. I was making conversation with some of the students, asking them if they had their pictures taken, if they were happy, etc. When I got to Megan, she replied that she was thinking that she would have me do them. I was very flattered to hear that and when she contacted me, I made sure to work her into my schedule. And she must have also been glad that she asked me because I got this message from her a few days later, "Hi! Thank you again so much! You made the whole process really simple and not so intimidating like I thought it would be." I was also glad because she was a wonderful subject, adorable and such a sweetheart!
We got lucky, the weather was just perfect for a fall shoot and the leaves and foliage continued to cooperate. But maybe it wasn't luck, for the most part, It has been just a spectacular fall this year. I can count on one hand the number of sessions that had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. And of course, Megan was spectacular as well, she looked great in her boot, scarf, blazer combination.
Megan opted not to change. Whether a senior wants to change or not is up to the individual, when people ask me for my recommendation, my advice is to do what will make you comfortable. If it will stress you out to try and change, then don't. The change in look is certainly not worth stressing over. If you are worrying about when to change or how or into what, then that's not necessarily conducive to a productive sitting. As a rule, the more relaxed you are, the better the pictures. As you can tell from Megan's pictures, not changing certainly seemed to suit her. And as a matter of fact, her sweet, sunny disposition and beautiful smile put me at ease. Hey wait, I think it is supposed to be the other way around, aren't I supposed to put her at ease?? Whichever way it worked, it certainly was a pleasure to work with Megan.
Megan is another one of my seniors that is a writer. I really hope that all these writers remember me in the cold, dark winter when I am struggling to find things to write about every day. What do you say, Megan, you'll send me some of your stuff to use this winter, right? Please?? Megan is also very petite. I am not petite, I am 5' 8" (well I used to be, now it may be more like 5'7") and one of my best friends in high school was just a hair under 5 feet. I used to be so jealous of petite and adorable she was, well let's just say that I got kind of the same feelings around Megan, although Megan was such a doll that the feeling only lasted a second or so. There's an ivy arch at the estate that I used to pose seniors under last year, well it has grown so much that Megan was one of the few that I could pose that way this year. Sigh, I would have looked like some kiind of a tree monster if I attempted this pose.
Thank you Megan for choosing me to share your senior year with you. I am so glad that I ran into you that day. It was so nice to spend a beautiful afternoon with you and your mom, I hope that you have a wonderful senior year, enjoy it to its fullest!! Take care and best wishes for a happy, successful future.
Courtney is another one of those kids that I have known forever from my church. I am so very thankful for all the wonderful kids that church has brought into my life. You will not find a nicer bunch of kids anywhere. Of which, Courtney is definitely one, she is an absolute sweetheart, and really pretty to boot! Speaking of boots, Courtney had on a great pair of boots, I loved them. I have said it before but man, do I love boots being in style, such a great look. And with her height, they looked especially good on Courtney.. .
The foliage was still pretty, a fact that we took full advantage of. And Courtney is another athlete, she plays volleyball. As a matter of fact, she was named player of the match last week. It really suits me to have all these athletes to work with because I really like to walk around while I work. It probably wouldn't work with everyone but it really seems to work for me and the kids that I work with. I find it easier to talk and relax with each other if we are walking side by side instead of my full attention being directed on them the entire time. I think that it breaks it up to have little walks between poses and it gives me a chance to get to know my subject. Courtney didn't seem to mind, that's for sure, she let me drag her all over the place. We were way in the back where even I hadn't really explored yet. We even got photo bombed by the cutest little puppy, he went right over and sat on Courtney's lap. Luckily, Courtney is a self-proclaimed animal lover.
I loved the dress that Courtney changed into, it was just perfect for a fall day (and went perfectly with the boots!) We decided to head up to the front of the estate (you know, because we pretty much got all of the rest of it already!) which was perfect because the leaves looked great, as did Courtney!
After we finished up front, we decided to head to the house. I had asked Courtney at the beginning if she was changing and when she said yes, I planned accordingly and decided to end our time with the house.
Thank you Courtney for your faith in me and for allowing me to help you capture some of your senior year. I wish you all the best for this year and for the future. Thanks for being such a good sport and for not minding that I walked you all over the place. Now you can say, as the old song goes, "these boots are made for walking" and it will be true. Enjoy senior year, I hope it's fabulous!
I have such a fun day on tap today. I am taking my daughter on a college visit to Roger Williams and I get to meet with these two favorites.
Once we decided that this date would work, I asked their mom if consider meeting us down there because that area is so pretty plus as an added bonus, we would get a new location out of it. The girls and their mom are just awesome so of course, they said yes!! And it supposed to be a pretty nice day out there today, sunny in the mid-50s, after snow on Sunday and a blustery day yesterday, I will gladly take it!! Nice weather + favorite subjects + new place to shoot + spending quality time touring a college with my daughter = wonderful day. Hope that you all have a wonderful day too!!
Oh Yamile, where to start with Yamile? Let's start with the fact that she is very pretty, very naturally so, and so nice. I had never met Yamile and her mom before but it took me all of 2 seconds to realize that I was in for a wonderful morning, and that it was my loss that I hadn't met her yet. She had a very flattering, and very colorful, top on to start. We started out by heading toward the house but of course, we stopped a couple of times on the way.
Yamile also brought a gorgeous navy blue dress to change into. It was very simple and had a classic look, much like Yamile herself. So it was no wonder that she looked stunning in it. We continued our trek around the property and Yamile was such a good sport. No matter where I posed her, including on a bench that took some maneuvering for her to get onto. she rocked it!.
Yamile is an athlete, she plays soccer. That probably explains why she didn't complain when I made her walk the entire grounds, near and around the mansion. Actually not only did she not complain, she seemed to enjoy it, I know that I did!
We had decided beforehand that we were going to move to a lake down the street when we were finished. I am so glad that we did, the foliage at the lake was great and it was very peaceful over there. Plus we got a picture with the 15 boat, perfect for a member of the Class of 2015. I loved Yamile's outfit, she looked very elegant in a black top with white pants.
Yamile's mom was with us and at the very end of our time together, Yamile asked if we could possibly get some pictures of the two them together. I said, "Aww, how sweet" (as I am sure many of you did, too). The answer was an emphatic yes!
Thank you, Yamile, for choosing me to document your senior year. It was a pleasure to meet you and get to spend some time with you and your mom. I wish you all the best for this year and the future. Take care and good luck.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful, and safe, Halloween last night. In honor of Halloween, Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel. The beauty of Bugs is that there is one for every occasion. Happy Saturday, everyone!