Bonus blog post today!! I just can't help myself. I had so much fun with Sarah this morning that I couldn't wait to show you all at least one. Sarah was such a pleasure to work with, very natural and comfortable with herself.
Ok, maybe more than one, I have to share these too. Think of it as the bonus blog post getting a bonus. A double bonus and regular readers know how I love those!! Sarah has such a sense of humor, she absolutely loved it when this llama sauntered right over and posed with her.
I hope to have Sarah's pictures on the blog on Monday so keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the pictures from this really fun session.
Much like the cowbell in this classic Saturday Night Live skit, we always need more Brendan on the blog! Well, he's back to help me showcase a new product. He (or more accurately his mom) has been my human guinea pig for this whole senior picture process. Need to know if I like taking senior pictures, ask Brendan if you can take his. Need to know if my monitor is properly calibrated, print out pictures of Brendan. Want to see what a collage looks like printed, make one of Brendan. Need to know how to submit a picture for the yearbook, ask his mom to find out and let you know.
Speaking of his mother, she has been thrilled with all the results, most especially the fact that Brendan didn't totally hate the process. In fact, some things he has actually liked. When she showed him the collage, he said, "Wow, thanks for doing that." Anyone with teenagers knows how rare a spontaneous, heartfelt thank you is and how great it can make you feel. And if it's a boy and it's for a picture of themselves, well unprecedented.
I had a MAJOR case of deja vu last night: Work with another terrific teenager, check. Have her pose naturally and gracefully, check. Feel really, really old (and wrinkly), check. Gain credibility with my kids when one of their friends asked if I will take her senior pictures (class of 2015, nothing like being prepared, I guess), check.
Last night I was lucky enough to get a chance to work with Alyssa and it was so much fun. She claimed she wasn't any good at posing (umm, yeah, I'd LOVE to see what the pictures would look like if she thought she was any good at it).
Like her friend Ryan, Alyssa made me feel really, really old. Mainly because I sat about 2 feet away from her and snapped pictures of her face, and her face and the pictures, well they were just FLAWLESS. If you were to take a picture of me that close, well I don't even want to think about it! Take a look:
Alyssa was a really terrific sport, whatever I asked, she did. I was pretty relentless, kind of like Sam I Am in "Green Eggs and Ham". Do you want to take pictures here?:
In a tree? You may like them, you will see:
I think that Alyssa may have been lucky that I didn't see a fox or a mouse or a train, well maybe not the train, that might have really worked!
To see the rest of Alyssa's pictures, please click here.
I have known Brendan a long time (I promised I wouldn't embarrass him so I can't say how I know him) and he's a terrific guy. He's got a really quick wit and a strong sense of right and wrong. So when his mother saw the pictures I took of my daughter and her friends from earlier this summer and asked me if I could take some senior pictures of him, I knew that it would be a pretty easy task. The only reservation that I had was where to take them. It is so much harder to find a good spot with guys. Actually I don't mean hard, just different. With girls, beaches and flowers and things like that immediately spring to mind but those aren't really "guy" locations. We thought of Fenway Park but obviously that would be difficult logistically. After some thought, we decided on his high school grounds and we were all pleased with the results.
But he was not too pleased to don a shirt and tie in front of the high school where anyone could see him. But he did it with a grin and bear it attitude (definitely more grin than bear).
How serendipitous is this? That's a "B" mowed into the lawn (to celebrate the Bruins win).
My favorite of the day (I think).
Or maybe this one is my favorite. I love the look of the clouds and we did dodge a bullet, the skies completely opened up about 15 minutes after we finished.
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