I honestly couldn't have asked for a better senior session this past week. Catching back up with an old friend over a photoshoot sounds like an odd circumstance at first, but it was actually such a fun time! Megan and I were much closer back in middle school, but since our school district offers students the option to choose which high school they want to attend based on their interests, Megan and I went our separate ways. Being able to reconnect with this old friend is just one of many reasons why I love what I do!
Since we spent the whole time catching up and reminiscing on our middle school days, this session was full of laughs. And not just little laughs! We started our session last Saturday night at Irmo Town Park and then met up again on Thursday night at Spring Hill High School. I've done other sessions at Spring Hill before, but only with seniors of other high schools. This session was special in that I actually photographed Megan at the high school she is a current senior at! Such a fun session... definitely one for the books!
This past Wednesday I posted on my instagram story that I wanted to do a spontaneous, free photoshoot that night (stay tuned on my instagram story, I'd love to run a deal like this again sometime), and asked if anyone wanted to shoot. Anna Marie Vernau, one of my awesome senior reps contacted me within 5 minutes that she was free and wanted to meet up! Let me just start by saying words can't describe how much I love the Vernau family. Last Spring, I did Anna Marie's older brother, Joe's senior portraits. I had never done male portraits prior to Joe (besides my siblings) but this sweet family took a chance on me despite my inexperience, and we got some amazing photos! A few weeks before we did that shoot, Anna Marie had signed up to be one of my senior reps for the next school year. In June, Courtney and Anna met with me at the botanical gardens at Riverbanks Zoo, and I learned that Anna Marie is basically a natural model! We hadn't really spoke that much since then, except for when her sweet mom wrote me the kindest review on my Facebook page (on my birthday too!). This week though when we met up, she brought her younger sister, Maggie along. Originally we were just going to photograph Anna Marie, until Maggie had the cutest chambray top on with adorable accessories too. Their outfits coordinated perfectly, so we were able to get some really sweet sister portraits! Also - both girls are SUCH good sports! Sometimes I ask for a client to get in a particular spot by a tree... or basically almost in a tree, and although with other clients I've received some odd looks about my request, but the Vernaus are wonderful and basically jump right into whatever position I need them in! Makes my job SO much easier.. I love it!
The other week I got to reconnect with Savanna, an old friend from middle school, and took her senior portraits! We visited and explored all around downtown Prosperity and Newberry, South Carolina. Since it was a Monday evening, the streets were pretty quiet, and we were able to get some awesome pictures! I could tell she was a little out of her element especially when we were close to the main road and caught some stares... but she was such a good sport all throughout the session. After downtown Newberry, we headed by Spring Hill High School to catch a bit of magic hour light before grabbing some milkshakes at Sonic! All in all, we were really able to catch up through the session, and couldn't believe that we're going to graduate next June and how long ago our middle school days were.
Okay folks, prepare for a photo overload from Lydia's session... I tried to limit myself, honest I did, but I've never had a session come out this well! To say Lydia killed this session would be an understatement!! Almost every photo we took came out beautifully and she was such a good sport about all the ideas I had. Editing these was SO much fun too, mainly because only minimal edits were needed! Once again, the parking garage made for an AMAZING location - the lighting just before 8 am was BEAUTIFUL!
Also, I've never seen anyone with a straight face this good before! I'm so blessed to have Lydia as one of my CSP senior reps... This session was amazing!
Samantha is another one of my sweet senior reps from Gilbert, South Carolina! I so appreciated her making the trip downtown for our session. I had breifly met her last Summer so it was so good to actually get to hang out and get to know her a little better - oh yeah, and take some pictures of this beautiful girl! She's actually a local legend with her adorable preppy instagram and blog. Anyways, we visited the Horizon garage at 7am (after I spent about 30 minutes trying to get to the top) and then walked around the Horseshoe in the middle of the University of South Carolina (where Samantha plans on going for college) and then visited one of my favorite spots downtown, the main branch of the Richland County Public Library system. Needless to say, it was a good day!
For friends in the Chapin area, this entire shoot was photographed at Spring Hill High School. Oh yeah. I live very near the school and always noticed around the evening how much beautiful lighting this location gets. Honestly though I guess I didn't realize just HOW beautiful this lighting would be for a session... It was basically a photographer's dream come true.
This past month I have been so blessed to volunteer for two amazing animal rescues in the Columbia area. I just love dogs so much and I love photography too, so combining the two in hopes of getting these beautiful animals adopted... Let's just say it has been an amazing month filled with nothing but sweet and precious dogs.
Many thanks to this sweet family for such a fun time at Huntington Beach State Park! Although I typically prefer individual portraits... I really enjoyed this family session!
Woop Woop!!! Class of 2018, it is