I love when dancers want senior photos. We had so much fun on this shoot! I love dance photography, so this gives me the chance to do more of what I love. They always know how to move their bodies, and keep movement flowing during a shoot. Really I love when any senior incorporates what they love to do be it music, cheer, dance, sports - into their shoot. This is such a big part of their lives through those teen years, and it’s something that sadly often falls away as you grow up. It’s fun to remember what you loved and what made you YOU.
I love watching as Seniors bloom in front of my lens. They start shaking off their discomfort as the shoot goes on and they become THEM. I love hearing their future goals and plans, where they plan to go, what they plan to do, and then I love sitting back and watching them work towards their goals and watching where life takes them. Have a goal. Dream big. Reach far. Life is too short to just settle.
E.E. Cummings said “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
I would have never understood that quote when I was younger. I was sure I knew it all. I was sure I knew my future and how it would all be laid out. I didn’t have a clue how much the years would teach me. And teach me they did. When I’ve been in the moments of learning lessons, I have often wanted out quickly. But when I look back at the heartache. The hurt. The trying times. These are the times that required me to stretch the furthest, to go the distance, to really find out who I was.
Find those experiences that will stretch you and walk through the fire. It will refine you and break you, but you will find who you truly are meant to be.
It’s been such a fun couple of weeks photographing these awesome seniors. This was not a thing when I was a senior but I wish it had been. I would have liked to be able to look back and see me during that time, my personality, how I looked, been able to dress up and have fun. It’s such an exciting time in life, new adventures, growing up, experiences that you’ve never had before, moving to new places. You feel so much older and so unencumbered by life. It’s a good place to be.
When I saw on facebook that this sweet girls dad's fight with cancer had come to an end, my heart just broke for her and her family. I have been photographing this gorgeous dancer for years now, and I have grown to just love her and her mama. They are good people. Losing a loved one is hard. Really hard. Losing a father or mother or husband is harder. Especially when you are still so young. It's really REALLY hard when the week your father dies, you have to put a smile on your face and get on stage and dance, because you have commitments, and you are in a performance. Watching this girl dance on stage at dress rehearsal last night for Sleeping Beauty made my eyes tear up. Her strength, elegance, and passion in such a difficult time is amazing. It takes a strength no one can understand who hasn't lost a parent to get up and get back to "normal" even months after. To do it within the same week, takes more then you can even imagine. Stay strong pretty lady. Sending you so much love and peace as you dance on that stage this weekend! You make your daddy proud.
It makes me super sad when my dancers I've been photographing for years finally reach senior status and graduate and move away! Makes me tear up a little everytime. It's crazy to watch these pretty dancers grow up and move on while I'm still here in this little valley. But it's fun to see what they do with their lives and where they go and the adventures that life takes them on. It's especially fun when they come back and I get a chance to photograph their weddings, so I usually get to see them again and keep contact, which makes me super happy! Because each of these dancers definitely hold a special place in my heart.
Go spread those wings you gorgeous girl! Keep dancing, and live a million dreams!
I'm a huge fan of my beautiful seniors I get the opportunity to photograph! In the past I have limited how many seniors I take, and because of getting so many requests for this year, I've opened up more senior photo spots. Now is the time to get yours booked! Especially if you are graduating in 2019 and want Spring of Fall photos. It's always a good idea to get them out of the way and done. You won't regret it when you are filling out all those college papers and finishing up all your classes to graduate. Let me help take that stress off of you!
It's never too soon to book your Senior Photography Session! I only take a limited number of seniors each year, so be sure to contact me to get on my calendar! I love getting the chance to run around with my seniors and see the world through their eyes and capture what matters to them.