Our first location was a park &campground where Angela had some special memories! She actually was there to celebrate an elementary school field trip in the past as well as camping there before. It was a beautiful spot along the Old Hickory Lake in Mt Juliet, Tn with a sweet beach and gorgeous fall colour trees.
The only thing we did not find at the campground was a golden field- one of my favorite portrait locations for warm, glowy skin and bright, contrasty highlights. So we drove down the street a bit to a super glam spot- right behind a gas station! Some interesting details, haha, are just cropped out of frame. With a beauty like Angela however, all you see if her surrounded by soft buttery light.
Remember the first part of Kendalls Senior session at the carnival?
How do you top a session so full of fun? Kendall knew she wanted two different locations for her senior photos so we split up her session for two distinct looks. And she has a certain happy place she likes to go whenever she can...
Enjoy these sneak peeks and see if you can guess where we we visited!
The first thing you notice about Nashville Class of 2017 senior Aubreyel is her infectious, gorgeous smile. She is a smart, vivacious, and beauty with a strength that has pulled her through difficult times. I had a jaw ache from all the smiles and laughter after this fun session in Cumberland Park downtown! Aubreyel dedicated her session to her mom, who her sister and her recently lost to breast cancer. A tragedy like that would be difficult to endure to say the least especially in the flurry of activity that a senior year involves. This lady knows her mom is watching over her, and beams that love and warmth bright enough for her to see in heaven. Nothing embodies fight like a girl like refusing to let anything steal the joy of moms legacy!
Short Creative Humorous
Two seniors this chose the same favorite verse! Both are outstanding people who are true to the William Shakespeare quote:
Although she be but little she is fierce
Emily is planning to attend college at Carson Newman University, in Global Education
The summer after graduation she will be working & traveling to prepare for college, and as always, will be active in theatre, reading and writing! Don't you love her vintage 'keyboard' ;)
What was your biggest fear or worry about prior to the photo shoot?
I felt like I was going to look uncomfortable and awkward in every photo. The outcome was different. I enjoyed the photos and I had a fun time.
What is one piece of advice you have for other seniors preparing for their senior photography session?
It's not as awkward as you may think. Just be yourself and act natural.
Goofy and fun loving as spontaneity journalistic natural light photography is-and I obviously adore it- I am also a long time fan of stylish, classic, painted backdrops and the elegance of famed photographers Lebowitz and Emily Soto. That's why I never can have just one type of lighting- I want em all! Natty and gritty to flash and poised, the more lighting styles one is comfortable with the more opportunities to play and get exactly the look you want. While my simple backdrops are certainly no Oliphants, I love creating them so I can learn more and playing with studio style strobe lighting at home! Thankfully my daughter indulged my Christmas vacation set up with her favorite outfits and her prized vintage marching band shako. Photographers kids y'all, enduring the well documented life to say the least!
Shutter drag! While I LOVE Photoshop as well as my 5DM3 in camera Double exposures- this ain't either of those. Check out Ben Sasso lighting tips for how to play with this technique!
Ah, so glad she still puts up with me!
^ Follow <3
Loyal Motivated Optimistic
After high school 'Bama born beauty Delaney is headed to University of Alabama, to major in Music Education. In the meantime she stays more than busy musically having earned positions on a few different orchestras! The Nashville Youth Orchestra, a division of The Nashville Symphony, and The Williamson County Youth Orchestra both chose Delaney as a performer. Additionally she was in marching band and concert band at her school. Recently, she was also awarded a spot on the All State Band! A National Beta Club member, Delaney is also a member of the Science Club. She spends any free time she finds after that hanging out with friends and at work. So honored to have taken Delaney's senior portraits!
Delaney is an active member of her high school marching band.
Delaney had concerns that she wouldn't look like herself in her session- I mean it can def be awkward to have someone basically staring at you and posing you for over an hour! There is so much excitement about these photos that sometimes seniors also worry about what to wear, how to pose, even what location to pick for a senior portrait sessions.
That is why I feel its so important to tell a senior portrait photographer about your ideas, dreams and activities so they can tailor the session too! Don't feel too shy to ask about all of that, and share you concerns or passions. Not being afraid to think outside the box, and enjoy yourself! I am always excited to hear about creative ideas and plans- and to do everything I can to make them happen. Of course, no matter how much planning that takes place being flexible and keeping that excitement up is also important- the day of Delaney's session downtown Nashville threw us for a few loops with an unscheduled fair at the capitol, and then LSU's homecoming by Nisson Stadium! what followed was a 45 min race to keep the light around downtown searching for parking in the crowds!
We had some challenges, but we still ended up with fantastic photos! The outcome was fantastic. I was so EXCITED when I saw the sneak peek! ~ Delaney
So glad we were early, and allowed some cushion. Despite the urban chaos,, a beautiful soul makes for beautiful photos, and we had great helpers on Delaney's team - her mother and boyfriend- to capture the high school finale of a talented and passionate young lady!
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Bryce is a 2017 senior planning to attend college at Wittenberg University in a Psychology; pre-seminary track. All of his activities are surrounded in music, at church, band camp, and even during vacation he is working on his Trombone or bass guitar. Faith and music are so important to him we actually held his portrait session at his first choice location- his church St. Timothy Lutheran in Hendersonville! I love finding out locations FROM seniors, not because I am completely lazy because (I have a ton of favorite spots)
It is because I want this to be as MUCH about the senior as possible!
St Timothy’s prayer path, pictured below, is a favorite spot at church for Bryce.
According to Lord of Life Lutheran in Minnesota “The prayer path is a profound devotional tool. It can be a source of healing, creativity, self-knowledge and connection with the holy. Typically, the prayer path meditation involves three stages”. Learn more about it by clicking here or go ask at St. Timothy!
While I love that he thought his session was “pretty cool” ( this is sincerely the highest praise from a guy- I know its perhaps not the biggest or most favorite highlight of your year? HA!)
My favorite response from Bryce about his session is his advicefor other seniors preparing for their senior photography session- to “Just say, "yes, mom". It's makes life much easier”
Excellent! This young man is so funny, talented, and wise!
Fun fact: Bryce is the only one in his family that doesn't have brown eyes!
I was excited to meet up a few weeks ago with dedicated and motivated Future Farmers of America student Courtney- class of 2017!
Courtney and her pup Leo were bubbling- like literally bubbly- and charming! Surrounded by her multiple years worth collection of FFA shirts and awards or gable, you could see how important her role as her chapters treasurer is. Courtney judges many local events at fairs and beyond, yet she is just as comfortable playing in the creek and posing with tractors, Courtney's beautiful blue eyes sure lit up the warm late summer afternoon!
Tennessee cowboy Hunter is a class of 2017 senior who works at one of the top horseback riding destinations in Middle Tn- Juro stables. Hunter wanted to incorporate his passion for the outdoors and adventures at the job he loves with his favorite folks- a lot of whom have 4 legs!
This Senior Sunday session was the day after a large stormy afternoon with heavy rain. One just never knows what the Tennessee slate summer weather will bring because we could not have been blessed with a more gorgeous and sunny day! I feel like I had a mini vacation hiking in the woods with Hunter and the beautiful Maggie.
Kendall helped me hit SEVERAL of the items on my summer fair to do list last week all during part one of her Split Senior Session!
1. Go to the Fair!
2. Ride all the rides-especially the carousal!
4. Popcorn, Cotton Candy, and Smoke Bombs
What's a split Senior Session? Oh, funny you should ask, lemme just copy paste my Instagram description of Kendall's:
So whats on YOUR summer fun list???
There is much more to come from Class of 2017's Kendall! I will be sure to update when her part two is ready! In the meantime check out her Junior Prom photos :)
Additionally- I have had the pleasure of knowing Kendall and her family for a few years and they have been with me since I first started out on my own in the photography business - so I have some images from a model shoot and her freshman year band photos!!! And my, can't you see my growth ;)
Enjoy-please don't kill me Kendall!
Cannot wait for fall and part two of Kendall's senior session!
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Hendersonviile, Tn Senior Pictures by
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It was great meeting again with Franklin Tn Senior Briana, a few weeks after her sisters wedding! I was blessed enough to have gotten to know her as her big sister Danielle's maid of honor when I photographed the Belmont and Cheekwood wedding in Nashville. This smart and stunning lady is taking on photography, fashion, and many other pursuits- we met up to take her photos on her way back into town from another college campus visit. Can't wait to hear what she does next!
I met Jayla Palmerin Hendersonville Tn a long while ago, then recently got to join forces with her a few months after she graduated a year early from high school to explore fashion & fairytales, while making her some pretty epic artistic senior portraits. There is an amazing future ahead of this girl, there is a very amazing NOW happening indeed. She already has so many accomplishments- look for big news from her soon! Brains and beauty abound in this 17 year old actor, writer, and blogger at one of the top teen blogs Just Being Jayla!
For this shoot we collaborated on an adventurous artistic idea of fairytales and daydreams....as seniors prepare to embark in the so called 'real world' I feel like it is so important to keep a hold of dreams and magic even in an adult world. We talked about visions for a fashion focused artistic photo shoot where creativity and breaking boundaries- I would love for more adventures with Jayla and other seniors where we really try different things and just have fun!
Jayla began acting at 9, and has always loved it. She has been in several feature films, her most recent being "Remember The Goal", a film about a cross country team, in which she played the role of Shelby. Remember The Goal will premier this August! For updates and showtimes check the official movie Facebook page here.
I brought the camera gear and smoke bombs and Jayla herself styled and did her own MUHA with an assist from mom Melissa!
This spot close to Manchester Tn was as close to Heaven as can be, right here in Tennessee! Visit a waterfall today-please remember to take out everything you bring in...if I can carry light stands, cameras, and gear you can totally carry out your chip bags and pop bottles. It was s ad to see all the garbage folks left behind.
Lots if waterfall info can be found at the state park website
I sought Jayla out because I wanted the opportunity to work with her as well as to explore a personal project for myself. As a fine artist who paints sometimes the instant gratification of setting up and photographing is so fast its exhilarating. The ideas and collaboration are front ended, with the shoot going relatively fast. About half of the creativity comes in the editing process for me. I wanted the chance to combine my two worlds of painting and photography, to slow down and develop the fairytale dreams I was thinking of further.
I spend decent amounts of time researching and learning about photography. I am an eager student of life in general, and hope to always be. Its easy when your studying something your love! I think if I could possibly "learn everything" about photography I would lose all passion for it...boring! So I try to continue making paintings and art for myself to explore artistic purposes and well, just practice! The amount of information as to why personal projects are important is pretty overwhelming but I recommend Episode 232 of Sprouting Photographer, with weekend wisdom by Skip Cohen, interview with Vincent Laforet and this Petapixel article for more concise explanations about WHY.
These images were shot on my 5DM2 & 5DM3 with 85mm, 16mm, and 70-200mm lens. We used natural light for most of the moments, a gold reflector for a few photos. For some dramatic photos Calumet strobes with Paul Buff vagabonds/Cyber Sync transmitters on Cheetah collapsible stands. Can't forget those epic Enola Gaye smoke bombs! I am a little obsessed with them and hope to do MANY more smoke bomb fashion sessions!
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While I have been photographing seniors for several years with a school portrait business, this was the first year I really branched out on my own with longer, exclusive sessions where I had time to show off some amazing young people! I am so proud of you guys, many of you I have come to know and care about- and become friends with your mamas too! Blessings to you all in your adventures!
Violin and viola musician Olivia had already graduated high school when we met at Amulet Farm for her senior pictures portrait session last month! She finished the last of her home school studies in December, and was leaving right from our senior session for college registration. A passionate and intelligent young lady, she loves the instrumental arts and plans to study Interior Designer and get her real estate license after graduating. Olivia said she learns the most when the teacher uses visual ways of teaching and shows what to do. as well as when shetake notes and practice. I had her play for me while we were taking the second set of portraits in field behind Amulets barn, on the antique sofa. I can tell you the practicing Olivia did paid off as I was treated to a classical solo piece, and instantly saw Olivia relax, laugh, and become confidant as she played- it shows in her photos! Music is so powerful. Not surprisingly after playing for me I took her favorite photo of the session below.
I asked Olivia if she could go anywhere for a day, where would she go, and she answered somewhere exotic with a lot of nature and wild life.
So we jumped in the Station Camp Creek ;)
What I was most looking forward to in senior pictures was a fun easy photographer, and that's what I got. I don't think there was a least favorite part tho. I enjoyed it all. -Olivia
It was a dark and stormy night...well not completely! Another rush of excited and gorgeous students headed toprom festivities! Beech High Hendersonville, TN had its Juinor & Senior Prom Saturday, and I was so happy to meet up with two sets of smiling faces! After an afternoon of fun whimsical mini sessions, I headed to Opryland for the crowning of the Mt Juliet HS prom queen and King.