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.
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!
"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!
25 Dynamic Marching Bands...
... competed a few weeks ago at Sumner county's own Station Camp High School. The marching invitational is sponsored and run by the Station Camp Thundering Herd under the direction of Jim Reed, and The SC Band Boosters. In addition to the hard work of parents and vendors, this invitational would be impossible without the hundreds of hours put in by the Thundering Herd band students, led by Drum Majors Brian Mason and Ashley Leininger. Frankly, it was a brutally hot day, yet the bands performed artistically & wonderfully despite heat advisory warnings. Band kids are TOUGH! Marching bands condition long hours in the middle of the day through the summer holiday months to prepare- but I have to say I was so impressed at how effortless they made it look to carry several pounds of weight, doing intricate choreographed performances in 100 plus degrees.
BEECH HIGH BUCCANEER BRIGADE
CLARKSVILLE MARCHING BAND
COLUMBIA CENTRAL MARCHING BAND
DICKSON CO. MARCHING BAND
WEST CREEK MARCHING BAND
WHITE HOUSE MARCHING BAND
HENDERSONVILLE HIGH MARCHING BAND
MT JULIET HIGH MARCHING BAND OF GOLD
TULLAHOMA MARCHING BAND
SUMMIT HIGH MARCHING BAND
STATION CAMP THUNDERING HERD EXHIBITION PERFORMANCE
JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AWARDS-
MORE photos of shows and awards CAN BE VIEWED AT THIS LINK (email required):
Thank you to Station Camp Thundering Herd for asking me to cover your awesome contest! Congrats on a fantastic day & show!
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!
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.
This session was featured on the front page of Seniorologie.com!
This was my first time doing prom mini sessions- and I want to do more as soon as possible! We had a gorgeous day in Hendersonville Tennessee for senior prom pictures, amazing funny and happy kids, and lots of bright beautiful dresses. Stunning looks from these up and coming young women and men.