I have a DOUBLE session to share today. Strangely enough, this was not my first twin senior portrait session. And also strangely, I really enjoy photographing two sessions at once. If inspiration is lacking or my client looks a little uncomfortable, I just pop over to my other subject for a while and it's all very fluid and simple. Hm, I should consider this for the future... ;)
We don't need another blog post where I gush on Tuckahoe Plantation more, but I dunno... maybe I should gush on Tuckahoe Plantation some more? It's just one of my absolute favorite places to photograph. No matter the season, it's always so beautiful. There's always something in bloom. And always a location I haven't tried before. It's familiar but I'm still inspired to be creative every time I go.
Fall! It's the busiest time of year for a photographer. I've been squeezing in as many colorful leaf-filled sessions as I can lately, and it's been so fun, crazy, and pretty! Today's senior portrait session was photographed at the lovely Maymont Park in Richmond. We lucked out because it was supposed to rain ALL weekend, but this session was just a little cloudy and didn't start sprinkling until we were finished and walking to our cars. Score. Let this session be yet another testament to the fact that cloudy days are just lovely in photographs! If you have a session scheduled and the weather is iffy, I usually recommend we go for it because I enjoy the not quite sunny, not quite rainy in between weather.
I have some local celebrities for you guys today. All right, I'm not trying to get carried away, but the boys I photographed for this twin senior session really are superstars in the swimming world! Ethan and Clark have already been accepted to the University of Florida and will continue to swim there. I can't wait for them to go to the Olympics one day so I can brag about how I knew them for like an hour one day haha.
I think anyone who follows my blog regularly knows by this point that I have a soft spot for seniors. There's something so fun and carefree about them. This session was no exception!
Kelsey actually contacted me last August about her senior portraits! That seems like a million years ago now, especially because that was before baby Willow was even in the picture and now she's ready to pop out any day. That's perspective for you. But Kelsey's session was delayed a few times due to her family schedules, weather, just various things! And it got back burner-ed. Winter came and went and as graduation approached, Kelsey suddenly needed some senior portraits! And I was so glad we all got back in touch to finish the job!
Bethannie is one of my senior models in The Next Chapter program this year. That means she represents me at her school and gets to participate in all my VIP senior opportunities. She was also a total sweetheart and agreed to let my assistant do some behind the scenes photographing and videoing of our session... so we have lots of behind the scenes material of this session! And Bethannie was the perfect person to do this with because she was just so fun and easy to work with. I just loved her gentle spirit and working with her to create some amaaaazing senior portraits.
Look who's on the bloggy blog today! My little brother, Cade. Cade is a SENIOR this year. If you find that as unbelievable as I do, no worries. I'm pretty sure we're in the majority. When you're ten years older than your youngest brother, your relationship is a little different than it might be if you're closer in age. I mean, when I was 12 I became Cade's full time babysitter. He's always been the baby so it's just crazy to imagine that a year from now he'll be off at whatever university is lucky enough to get him, marching around talking politics with whoever dares to engage him in THAT.
Ashley is one of my senior models from The Next Chapter senior model team. She has the absolute sweetest personality and I'm so grateful to have her on my team! She and her mom struggled for a little while trying to decide where to take her senior portraits. Sometimes it's tough to think of the right place that fits YOUR personality. But then, it occurred to them that the courthouse where Ashley had interned might make a good location and they were SO RIGHT. Not only was Hanover Courthouse gorgeous and meaningful to Ashley, but I felt like it fit her quiet, scholarly personality just perfectly.