About two and a half years ago, I decided I wanted to really get serious about my photography, and specifically photographing people. Photographing people seemed much harder for me than photographing landscapes and flowers.
So, I needed to practice, and practice a lot.
At that particular time, I had only one model at my disposal on a regular basis.
You've met him before, but here's a reminder just in case you've forgotten.
These three pictures are a great representation of what I got whenever I could convince junior to let me practice my portrait photography.
He made me pay, and he made me pay big.
In case you're wondering, it's totally possible to be furious with someone while laughing hysterically at the same time.
However, angry laughing aside, after this particular shoot (which followed on the heels of several other similar shoots) I was pretty bummed. I needed a willing model who would actually behave themselves if I wanted any chance of getting better.
Kayla has been buddies with my youngest since grade school, and I'm surprised I didn't think of calling her sooner.
Like, before I'd pulled all my hair out and pinched my charming boy black and blue.
Over the next couple years, Kayla was game to model absolutely any time I had a whim to get my camera out.
Kayla was instrumental in my decision to start my small senior photography business.
And my son was instrumental in my decision to make my senior photography business for girls only.
Before I knew it, it was time for Kayla's senior pictures. We wanted to do something very fun and different. She knew she wanted flowers floating in the water and she knew she wanted pink, and we both wanted it to be soft and ethereal and dreamy. So we grabbed a boat and every fluffy, soft and cushy pink thing we could find and set out to create our floating photo vision.
I have to give a huge shout out to Kayla's mom, Tamsen. The boat had a mind of its own and Tamsen got a major workout making it cooperate.
Kayla, on the other hand, did not get any form of workout at all. I think she almost fell asleep several times. In fact, we could barely get her out of the boat when we were done, and who could blame her. Given the opportunity, I don't think I would have ever left that pillow filled, floating photo prop myself.
The pictures turned out just as we hoped.
A girl, almost grown, dreaming about all her future holds.
Dreaming about all the possibilities.
Dreaming about her life ahead.
Thank you for letting me practice.
Thank you for helping me get better.
Thank you for being so fun.
Thank you for sending all your friends my way.
Thank you for being you.
Best wishes in everything you do and everywhere you go.