Sometimes I really click with clients. I mean, I get along great with ALL my families, but sometimes we really bond during the session, during the picture-selection time, during the entire time we are in contact. A print delivery turns into much needed conversations about family, friends and life. I'm invited to the graduation party. We keep in touch.
This family is one of those. Mom and I connected like two old friends and Dad is a big softie - I learned that when I showed them their daughter's senior photos. (oh, the tears!) And then, of course, there's Riley.
Riley and I had so much fun playing around at her photo shoot. I immediately felt like like she was my little sister, not just "a client". Plus, wow, she is an adorable girl -- no, I take that back. She's not adorable at all. Riley is a beautiful girl. GORGEOUS. And she has had some amazing experiences that as someone (roughly) twice her age, I can't even come close to. Which of course adds to her allure.
For example, would you believe me if I said THIS girl trained with the Israeli Army? For real. In Israel. Once I learned that, I was sure to be on my best behavior with her since she could probably kill me with her pinky toe.
One of the things I love most about shooting senior portraits is that I get to just PLAY. RELAX. HAVE FUN. The kids realize after a short minute that this won't be your average stiff photo shoot. And then they loosen up and enjoy themselves. And then I get shots like the one above. Or this one...
Riley is definitely a girl I want to keep my eye on... I want to know what she's up to next. Surely, whatever it is, it will be something BIG.
Good luck, girl! You can do anything you want. The world is yours for the taking. Go. Do. You've totally got this!
And Mom, I will buy an extra share of Kleenex stock in your honor. And flood insurance. ;)
Hey you - Class of 2016. You're up next! Let's get your senior photos done early so you can show them off to all your friends all year long. (You know you want to!)