Anna, class of 2009

For Anna’s blog post, I’m giving it all away in the first photo. Here is is, my FAVORITE shot of the day. I couldn’t help posting it first. (Yep, I was the kid in school who ate her dessert first. I guess I’m still the same way.) I just LOVE these first two shots.

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So let’s tell Anna’s story a bit. She is very athletic and always has been, but she’s more than just that. She is creative, loves photography, singing in the car and never misses a “Grey’s” episode. So I wanted to blend her feminine side along with the power of her athletic side. Looking at her other empty hand I’m kicking myself for not having her hold her cell phone to make it even more authentic. (Am I right mom? ha ha…)

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The night I got home from shooting Anna’s session I Twittered that I just shot a senior with eyes bluer than my son, Miles. I didn’t think that was possible, but good gracious, Anna’s eyes are GORGEOUS!!!! I PROMISE you I did not paint her eyes blue. Those are the real deal.

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I’m not usually one to choose light like this, because I like to get light in the eyes, but I really try to capture as many different sides of a person that I can. So even though her eyes are in the shade here, I still dig what’s going on. I think when you see Anna in the full light, her eyes are so beautiful that they are the first thing you notice and you can’t help but stay there. When you see her here, you get to notice other things about Anna that are beautiful like her perfect jawline, eyebrows and hair. You didn’t know I put that much thought into it, did you? 😉

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I love the confidence shown in this photo. I think those arches in the background really compliment her beautiful stature. (P.S. Raise your hand if you are jealous of her long legs. I am! I bet she never has to have her jeans shortened by a foot like I do…)

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When I start a shoot I always tell people to not worry if they are nervous in the beginning because by the end they will be so relaxed and those beginning shots are just part of the process of getting to that point where we have both let our guard down to relax for each other. This next photo was during the last 15 minutes of the shoot and I would definitely say I can really see the real Anna here. This is going to sound so cheesy, but I think that the look in Anna’s eyes is that look she would give someone she loves just as she leaves off on an adventure. Perhaps I see that because she really is heading off to school soon. I just really LOVE her expression here. I hope you do too.

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I had so much fun shooting with you Anna. I hope the rest of your senior year is awesome and of course, much good luck to you as you prepare for college!

Check out more of Anna’s photos in her slideshow, with original music written by John King.

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  • AbraApril 22, 2009 - 6:08 am

    I don’t know which I enjoy more, the pictures or your commentary. Oh and I am totally going to steal that line about the first 15 minutes being about getting comfortable with each other. So right. Never thought of it like that.

  • AprilApril 22, 2009 - 10:26 am

    What a natural, beautiful young lady!!!! What flawless beauty you’ve captured. WOW! Fab photos, Betsy!

  • robinApril 22, 2009 - 11:50 am

    What a beautiful girl! Love these pictures, all of them. Those first two are sweet and I love her smile in the one under the arches (you could just let your jeans drag on the floor like most of us!).

  • CassieApril 22, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    Love her blue eyes! What a cool shoot. 🙂 And I know what you mean about jeans…I actually bought a pair of pants last month that were actually capris but fit me as…pants.

  • GailApril 22, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    WAY TO GO BETS! These are beautiful! My favorite is the one with the fence!

  • JessicaApril 22, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Amazing photos, Betsy! Just curious…did you shoot Anna outdoors at Trinity English Lutheran Church? The background looks very familiar to me. Great job! 🙂

  • indiaApril 22, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    anna your eyes are amazing, I’m in love with all the pictures!

  • Amber LeeApril 22, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Oh these are just beautiful… not only are your pictures getting more flawless by the post but she is just beautiful!! I love how you pay so much attention to details that enhance a person’s genuine beauty and true personality 🙂

  • Diane - DB ImpressionsApril 22, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    Great shots! I think my personal favorite is the fourth one down… and that shirt is kind of popular this year, but it looks GREAT on people with blue eyes!

  • ErinApril 22, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    amazing!!! anna you look amazing! betsy…good work! and john’s music sounds awesome!

  • Heidi Schweitzer-GarciaApril 25, 2009 - 1:47 am

    wow won’t want to have to pick out my favorite on those… awesome!

  • Joni (a.k.a Momma Dee)April 27, 2009 - 10:34 pm

    Thank you are two words that seem so insignificant; but all I can think of when I look at the photos you took of our daughter. You have a great talent and I’m so glad Anna found you (and yes, we are finding it hard to pick our favorite – but then that’s why we’ve decided to each pick our fav-five)! Thanks again Betsy and thank you to all your friends for their nice comments!

  • Pat QuinnApril 28, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    WOW!!! She is beautiful and so is your work. Makes me want to get my daughter’s pictures retaken (but she graduated 4 years ago)!!!