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.
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…)
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.
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? 😉
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…)
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.
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.