My photography journey began well over 15 years ago now with a cheap little film camera. In nearly everything I’ve ever photographed, there are usually people (or my dogs over the years, because of course). While I have always appreciated the beauty of landscape photography or other subjects, nothing else has ever really called to me. I love people and as I have explored and learned more over the years, I have a stronger appreciation and desire to capture the beauty and essence of a person.
Senior photography is especially near and dear to my heart because I have the opportunity to work with so many beautiful souls living in an incredibly exciting chapter of life. I remember all of the insecurities as you are figuring out who you are which is why I find such joy in capturing the beauty I see in each of the girls we work with.
Last year, I was introduced to Project Beauty from Ohio photographer, Thomas Nguyen, and I knew that this was something I really wanted to do with our senior girls. The goal was to capture the girls’ natural, beautiful selves. I wanted to get different expressions and my absolute favorites are their laughs, because it really is amazing how much joy can affect how you feel when you see someone. Makeup is wonderful and fun to play with, but the way God made us and our inner self is the most beautiful we will ever be so I hope this will be a boost of confidence. My favorite part of this process was showing the girls the camera as we are shooting and hearing “I didn’t think I would like these as much as I do!” and having moms comment about how glad they were that we decided to do this shoot, because they see their beautiful baby girl in these images.
I think it is so important to take time every day to truly appreciate how wonderful and amazing we are. It is so easy to get down on yourself, but the people in your life know who you are and see how beautiful you are. Remember how you feel about your friends, your mother, your grandmother and how beautiful you think they are in spite of what they might feel. I am so proud of our senior girls for really focusing on how important inner beauty is. This will definitely be a shoot we continue each year!