Good evening fellow blog readers and gallery followers, Erica here! I hope you enjoyed Tomme’s last blog post. I’ve been ‘on her’ about blogging . . . Maybe a little too hard? Whoopsie. But hey, she makes some really valid / interesting / different points. If you haven’t read her last post, perhaps you should. She really elaborates and explains the Celebration of Women.
To add to our Celebration . . . Tonight I want to Celebrate life in a different light . . . That of a Senior. A high school senior, not an elder.
This afternoon was my first attempt at Senior Portraits. I was asked by my sister’s teacher friend — whew, did you follow that? — to photograph her daughter for her Senior Portraits. My first thought was, ‘Sigh. To be a Senior again.’ Then my next thought, ‘What do I do with a Senior?’ Meaning: How do I make a teenage girl look like a teenage girl, without making her look like a woman . . . But, that’s just it. She is a woman now. Right? I mean, after turning 17, aren’t you a legal adult? Isn’t this the start to your ‘life’ of finding out who ‘you’ are as an adult? Seniors are a celebration of ending your childhood and the celebration of finding yourself as an adult . . . The start of a ‘new phase’ of your life.
OH MY. A Senior in High School. A Woman? Oh goodness . . . That’s just scary. Maybe I skipped a step. Or maybe I’m jumping ahead.
This Dutch Fork High School Senior, ‘Rachel’ — ‘woman’ or not — this afternoon, she ROCKED it. First and foremost, I wanted to make sure ‘mom and dad’ had enough ‘normal’ shots. You know, the ones they typically send to the ‘old folks’ — let’s face it, the elderly generation don’t normally like all this rustic / modern / fashion style, they tend to drift towards the simple smile photography. Then, I focused on Rachel, just Rachel. Capturing her style / her personality / her expressions / just her. . .
. . . And take a look at her. Isn’t she beautiful! How can you call this a little girl? — don’t worry mom and dad, she will always be ‘your’ little girl — But these photos are proof of a beautiful woman coming out of her shell, into the real world, off to college, graduating her youth.
‘FIERCE’ as she would say