senior portraits

Tempo and Trust

Meet Melissa -- she’s a gentle soul. I’m not saying she doesn’t have a million other attributes that will guarantee her future success, like being smart, funny and clearly a razor sharp thinker. But her gentle nature is one of the things that strikes a person when you first meet her, it has nothing to do with the outer package (beautiful, I know), her warmth glows from within.

So how do I approach a session that originates from the inside and rolls outward? Well, to be honest, it takes a little time and shines brightest with a healthy dose of trust.  I worked with Melissa for over two hours. I can shoot a session more quickly if need be, but all things being equal, I believe authentic gestures come out over time. It’s these gestures and expressions that come forth as self consciousness falls away -- and it’s spontaneous, self expression that I look for with my lens. It’s never about being over posed and told to smile!

The first image with the wisteria was created at the very beginning of our session. Once you can see beyond her stunning beauty, you may find the intrigue of her quiet reserve. I see mystery, calm and strength. The middle two images show how I have begun to earn her trust and we are really having fun. Sessions are always pretty high energy and we laugh a lot. I guild, nudge and strive to create an environment where freedom reigns! The final image is one of the last of the session, the sun has almost set. We’d been on a little journey together and this last one shows how fun loving Melissa is, suggests her promise for the future, and momentarily captures her free spirit.

Once the session is complete, I get to quietly mine the images we’ve created to portray the heart of a young soul. It’s wonderful work. If you’d like to see the rest of the portraits I presented to Melissa and her family, click here.


Yearbooks!

It's Fall!  I know that seniors and their parents have so much on their minds right now, SAT/ACT testing, college selections and college apps, not to mention all the senior year activities! Remember that yearbook deadlines are also coming up to submit your tribute pages and senior portraits -- and we don't mean the ones they line you up for on the first day of school:) 

There's still time to have your very own beautiful portraits made at Sparks Studio, and to have those amazing images in the yearbook that you'll keep forever! 

Your senior yearbook really is a time capsule, and we want to make sure you have the best memories possible to look back on! Contact us now and we'll plan a portrait session that'll be so much fun!!


Portraits of her Senior Year -- Is it a race or a meditation?

Meet Stevie. She’s a lover of romance, my daughter and a high school   senior .  She’s amazing and she can swim fast! I noticed how this image is a great metaphor for our life together. Sometimes her growing-up feels like a marathon, we’re always trying to get somewhere. Other times, it’s so smooth, as we slip into the spring and flowing downstream together. If you follow along, you’ll be reading more about Stevie and her escapades during her last year as a full time resident at home. Right now she’s buried in college applications, class requirements and just trying to get it all done. It’s a little stressful. This shot is at Barton Springs and was made in the lazy days right before school started. It’s one of the many portraits I’ll make with her this year.     

Meet Stevie. She’s a lover of romance, my daughter and a high school senior. She’s amazing and she can swim fast! I noticed how this image is a great metaphor for our life together. Sometimes her growing-up feels like a marathon, we’re always trying to get somewhere. Other times, it’s so smooth, as we slip into the spring and flowing downstream together. If you follow along, you’ll be reading more about Stevie and her escapades during her last year as a full time resident at home. Right now she’s buried in college applications, class requirements and just trying to get it all done. It’s a little stressful. This shot is at Barton Springs and was made in the lazy days right before school started. It’s one of the many portraits I’ll make with her this year.