A Crazy Day

We did this session after school on a day when the Austin traffic was terrible and the light was fading fast! Sydney said she hadn't had the best day but was game to give it a try. I know senior year can be pretty high pressure and I really appreciated her willingness to set the grind aside. Once we got started the session just flowed, we were able to generate that terrific energy that lights up the camera. We turned on the twinkle lights and had a blast. 


Magic - It's a real thing.

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“It’s in there!” I say this after every shoot. The feeling that I have captured something personal about my subject grows as I work. The funny thing is, I never know exactly when the magic will strike; when our conversation, a fleeting expression and a passing cloud will combine to create a “that’s it” image. I know it’s not just luck, but I’m still so humble when it comes to pinpointing the magic of creating a compelling photograph.


One thing I know for sure; it’s not about trying to control everything or holding back waiting for perfection. I can’t think of two bigger magic killers! It’s about trusting that when we ease into the flow of working together, that real and beautiful stuff is going to show up. That combination is irresistible. It doesn’t hurt that I’m forever fascinated with light; how it wraps around a face, sets a mood and where it can be found. But the most important part is the experience shared in making photographs, it’s that connection, that has nothing to do with the camera and everything to do with the beauty of the moment. It’s also what keeps me returning to the camera, day after day, year after year. I often think of the session as a dance, sometimes I follow your lead and sometimes you follow mine. And in the end, they’re always in there, hidden between the frames, the gems of your most vibrant self.


Portraits of Her Senior Year -- A trace or two left of summer.

Sometimes my cell phone just has to do the job. An Iphoneography class is on my list of things-to-do, but until then, point and click works for me, especially on vacation! This summer we went to visit family in England and Ireland. I have a million phone shots, but these are three of my favorites. That’s Stevie at the door of the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. We actually went inside and took a tour -- definitely one of the trip highlights. The story of the family who built it and still lives there is almost as intriguing as the BBC series. Hubby and I took the selfie with the “&” sign on our 25th wedding anniversary at our little B&B in Devon, England. Ahwww! It’s a little corny, I know, but I LOVE that shot!

 

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.