Lakeridge High School Senior Portrait
Lily is a senior at Lakeridge High School. I met with her and her Mom in September and she grabbed my last senior session of the year. We were originally set for the second weekend of October but got rained out. I know everyone wants fall color but timing it out correctly takes more than planning…it takes luck. And we barely got a session in with all the rain we had this year in October! Eek!
I’m not sure if it was their East Coast vibe or what but I instantly loved Lily and her mom Jane. (They moved here last year.) Like I could totally be best friends with both of them! Lily has so much personality that I could see her being a famous actress. She’s 100% herself and I just love that at her age she already knows herself that well. Sometimes I feel like I’m still figuring it out! ha! Lily wanted her portraits reflect her love of theater and to have a fairy feel to the images. They turned out brilliant!
Lily chose an image with the flower crown for her yearbook image and I started to explain how most schools don’t allow props. Most schools are very specific, no hands, no full body, only a headshot and the head needs to be a certain measurement from the top of the frame. (Don’t worry about this, I will prepare your desired image for the yearbook and send so you won’t have to deal with the details.) Lily let me know that Lakeridge doesn’t actually adhere to the rules. Love that! She got her gorgeous flower crown image! Yay!
Can you believe this is the same park as Audrey’s senior portrait session? It’s all about customizing the lil details so every senior portrait session reflects the senior’s style.
This year one of my goals was to get the Mom in for a few shots. Just a few, towards the end when we’re just having fun…nothing formal or super posed. I asked my Senior Squad girls when they’d had a portrait of just them and their mom….most hadn’t recently. Not all the Mom’s wanted to participate and I’m not a pushy person so if you say no that’s fine. Instead of asking the day of the shoot, I prepped Lily’s mom at the consultation and let her know I’d want her in a few shots. The combo of silver blue eyes and dark hair is one I just had to photograph! So captivating. She went through the talk we all do when we’re not sure we want to be in a photograph. I don’t photograph well, I need to lose xlbs, I want this to be about her not me….doing the mom thing where we put ourselves last.
The portrait of Lily and her mom brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Every.single.time. Because I know the feelings she shared with me and I know so many mom’s of seniors have the same thoughts. But in 10 years will you remember those thoughts? Nope. This is important not just for the mom to see herself as I see her….absolutely gorgeous like omg are you kidding me Jane?!?!?! But for the daughter to have in the future. I know that Lily will look back on this one portrait decades from now and I wish I had a portrait like this of me and my mom! Watchout Mom! I’m coming for you this year! hee hee
My work is not done, I feel like I’ve scratched the surface with Mother & Daughter portraits and am excited to continue with the Class of 2018. I hope you’ll let me photograph you.