Last week, my husband and I flew to Tacoma, Washington to visit our amazing family that boasts three incredible children; two of which are celebrating the end and near end of their high school career.
I had been asked to photograph the senior portraits of my nephew who astoundingly graduated from high school this summer along with receiving an associates degree from their local community college. He completed his senior year along with two years of college in one year. Absolutely amazing.
However, this very grown-up young man was not as interested in being photographed for his senior pictures as was his slightly younger sister, entering her junior year of high school. So we masqueraded a portrait session of my niece as a way to sneak in some precious brother and sister portraits and a few solo portraits of my nephew.
This is not the first time that I have combined family portraits into a senior portrait session because it is not just a celebration of graduation but a recognition of a change in the family household. My niece, the middle child, will now be elevated to the position of senior-in-house sibling. With my nephew’s move into a college dorm, the family dynamic will be forever changed until it is time for my niece to leave.
The other intricacy of this portrait session is that we had to squeeze it into a mini-session with the crazy work schedules of these teenagers. With our limited amount of time we had to do all of the photography in and around their home except for a few shots at the end.
This image was actually the first photograph from our session. I wanted to balance out the outdoor portraits of the shoot with this dreamy, fashionista style portrait. I love sharing the behind-the-glamour moments of how I create my images. In this photograph, my niece is actually posed in the guest bedroom, luggage and furniture pushed aside while I am balancing on top of my guest bed.
This was my second trip to Tacoma so I was not overly familiar with the area. When my niece requested photographs along a colorful wall, the only place I knew to take her was the local grocery story. So these images are against the backside of their local groceria.
I always say that anyone can take pretty pictures in a gorgeous setting but I love the challenge of creating great portraits in limited spaces with crazy time constraints. It makes me feel like the McGuyver of portrait photography.
Though my niece is a stunning, natural beauty; I did have the honor of also styling her hair and makeup for this portrait session.
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