Monday, October 5, 2009

Senior Portrait Session :: Morgan

Before I had even met Morgan, a senior at Palmyra High School, I had scouted the location for her session and was really excited to find a patch of long, dried, practically dead grass~ I know, you're thinking this doesn't sound too exciting, but seriously I could envision the finished image of her standing there, playing her violin. At our pre-session meeting, my heart did a little leap when I saw her beautiful long hair and again when she brought out her homecoming dress~  there it was! the black dress...her gorgeous, long flowing hair... the sun setting just beyond the hill... it was bound the perfect combination.

Thankfully all the elements came together (including that sunset) and this vision literally came true. Certainly I am not the first one to create an image like the one below, but it is a first for me! This is one of the reasons I absolutely LOVE what I do and working with seniors has been so unbelievably create a unique piece of art, an image that truly represents who they are right now and a glimpse of who they will be in the future.

Morgan plans to go to college to major in physical therapy and is thinking of starting at Lebanon Valley College, so it was the perfect backdrop for her session. I really enjoyed getting to know her and her mom a little more and we had fun walking around the beautiful campus garden, which was a new addition since I attended LVC oh-so-many years ago. Best wishes for all you do, Morgan! Thanks for being so sweet and patient.

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