Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Senior Portrait Session :: Sarah {Elizabethtown HS / Class of 2011}

Here are two things you normally don't associate with a senior portrait session: chicken poop and a ridiculously huge garden spider! You'd think I would not be surprised by things like this when photographing on a farmette... but (hopefully) no clothing was ruined and no people spiders hurt during Sarah's portrait session. After nearly a week of random rain and thunderstorms, we were blessed with a beautiful evening and stayed long enough to capture every ray of warm summer light. I love working with seniors because each session is different, like when I asked Sarah's mom, "umm, Sue, can you chase that chicken out of the way?" (nearly a hundred chickens, and one wants the spotlight :-) We also had plenty of options on this beautiful property~ including a funky little door, which housed the said spider... Sarah and I were ready to run if it popped out from under the rock!

Sarah has the most beautiful hazel eyes and LONG eyelashes~ she did an amazing job and was so patient~ she (and her mom) also did a great with selecting colors and textures for her clothing that will really look amazing when the images are put together in a collage.

This Elizabethtown Area High school senior is thinking of attending nursing school after she graduates next spring, and I think with her sweet, caring attitude, she would make a wonderful nurse wherever she works.  Here are a few of my faves from her session~ seriously, how gorgeous is she... ???

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