At some point during our session, she turned to me and asked, “Is this adventure blog worthy?”
A few weeks ago I had a senior portrait session with Amanda. It started off great. We had a lovely 55-ish degree day that was cloud-covered, plenty of beautiful colors left on the trees, and we had TONS of time to play.
Well, in the ten minutes it took us to put together outfits and decide where, on the 30 acre property, to head first, the temperature dropped 10 degrees. I kid you not.
Amanda was a trooper, though, and we headed out in the golf cart. ‘Cause — you know — that’s how we roll.
On the way to our first destination, we stopped three times as we found other places she liked. One of the places she liked happened to be in the middle of a blackberry patch. She was undeterred, though! I handed her my light stand to use to steady herself (and to moosh down the briars) and she just climbed right in.
Once we plucked all of the briars from her legs, we headed down the hill to shoot by the pond. One of the awesome things about Amanda is her adventurousness. Not only did she have no problem shimmying along the hillside to get into the perfect spot for a reflection shot (this one just cracks me up because she is talking to me — with her hands)…
… but when she saw a perfect little impossible-to-get-to cove that she wanted to pose in, she didn’t even hesitate when I pulled out the canoe and told her to jump in. Of course, we did almost capsize… a couple of times… with my camera on board. Ah, but we didn’t!
A quick wardrobe change and another 5 degree temperature drop and we were off again. Oh, yeah, and it had started drizzling by this point.
Once at our next location, we had lots of stuff. Cameras, a chair, light modifiers, a brush. Amanda just jumped right in and helped carry stuff.
At one point she became obsessed with my reflector.
We had a brush with us the entire day — as mom requested. We had to get a shot of it in use to prove that it was used!I love the look on her face here. She is in the middle of one of those laughs that catch you off guard.
Our last stop of the day is an area that my family refers to as the Flat Rock. It’s just that – a large flat rock that juts out into the creek. Only, you have to traverse a steep little hill to get to it. On the way back up, Amanda still had on a crinoline AND was carrying some fabric. I looked up and this was what I saw.
I don’t think most of these are in focus because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hold the camera still enough. When our session was over my cheeks hurt. Amanda is a hoot!
These were some of the outtakes, but if you want to see Amanda’s entire session, check out the slideshow below. She was a lot of fun to work with because she’s a creative person. I was able stretch my creative legs and include some shots that I wouldn’t normally take at a senior session.
Amanda, thank you for a fun day, for trusting me with your images, and for being so darn awesome!
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