Laurel's Eighth Grade Graduation Session

May 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I recently finished editing photos for Laurel's eighth grade graduation.  It was kind of bittersweet, because while her family and I are very happy with how the photos came out, I also have known Laurel since she was a tiny thing, using sippy cups and splashing in a baby pool.  Seeing how she has grown into this beautiful young woman, who is funny and kind and personable but still loves animals just as much as she did as a two-year-old, makes me nostalgic.

Here is Laurel (with my daughter, Katelyn) at Halloween, circa 2005, when they were 3 years old:

And Laurel now:

Enough of my sentimentality!  Laurel made this session fly by-she is so easy to work with.  She seems to know exactly what I'm looking for when I start describing a pose.  We started with some patio photos while the sun was still high in the sky.  

Many of these were taken with Laurel holding a bouquet of wild-looking flowers that I picked up the day before.  I told the florist I wanted something that looked like she could have picked it out of a field-nothing bridal for these photos!  We came up with larkspur, purple wax flowers, blue delphiniums, and even some lavender.  

Laurel and her mom agreed to wait until the sun was low on the horizon and the light was perfect so we could move out into the open.  I can't stress enough how important this is.  It made the difference between photos with a blown-out background and harsh shadows, and beautiful images where Laurel's hair looks like a halo.  The golden light at sunset is my favorite to work with.  Sunrise is pretty too, but good luck getting photographers teenagers to smile at that hour!  Laurel braved mosquitoes and stickers, all completely compliantly, and the results were gorgeous:

The years are going by TOO fast, but I wish Laurel and her class a happy eighth grade graduation, and memorable, wonderful high school years!  Much love.  






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