Senior portraits are one of my favorite sessions to photograph. It’s a milestone in life that is full of excitement, anticipation, nervousness, appreciation, fear and a little sadness to move on from the family and friends that have been so dear. They are a quick moment that summarizes a young woman or young man’s transition from child to adult. Parents are trying to hold onto their baby that they have loved and cared for physically and emotional for 17 or 18 years. At the same time each senior is trying to find themselves; who they are; where they belong; what will life have in store for them. Every young woman has been flooded with propaganda from society, friends and family telling her what it means to be a woman. Senior year through college she begins her own journey of deciding what kind of woman she wants to be. Our senior portrait session is a quick moment in which I have the honor of observing this process; exploring with each pose where she is in that process and where she wants to be. At the same time, seeing her with her parents eyes and holding onto to her innocence. Freezing a moment that embodies all of the joy, laughter and personality of their baby girl that they will always cherish.
Jourdyn is going to be a bold, brilliant, respectful and successful woman. From the initial phone call to the presentation. I could hear her confidence as she handled everything herself and know what she was looking for. Her ambition to approach the next journey in life was evident in our conversations and how she presented herself. Yet, she hadn’t let go of her childlike joy, laughing at every opportunity and willingness to play around.
Typical, I advise all of my sessions to be photographed just before sunset. However, Jourdyn and I met for an early morning session and I loved the portraits! We had a great time laughing as we talked about school, boys, prom, college, summer plans and more. She quickly relaxed. She was a natural at posing and such a beautiful young woman. I loved all of the expressions she offered from serious to flirty to a true laughter.
Jourdyn’s dad raved how much this portrait remind him of Jourdyn’s mother. He has a picture of her from their early years together that is similar. Love that!
This is my favorite series of portraits! The range of expressions and personality in just a couple minutes.
It was difficult for me, Jourdyn and her parents to choose favorites.