It’s always important to have family photos, but when one of your children is headed to college, it’s essential. You don’t have to have formal portraits where everyone is uptight and uncomfortable; we’ll have fun and you’ll relax and we’ll get some great family portraits that you’ll love forever.
I bet if you have children, your floor has looked like this. When my girls were younger, we used to have apple boxes to contain all their Legos, and they constructed little Lego villages all over the house. And they were mad about trains, so we had tons of wooden track scattered around, and all the Thomas train cars. Now our home is filled with Littlest Pet Shop figurines, spiral-bound notebooks, glue sticks, and paints and papers.
My younger daughter has 2 bookcases in the breakfast room crammed with her art supplies, and the clutter and unsightliness of it all puts my teeth on edge sometimes. Just today I was on the warpath and about to insist that all of her stuff was kept in her room and not in our shared space.
But I like seeing the evidence of a child’s life scattered around when I slow down and think about it. (I’ve found everything is better when I slow down and think about it.) It makes me happy to come across a perfectly-arranged collection of rocks lying on the piano, or 20 My Little Pony characters standing alert in a semi-circle in front of the tv. It’s simple and sweet and uniquely child-like. I should do a photo essay on kids’ collections because I find them fascinating.
This is a more traditional senior portrait of Kayla. Her other one is here. Senior pictures have become a rite of passage, a way to celebrate being on the cusp of adulthood. My aim is twofold with senior portraits: getting beautiful portraits that mom and dad will love, and collaborating with my teen clients and capturing their personality and uniqueness.