Great meeting up with Senior Savannah at the Historic Palace in Gallatin for a theatre themed senior shoot before heading over to a golden field for sunny dramatic photos! At the time we were taking pictures Savannah was preparing for her school production of Grease, however the most important part of her senior portrait session was including her furry baby Toby in some of her portraits. Toby is hilarious, he looks like a miniature dark grey and brown Wookie and I swear he can cock one eyebrow and roll his eyes. He was the perfect model although I suspect silent judgment- just kidding. Savannah is one of those charismatic people who instantly makes you smile and laugh. We met at church in Hendersonville, Tn through the youth program she is actively involved in, and where her mama mentors my daughter in a small group! She has a great personality, an expressive demeanor and a wonderful smile. She’s confident, both when chatting about school and life, and even when she’s standing by herself in the middle of a field getting her photo taken waving to parade style to passerbys.
We had beautiful weather for her senior photo session. I am one of those photographers who doesn't just wait around all day for sunset (and I love sunset golden hour do not get me wrong) I love bright back light! It work amazingly for dramatic shots with flash as well as in natural light with a low ISO and a high shutter speed. I didn't want to be stuck only taking photos at one time of day, so because high noon sun can be pretty intimidating I got out and practiced and listened to my hero Jasmine Stars videos and made it work in the middle of the day. Well, wouldn't you know its my favorite time to photograph now? Makes me want to move to SoCal where the sunny days average a whole lot higher than what feels like semi tropical middle Tennessee. So. Many. Grey. Rainy. Skies. I really need to find my best practices for overcast grey, I truthfully admit they are not my favorites.
Not a problem for Savannah senior portraits though! Bright sunshine glow wrapped all over Savannah that late summer day, while at the same time providing us with some great light to work with. I think I actually set a new record for the number of images taken at a senior session! This is the one where I honestly considered my niche- and afterwards choose to only do Seniors and Weddings! I still photograph friends families, and their children, as well as at weddings there are lots of family style portraits, but this was a pivotal day for me career wise. No more marketing to everybody. I think a huge part of that decision was all the fun and excitement Savannah brought to the session! Seniors are amazing, and all the personality in their sessions make them so artistic and enjoyable. Much like Savannah, they want to explore and try out fun ideas, and they are not afraid to plunge into the world and make it happen. Go take on the world girl!