High school senior sessions are one of my favorites. I love getting to know and spend so much time one on one with each of my clients. I sit with them and chat during their hair and makeup session finding out all of the amazing things they have planned for the future. Rarely do I get the opportunity to spend so much time with my clients.
Sometimes when I am photographing a high school senior a different personality emerges with each costume change. It is so interesting to watch the process from behind my camera.
This Sherwood high school senior photo session at Happy Valley Park and ended it in Portland. This particular high school senior started out our session as the goofy, sometime clumsy girl next store. Always ready to laugh and smile sheepishly around turn while I took for photos. Some how by the end of the day she had morphed into a fashion model right before me eyes. I loved every moment of your session Audrey and all of the personalities that emerged.
Digital, digital, digital....I get this question all of the time as a Happy Valley photographer. Why can't I just have all of my digital files? I have to admit I thought about it when I first started my business and I do offer packages that are a mixture of both digital files and prints. It is upon delivering the final wall art, prints, or albums that truly makes me my thrilled with my job. Knowing that I am giving my customers something they will truly treasure and I love seeing their face when they see the final product. I just can not get that with a digital file.
Let me ask you this...when was the last time you took out that old CD Rom or flashdrive and looked at your family, wedding, or high school senior photos? Did you have the best of intentions of creating an album or ordering prints when you received them? I know I always did. Oh wait, does your current computer even have a CD Rom drive? Or what about your old computer...has it ever crashed and burned taking your treasured photos with it? The forms of digital delivery have changed so much over the years. But then there is print.
Print products are forever. Tangible. Hanging on the wall to make you to smile. Reminding you of that special moment or significant time in your life, your child's life, or a treasured loved one. I love curling up on the couch with my kiddos with a cup of tea, and thumbing through our family session photo albums. They delight in seeing themselves and us in the photos. I know the family heirlooms that I have created will be around for generations to come and it means a lot to me that my girls will be able to share them with their families one day.
Lori Best - mother, wife, and photographer.