Every time I have a session, I previsualize, research poses, compile details, plan the elements I will use to enhance the shoot. But once in a while, a shoot hands me something I didn’t previsualize, something that wakes my imagination, something that gives me permission to be me. This was the final section of Holly’s three-part senior session.
When Holly’s mom brought her surprise onto the scene at Airlie Center, Holly’s early reserve fell apart as she stepped into her dream senior session. Hilary had asked a friend to attend the session with his 1950′s Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, and he arrived just as Holly was changing her clothes for the next part of her session. When she walked out in the unplanned-but-perfectly-matched outfit, I think this aspiring actress heading for The College of William & Mary officially graduated high school with this starring role in her own real life.
The shoot that followed is destined to change the way I view my photography forever. I think I graduated too. Want to see? We’re waiting for you at The Girl in the White Dress.
Holly, Hilary – this photographic journey with you has been AMAZING. I will hire you in the future to style my shoots for me, m-kay? Because this was insane. Beautifully, crazily, extravagantly insane. I know you paid me, but I have to thank you for the gift of one of the best sessions I’ve ever had!