Senior portraits are some of my favorite. They really are so much fun. I always get such adventurous people who are up for anything. We listen to music, hike around a bit, and look for spots and come up with ideas together. Charly's dad is my cousin, and my older siblings grew up with him. When they were younger they would climb on roofs, and so the tradition was passed down. Charly and I took these pictures on our family's farm in the Shenandoah Valley, and so the location was familiar. So, obviously, we had to climb on the roof a bit. Then we went hiking through the fields, her cello and my chair in tow. We listened to Katy Perry and photographed for a couple hours, playing with the warm sun. We picked flowers, and she lied down in them. It was the perfect Spring day, and a brilliant start to summer. She's beautiful, her red hair paired with the sun was a dream come true for a photographer - I was incredibly honored to take her senior pictures. Isn't she just beautiful? Near the end, up in the field, I felt like I was taking pictures of Demelza from Poldark; one of my all-time favorite fictional characters - she is SO strong and wonderful and hilarious - which perfectly suited Charly.
When Charly messaged me about senior portraits, she said she imagined herself in a field of wildflowers for her pictures. For the weeks leading up to the session, I drove around on backroads listening to Mumford & Sons. It reminded me of all the summers and springs before, driving on those same backroads. This was one of the songs I listened to over and over, it’s one of my all-time favorites, and it’s from my favorite princess movie - Brave. Merida, with her wonderfully wild red hair. Everything about this song suited this session. Have a listen!