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Yesterday on Savanna’s shoot I was reminded of why I love portraiture more than any other form of photography. While photographing everyday life or landscapes is often pleasurable and challenging, I find it less than fulfilling. Objects and topography, while important to me, aren’t things I consider dear to my heart. But people are, and there are few individuals I cherish more than my beautiful sister Savanna.
During Savanna’s session I found myself going through the motions of every shoot.
Go through the props and outfits that she brought.
Make a mental note of the colors the client is currently wearing and select a complementary background.
Grab the camera, put on the 85mm lens, and lead the client to where you’ll be shooting.
Once there, test the light while simultaneously giving posing direction.
But about five minutes into the shoot, I realized what a gift portraiture is. As Savanna was posing with one of her favorite books, leaning against a faded blue garage door, I looked through the viewfinder and saw the same expression on her face that I had seen countless times. Intently focused on the page in front of her, her lips were pursed and her eyebrows were ever so slightly furrowed.
Savanna is a senior. She’ll be going to college next year; taking her first big step as an adult. In four years she’ll graduate, and who knows where she’ll be after that. That’s why moms get so emotional about senior pictures and that’s why the importance of having photos that truly capture the individual is so important. One of my favorite quotes states that,
“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Savanna, is truly beautiful. Her physical features are indisputably attractive, but more importantly, her personality and heart are lovely. I’ve never met someone who loves to be joyful with others like she does. Her care for others is deep, thoughtful, and characterized by her sweet nature. There’s little she isn’t able to do, which attests strongly to her intelligent and determined nature. And although she is a bit of a perfectionist with a mild case of O.C.D., her childlike delight— whether it be with minions or Mimi— with life more than counterbalances her more serious side.
This is what I see when I look at Savanna. My hope is that when you look at these photos, you see the Savanna that I know and love. Enjoy!