I met up with Avery on August 31st for a senior session in downtown Clarkston.
This was a special session for me, because I know Avery’s father, Thom. It meant a lot to me that my friend trusted me enough to ask me to photograph his daughter’s senior session. I take that trust very seriously.
Avery is a senior at Lakeland High School and is looking forward to graduation, though she still isn’t sure where she will go to college. She was a little shy when we started the session, but after I had shown her a couple photos from the back of my camera, she smiled and said, “Yes, I like those.”
Later in the session, after I showed Thom a photo from the camera, he said, “I’ve never seen my daughter more beautiful.”
I was stunned—and completely flattered—by the sincere compliment to my work. Of course, I only did part of the work: Avery is simply a beautiful model.
This session was also the first time I had met Avery’s mother, Carrie, and I was so impressed with how much Thom and Carrie pitched in to help Avery be comfortable and have the best session possible. Carrie was such a good sport to help me out by becoming my portable light stand, holding the light and reflector where and when I asked her too. She also helped Avery out with her hair and threw out some posing ideas as we worked. I love it when the parents get involved in sessions like that!
We were able to get some great images around the downtown area, including one by a mural at the back of a new Clarkston restaurant, but one of my favorites was at the very end of the day. It was a spur of the moment kind of decision when we decide to go for the sunset image, and I love the way it turned out.
Thom & Carrie, thank you for trusting me to take Avery’s senior photos. You have an amazing daughter and a beautiful family, and I honestly enjoyed spending the day with you.