“Nothing makes a young woman more beautiful,
than the belief that she is beautiful.”
Alden only had one specific request when planning her senior session, and that was to include her cousin, Dane.
So that’s what we did.
After finishing some fun in the studio with beauty lighting and a fan gently blowing her loose curls around, we loaded up to do the outdoor portion of the session. The first stop was to see Dane. His grave was full of things he loved, specifically regarding duck hunting. I know Alden’s mind was flooded with memories as we sat there. I can’t imagine losing a good friend, who is also family, at such a young age. I could see a mixture of emotions in her face in that short time- mostly sadness- but also a sense of proudness peeking through some smiles. Proud that, although he physically isn’t here with us on this earth, she was able to show how much she loved and cared for him by including him in such a special time of her life, something she was documenting. It was a humbling part of the session that I’m truly honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of.
Once we finished there, we headed to Arkansas City to continue. Alden’s outfits were perfect, down to each accessory she picked to go with them. She has the best girl-next-door look….the kind that when I had her smiling at me and had her look off, she would give a natural little shy laugh, and my camera shutter couldn’t keep up fast enough.
It was a beautiful evening for a beautiful girl and these are just a few of the many favorites from her session:
Landon is a senior at Dewitt High School. When his mom booked his session and was describing him to me when we were planning, she said “he is a good kid, good heart, doesn’t require a lot of ‘things’, awesome 3 point shooter, has a sweet girlfriend, thoughtful and respectful.” Let me tell you, this kid lives up to every single thing his mama said. His love of basketball stands out, but one thing that shined even brighter than that is the love he had for his grandpa. See, Landon’s grandpa passed away a little while ago. He was one of Landon’s biggest fans. I heard stories of how his grandpa would load all of the older grandkids up and take them on road trips in his old ford truck. So many memories were made on those trips and I had the privilege of hearing a few of them.
Two things that Landon wanted to make sure he had in his senior portraits were his grandpa’s truck (with an image of him in the drivers seat just like the portrait they had of his grandpa) and his grandpa’s special shoes. These shoes weren’t just any old pair of shoes. Landon’s mama, Laura, said “They were the ugliest pair of shoes that daddy had, but he wore them to one of the older boys games and they won that night, so he decided after that that he would wear them to every single game he went to. Mama begged him not to wear them because they were so ugly, but he insisted and he did!” I’m so thankful I had the honor to pay tribute through my photography to such a great man. I may not have known him, but just the little bit I’ve heard speaks volumes of who he was and the love he had for his family. I feel like Landon is on that same path, with many great men in his life showing him by example of the man he needs to be.