Towards the end of last summer I got probably the most curious inquiry for a potential Senior Session that I had ever gotten. I was so excited about it that I remember reading it out loud to my husband and later my photographer friend Jamie. My wheels were turning, already envisioning the possibilities. I felt inspired...
Anna explained to me in great detail everything she dreamed up about her Senior Session. The way she wrote made me smile and I could tell she has an amazing personality. She had a clear vision for her Senior Experience and the chapters she wanted to showcase. Anna was ready for her real life adventure!
I felt like I already knew her before we met. She loves things like art, books, fantasy, classic horror and swords, archery and knives. Anna wanted to make or alter some clothing to fit her imagination and style.
... this photo shoot was something special. It was the opportunity for me to finally wear the style of clothing that I’ve always craved and known was mine. I think the best way to describe it is modern fantasy. It’s the kind of thing that I would wear all the time if I could!
...I have an extroverted mind and an introverted heart, so I guess I'm a pretty typical teenage girl all around!
We knew we wanted to go to Gary, especially the old City Methodist Church. It was the kind of fantasy backdrop that brought us to another world and it's my favorite location to play around anyway.
Anna and her mom were super excited about the whole experience and as a photographer and fellow mental time traveler I was all in!
Anna's wardrobe was impressive, full of hard work and imagination that comes from reading books from a young age and the willingness to explore different interests. She told me since she could remember, she loved fantasy and medieval times. I think being mostly homeschooled really encourages creativity.
I love how much thought went into the planning of her epic senior photo shoot! I am adding a lot of what she wrote as quotes because I couldn't write it better and this blog post is all about her!
"For the final location, we headed to the woods, the kind of place that holds a thousand memories for me! I wore a dress I had made earlier that year from combining multiple dresses, as well as some more casual outfits. My favorite part was when we scattered some of my best old books around me and I sat happily in the dirt reading them. It’s something I would absolutely do on a normal everyday basis!" - Anna B.
The light was incredible once we headed into the wooden land ... Anna looked so strong and beautiful in her gown with the light outlining her silhouette and giving her a glow. She told me she never dresses up in real life and almost never wears make-up or does her hair. That was probably the part she was most nervous about. Her hair and make-up enhanced her natural beauty and obviously not much was needed. She radiates beauty from within and her personality is infectious.
Another little thing that made the entire experience even more special was that I tried to incorporate little tokens that all meant something to me. One of the swords is a replica of Sting from the Hobbit, two of the necklaces I wore were gifts from incredible friends, the hat is one of two that my best friend and I bought on a trip to match each other, the prom dress has some amazing memories attached to it, and the book I was reading was Sherlock Holmes, yet another old favorite.
I always say this because I love all my Seniors so much but this photo shoot adventure was a favorite and I will never forget it.
Anna - I encourage you to wear all these clothes anytime you feel like it and to make more! Thank you for trusting me to do your pictures and taking me along for the ride. It was just as special for me to see this afternoon unfold and capture your personality. I never saw an awkward or insecure girl. I saw a girl full of imagination and confidence to live outside the box! Keep living there and your life will never be boring! And as we know not all those who wander are lost! ;-)
Carmen | CHC-Photography, Inc.