Thursday, July 23, 2015


My niece Marissa is going to be a senior!   I can hardly believe that she is all grown up… how did that happen so fast?  Wasn't it just the other day that my mom and I were taking her and her brother to the lake for summer vacation beach days?  Wasn't it just the other day that she was spending the night and slipping notes and pictures under my bedroom door in the morning?

I wanted her senior pictures to reflect her personality.  I wanted to take her somewhere that was meaningful in her life.

We started at my house (where we had her "little girl" photo sessions) and used books and cameras for props.  She LOVES to read and, of course, loves taking pictures too.  Instead of the cell phone, we used classic cameras that my sister had collected and given to me.  We also used some classic books that she had read.  Finally, we picked up my assistant (my mom) and headed to East Harbor State Park. We spent many summer days enjoying the beach there and it was very nostalgic taking her photos at this location!!  At the very end of our session, we met a couple who had parked their adorable mustard yellow car in the parking lot.  My mom struck up a conversation with them and they offered to let us use the car for some photos.  You can see some of the results below!

It was a magical day…  I hope the photos will always bring back happy memories of this special time for Marissa!  You can see some of my favorites from Marissa's epic summer photo session below.  Of course, there will be more sessions in the Fall and Winter!  When your Aunt is the photographer, you get the Mega Senior package!! :-)

*click the first image to view in a slideshow

Sunday, July 12, 2015


My second senior session of the summer took place at an amazing location!  I love shooting photos out on the farm.  There are golden fields of wheat and green corn fields, there is AWESOME farm machinery with all kinds of depth and color, there are long lanes between fields, there are beautiful, old historical houses,  there are HUGE barns with enormously high ceilings… let's face it, it is a photographers playground out there!  So, I was super excited to take Nate's senior pictures on his family's farm!  I've known Nate since first grade (yes, Nate is a former student… I'm so lucky to get to photograph my little first graders when they are all grown up).  He has grown up to be a mature, intelligent and very handsome young man.  We were shooting pictures for over 2 hours and he never got tired or bored (or at least he did a good job of acting like he was having a great time for my benefit… either way, I was impressed with his picture taking stamina!!).

I hope you enjoy looking at some of my favorite shots from his senior session!
(click on the first image to view in the slideshow)