High School Seniors like Elizabeth are just about the best/happiest clients you can photograph. So happy I got to meet and hang out with her this past fall.
I've photographed this family more times than I can count. Christmas Pictures, Senior Photo's of all three girls (Emily was my second client ever), and everything else in between. The Van Der Walde's have been one of my biggest cheering sections, greatest clients, and such awesome friends. Just as we did with Sarah's Sessions (Part One and Part Two), we did a Michigan Session in Downtown Ann Arbor first. Then, because horses are such a huge part of her life, I hit the road to Lexington to photograph Lizzie at the Kentucky Horse Park. Everything about both of these days was perfect. The light in Kentucky as you'll see below was absolutely bonkers, and I got to stretch my camera to places it hasn't been before. Not to mention, those freaking majestic beasts Lizzie gets to compete with.
So take a second, and just get a little peak into the life of Lizzie as a Senior. She's pretty dang cool. My only sadness in all of this is that there's no more Van Der Walde girls left to photograph. We've just got to get them married off so I can start shooting some weddings :)
Alex is that special kind of Senior. The kind that makes you smile. The kind that makes you know they're going to do ridiculously rad things with their life. The kind that knocks the socks off their photo session. That kind. Let me know if you think the same.
I shot a Senior Session in Narnia. Or maybe it was Ann Arbor...I don't know.
Given that we were attempting to shoot Taylor's Senior session in April, she wins the personal record for most reschedules on account of crappy weather (8 I believe between the 2 separate parts), but luckily the days we did shoot on, we had the most ridiculously amazing weather Michigan could offer us. I know I say this every time, but Seniors are simply the coolest. If you're looking to do something different, not at the same studio as everyone else in your class with the same dangling your feet in the fake pond or staring out the fake window, let's chat. It'll be awesome, promise.
Twenty-Twelve. Holy Crap. How do I even begin to describe it? The sheer amount of life change I got to experience in front of my lens is just jaw-dropping. In 2012 I:
Got married. Fell even deeper in love with my incredible wife Cali, I'd be nothing without her as my support system. Moved out of my parents house. Photographed people all around Michigan, Chicago, Nashville, Kentucky and more. Traveled out of the country for the first time. (Canada doesn't count) Launched MammothBooth! Got to welcome an incredible new niece and nephew into the world. Documented the weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and businesses of people that I genuinely care for, love, and am better off for knowing. Got an even deeper sense of the indescribable impact that a single photo can have on aforementioned people. Trespassed. A lot.
There was early mornings and long nights. There was times of extreme joy and times of unbearable stress. But these 194 images below are the reason why I continue to come back for more year after year. These aren't the most technically "correct" or "perfect" images I've ever taken. They won't necessarily have people knocking down my door to take photos of them. But they are my year in a nutshell. Each tells a story to me. The people, the places, the moments. Thank you so much to everyone that continually trusts me, believes in me, and allows me the honor of capturing these incredible moments. These images are my Twenty-Twelve.
To Twenty-Thirteen. Let's make some memories together.
Jordan + Detroit. I'll take this radness any day. (Probably not a word, not worried about it.)
Nothing feels or looks as good as Detroit on a warm late-summer night. Quinn made that quite clear.
Seniors, they just get it.
My camera just loves seniors, it's as simple as that. Jordan was just a special addition to the class of 2013 that has been rocking my camera so far this fall. Seriously guys, this girl dances, sings, acts, and excels at all of the above. She's incredible. Not to mention simply a blast to hang out with and both her and her Mom kept me laughing the whole evening. That's why my "job" is never a job, it's people like this that keep me coming back for more.
Part 2 ::
Canton, MI ---> Lexington, KY (5.5 Hrs. via trusty old Honda Civic) //Shoot at the Kentucky Horse Park with Sarah + her horses on her off-day (3 Hrs.) // Mexican Dinner at Jalepeno's (1.5 Hrs.) // Sleep (6 Hrs.) // Lexington, KY ---> Canton, MI (5.5 Hrs.) //
This is what dreams are made of.
Check out Part 1 of Sarah's session here.
Alexa and her Senior session were just downright awesome. That's all there is to it. She absolutely owned her shoot, both parts! There's so much awesomeness that I have to split the session into two blog posts! Then again, she also had two different days of shooting. But no problem, because these are some of my absolute favorite images to date and I'm so excited to share them with you! Leave her some love in the comments below and be on the lookout for part 2 coming tomorrow!