Over a year ago, an old friend of mine from as far back as kindergarten, contacted me asking about photos for her daughter. I hadn't seen Denise in many years. As so many of us end up doing, we grow up, mine along, and head in a million directions getting on with our lives, sometimes, never to see each other again. The conversation ended with... "Thanks, I'll be in touch." Flash forward a year, and there we were, standing in the sunny, windy, chilly, November Autumn afternoon, with Denise's beautiful daughter Courtney who is cruising through her senior year in high school.
Courtney is going to be studying Psychology and minoring in Drama. Personally I thought this to be an excellent combination-- She will be studying to help people with their problems, as well as to convincingly not act like she just think they're "just plain nuts."
Courtney was a real trooper with us yesterday. It's easy to think that sitting in front of the camera might be relaxing. "Just smile", you know? But we had her climbing over rock walls, standing in swamps, sitting on cold cold asphalt, all while dealing with the bitter wind. Never complaining. Not once. (well, at least not to me).
For all I really know, she may have hopped into her mom's warm car as we moved to another location and read her mom the riot act about "if this guy says 'just one more' ONE MORE TIME!!!" But, I'll imagine that she stayed as pleasant in the car as she was outside of it... easy to do, because Courtney drops smiles like it's her job. Genuine smiles. Like she's not actually shivering. She just hung in there with us with determination.
Of course, mom wanted to get in on the action for a shot or two as well. This was pretty much toward the last light of the day. The wind was whipping, but these Fightin' Irish just brought on the smiles.
It was a beautiful afternoon, and it was of course great to see an old friend again, and frankly heart-warming that she called on me to capture her daughter's portraits at this special time in her life as she prepares for her journey, heading in her one of a million directions. I think her's is going to be bright, and I believe that no matter the circumstances, the challenges, and what is asked of her, she will always be able to do it with a smile.
Courtney and Denise, thank you very much for having us out to cover your portraits, I hope you enjoyed for First Looks, and I pray you both thawed out by now!
Thanks for stopping by!