On Saturday we headed up the mountain to meet up with Josh for his senior portrait session. The last time I had seen Josh he was only a sophomore, and was just your typical funny kid hanging out in the kitchen behind me making his older sister Gabrielle crack up while I was shooting her senior photos in their living room. Funny the difference two years can make. Josh greeted us at the door, and the kid was gone and replaced by a striking charismatic young man with a quick and genuine smile.
Josh's dad, Gary, had hired me to cover his oldest daughter's portraits a couple of years ago, which took away the whole need to have a look around for where we could set up the studio session shots. I quickly asked "Can we set up shop in your TV room?" Gary answered with "absolutely... what can I get you to drink?" repeat clients... we love them!
Once we set up, the year book shots were fast moving and over pretty quickly with a series of "look this way, chin up, turn this way, more serious, less serious, etc etc etc... and we were through over 100 selections before we knew it. Before we were to head outside for his casual shots, I let Josh get behind the camera to review his shots as I switched out some of the lighting and set up a beauty dish to do some non-yearbook studio looks.
I looked at my soon-to-be Criminal Justice major subject, and said, "Josh, they call this a beauty dish... because it makes you look pretty."
He nervously smiled, "Um..."
We wrapped up inside and headed outside to capture some casuals of Josh in his yard and in the woods on a beautiful October afternoon.
When we arrived, Josh told me that we only wanted to do a couple of pics outside. He didn't need the number of selections and looks that his sister had. I smiled, and okay, no problem. We will just do a couple (heh)... I lied. We headed outside and three hundred exposures later we were almost done. But I did tell him we would wrap up in two hours, and we managed to hit that almost on the nose.
For only wanting to do a couple of outdoor shots, Josh really hung in there with me and was a real trooper as we climbed over rock walls, and through underbrush looking for the next shot. I'm thankful for that. At any time he could have said "we're done", but he didn't! He kept rolling with it, and we walked out of Josh's woods with good selection of photos for him to choose from with his dad.
Thanks for hanging in there with us Josh, and Gary, thanks for having us back to work with another of your amazing kids. I hope you enjoy Josh's Senior Portraits First Looks! (after subjecting him to a beauty dish, I didn't want to call them sneak peeks.) ;)
Gary had mentioned more than once to me that he has two more daughters, so I will be getting the call two more times. Needless to say, Heather and I are looking forward to it, and are very grateful for the opportunity and consideration! See you soon!
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