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I think it goes without saying that we had an AWESOME time during this senior session, but I’ll say it anyway. I had a blast, and I love these images from this beautiful girl’s shoot. Enjoy. xo, pam
As a photographer, there are always those images that take your breath away. Sometimes they’re planned, and other times, they’re completely out of the blue. A moment captured in time in a way that you didn’t foresee. A movement or an emotion that you knew was happening when you pressed the shutter release, but that you might not have known just how raw or pure or beautiful it was. These are the best surprises, the little gems that you might even pass over the first time you flip through the images, but which catch your eye and make you go back to that image again and again. These are the hidden beauties that make photography such an addictive form of expression, knowing that among every single set of images you make, there will be these lovely little surprises sprinkled all throughout.
There are times when I’ve been so busy that I don’t get to start editing images from a session for several days or even a couple of weeks, so what happens is this: I upload all of my images immediately following my session. I sit down and mark at least 20 of my favorites. I might even go ahead and give in to the urge to edit a couple of them. And then I continue on with the client on whose images I was already working, leaving the new gallery alone until I get to it in my workflow. And upon my return to this new gallery, bam, I find the hidden gems. You see, upon this return, I’m no longer working with the emotions and expectations I had at the end of the session; at this point, I’m working with fresh eyes and new emotions, and this is when I’ll see the shot that I might have passed over initially. Maybe I passed it over because it wasn’t perfectly sharp, or maybe I was looking in color at an image that belonged in black-and-white, or maybe I just wasn’t seeing. Until I was.
Here are a few of my favorites from an evening senior session earlier this month. What started out with a torrential downpour turned into an exquisitely beautiful evening in the mountains right outside of Bozeman, complete with sunshine, glassy water, incredible skies, majestic mountains, and one absolutely wonderful young woman. Enjoy. xoxo, pam
It was a beautiful but chilly evening, much colder than I had anticipated when I met up with this darling girl and her mother. All of the days leading up to this one had been warm and sunny, calling for short sleeves and flip-flops. But true to its nature, Montana showed us that spring here is a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs with regard to the temperature and sunshine. Sure enough, the afternoon had grown chillier and the mountains were shrouded in misty clouds, beautiful and gray and low, hiding all of the snow-covered peaks. So we got this sweet munchkin bundled up in a cozy cashmere sweater, fantastic tulle skirt, awesome brown boots, and a warm beanie hat. We were ready to go on a walk among the towering evergreens and silver sagebrush. So, walk we did, and I got to spend a lovely bit of an evening with this precious little girl and her stunning mama. xoxo
Sun and snow, lens flares and big mountains — all as the backdrop for one incredibly beautiful young woman’s senior session. I loved this afternoon of shooting and look forward to showing the rest of the lovely images from this day’s session! xoxo
What a terrific session with this beautiful young woman! Once again, there were so many great images to choose from that I finally just had to narrow them down and post them! Many more to come….
(And yes, since I know people will ask me, that lens flare in the final image is real.)
Here are a few first looks at this incredibly gorgeous senior session a few days ago. These are just the tip of the iceberg — there are so many beautiful images of this young woman! Cheers, Pam
Sometimes there are no words to describe how much I love a session — this is one of those times. I love the natural beauty of this young woman, and her smile and her laugh and her kind spirit. Truly a wonderful afternoon. xo, Pam
The simple beauty of parents and their children — this is something that makes my throat tighten and my heart swell. I relish the moments during which parents quietly speak to their little ones, reassuring them, laughing with them, delighting in the quirky things they say, loving them, hugging them. When our children are little, they’re so full of love that they touch our cheeks, grab us around the legs, jump on our backs, and tell us they love us without holding anything back. We’re lucky that the times have changed enough in the past 30 years, that expressing emotion as we get older is more accepted than it was during our parents’ generation. As my own girls have gotten older, they still let me hug them in public, they still snuggle with me, tell me that they love me, they still kiss me on the cheek, and I am forever grateful for their uninhibited expressions of joy and love. ( That’s not to say that they haven’t learned to express frustration or anger with me; of course they have — if they hadn’t, I would have failed them. Above all, our children have to learn to communicate to thrive in their own lives and relationships.)
Walking around with this beautiful mama and her little one, I was struck by the deep connection they share and the way in which their souls are connected. Like the image on Mariah’s arm depicting the gentle and infinite love of a mother, there is something so peaceful and accepting in this mother-daughter relationship. It’s hard to explain everything that I see when I take pictures, for they aren’t just pictures to me. These are small stories of a few moments in a person’s life, and the glimpses I get to see are a gift — a lovely, wonderful gift. Sometimes those moments make me laugh when I go back through the images, and other times they have the ability to move me to tears. Sometimes I want to write pages about what each session means to me, but then I find that the words have deserted me, and it seems to me that the images do a better job of storytelling anyway. Today, suffice it to say, that the time spent with this pair was one of those gifts that is tucked into my heart.
ps: To read about Mariah’s own interweaving of vintage style, personality, and motherhood, check out her post on The Ma Books at http://the-mabooks.com/2015/06/on-mother-daughter-style.html.