Surpass beauty… Intrigue imagery
Do you often find yourself caught up in the beauty pageant era or popularity contests of high school senior photography? I think it’s safe to say we all have had our own little personal experience.
Photographing life as a senior photographer should include being able to work with any senior, not just the ones society labels as “pretty”. Do you have the craft to create imagery with a subject that might not be the “perfect teen?” Can you create a killer concept to make that tomboy feel not so prissy, but still look amazing? Are you getting rave reviews by singling out only the more feminine seniors? Sit back and ask yourself.. Do you see “real life beautiful?” Are you honest enough to show that life is not always pleasant and can be tough? After all, we live in a society that puts labels on people. Does your imagery add to these labels or help shake them off?
Recently, I stopped and asked myself that same question. Could I be guilty of having lack of client variety in my business? Palm to head!! I sure was… How quickly I had forgotten my goals and own beliefs trying to compete with other photographers. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media make this trap a tough one to avoid. We are constantly plastered with perfection, or how society believes we should be. This applies to photographers more than many others. Is it our job as photographers who “visualize life through the lens” to shy away from the more challenging clients? Should we hide the diversity that exists all around us? By doing this we show seniors that society is correct. We force our teens into a “one size fits all” attitude. When we all know, one size does not fit all, or even most for that matter!
Imagine what our youth today must be dealing with. Teens are facing an unnatural society; many are torn and have battle scars. Very few seniors are lucky enough to graduate without a few invisible wounds. It is my hope that as photographers we can work to eliminate molding or transforming our seniors into things they are not. We should do our best to capture each one uniquely, highlight and even show off those differences.
My motto for my seniors states “when life gets tough.. stay focused.” Life is tough enough for these kids. We should work to make their senior photos an outlet for expression, not another reminder of the rough world we live in. I challenge each and every photographer reading this to stop singling out, invest your imagination beyond the flattering subjects and be well rounded. Everyone knows by now it’s much easier to photograph the perfect subjects, it’s the imperfections that set apart the “elite”. #lifeishardenough…
Now that I have your attention, let’s sum up “this girl.” From past years of film to present day digital, I’m not your typical photographer. My passion for photographing fashion is out-of-this -world. You will catch me mixing trendy clothing with grungy scenery. Sometimes to get the perfect shot I tend to go above and beyond like way above, even if that means ending up “in a tree.” Parents get a kick out of my spunky attitude. The laughs and stories our clients leave with at the end of an amazing session are unexplainable. So don’t be afraid to exercise your belly muscles around us.
My husband holds our family together. There seems to never be a dull moment around our house. I love him to pieces. And not Reece’s pieces because that’s his favorite. I personally prefer 100% organic. His best word that describes me is “quirky.” Now what is that supposed to mean? Huh?
Maybe so…look on the bright side of things we only have one life to live why not be “REAL.” By the way a girl like me is too complex to sum up in just a few short paragraphs. So sit back, keep your eyes open wide because the possibilities and adventures are endless. Why not jump aboard? However, we get a little rocky and go overboard often so be ready!
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