It was only six years ago that I was a Special Ed teacher at a local middle school working with children with autism in a little make-shift classroom in the corner of the school. Each morning a shy girl named Ashlyn rolled up to her locker just a few feet down from my doorway. We would say our polite hellos and exchange smiles at each other all year. I knew her mom from church and knew Ashlyn was a really sweet, kind girl. Fast forward six years. Ashlyn is still sweet, still kind, she also happens to be an extremely smart 18 year old. A senior in high school. It’s been a LONG time since I have seen Ashlyn but I was thrilled when her mom looked us up and asked if we would make an exception to our “couples only” policy. I am SO glad we did.
Truly, if every senior session were this amazing we would quit weddings and just do seniors full time. Ashlyn was full of style and grace; vulnerability and confidence. She was AMAZING to photograph; a natural.
We started out an old abandoned farm house. Normally we would hang around the perimeter but we decided to venture in. Upstairs we found a room with an unusual beauty to it. We busted out the off-camera lighting for some more dramatic photos. Ryan had the ingenious idea for the lightbulb. We told Ashlyn it is going to be one of those photos where people either love it or scratch their head and say, “I don’t get it.” Which one are you?
I’ve always wanted to bring my jar of buttons to a shoot. I figured they would make for some fun color. I can’t tell you how many times we strategized how to get the buttons to “fall” in front of her face. Her mom even stood at the top of the ladder and sprinkled them down over and over and over….and YET…we couldn’t get the right effect. We went back to the “chucking them in the air in front of her face strategy” and that worked perfectly.
We moved down to the back fields to catch the dreamy sunset and hang with the horses Libby and Daisy.
Ryan snagged a hair on hide from work for us to use out in the field. Fit perfectly into the look of the shoot. The yellow trunk in some of the shots is from my very talented friend, Sarah, from Solace Restoration. She is amazing at refurbishing furniture.
Ashlyn, you are a joy. This shoot was effortless for us. We wish you nothing but success as you head to college in a few months. I know your mom is going to be grieving to let her first-born go but we know you will make her proud. Thank you for letting us document your senior pictures. We loved it!