judith | arizona senior photographer

every now and again, I come across a client that overwhelmingly surprises me with who they are.
I don’t have favorites, per se,
but when I get-to meet a person and they unashamedly shows me pieces of who they are,
of what makes them tick,
and that they aren’t afraid to be themselves with me…
well, I can’t help but love it and them!

getting to hang with THIS girl and her best friend for the afternoon absolutely brought more
than one smile to my face,
more than one laugh (she does improv…how cool is that?!),
and brought back more than one memory of what it felt like to really LIVE in high school.

there was a song that kept running through my head throughout her session and it seemed to fit:
“…this is life in motion and just when I couldn’t run this race anymore,
the sun bursts, clouds break…THIS is life in color.”

she shines and her beauty deepens because of it,
she isn’t afraid to laugh from her toes,
she is full of wit and humor,
she is clever and oh, so smart,
she is brave…yup, we ran into the infamous rattlesnake at her session and she kept her cool,:)
she loves Jesus and it permeates in what she puts her hands to,
she is eclectic in her music taste making her well-rounded,
she is a good friend and daughter
and she is someone that I’ve gotten to see in a whole new light and I like that I gotten to know her…
she is admirable to me because she is LIVING life in color.

thank you for the afternoon, judith…I CAN.NOT wait to hear how amazing washington is!:)

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connor | arizona senior photographer

guy sessions are fun for me.
for a couple reasons:

1. 95% of the time the guy is getting his session done because his mom wants him to.
being a mom myself, I totally get it that looking like a guy in a magazine isn’t every guys fantasy…according to the guys I talk to, their greatest desire at their session is to simply not look like an idiot.
(on the rare case that I do meet a theatrical guy, that can sometimes be the complete opposite, but that is another post for another day.);)
why does knowing this make it fun for me?
well, it just does.
as a mom, I want to give their mother’s pictures that they can have forever that bring a tear to their eye because their little boy is all grown up.
on the other hand, I don’t want them to look like an idiot either.:)
I think guys facial features are interesting photographically, their collar bones are different…how they carry themselves is different typically due to muscular build.
If I can take that 95% indifferent guy and make him look at himself and
say “eh, I look pretty all right.”:)
then I consider that a success and it’s fun for me to take on the challenge.:)

and 2. because guy sessions aren’t girl sessions.
ironic since 80% of my clients are high school girls.
don’t get me wrong…there is NOTHING more than I enjoy photographing than
a high school girl – the colors, the fashion, the beauty, the drama…but guys?
I come at them a little differently than the next.
I always tell my guy clients that I want nothing more than for a guy to look like a manly guy.
I already told you that visually their facial features and build are interesting to me photographically…
and finding a location that compliments their personality is something I enjoy doing.
there is never going to be a time in this guys life where the freedom to be themselves is at an all time high…they don’t have mortgage payments, no kids, no bills to pay…nothing but a wide-open future that gives most of the guys I shoot a little bit of a confident swagger.

and this guy?
laid-back, incredibly musical (seriously, being serenaded by a ukelele? doesn’t get any better.), crazy blue eyes and a volleyball stud…and oh yeah, part of that 95% making his mom happy…which in my book, is a percentage worth being a part of…loving your mom will always be a manly thing to do at 18.

thanks for hanging with me for the afternoon, connor!:)

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