So I mentioned last week how bitterly cold it has been here in Southwest Iowa. Polar vortex or something like that. When I heard the weekend outlook was going to be close to 50 degrees I knew I had to jump on this photo session or we would loose all that snow!
Summer had contacted me a few months back to tell me she wanted a winter photo session. She wanted her Senior pictures done in the snow! Yes, perfect!! I was excited to hear that because I hadn't gotten to do a session like that yet.
We finally got some (ok a lot!) snow so I had been watching for that perfect day. Friday afternoon looked to be the best chance so we took a chance. And boy am I glad we did! Perfect lighting, perfect background and perfect subject!!
We started around 4:30 and got about an hour in before the cold was getting to her. She was a trooper and gave it her all in every picture. True model material! You did a WONDERFUL job, Summer. I hope you enjoy your pictures because I know I sure do!
We started Summer's session out behind an old shed here on our farm. There was not much for clouds and the sun was still a little strong so I thought a shady area to start would be nice.
This was also a chance just to let her warm up to the camera. Not many people can just jump right in front of the camera and go. I usually do a few test shots where we try different smiles and poses. I get some weird looks but that's OK! Many more genuine smiles come out when your having a good time!
It didn't take Summer long and her inner model started to shine. Look on down through these pictures and you can just see her gorgeous smile and personality take over!
Pretty soon the sun was looking warmer and not as harsh. So I moved her a few yards over into a sun lit area. The trees helped to filter the light and make for a beautiful background.
I was really loving how that sun gave her some gold highlights to her hair in these shots. Pretty PRETTY!!
OK so true story...I nearly fell out of my chair when I first viewed this photo full size on my computer. I think I yelped a bit too as my kids asked what was wrong with me lol!
With each session I do there is a few what I call "golden shots". When I find them in each session that I do, I swear I get butterfies! This one right here gets it's own write up for that reason.
Summer is a gorgeous girl and I am so loving that I can bring that out in a photo for her. And that, my friends, is one of the biggest reasons why I love being a photographer. I get to help people bring out their best and then capture it for a lifetime. Can't you just see Summer someday showing off this one and her other Senior pictures to her grandkids? I think that is just a priceless thought!
No winter photo session wouldn't be complete without evergreen trees. Here in southern Iowa we have plenty growing in the ditches and fields. I was just wishing the branches still had snow on them, but hey, we took what we could get!
I was thrilled to get some backlit shots for Summer. Ooooh and that sun and it's rays came through for us too.
Here's a little something different. When I cull through and then edit all my photos I am always on the look out for which ones that would look good in black and white. I think these few here really fit. Nice contrast and what I think is the perfect mood for b&w. Sometimes I pick them out for the soft look and simple feeling. And other times, like the bottom two) I see and then try to bring out a more gritty look and feel.
Here is the link to your finished gallery. Thank you for asking me to be your photographer, Summer. It was my pleasure and I hope you enjoyed our afternoon as much as I did!