This whole idea got rolling on the Church Nursery floor - along with our toy cars and tractors - Sarah and I are crawling on the floor, to be eye level with our toddler friends, and in between sing-song sound-bytes, Sarah says "I want you to do my senior photos," which delights me. So we continued to race cars and build train tracks and sing "Jesus Loves Me" as we tossed ideas across the room. Sarah is hoping to incorporate some of her football charges - she has been managing the Issaquah High School football team for 3 seasons and she loves it. This is a new theme for me, and that delights me even more :)
For days prior to our photoshoot, the weather forecast was calling for 90% chance of THUNDERSTORMS starting at... oh, about the time we would be shooting... some people would beg out at just the thought - not Sarah. With all her organizing of the players to be there at the same time as her photographer, and coordinating hair & make up, and having her Mom, Nancy, available to help with wardrobe & photo-assisting - this photoshoot was going to happen regardless of weather. I must say, God blessed us to the moon & back - all of it - the rain, thunder AND lightning, the entire storm, held off until the moment we started packing up to go home - and then it let loose - wow!
This is football, let's look tough:
A HUGE THANKS to the patient & fun guys who wore their jerseys to help celebrate Sarah's senior year in these portraits!!! You were great!!!
Prior to meeting her players at the high school, we had had fun with Sarah's outfits & the camera in the Issaquah Highlands. Hair and make up are by Anta at Sorella Salon & Spa.
Okay, the rain didn't hold off completely, but it wasn't pushy. It participated in our photos for a few minutes:
This had been a huge day for Sarah - she had given a speech in class, and she didn't shy away from difficult topics. She shared the story of her father passing away 5 years ago, and how she and her Mom and brother then made a big move to Washington, plugging into an entirely new community. Her speech had gone smoothly, and being able to share a tough part of her life and feel support from classmates was emotional and good. Sarah's father had given her this necklace :)
It was a gift to me to spend time with both Sarah & her Mom, Nancy. They laugh and tease and trust each other's ideas. Nancy and I were both suggesting poses and Sarah was all over it, and my daughter, Joy, was blowing Sarah's hair, and we were all laughing and loving our results in the camera. We were praising God for His creation of Sarah, she is His unique design - responsible, humble, in charge, optimistic, beautiful, silly, and filled with laughter... and she's a lot of fun :) Thank you for this opportunity, Sarah!
And our little slideshow video contains some additional shots: