This chica is full of surprises :) As we sat in her living room planning her shoot, it was a major train-of-thought, throw-them-all-out-there, everything-sounds-crazy-fun Planning Session - I suppose it would have taken us a week to complete 1/2 the ideas but then we would have just thought of more - I loved it :) My ADD brain was a little overwhelmed, but I can deal :) So, for the girl who is interested in everything, here is a gorgeous sampling of our completed photoshoot!
Heather's Dad, Kevin, is (understatement coming) really into interesting cars, so what does he help his daughter select... well, something relatively fuel efficient, something that can get her from A to B, quickly, and something that looks nice, y'know? Oh - and something that goes with her personality :) Heather has an interesting personality :) Just be quiet and listen to all the ideas she floats in the silence, and all of a sudden this happens:
I learned her ride perfectly suits her, this is her Honda Rebel 300 :) Heather is super bright & careful. She scored higher than her Pops getting her license ;)
Our afternoon adventure began in Heather's home with my lovely & so-fun friend Lisabella on Hair & Make Up, As Jo was unavailable, my daughter, Joy, joined us to assist, and Joy loved this experience. Heather's Mum, Lisa, was part of everything, and specializes in smile-getting & laugh-induction :) It was so great to have Lisa with us the whole time.
When I received photos of her outfits, a few days before our shoot, there was a theme: purples, reds, magentas & pinks - in a variety of styles. I don't think Heather realized that her fave outfits were all similar color groups until we went over them together! Even Heather's hair color is pink - or - "chocolate dusty mauve" :) And here is one of our favorite shots, I love Heather's dress, hair, relaxed smile, but mostly, I love her eyes:
Heather sings with the Seattle Girls' Choir in Seattle and has trained at Seattle Opera. Serious dedication to voice education bringing great joy :) She has no problem on stage. At this time, she was auditioning with several universities, where will she be singing in the Fall?
A favorite spot of hers is Molly Moon's handmade ice cream shop in Redmond. I hadn't been there before, so that was extra fun for me, a new place :) BTW, I like Heather's entire closet, I'm crazy for these sleeves when she walks:
Lisa insisted that her daughter own the real experience, not just pose at Molly Moon's! Authenticity is right up my alley, and Heather agreed (quickly). Props are important in photography, and this prop - I mean, the prophecy is written on the wall:
Kick boxing. Let's go. Look ferocious. Did I mention that Heather's giggle is musical and completely contagious? Serious mischief in those eyes! We visited the Serres Farm in Redmond for some shadow boxing because we love their pumpkin patch! Our Boxing Babe:
I really enjoy getting to know people during an afternoon together, making portraits. This girl has so many interests! College will be a smorgasbord of new knowledge and experiences. She hopes to continue singing at University - choral music / musicals / classical voice training / opera, and also dive into political science, perhaps, and / or law... double major? triple? an adventure to be had :)
This photo was Lisa's idea, the windmill reminded them of European travels, and I love it because you can practically hear Heather's laugh:
The sun had disappeared at the end of our afternoon, when we found some dark leaves to play off Heather's chocolate dusty mauve hair :) I think our cozy portrait (below) emphasizes Heather's joy of living life :) I think I asked her to give herself a cozy hug, and Mom Lisa was heckling from right behind me :) There were so many ideas we thought of but didn't try.
We actually did have her lie down in the pine needles & we decorated her hair with leaves & pine cones... but not all my ideas turn out the way I envision! We skipped our idea to float Heather in the lake with flowers. We also decided against paddle board portraits as too logistically laborious. We ran out of time to photograph Heather in a red dress on a theatre stage singing into a mic, with flowers falling all around her. * So I actually have not had the privilege of hearing Heather sing, one of her favorite activities in life! * We didn't develop the baking idea, letting it fall flat. We didn't really go Project Runway, except perhaps a little bit on the sidewalk in Redmond. We skipped the forest trails / waterfall idea in favor of pumpkins. Oh - and we skipped Bowling!! That was our rainy-day alternative and another (of many) favorites! :)
I met Heather through a referral from her family friends - Hannah had quite the opposite vision for her senior photoshoot - she had ONE super-definite idea: forest trails with a river :) Done. See the diversity to be had on one trail in Hannah's forest photoshoot here.
I personally wish that I could live 1000 lifetimes and try everything. I get the feeling Heather might be that way too (?) I think that wish is the reason I love portrait photography - making portraits of people (I have just met!) means asking for their trust - it's a vulnerable thing to be in front of a camera! We get to meet each other and dive into his / her life & interests. We make super-fun plans - and put them into reality for an afternoon. Then we look at our results and feel great. I hope to keep in touch with Miss Heather occasionally to see which direction(s) she chooses with this 1 life of hers! So many options! Each time I remember her show-stopping smile & jovial twinkling eyes, I'll praise God for His creation of the person she is, her fountain of creativity, her pluck & resilience, her strong sense of responsibility, her dedication toward her desires, and her unique sense of self and humor :) Heather, keep doing life the way you do it, I'm a fan in your audience, applauding!