I mean it about having fun :) Might as well! I mean, you'll get used to acting like your smile is quite real, but getting those honestly-I-can't-help-it-smiles are a lot easier when you're doing something you enjoy! Like for Zach when he dribbles around me, or makes lay-ups while I'm shooting down from above the neighborhood hoop :) I like those smiles!
Zach's senior photoshoot was like a triathlon ~ without the grueling sweating parts! Basketball, golf, and a visit to his summertime river jumping bridge. That was really fun to know about the bridge jumping ~ it's a long way down (!!) Sounds soooo fun tho -
Zach's parents, Bob & Michelle, joined Jo & Zach & me on this super early misty morning! Michelle held the base of my ladder :)
Zach plays for Skyline Spartans Basketball and is looking forward to this, his last year of high school ball!!
Our morning had started crazy early, in the dark, because ... well... I thought we'd find ourselves amongst a huge herd of elk... but - uh - we didn't. It was nice of a moms & infants group to at least show up in the background for a moment :)
So... bridge jumping spot, basketball, the third leg of our photo triathlon was Mount Si Golf Course, Zach's home turf :) Photographers generally don't enjoy shooting in full sun with harsh shadows - but I thought the lighting suited Zach :)
We started picking up the leaves, but ... I don't mind them :)
So this is like, I'm photographing Zach in the wild, his natural habitat, ssssshhhh :)
With all the action shots, we weren't quite positive that we had THE ONE, the yearbook shot :) So we went to... the back yard :) And all we did were headshots.
I absolutely love that black & white, above. We also had brilliant yellows, greens, and this garden plant with gorgeous red leaves... at first I dismissed it, thinking the leaves were too sparse, but Zach thought we might just try it... and I so love the results! As Bob pointed out later, at Zach's ordering session, this background gives the look of an impressionist painting - and I could stare at those old masters' paintings for hours (like the museum scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, remember?) so that perfectly explains why I love this so much!
And we found it, THE ONE for the yearbook :) He and his parents all agreed! THE Zach smile:
And that is the end of our show :) And Zach is the end of senior portraits for this family!!! I met Zach's family a few years ago. My friend Ali was showing Michelle photos of her daughter, Taylor. I had photographed Taylor's Sweet 16 birthday with girlfriends as one of my verrry first photoshoots, and Ali was showing Michelle Taylor's senior photoshoot which we did at Golden Gardens long sand beach & bath house in Ballard... (& possibly Taylor's Skyline Varsity Basketball Banner photo?) which was just a ball to shoot. And THAT sharing moment led to a beautiful photography relationship with Michelle's family :) There's nothing like being set up by a mutual friend! (Thank you, Ali!) First I met Zach's sister, Natalie, for her senior portraits in Seattle with Gasworks Park, so-temporary University District graffiti, and Freemont Funkiness. That seems like YESTERDAY. For me, it was love at first click. Then I met Zach's brother Jackson for his senior portraits by the water! I got to dive into his world of rowing, and get those smiles when I asked him about his girlfriend (they are still together, cute!!!) And now Zach's seniors! It has been a lot of fun getting to know (at least a little bit) each of the siblings separately, and each time I have been able to have experiences that are new to me. I treasure each.
Zach, each time I see my past portrait sessions pop up on my website, I get to pray for that person ~ and you made it really easy on me, with your verse right on your Instagram page, one of my faves, Joshua 1:9, so when I see your portraits, I get to pray for you to be strengthened in the Lord's commands, strong and courageous, that the world's discouragement will fall away, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go :)
Fun little vid of our athletic senior portrait session to finish our story: