One of the most significant events in our life is the passage from high school to the “real world.” Whether that be college; a job; or an adventure, the journey it took to get you to that moment was substantial in every way. Senior portraits encompass all of life’s joys, triumphs, hopefulness, and passions. The world is literally in the palm of their fingertips waiting to be experienced. I love being able to photograph seniors; to be surrounded by young, fresh, hopeful, passionate, courageous, inspiring, and full of life people. They’re inspiration inspires me! And Olivia is one of those people.
My favorite attribute of senior portraits is the genuine excitement that is emanating from the each senior. They are so enthused to share their past experiences from high school, and want to expose those accomplishments to the world. It is awe inspiring to capture these moments because we often forget how to be proud ourselves. High school is tough and so is life. Seniors embrace that toughness and are courageous to the very end. When one door closes, another one opens.
SanRoc Cay Entertainment District and Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama
During my session with Olivia, the first location I chose was the elegant and prestigious San Roc in Orange Beach. The gorgeous stone columns and elegant staircase were a perfect match for Olivia’s classic personality. Her southern charm was able to shine in this timeless venue. The entire photo shoot was like watching a ballet with the beautiful grace of the Olivia and the stunning background. We were swept away by the ambiance of the venue because it was so enchanting. Her photos truly resemble a work of art to be cherished for years to come. The combination of elegance, grace and an old-fashioned background truly exemplifies the driven nature of Olivia. To show her true sophistication, Olivia wore a black formal gown that added a sort of regalness to the entire shoot.
Southern Wheat Field - Silverhill, Alabama
My second location was a wheat field located in Silverhill, Alabama. And nothing says “Southern Charm” than a gorgeous wheat field as the background of your portraits. The way the sun hits the blades of wheat in a most glorious way that creates a shimmer of gold in every photo. This was so complimentary to Olivia’s flowy white dress, and southern blue jean jacket (What a classic look!). And as a southern lady, she wore that wide brimmed floppy hat with sass. I chose this location and outfit because Olivia is not only refined but fun, silly, and light-hearted. Her beautiful smile is now an everlasting work of art that signifies her turning of the page into college.
Olivia is a young lady with so many admiring attributes. Some of my favorite things about her is her passion in horseback riding, photography, painting, and swimming. If that isn’t enough, she wants to be a trauma surgeon or an Emergency Room physician. She is graduating from high school as an EMT-Basic and will begin EMT-Advanced this summer. In the fall, she will be attending the University of South Alabama as a biomedical science major. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her and I am so happy that I was able to capture this shinning end to an amazing chapter.
Life is all about beginnings and ends, but we must remember to focus on those significant parts in-between. We must remember what it was like to be a senior who could not wait to start life and understand everything. When you go to gulf shores, look out to the horizon and remember these dreams. Remember what you wanted for yourself when you were on the cusp of beginning life. The ocean is still there. Now, you just need to brave the waters and start your journey.