It's safe to say the only thing you can count on when doing sessions with horses, is that you can't count on anything! Jen and I had planned on using Zion, the gorgeous dark bay, but the day of the shoot he ended up being pretty anxious out in the field and didn't want to stand still. We snapped a few shots of him still because, hello, isn't he stunning?! Then, to not stress him out too much and to get some more images, we switched to her pretty mare Tilley, who is for sale! We ended up getting some truly gorgeous images at the amazing Waters Edge Farm, which is literally right on the water, despite having to switch horses. Jen and her horses were fantastic models for my styled equestrian shoot, and we were taught once again that when working with animals for photo shoots, you have to work WITH them and not against them!
All day leading up to this evening session I was watching the clouds slowly move out of the way and getting more and more excited for a shoot with perfect golden light! I'm sure Brianna thought I was a weirdo because I was literally bouncing around her with my camera from excitement, but can you blame me?! She is a stunner! Brianna was a joy to shoot and I can't wait to see her in a couple of years for her senior portraits!
When we get together for your senior portrait session consult, there's SO much to go over, like which package experience is best for you, how to choose your outfits, how to book your session, and on and on. But if there's one thing every single senior or junior should tell me, it's:
how I can make your session personal
I'm a huge believer in one size does NOT fit all, so to speak. Everyone is different. Everyone has different likes, different hobbies, different interests, different styles. If I took each senior to the same exact locations in Mount Airy or Westminster or Union Bridge or Frederick, used the same exact props, used the same exact poses, and told you to wear the same exact outfits, chances are you probably aren't going to be super in love with your photos, and I know I DEFINITELY won't be.
My favorite part about photographing high school seniors is the challenge of making every session unique and personal at least in some way. I never reuse locations for seniors in the same graduating class, so your session will always be unique that way. But I REALLY love finding out something you love, your specific style, or even just a specific location request, because these are the types of things that inspire me to create something beautifully unique for you.
Ashley, who is a class of 2017 senior at South Carroll High School, told me how much she loves flowers and sunflowers specifically. I searched for weeks and finally found a private flower farm to use for her session, and it was gorgeous. Ashley and her mom were so happy I found that location for them and I was SO unbelievably excited to show them her images because I knew how much they would love them with that personal location.
Emma, who's a class of 2017 senior at FSK, told me she really wanted to incorporate her love for reading and playing the flute. UMMM YES PLEASE! She even picked her own location, the property around her middle school, and it was totally gorgeous. Between all the different spots on the property and her unique props, Emma's session turned out amazing and so personal to her.
So at your consult, help me create something unique for you, because I want you to look back on your senior portraits in 10 years and love them just as much as you did the day we created them.
-Becca, Carroll County Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer
First of all, these two are basically models straight out of a magazine. Seriously, how gorgeous are they?! When Taylor contacted me wanting to do a couples session with Andrew and said they would like a more modern and urban location, I just knew Downtown Frederick would be perfect for their session! We spent a chilly November evening chasing the light all along the canal, and I am so in love with how their images turned out! Press play on the first image below and enjoy a few of my favorites from their couples session.