Flower Crowns, Bare-feet, & Chrisstan Photography

What are your first thoughts when the words “Senior Pictures” are uttered in your presence?

I assume, if you’re older, your first thoughts probably go a little something like, “Oh, my gosh, Janice. How precious. I remember when MY kids had their senior photos. All those cute little pictures to send to your grandparents and aunts and cousins!”

The younger people…. yeah, I think their first thoughts would go a little different.

Going into my senior picture photo shoot, I had virtually no clue what to expect. To put things mildly, I was a senior picture skeptic. And putting off pictures until a few days after graduation? That just gave me more time to anticipate all the ways senior pictures could really goof up.

I naturally assumed that when I got there I’d have to pose awkwardly (posing is something I’m very bad at), fake smile (smiling on cue is also something I’m very bad at), and after a few weeks I’d see my Senior Photography fate, which I figured would haunt me for the rest of my days.

Thankfully, I can say all such assumptions were completely off-base..

Immediately as my mother and I arrived at our Senior Photo Shoot destination, Chris, the photographer of Chrisstan Photography, greeted us with a big grin and and loads of enthusiasm. Her radiant and bubbly personality struck me in the best way possible as she exclaimed to us, “I’ve been so excited for this!”

I knew my mom and Chris were old friends, but I’d never met her before. Almost minutes after meeting her, I could confirm all the good things that my mom told me about about her.  She welcomed us into her home, which turned out to be a positively beautiful atmosphere, and I instantly connected with her as I saw the wonderfully crafted paintings of her own creation, lining the walls.

We had established beforehand that I would be wearing a flower crown for some of the pictures I’d be in; the flower crown was an aspect I was very excited about. Although, I think Chris proved she was even more excited about it! She even brought out her whole collection for me to choose from. She said she made one recently, and showed it to me. Right away, I knew that was the one I wanted!

Finally, it was time to get down to business. Our first stop = the field next to Chris’s house.

This is when I thought to myself, “Here come’s the posing.”

But, actually…I was simply told to have fun, maybe twirl a little bit. No poses to hold, just be in action and always make sure you are giving your hands a purpose. I thought this was a revolutionary thing, seeing as I hadn’t heard any other photographer say this to me before. After the initial time it took to loosen up, I was actually having a lot of fun!

Chris also did this thing where she told me to fake laugh with her, leaning forward, and then leaning out…and sure enough, after a while of that silliness it was real laughter!

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After the pictures in the field, we decided to go to a nearby lake and orchard to see what kind of shots we could get there. I was having so much fun at this point, and was hyped for more. Who knew a photo shoot could be so fun?!

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Another aspect to our photo shoot was bringing a few family heirlooms, including a quilt my grandma on my father’s side sewed when she was younger and a teacup my other grandma on my mother’s side gave me. I thought it was really cool being able to incorporate these treasures into my senior pictures.

I was also able to bring a few of my favorite books as props: thus the Charles Spurgeon and Sherlock Holmes books that make an appearance.

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At one point, Chris even hoisted herself up onto one of the small trees in the orchard to get a different angle for the photos. Honestly, I wish I could have taken a picture of HER at that point! But a photographer’s gotta do what a photographer’s gotta do!

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These were some of the ones taken in the orchard.

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And at the end of the photo session, we walked a few steps from the orchard to the lake.

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When I walked away from that shoot, I was happy, I was impressed, AND I was no longer feeling like I’d be haunted forever by my Senior Picture outcome. Actually, I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out!

After this photo session, I would wholeheartedly recommend Chrisstan Photography 1000x over! I do not think I would have enjoyed the Senior Picture process nearly as much if I would have gone with anyone else except Chris.

Chris, thank you for saving me tons of ridicule and laughter later on in life, looking back at my pictures. Instead, I will look back and remember how much fun and laughter I had with flower crowns, bare-feet, and Chrisstan Photography!

Here is a link to Chris’s site, if you want to check out any more of her gorgeous work!

https://chrisstan.com/

I’m also including a slideshow of pictures captured, (most not shown above).

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And as always, thanks for reading, guys! I’ll be posting more and more this summer, after I get this whole college preparation thing down! Stay tuned.

Your high school graduate blogger signing out,

Hannah

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Where There’s a Flower, There’s a Photoshoot

Back so soon? Wow. It’s like I’m finally getting the hang of this whole “blogging daily” thing. Whew. Better not jinx it. Let’s move on…

I’m the type of person who tries to find beauty everywhere and in the smallest of things. And, apparently today “everywhere” included the garden section of Lowe’s and Walmart, and “the smallest of things” were flowers. You’re an intelligent human being. You can about guess where I’m going with this scenario.

Well, naturally, any self-respecting photographer-in-training is going to take advantage of the objects before them, thus almost always leading to an impromptu photo shoot.

I mean, come on. This blog is for sharing my work, whatever that may be, and I feel like doing just that with the outcome of this spur of the moment appreciation of nature and gardening stores.

So here are some of my amazing (and very cooperative) models of this high budget photo session. I sure hope you get sarcasm because there sure was a lot of it in here

Welp. That’s it, folks.

Thanks for paying attention to my lil’ ol’ blog and make sure you stick around for another installment. Maybe next time we’ll visit an ACTUAL garden. Hey! Don’t look at me like that. It’s possible..

Hannah

Summer Blooms- Photography of the Day

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where nothing intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more.

Alright, you little readers, you. I admit I’ve been a little slack with the posting, and when I say “slack” I really mean “completely negligent and only posts once a month even though she loves blogging” kind of slack. It’s pathetic, I am aware.

BUT- to make it up to you all, I’ve taken some summer photography that I thought you might enjoy. There’s nothing better than a little nature, no?

So…I’m going to be very frank with you. When I share these pictures I plan on giving as little information of the picture’s back story on purpose in a pathetic attempt to hide that I took these pics at the outdoor garden section of Lowes. Hey, don’t look at me like that! I’m using the resources given to me.

So without further ado, here’s your own little virtual flower bouquet of the day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed!

Your own personal Lowes outdoor garden photographer signing out,

Hannah

Flash-Back Photography (Summer Edition)

Well, we are all aware that in the summer the world seems to feel a little more peppy and alive than the rest of the seasons *cough* *cough* this winter is killing me currently *cough* *cough*

Plus, summer is just one of those times that is completely filled to the brim with intriguing and gorgeous landscapes, flowers, unique designs of creation, everything, to photograph!

And don’t get me wrong! 99.9% of the time I LOVE winter. I’m a sucker for those hot chocolates, candy canes, Christmas, snow! All of it. Although, so far this December has felt like a long, chilly, and rainy blob of coldness (Literally. I have a cold). Depressing, isn’t it?

So, in the wake of this upcoming winter, I just wanted to take some time to give a shout out to summer (yeah, you know, the season where your butt won’t freeze to your seat). Not that that’s happened. Yet.

But, getting down to business: just enjoy the pictures!

Transport yourself back to this glorious season of flipflops and funky tan lines.

And have fun!

Yep. That was an order, too.

Mandatory fun.

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So, picture numero uno..This flower was taken outside of my best friend’s house, on a WEED. Just goes to show you can find beauty everywhere, if you search for it.

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This beautiful little gem was taken outside of my house. Flowers are one of the best (and most humble) models you could ever ask for!

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These flowers were photographed at a beach house in Fenwick Island, Delaware, right after I watered them.

A hydrangeas’ mixture of various colors are usually always stunning to admire and capture with a camera.

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And this final picture is another one of the flowers from the beach house in Delaware, Maryland.

One of the cool things I’ve noticed about photography is that each picture has its own little story.

For instance, this story OBVIOUSLY means I’m in desperate need of some summer. Like, pronto. 

Sorry to cut this short, but..

Your rushing and admittedly quite busy blogger signing off for a day filled with hard work,

Hannah xoxo