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!
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?!
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.
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!
These were some of the ones taken in the orchard.
And at the end of the photo session, we walked a few steps from the orchard to the lake.
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!
I’m also including a slideshow of pictures captured, (most not shown above).
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,