Celebrating Sam.

When Sam first contacted me to take her senior portraits, I was...

  1. Already knew I would do them, and 2. Knew this would be a fun session.

Anytime I'm able to take portraits outside of my specialty, I get excited- super excited, because my creativity gets a hard reset. I know the basics, I know my camera, I know how to engage, but I'm out of my comfort zone. I'm used to the go, go, go of wedding photography, so slowing down and having only one subject at hand sometimes scares me. Being honest here.

But Sam is a friend, and I was honored that she would even ask.

Senior portraits are kind of a big deal; especially for the person that's about to step into the real world; enter the big pond so to speak, and leaving that controlled environment they've known for the past 12 or so years of their life.

Sam (and her wonderful mama) came prepared, and with a plan. There were outfits, cap and gown, trophies, running shoes, a guitar, a violin and a Bible. All of these items, in a way, represent a lot of what she put her energy into over the years- her time, sweat and tears. And I absolutely loved it; I love how she wanted to incorporate all of these items into her portraits.

The weather was gorgeous, my girls got to come to work with mama and play in the creek, all items brought were worked into the photos, the results stunning, and my creative tank filled.

Congrats Sam!

Location: Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area

Photographer: LUEM Photography

Senior portrait | Black and white portrait | Special bracelet
Senior portrait with violin
Fall senior portrait on the river
Senior portraits with running shoes and violin
Bible Senior Portraits
We did it graduation portrait
Black and white cap and gown senior portrait