Portraits, Senior Portraits

Boho Cowgirl Senior | Class of 2020

Over the years, I learned, that parents are all looking for the same thing for their seniors portraits, and it’s not the same as it was when I was in school. It used to be that parents just wanted a formal portrait of their senior with a big smile looking straight at the camera. Now, parents want a photograph that captures their seniors personality – something that truly showcases what they love, their style, and their talents. This is just one of the many reasons I love being a Senior Portrait Photographer! Each senior I have been blessed to photograph has been different from all the others! Which brings me to the beautiful girl pictured above.

Rachel and I first met when I did a Winter Model Call this past winter. She was absolutely stunning and incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. Her Senior Portrait session was no different! She looked flawless in her boho cowgirl dress and lace kimono cardigan complete with boots and jewelry to match . . . and even a wild flower in her hair! The setting she chose , Curtin Village, was just as perfect! This historic village houses old barns, open fields, a small bridge, a nearby stream, and so much more!

Just to be clear, this is not just a style choice for Rachel . . . this is who she is. She is a competitive horseback rider. She competes for the American Quarter Horse Association , where she rides her own horse, and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, where she rides a horse she has never ridden before. Rachel is going into her 7th year of competition with the IEA and has gone to Nationals 5 out of her 6 previous years of competition. Great Red Code – aka Banjo, Rachel’s 5 year old gelding, compete together in Ranch Riding. In April this year, they went to the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio to compete at the Level 1 Championship show. They competed in the Level 1 Youth Ranch Riding, where they were named Champion, and in the Rookie Youth Ranch Riding, where they were named Reserve Champion. They also competed through the summer at Centre Hall, showing at the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Mid-Summer Madness and the Keystone Showdown, coming home with Reserve Circuit Champion in the Level 1 Youth Ranch Riding and in the Open Youth Ranch Riding at both shows. They are going to compete at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this October and will be competing at the Youth World Show in August of 2020.

In the photographs below, you’ll see Rachel ROCKING her Belt Buckle from her Level 1 Achievement which she won riding her old horse, Sonnys Deluxe Day – aka Alvin. To earn a belt buckle like this you have to earn enough points in a Level 1 class. Rachel and Alvin reached 42 points in the Level 1 Youth Horsemanship, which was enough to bump them into the Level 2. Rachel told me, “Alvin is near and dear to me because he was my first show horse, taking me to the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is a nationally recognized show and runs for a whole month.” They showed in the Level 1 Youth Trail and ended up placing 7th out of 86 entries. They have also earned many Top Ten and Finalist titles in the horsemanship, showmanship and trail at the Level 1 Championships. This year, Rachel and Alvin qualified for the Youth World show in the summer, but ended up not going due to her competition in the IEA Nationals. This girl LOVES her horses, in fact . . . ” My horses are my best friends and my life!” , is what she said exactly. I have no doubt that they love her too!

Rachel was so fun to photograph. Her fun loving, free spirit filled the air while we shot together, and she was up for anything! From spinning in her dress, to climbing trees, and laying on the ground. It was clear that this farm girl wasn’t afraid of doing anything in front of the camera. To finish the session off . . . we got in the water! Rachel went in boots and all . . . while I stumbled around barefoot with frozen toes. It was totally worth it! It turned out to be such an amazing session and I would gladly photograph this beauty any time!

Whatever YOUR style is . . . Whatever YOUR talent is . . . be sure to BRING IT just like Rachel did for her Senior Portrait Session, and I’ll be sure to capture exactly who YOU ARE for you and your parents! Contact me today to schedule your session.

xoxo,
Mindy 🙂


2017, Portraits, Senior Portraits

When should you get your Senior Portraits done?

Hello my lovies!!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, but in the midst of my busiest season, I wanted to address a very important question.  It’s one that always comes up when you have a High School Student in your household, and it is really one only you can answer.  “When should we get Senior Portraits done?”  If you’re asking me, I’ll tell you the short answer is:  Anytime you are ready!!  The long answer just leads to more questions.  🙂  Personally, I have had parents and students contact me for pictures during their Junior year in High School, after their Senior has already graduated, and even for College Graduations because they never had “senior portraits” done before!

So the real question is . . .

WHEN DO YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR SENIOR PORTRAITS DONE?

Let me start by introducing to you Rose, Class of 2017.  She is one of seven kids in her family and only the second one that wanted to have Senior Portraits done.  She is a beautiful and unique young lady.  She is the ONLY girl I know that is going to be a welder!  Yes, you read that right.  This gorgeous girl is going to be hiding behind a grungy, dirty mask to protect herself from the harmful light that welding produces.  Her tiny little frame will be hidden by a jumpsuit to allow her to move freely throughout the job site.  It’s that small petite size that will make her invaluable in the industry since she will be able to fit into all those small spaces that a man cannot get to.  She is finishing up her education at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology and already has a job lined up!

Rose is not the first Senior that have I have photographed that was not longer a High School Senior, but she is the first one this year!  Let me tell you how it all came about ….

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Our conversation first started in the Fall of 2016, the beginning of her senior year.  Her mom and I had talked about winter portraits, in a stream, with a summer dress.  It sounded really cold to me, but this Senior Photographer was excited to try something totally different!  🙂  After the consultation with Rose, I got even more excited!!  I started planning and brainstorming about how it was going to work, where it would be, and got myself ready to be “on call” for the moment we had snow.  Here in Central Pennsylvania, that could be anywhere between October through April!  hahaha!  Sadly, due to the series of unfortunate events, that plan never happened, and before we knew it her senior year was over.

Now just because she was technically no longer a Senior, didn’t mean that her dream of having Senior Portraits was totally shattered.  We just simply adjusted the time frame.  She did have a little trouble getting off work because they didn’t think it was possible for her to be getting them done after her graduation, but that was the only trouble we had! So on June 15th, about a week after she graduated high school, we did her portraits!

 It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day!  Perfect for portraits!!

The water was still cold, but it didn’t slow us down much  . . . and I’m sure it was warmer than it would have been in the winter!!  🙂

In the end, both Rose and her mom were thrilled with the results.  It wasn’t what we originally had planned, but it was beautiful none-the-less.  In fact here is what her mom had to say,

“Fantastic photographer!  Fantastic lady! I am beyond happy and satisfied with all of the choices! Mindy is so professional and easy to work with and so flexible which was very necessary in my case. Will definitely hire her again.” 

This review was completely unsolicited . . . I just got a notification in my inbox and went to check it out.  These are words from a truly happy client . . . and that means the world to me.

So whether you are a Junior, Senior, or post High School, don’t feel like your chance is over!  Your portraits can be taken ANYTIME you are ready!  Even if you are a Freshman that just wants to start planning out your session with me.  It truly doesn’t matter.  If you want “Senior Portraits” I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  Let’s make it happen together!

If you are ready to start planning your Senior Portrait Session, feel free to Contact Me anytime!  I’d love to get you on my schedule!

Until next time, Love and Blessings,

Mindy 😀

 

2017, Portraits, Uncategorized

Leaving a Legacy

Hello my lovelies!

I had the privilege of photographing a wonderful and beautiful soul last week!  Edwyna turned 88 years old this month and wanted to celebrate her life through photographs.  She wanted to leave a legacy for her children and grandchildren . . . to be able to show them what is possible at the grand age of 88.  How wonderful is that?!?  This woman is SO full of life, love, and laughter!  It was a complete honor to be a part of this legacy in the making.

So . . . what is a legacy?  Merriam-Webster defines it as:  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.  Based on that definition, a legacy could be anything we leave behind for those that follow us.  I absolutely LOVE that Edwyna shares my passion for pictures, and considers them to be a legacy for her family . . . something they can look back on for many years to come!!  I believe the same thing!!!

It was a chilly morning when I arrived at Edwyna’s house.  She lives on the same property as her son and grandson . . . but in her own beautiful home.  We planned on doing her photographs in her home, which I had never seen before.  I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived.  Edwyna answered the door and was dressed in a formal gown, and the many windows in her home lit up the house beautifully . . . no studio lights needed!  It was perfect!

We started with a few formal photos to get her warmed up and used to me and the camera.  She was a little nervous but her daughter and friends were there to help her relax and make her feel more comfortable.

Once she started to play the piano, she settled in, and just had fun.  The music just flowed through her . . . and her true personality began to show through.  After all, the piano is where Edwyna spends a lot of her time.  She continues to play at her church for worship on a regular basis.

A true blessing was watching both mother and daughter play the piano together.  When Linda asked her mom, “what should we play?”  Edwyna immediately responded with “Jesus Love Me.” and away they went.  It was beautiful.  This wasn’t the typical simple song we all learned as children . . . they truly jammed and let the music speak to their hearts and souls as they played!  We (Edwyna’s friends and I) HAD to clap in response when they finished!

This incredible woman sews, colors, has her own computer and cell phone, bakes for her grandchildren, entertains her friends and family, keeps up on her grass with a battery powered weed-wacker, and still plays basketball.  She is truly amazing!

Though we ‘acted’ as if she was actually sewing and baking, we were really just pretending and going through the motions.  Edwyna made the sound effects to make it more realistic . . . which only made us laugh!  😀  She did, however, truly shoot that basketball and got it through the hoop about 50% of the time.

This was my favorite!  When her daughter, Linda, mentioned she wanted to have a photo of her mom sitting on her car, I truly thought she was joking.  Boy was I wrong!!  LOL!!  Isn’t this just fabulous?!?!?!  Without hesitation, Edwyna went for the step stool and climbed up on the hood of car!  With her daughter and friends around, she really made a show of it!  😀

My hope for myself and for anyone reading this is that we find and keep JOY in our lives.  That we enjoy life to its fullest everyday.  That we will stay activeshare our wisdom and love with those around us.  Live knowing that each day we are given is a blessing from God . . . and there is purpose in our lives.  Our lives touch others in ways we may never know or understand.  Even when you think no one is watching . . . someone is.  Let you life be an example and a blessing to others.

Edwyna’s life has been a blessing to her 4 children, her 11 grandchildren, her 8 great grandchildren, her late husband of 63 years, her friends, her church family, countless others, and me.  Be a blessing to those around you, and your legacy will be the life you lived and the love you shared!

Each client that I am blessed to photograph finds a special place in my heart.  Edwyna is no different.  This photo session will be treasured forever!

If you are ready to schedule your photo session, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I’d love to help you start planning or answer any questions you may have!  Until then . . .

Love and Blessings,

Mindy 🙂