As you can tell from my regular blog content, portraits aren't exactly on the top of my list of things to do with life. But when Bella suggested I do her senior photos for her, I figured I'd give it a shot since I personally know her and was comfortable with the idea of working with her. Honestly, it went a lot better than I had expected, partly because I never envisioned myself being a good portrait photographer and partly because I am so timid when it comes to approaching people and photographing them. However, this was different because it was intentional.
Let's talk about Bella for minute. I've only known her for a few months, but in that short time, I've come to know her has one of the kindest and most genuine people I know and she can make the people around her smile and laugh even when they feel like pure garbage. And she's so humble. I really don't think she realizes how captivating she is because she's simply too busy being herself. I really hope I managed to capture some of that.
I really do I hope I get to do more things like this in the future. I'm so happy with the results (and so was Bella!) As you can tell, this girl is extraordinarily photogenic which made my job of capturing her very easy. I was also lucky enough to have my friend Casey there, who not only did a beautiful job on Bella's makeup, but also had a ton of insight on how to pose people for photographs such as these. I couldn't have done it without her, really. I tend to prefer unposed candids myself, and the photos I captured of her while she was readjusting or thinking of what to do next were the ones I seem to be drawn to the most. Maybe I'll share some of those in the future.
Most importantly, we all had a great time making this happen. Even though we were basically zombies after waking up at 5am for this, we laughed a lot. I mean, what more can you ask for?