What a pleasure it was to photograph this High School Senior! We spent a sunny, brisk Fall afternoon on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. This is quickly becoming my go-to spot for outdoor scenes, landscaped lawns, and brick facade.
Zack's mom warned me that he may be uncomfortable in front of the camera (who isn't?,) but within a few minutes he warmed up and was a natural. Young men and older kids look great when they're not forcing a smile. Those stoic, gazing off into the distance poses are a perfect remedy for this. It offers a portrait of their natural expressions, the way you really know them. For most of this shoot his mom was over my shoulder making him laugh, so those grins were thanks to her.
Speaking of mom, having a parent along for these portrait sessions makes it all the more momentous. And emotional. For her to take part in this exciting milestone (Senior Pictures!!) was a joy to witness. Bittersweet really. She's clearly proud and excited for this next stage of his life. She also reminisces about his babyhood, which I'm sure feels like yesterday. She prodded him on his college applications, saying that he'd end up living in her basement if they aren't completed soon. Guess how he replied? "That wouldn't be so bad." Awwww!
Kudos to this courteous, intelligent, happy young man. You're going to go far!