My senior portrait involved a piece of scalloped velvet that was clamped on around my shoulders, and a single unretouched studio portrait–location shooting was not on anybody’s radar back in 1995. Check out my totally 90s senior portrait here.
Thank goodness that has changed (unlike my haircut, which is quite similar), as evidenced by these location shots of the gorgeous Tasha M below. My job in these shots was to capture Tasha’s essence– she’s a beautiful, easygoing, fun, kind and natural young woman–and also capture her confidence and elegant maturity.
Senior portraits are a time to showcase talents and personality! Tasha is passionate about dance, and with very little direction from me, she confidently danced and leapt around the field, creating a series of rhythmic and lyrical shapes for me to photograph, mingled with the light and colors of the summer setting. I always encourage seniors to schedule their session for summer (beautiful sunsets and summer clothes seem to be popular with this age group), so March-April of Junior is the ideal time to book.
While this white dress on Tasha’s beautiful skin was amazing, she also wanted to experiment with having her wear a vivid print. You guessed it–also amazing.
I’ve written on this blog how nice it is to fold family and cultural traditions into family portraits, and this group shot of the women in Tasha’s life is a beautiful example of that. Originally from Africa and world travelers all, Mom, Grandma and older sister–her greatest role models and mentors–graciously agreed to pose for a group photo. (They came along as her cheerleaders, but were not expecting to be photographed that day!)
I wish Tasha the best as she goes on to college with the goal of studying to become an MD.
Here is a video showing more shots of Tasha:
Missy Timko is the photographer behind Powder Blue Photography, a boutique photography studio located in Pittsburgh, PA. She specializes in newborns, maternity, families, seniors, and head shots. Missy’s style is simple, natural, and clean, both posed and lifestyle photography with beautiful natural backdrops, and Missy also runs a studio in the West End Village in Pittsburgh. There are many session options, from full length custom sessions to quick updates of just the kids, inside the studio or outside in a beautiful natural or urban location in Pittsburgh. Contact Missy for availability.