This is Sam. I had a lot of fun taking his senior pictures and getting to know him this weekend. Sam is a student at Mount Vernon High School, graduating this year. When he first pulled up on location, I asked him if he was excited to have his senior portraits taken. He was very honest in admitting that he was only really getting them done in order to make his mom happy. I remember feeling the same way as a senior in high school. The last thing on my mind was primping and showing up to get my photo taken, and I absolutely understand Sam's perspective. I told him that not only would we make his mom happy, but hopefully he would enjoy the process as well. I do my best to make getting your portrait taken a fun and relaxed process, even if it isn't normally your favorite thing to do. It's important to me to connect with my clients. You can spend hours taking photos of someone and if they aren't comfortable with you or having fun you will never get a great portrait. Even on a gorgeous sunny day with Northern State as a stunning backdrop, the most important element of my photos is getting to know my clients.
I had a lot of fun getting to know Sam. Sam loves collecting, restoring, and modifying firearms. He even hopes to make a business out of it someday. He brought along a WWII era German rifle to show me, and to use as a prop in some of his senior pictures. It was a beautiful rifle, and a really cool piece of history. I would normally be nervous about having a client bring a weapon to a portrait session. Sam was very adamant about firearm safety, and even removed the bolt of the gun (though there was no ammunition). He was very methodic in handling the rifle, and I felt perfectly at ease around such a responsible young man.
Sam really loves attending Mount Vernon High School, because they offer a wide array of career tech classes which appeal to him. He spoke very highly of the sense of community which exists among his fellow students. Next year, he will be attending Bellingham Technical College. Sam is excited for the program that they offer, because he will get to attend classes in the mornings and spend the rest of the day utilizing their equipment on projects that he is passionate about.
I had a great time joking around with Sam while taking his Senior Photos. He is a great kid, with a really bright future ahead of him. I hoped that he had as much fun as I did, and I would venture to say that by the end of the session he changed his opinions on getting his photo taken.