I’ve been debating whether to blog about this senior session from the Class of 2015…it certainly wouldn’t be in everyone’s taste. The reason why I’ve decided to do it is to encourage High School Seniors to be creative with their senior sessions! I would love to come up with something super stupendous…even if it’s crazy, if that’s what you want.
Oh boy do I LOVE LOVE LOVE the creative types!! When Ian walked into my studio, he had very concrete ideas of what he wanted for his senior portraits. A VERY big chair was to be involved. And a cat. I thought to myself “ok…well… this will be a challenge, but let’s go for it!” and I sent him away with the task of finding a VERY VERY big chair.
Fast forward a couple months…no big chair. Ian (creative type) texts me a picture one day of what he would like to do for his senior portraits. I gasped. Remember the senior portraits from the 1980’s? You know the ones….with the second image superimposed in the background? ish….I had one of those! UM?? The cat was still involved…and superimposed laser lights were to be part of the design. Oh whaaaaaaaaat was I going to do?? Despite my apprehension I, again, decided “ok…well… this will be a challenge, but let’s go for it!” I don’t know what gets into me? It’s those creative types…I can’t say NO.
Ian would be dressed in a smart blue suit. There would be my favorite Thunder Gray Seamless backdrop paper from Savage Universal and studio lighting set up in the garage of his home. And “Tiger”, the cat (which I can’t remember exactly what the elusive cat’s name was) would be shut into the garage and we would go from there. We were going to do a “retro” totally 80’s senior session complete with laser lights!!! yoo hoo!!!
We well know that a cat has it’s own mind. Tiger was not a cat to be manipulated. That morning, before we could get the garage door shut, Tiger ran away in the rain. Yes…the rain! And the smart blue suit was getting wet…and well, Ian and his mom were in the middle of moving and he couldn’t find all his props from his theater class in school. It seemed as if the whole project was falling apart. But we carried on….and Tiger eventually came back!!
I tell you…I went to Ian’s home that day in despair of what was going to happen with this whole project. And I had the MOST FUN of any senior session EVER. Ian was great…cool, cool kid. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he becomes famous one day. Like the Drew Carey type. We did manage to get some “normal” shots for his mom’s wall of course. Then we got this creation done for Ian. He ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. It was exactly what he wanted…complete with silly “posed face”….and I breathed a sigh of success….