I’ve known Allen for a long time. I think we met when I moved back to Jacksonville about nine years ago. A that time, he was in the third grade. :) So it was an honor to do his senior session because I’ve watched him grow up over the years to become an awesome young man!
After much thought, we ended up settling on nearby Boone Park in Jacksonville for the location of most of these shots. It was really important to Allen to have a set of football images as well as images with his truck. There’s a short road near the park that worked with his truck…..and plenty of space for the football pictures. We also featured Allen’s cowboy hat. And check out his class ring! It’s camo!!! I didn’t even know they could do that!
Another important aspect of this session was to get several shots of Allen with his drum set. With the help of his parents, we set it up at another nearby park beside the Ortega River. It was the perfect spot to showcase one of Allen’s main hobbies. When I heard that they wanted to set up the drum set, that’s actually the very first place I thought of. There’s a round, brick platform that was absolutely perfect for keeping the set level and clean. I’m not sure what the original intention of the builders was….but it worked great for us!
I LOVE the fact that Allen and his parents put so much thought into planning this session. You’re only a senior once….and it’s great when your senior pictures reflect who you are as a person. I know that Allen has images that are “him” and reflect his unique personality. It’s the job of a senior photographer to dig in and bring out those emotions and expressions that make a senior unique. As a bonus, we had tons of fun between shots! We laughed so hard and so much during the time I spent with Allen and his family. This was such a fun session!!!