hannah {a senior session}

When I received a call from Hannah’s Grandmother about doing her Senior photos, I was thrilled!  Hannah is very good friends with a Senior that I just did- remember Mary, the cutie who loved Audrey Hepburn and wanted part of her session in a shoe shop?  Well, Hannah is her neighbor and great friend.  Hannah is awesome.  Super sweet, fun and confident….and she is GORGEOUS!  She is also a ballerina, so she spends a lot of time practicing along with her regular Senior year stuff. :)

We started out walking around and looking for some interesting new places….

We had just about the best light that day….it was freezing out, but you’d never know that.  She was brave in that dress!  (Her clothes were AWESOME.)

such pretty eyes….

We had fun exploring and finding light…

she was more than willing to play around with my light experiments. :)

I have a feeling this girl will get whatever she wants out of life….

LOVE IT!  There was a guy standing nearby drooling while we shot this…he just acted like he was on the phone. :)  HA!!!

MAJOR THANKS to my new friend Gina of Kiwi Street Studios who clued me into the next location we went to. It was just what we needed. :)

The sun was just getting PERFECT and we rocked it out as fast as we could!

This small example gives this photo no justice….it is SO RAD and deserves to be a very large print or canvas.   Really, it deserves it. :)  The light + the wind gently blowing her shirt = pure AWESOMENESS.

Love your smile Hannah. :)

It has been a dream of mine to photograph a ballerina.  I have always been obsessed with the beauty, grace, strength, and discipline of a ballerina, and photographing some of that has been on my “wish list.”  When I mentioned it too Hannah, I thought she might think it was dumb/weird but she loved the idea, and was really excited!

She began with some stretching….OUCH.

so graceful….

You see those legs?  Don’t mess with her.

I think this is my favorite from the entire session.  I LOVE THIS!!!

Hannah, thanks so much for having photos taken with me!!! I know you didn’t want Senior photos because of what you have seen out there, so I hope these will change your mind about what Senior photos can be. :)You are a wonderful person and I wish you all the best in your future.

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December 8, 2008 - 5:23 pm

mary - HOLY CRAP. THESE ARE SO AMAZING. jess, you rock. hannah banana, you look incredibly gorgeous in all these pictures. AH. the locations are so cool. i want another session!

December 8, 2008 - 6:15 pm

Liz - I LOVE that last one! They are all so beautiful. :D Great job!!

December 8, 2008 - 6:16 pm

lucy - wow these are amazing! i love the different locations. Hannah is absolutely gorgeous and her ballerina poses + your location = a totally rockin’ Senior shoot! seriously jess, LOVE IT!

December 8, 2008 - 7:53 pm

holly rouse - i am really, truly, completely JEALOUS of this.
(aka: probably my favorite senior shoot to date)

December 9, 2008 - 6:29 am

Alex - I think this will really change the mind of senior sessions ;)

Awesome light… great locations!

Hope to see the large print or canvas live in the next year :-D

Best from Germany

December 9, 2008 - 5:58 pm

adam - love the RAD pic…….i will agree with the canvas statement.
lighting is awesome.

December 9, 2008 - 7:08 pm

Alyssa - I love them! She is so pretty

December 9, 2008 - 7:28 pm

melanie - that last image is rad.

December 10, 2008 - 9:20 pm

gina w - wow jess, really really beautiful! and i see you found the boathouse;)
the last one is my favorite too!

December 11, 2008 - 11:31 am

mary’s mom - I am crazy for the one that deserves a canvas and I love the one with Cincinnatus, too! I love this kid and knew that the two of you would find some amazing shots together!! Again, Jess, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE with what you find through the lens! BRAVO!!

December 17, 2008 - 8:20 pm

rebecca-linh rodgers - Hannah and the images are simply STUNNING! amazing work!

December 29, 2008 - 10:32 am

Maya - That location totally rocks!!! Love the lighting experiments!

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