Why do I like photographing senior high school students? Simply stated, I like to celebrate their achievements and successes they have accomplished so far as they reach the milestone of graduating high school, and using my photography to creatively portray elements of who they are. I want the seniors I photograph to walk away from a session feeling uplifted and encouraged seeing images capturing something that they love or can do in a way that maybe no one else has been able to do for them. In the process of interviewing my seniors and their parents, we put together ideas for the session and whether we stay in the studio or go on location, it's a team effort. When I see a glint in the eye of the senior as we go through the creative process, then I know we've hit the mark on how we will photograph the session and how it's going to develop.
I've volunteered more than 15 years as a high school and college student small group leader at the churches we attended over the years and I love this age group! It's an exciting, scary and hopeful time in their lives and I want to be there to capture it!
"Dream Series" session: Josiah loves to read books about fantasy and sci-fi, and he has A LOT of fantasy and sci-fi books. So, we decided to use that in his indoor session. I decided to do a "dream series" where he is reading one of his favorite books and in subsequent images, he changes from reading about the characters to becoming one of the characters. If you know J. R. R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis, you'll love this series! Each blog will reveal another subtle change in his five-part transition.
In this image, Josiah is surrounded by all the books he loves to read and re-read, particularly J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. The wooden sword is a replica of "Brisingr," one of Eragon's Rider's swords, that Josiah's father made for him. Watch what happens to the sword in the following images in this "Dream Series." Photography by Gena Buskirk Ford, Gateway PhotoArtistry™.