Abbie…Unleashed. (An almost Senior Session)

April 25, 2013
I would call it a senior session…

…but Abbie is not quite a senior yet, and yes, this was much more styled than the average senior session. I’ve been looking forward to this shoot all winter – I prefer these kind of editorial style shoots, and am always thrilled when a client jumps in with both feet!. So hang on – it’s long, and we’re gonna get personal.

This was a particularly special shoot, as Abbie has been a familiar face in my home over the years, and is a friend of my daughter’s. She also happens to be as good of a photographer as she is a model (check out her work at Abbie Kunch Photography)., and I have loved being a sort of mentor to her. I have to admit though, as I downloaded and edited her images I felt a lump in my throat and teared up at the computer. Seeing the young woman (ok I’m crying right now) shining through with such beauty and confidence threw into sharp relief the life ahead of her. I see this with my 15 year old daughter so frequently now – in small moments that pack such a wallop to my heart (and I know that when her braces come off I am going to have a full-on panic attack). I look at them and pray that they will honor themselves, and the things they have been blessed with. That they will never allow anyone to make them feel small, while always remembering the importance of humility. These middle and high school years can be a rough ride, and I have had the honor of watching our little Abbie rise and overcome, with joy and with tears….and most importantly grow stronger and more confident in her fabulous uniqueness with every passing year. And as with my own daughter, I am very proud of her.

A huge thank you to Brie Keller of Urban Roots for H&MU, as well as the super groovy clothing from her grandmother’s closet! Oh man – I was just wanting to take half of them home with me….all originals from the 60’s and 70’s.  We mixed those up with some items we had previously picked out when thinking about doing the session “Twiggy” style. I just love it. Wanted to post them all, but it’s long enough as it is! (Oh – and also thank you Brie for holding up the reflector for the entire time!!).