While I love senior portraits in general, there is something really special about being able to capture senior portraits for someone you’ve known for years. Ella is the older sister of Harley’s best friend from the beach and she was someone who was a regular in our lives back at the beach. Since we’ve moved, there have been a few groups that we have remained close to and Ella’s family is no exception. Even when we are apart for months at a time, it feels like no time has passed at all. It was an honor to be able to capture her senior portraits.
We started out Mounted Ministries. Ella wanted to have some of her senior pictures shot in a field and my friend Cathy was gracious enough to let us borrow the fields at her place. Not only is the landscape and light at Mounted Ministries perfect, but it is an amazing place to spend some time with horses and get closer with God. If your child is looking for a great place to start riding, I suggest you give Cathy a call.
One of the most vivid memories I have of Ella back at the beach was during a student take-over service at Seacoast Vineyard Church. I was just expecting the youth worship band to lead worship. I was blown away when Ella played piano and sang a beautiful worship song that she had written herself. I will never forget the entire congregation falling silent in awe. Ella is so very talented and her love for Christ is inspiring.
We spent some time at my place using music that had been handed down in her family. Ella wanted some portraits that captured her love for music, especially the piano and violin. Thankfully, a good friend of the family allowed us into her home to use her piano (thanks, Savannah!).
The rose garden at Furman University in Greenville, SC was the perfect backdrop for some dance portraits en pointe.
For our last stop, we hit downtown Greenville and wandered around a few block radius. Is is amazing what sort of unique backgrounds and textures you can find in a short walk! While I have shot in Greenville before, I have always focused on Falls Park, so it was a lot of fun for me to explore a few blocks off Main Street and find out what the city has to offer architecturally.
Ella, I hope you enjoy your senior portraits as much as I enjoyed capturing them! Class of 2019, if you’re still looking for a senior portrait photographer in the Greenville or Pickens area of South Carolina, give me a call!