I love it when two of my favorite things to photograph collide. I had an amazing time working with Darian and her family to capture her senior and dance portraits.
Darian's mom, Darlene, first contacted me in late 2017 to work out a time for her daughter's Class of 2019 senior portraits. Since we would both be travelling down to Myrtle Beach for the shoot (Darian from Michigan and me from Pickens), we knew we needed to get started early to make this shoot happen. Myrtle Beach has been experiencing unprecidented rain lately, and as the shoot drew closer - I was a bit worried, but the skies cleared just in time for her shoot and remained absolutely perfect for the entire session! Yay!
Darian started off at Salon and Spa 18 where Wing curled her hair into perfection. If you've never met Wing and are looking for a hair stylist in Myrtle Beach, look him up! He is wonderful! I cannot recommend him enough! Darian and her mom knew she wanted portraits that showcased her passion for the violin, but knew it would be hard to travel with hers. The wonderful people at Andy Owens were kind enough to lend her one of their personal violins. I love South Carolinians! Always willing to help!
We started Darian's session at Market Common in Myrtle Beach. She's been coming to Market Common for years so this location was near and dear to her heart. We had a lot of fun taking portraits en pointe. I absolutely adore the arbor and landscaping of Market Common. It provides such a versatile location and Darian just rocked it!
Darian dances with Karen's School of Dance in Highland, Michigan. She's been with the same studio since she first started dancing. How amazing is that? She's talented and passionate about dance and wants to use dance through the concept of motion therapy to help children with autism. What a beautiful way to continue to dance and help others!
After wrapping up at Market Common, we headed over to the beach at Myrtle Beach State Park. One of my favorite thing about the park is the beautiful pier and undeveloped horizon. It's so nice to be on the beach and be surrounded by gorgeous dunes instead of tall hotels.
After some killer shots in the waves in Darian's gorgeous high-low romper, we switched into dance for the remainder of the session. The flowy, bright costumes she selected really popped on the beach. I was amazed how high she could leap even after they soaked in water and became extremely heavy. This is one strong dancer athlete!
Darian, I am so honored you chose me to capture your senior portraits and dance photographs. You are a bright, shining star and I know you are going to do amazing things!