Each fall I work hard to put together a huge styled shoot featuring my PJP Senior Models. The theme is revealed to the girls months in advance, so they have plenty of time to put together outfits to carry out the look and feel we’re going for. This shoot is an all day deal. We start with professional hair and makeup early in the day. Each girl has a custom look that is determined ahead of time. While some girls are in H&MU, others get to lounge around in my home studio space, snack and watch a movie or two.
What I probably love about these shoots is the creative freedom. The door is swung wide open for me to come up with a unique concept and watch it come to life. There is no pressure to shoot what a believe a client will want to purchase, or to get a shot that might be perfect for a fall portrait or an album cover. Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely love working with my regular clients to produce senior portraits that truly capture the subject as they are… but I enjoy the freedom of a creative concept shoot as well.
My idea this time revolved around a modern take to the tribal look. A little boho, and little Native American (hey, my grandpa was 1/4 Indian), with lots of texture and mostly earthy tones (with a little turquoise thrown in for contrast!) I think the results are pretty stunning, and my girls pulled this all off magically. Making a special appearance was Camryn’s horse, Mae, who was a bit spooked being out of her normal pasture, but modeled for me, nonetheless. Also making one of its last appearances was Dylan’s orange vintage Dodge truck, which sadly suffered unsustainable injuries in a collision a couple months following our shoot. RIP Dylan’s Dodge.