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We love watching our ‘families’ grow up!  We created family portraits for Naya and her family a few years ago for their holiday cards, and Naya’s best friend, Hunter, had a senior portrait session with us that Naya attended, so we were thrilled that Naya (Cary Academy Class of 2021) asked us to do her senior portraits Cary session too.

Senior Portraits Cary:  Art and a big red Jeep

We met with Naya to plan her Senior Portraits Cary.  We learned that Naya loves art (especially oil painting) and the technical side of theater.   She loves team sports like field hockey and lacrosse and has played for the last 8 years.  Her friends say she is funny and creative and super supportive.

For her senior portrait session, Naya wanted to include a nod to her artistic interests, but also some nature and urban, colorful vibes.  And, of course, her big red jeep!  We scheduled her session for early summer before her senior year started and got busy planning.


On her session date, Naya first came to the studio for hair and make-up services by our resident artist, Denise.  Then it was off to Cary Academy for portraits in the art rooms.  Naya’s best friend, Hunter, joined us for the session.  It was especially nice to start at the art classroom which has been a special place for Naya during school.  She showed us how she did her block stamping and we loved seeing all her different designs.

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The next part of the session was in downtown Raleigh for a few urban portraits.  We were very close to the Black Lives Matter protestors who were peacefully leading an event in the nearby park.  It was a reminder of this unique time.

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The last part of the session was in a private location in Apex where we did special portraits with Naya’s red jeep.  This included photographing and filming her from the trunk of our car as Hunter held the light out of our sunroom, Bridget drove our car, and Naya’s mom drove their car.  It was a great way to get moving photographs with the fear of getting run over!

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Check out the behind-the-scenes video of Naya’s session:

Naya and her family returned to the studio a few weeks later to watch the behind-the-scenes video and a slideshow of all her portraits.  Naya chose her yearbook images.  She also selected 25-30 of her favorite images (it was hard to choose!) so that we could create a beautiful leather-bound artist-style album for her.  They also chose a couple of canvas prints for their home.


We loved working with the first ‘senior’ in this family and can’t wait for the rest!


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