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Shannon was excited about her approaching senior year at Cary Academy (Class of 2021).  She received information about yearbook portraits, checked out our website, loved our work, talked with a few friends, and chose us!   Shannon reached out to us and we got started planning her Senior Portraits Cary.

Senior Portraits Cary:  Sunflowers, Cornfields and the Beach

We met with Shannon and her mom to plan her Senior Portraits Cary.  We learned that Shannon loves photography, the beach, and nature.  She is a curious student who loves to learn, especially math.  She is an active creative writer and passionate speaker.  Her friends find her loyal, passionate, imperfect, brave, and kind.

For her senior portraits she especially wanted her portraits to be authentic and genuine, with a natural outdoors theme.  And she definitely wanted to come to the beach with us for our annual trip.

With the challenges of a pandemic upon us that summer, we planned Shannon’s first session at our private farm location.  We scheduled for early July and met with her a few weeks before that to help her select her outfits.

For Shannon’s first Senior Portraits Cary session, we met her at a private farm, just as the sunflowers were in full bloom!  Usually we can predict the weather pretty well but a few storms really surprised us during Shannon’s session.  Right as we were pulling into the farm we could tell we were going to need to move quickly!  Our sunflowers like, well, the sun, and cloudy days make them close up.  In between showers we speed-shot through the sunflowers and then off to our corn field.  Since her family loves the Wizard of Oz her blue dress in the big corn field, with a storm brewing in the clouds made for an unintentionally perfect ‘wink’ to their favorite movie.  We ended just in time – thunder and lightning the whole way home.

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Shannon’s next session was in early August for our annual beach trip.  It happened to be the day after a hurricane…which actually is the most gorgeous day for beach portraits!  This time Shannon’s mom got to be our lighting assistant; she even caught Teresa’s camera bag before it went under the water when the tide was coming in (oops!). Our favorite spot was right by the dunes where just when we got started a flurry of activity took over . . . beach patrol cops and lifeguards with trucks and blinking lights came up right by us for someone who had drunk too much and been in the sun too long. We were just glad they weren’t coming to kick us off the dunes (which we were very careful not to disturb).


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For her next set of images we returned to a private farm cornfield.  We had saved a special pink smoke bomb for one particular shot.  We rehearsed poses before the smoke bomb started because we only had 90 seconds before it went out.  It was one of our favorite photographs from the session!  And of course Shannon was beautiful and totally comfortable in the natural setting.

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Check out the behind-the-scenes video of Shannon’s sessions:

Shannon 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.  Using our gallery wall, Shannon chose her yearbook portraits and Teresa helped them design and select custom wall art.  They chose a beautiful desk top acrylic block print, and the full collection of digital files.

Shannon and her family have become part of our family and we keep in touch regularly.

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