A quiet back road led the way
to a large white tent.
Chairs in the grass
and chandeliers in the barn.
and a slight breeze in the air.
Friends. Family. Flowers.
A new Mr. & Mrs.
The stuff wedding days are made of.
From my side of the lens, I imagine Emily is the coolest girl in her high school. The kind of cool you look back on when you’re out of that little world, out of that little bubble, and wonder why you ever tried so hard. And you picture someone like her, roaming the halls, doing her own thing. Never really having to try, never concerned with being someone she’s not.
But like any other girl, she had a few outfits lined up for our shoot. And just home from her weekend job as a waitress at a local restaurant, hair still thrown up in a ponytail, she ran off to put a straightener through her strands, and that was it. No fuss, no real anxiety about the gray skies, the drizzling rain and the humidity that does not belong anywhere in New England in late September.
She found the perfect location for her photos, and was game for scaling 9 foot walls to stand on a ledge in front of huge, beautiful church windows. She was all about throwing on a dress and taking off into a field (barefoot!), to stand among the damp grass. (Though the line was drawn when we ventured off toward a barn and found a praying mantas hanging out, among a million black flies)
At one point she was sure to tell me she didn’t want anything “fake”… no fake smiles, no head thrown back in fake laughter. She said that wasn’t her. That’s not who she is. And I love these photos all the more because of this. They are genuine, they are Emily. Real smiles, real laughter.
She’s into music (The Doors are a favorite), and is an incredibly talented artist (amazing drawings and paintings!), she’s in classes I would never dream of taking when I was in high school (AP this and AP that), and she’s involved (Yearbook committee — I hope she’s able to sneak in a bunch of pictures of herself!).
She’s just cool… the kind that is effortless and real.
Emily: I loved being with you during this shoot!! I hope you see how beautiful you are through these photos, and look back on them someday with wonderful memories of your time in high school. My wish for you as you finish your senior year, is that you pursue what you love… that you follow your heart and your passion and do something with your talent in art. Find a way to do this and you will always be happy.
There is a whole world waiting for you. Beyond the roads, and the town, and the people you are so familiar with… there is a world and a life that you probably can’t even imagine yet. Just know that it’s out there, and know that I’ll be anxiously waiting to see where it takes you! xo.