Monday, May 11, 2015

The House That Built Me.

A  good picture really is worth a thousand words.
We hadn't been to our old house in four years. I know that doesn't seem like a long time, but a lot has changed since 2011. The last time we were there, I was graduating high school. Since then, the house has been foreclosed on, my parents have divorced, I started college, my Dad moved to Colorado, my Mom opened her own store, and my sister's high school graduation is just two weeks away.

Last week, I had the honor of taking her Senior photos. Honestly, I was stressing about the task. I wanted her photos to be the best I had ever taken. I mean, she is my sister and best friend. I wanted to take photos that truly captured her genuine, sweet, happy, and just plain beautiful heart.

Happy girl.
On top of that, I wanted to be able to find a location that would contain meaning and really add something special to the photos. I do that for every person I photograph, but for Hannah, it was on a whole new level.

Even though we moved a decent amount growing up, we always stayed in the same area. We grew up around a golf course, so I thought we could take some photos in that area. We started there. After taking some super cute "traditional" shots, I told Hannah we should drive to our old house and take a few shots around the property.


When we arrived, the front door was wide open.

We were able to do nearly all of her Senior photos in the place she spent most of her young life.

This was the house she lived in from kindergarten through eighth grade. The house we lived in for eight years. That was the longest we had been anywhere. So much happened at this place. Things that would change us and grow us to be who we are today. To have the opportunity to take these photos of her at a time where everything is completely changing in her life was everything I could have hoped for and more. It gave her a chance to say "goodbye" all why I documented it.

(I might have snuck in a quick photo for myself while I was at it.)

Me in my old room.

Did we trespass? Possibly. Was it worth it? You have no idea.

See more of Hannah's Senior Photos here.
**More photos coming soon.


It's A... {My First Gender Reveal Shoot}

This past week, I was able to photograph my very first Gender Reveal Shoot, and it was wonderful! Haley and Anthony were so fun to work with, and I am ridiculously excited they allowed me to be a part of this memorable day. I thought that I would share some of my favorite shots with you peoples. To see these and more, check out my Flickr:

I love love love how they announced the gender of their first baby! The parents found out Wednesday morning, then ran to the store straight after to get the appropriate colored silly string. Seeing their families' responses with pink silly string flying all around was too precious.

I don't know why, but this shot cracks me up. I think it is how the silly string can is so delicately placed.. I don't know, but it does look nice.

The parents have their own garden in the back yard, and after spraying the silly string, a few strands landed on their Kale. I thought it would be nifty to capture this part of their lives blending with the newest addition of a little girl.

The parents own (I forgot how many) cats, and this one in the photograph is their newest member. As I was taking photos of the framed ultrasound, he came over and kept getting in my shots. I decided to just include him. It makes me happy because their cat is the baby of the family now, but won't be for long. This is like their family's version of the "sibling" photo.
 The love between this grandfather and grandson was precious.  I was able to capture so many beautiful moments that day, and this one is definitely one of my favorites.

I am not entirely sure how she got that much silly string on her head. I am sure her brother played a part in that.

I am fond of this shot, too. The first moment the soon-to-be Grandmothers came together to celebrate their first granddaughter.

Haley's nephew fell and hurt his leg in all the commotion and didn't get to spray the silly string. After the initial excitement, they let him spray just the two of them to celebrate.

Note to Future Tiffany: When looking at ultrasound photos of the parents-who-hired-you-as-a-photographer's future child, don't yell out loud, "Oh! She looks the guy from the painting, The Scream! :D" no matter how awesome and true it may be. Awkward silence may follow.

Congratulations, Haley and Anthony. Thank you for letting me be a part of this special day.