As this year draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the amazing year I’ve had. Sure, not every day of owning my photography business has been easy, but I feel blessed with every session I shoot, and every client I meet. Meeting Carlisle, a senior from Westlake High School, was yet another reminder of how much I love this job, and how grateful I am to be doing it! Carlisle is a bright and sweet young lady, and stays extremely busy at her high school. She is part of the youth leadership committee, HOSA, and the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, which is one of her many passions (Batten Disease is a rare and fatal childhood disease) and something she hopes to help end. When she is not in school, she is usually reading, volunteering, drawing and caring for children as a babysitter. “I would say I am calm, compassionate, and reliable”, she says, “I will certainly miss my friends and family when I head off to college, but I also am excited to begin this part of my life. I have big plan for the next five years, including traveling to Europe, and going skydiving!” At the time of her session, Carlisle was looking at college like Emory, Rice, UT, UGA, SMU and TCU. I know any of them would be lucky to have such a smart and kind attendee. Once she begins her studies, she plans to specialize in biology, neuroscience, or a health field.
Although a typical outfit for Carlisle might include a tee and shorts, we put together a wardrobe that was just a touch more glam for her shoot. She requested more natural makeup looks, and minimal backgrounds, adding, “I really want a portrait that reflects who I am, and am envisioning a relaxed shoot.” Carlisle also shared that she thought my photos showed off personality, and avoided anything that looked overly edited. We did a mix of indoor and outdoor photos during our time together, and I hope I get the chance to do her portraits again someday!