In my job, I've found the most incredibly lovely, rewarding kind of photoshoot is one when I get to honor just one subject during the session. This really is the reason I started doing my tween "Who I Am Project" sessions - so I would have a chance to really dig deep with one subject and take the time to work with them to express who they are.
Sadly, my Who I Am Project is on hiatus due to the coronavirus this year (I am not doing any indoor sessions for the forseeable future, which puts a cramp in the "photos in her bedroom" aspect of the project), but that didn't stop this gorgeous girl. She's older than my usual "Who I Am Project" subjects anyway, and she'd already decided she'd rather do more of a "Senior Photos" style session in her yard...
So we went for it!
It was so fabulous. Her grandparents had given her sister a special photoshoot of her own already, and now as their gift to her, it was E's turn...
We did it as one of my Social Distancing Outdoor Minishoots (as everything is, these days), so we did 10 minutes in her first outfit and then she ran inside and we did the other ten minutes in her second outfit.
She just glowed, from beginning to end.
You know what else was cool? I'd done her photos in this very same yard with her whole family twelve years prior... and it was so exciting to be back.
Now you kind of want to see the 2008 photos, don't you?
Oh, ok. Twist my arm.
But you know what’s just the coolest COOLEST thing? This lovely lady’s grandfather emailed the day after I delivered this gallery with a picture attached... and honestly it totally floored me.
It was a picture of this sweet girl’s grandmother when *she* was 17 (and already in her husband’s life , according to his message). Look at the resemblance between E and her gorgeous grandmother Sherry, when she was 17. It’s incredible! To quote her grandfather Jay: it’s quite a “striking genetic transmission”. Also just heartwarming and wonderful. (And yes, Jay told me it was ok to share Sherry’s photo from back in the day, don’t worry.)
Do you have someone in your life who'd like their own Social Distancing Outdoor Minishoot this summer or fall? They're $275 in your outdoor space, and if you want to own all the JPG files that's $500 more. Lots more info (and booking information) is up at www.bostonbabyphotos.com/covid - hope to meet you soon!
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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