I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely young woman at my downtown Barrie photography studio recently.
As many of you know, I specialize in photographing women 40 plus but there is something about photographing 18 years old that I’m very drawn to. It’s that age on the verge of adulthood where you don’t quite have your shit together yet but have a sense of the world at your feet and are scared but exciting to get out there and find your way.
When I decided to photograph Miss L, I thought about getting her professional hair and makeup (a normal practice for my sessions) but decided I wanted to let her do her.
She arrived at the studio with the 2 dresses she bought for prom. Yes, she’s attending 2 proms! I had set up a makeup station and as she applied her makeup and curled her hair, I sat and chatted with her. We talked about school, upcoming university, boys and of course grad. She was equally interested in my story, how I got where I am and the path that lead me here. They say that this generation is utterly self absorbed and I say, when was the last time you actually sat down and had a conversation with an 18 year old? You may be surprised.
Once she was ready, we started shooting and oh, she forgot her shoes! LOL, oh well, it just adds to the authenticity of her age. There’s a lot going on, at all times! I set up the studio to resemble what I pictured a room of an 18 year old girl would look like. Something between girly and womanly. Lots of feminine qualities and soft textures.
Miss L felt a bit awkward which is to be expected but I directed her from the tip of her toes to the tilt of her head. I did not make her say cheese, I wanted her natural, easy expression and when she did laugh or smile, it felt natural. At times I saw the little girl in her and then all of the sudden, this confident woman who will rule the world!
My hope is that she will have these photos forever. That when life gets busy and the years slip by as they do for all of us, that she will take a moment to look at them and smile. That she will look at her 18 year old self with love and pride.
I wish you all the success and happiness,
love Simone xo