Madison Wisconsin Senior Picture Adventure

Madison Wisconsin Senior Picture Adventure

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Lauren’s session was an action-packed photo adventure, like no other! Like most sessions downtown, there was something fun or funny around every corner, but it didn’t end there!
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We planned the morning to begin downtown, taking in the Farmer’s Market. Then a walk to capture some of the streetscapes, doorsteps, and alleys along the way.
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Next was as super secret location that I keep in my back pocket for those who would like a few candid shots that are a little less “senior picture-like” and a bit more “Instagram trend-like”. I try to throw a few in each session, that are just completely different. It’s an important part of my process, because confidence sky-rockets, the senior feels totally in their element, and it’s completely freeing to come up with our poses together in the moment (ask any one of my past seniors about “a pose with every click”) :). We laugh and end up with some silly poses, just goofing around, as friends would on a fun photo shoot together – but then those stellar shots come to life, that just happen to be taken by a professional and not a friend’s janky iPhone! 🙂
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Before we knew it, a random stranger approached us, which had me a bit nervous. It turns out he’s the owner of hundreds of vintage cars that were used in the movie Public Enemies with Johnny Depp. Since her mom was along, we felt safe about the situation, went with the moment, and just a few steps away, a garage door opened. Our jaws dropped and we had ALL the heart eyes! What a dream for a high school senior to include in her session!
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{I’m sneaking in a bit of advice in here, for seniors, as they get ready for their sessions this summer. Try to go into your session with an open mind, a vague plan, and no expectations. That’s when THE MOST MAGICAL senior pictures happen!}
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As we drove away from that amazing experience, I remembered that Lauren mentioned in her consultation that she was hoping for a few shots in a wildflower field, and I really wanted to make that happen for her. The sun was getting higher in the sky, and light was getting harsh, but with skill and some luck, shots like this happened.
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Finally, for our last stop, we went to her Grandparents’ farm. It has a long family history, and holds a lot of meaning to her.

There were stops in between, and too many stunning photos and memories of the day to be able to share, but I hope you get the idea of what a journey and adventure senior photos can be.

My absolute favorite moments in my job is glancing in my rear-view mirror as we drive from location to location, seeing parent & teenager smiling and laughing as we drove along. As these moments unfold, seeing a parent’s smiles, tears, and pure joy is like nothing else in this world. That is the stuff life and parenthood are both made of!
*happy sigh*

Isn’t it bazaar to think: Senior pictures are the last time our children will have professional photos individually. After that, it’s engagement and wedding photos!

Why not make it an adventure?
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