Since my primary focus is event and wedding photography, I’m not often asked for senior portrait photography. This was actually my first one! I felt it might be a bit out of my comfort zone… but a former wedding client twisted my arm when they said “we won’t let any one else photograph our daughter’s senior portraits… so I guess you’ll just have to do it!” In this session we wanted to highlight Tanya’s personality, and love of dance in her senior photographs.
I suggested The Cotton Mill in Durham would be a nice open space that wasn’t a traditional dance studio. While this venue in Durham usually hosts weddings and special events, I thought it would be a perfect backdrop for an edgy and modern senior photo shoot. When Tanya and her mom walked in with me they exclaimed “Ooooo! Wouldn’t this be a great place for my wedding someday.” They later asked me if I could pencil them in for sometime seven to ten years from now. I remarked how I thought that it was funny that Tanya had a specified time window for falling in love and making the ultimate commitment.
Thankfully Miss Tanya is a talented jazz and ballet dancer whose poise and beauty did all of the work here. All I had to do was point the camera in her general direction and click. After that we made our way over to the American Tobacco Historic District. It’s one of my favorite “playgrounds” for photography and as you can see Tanya was a natural again in her senior portrait poses and head shots.