The day I was scheduled to shoot Madison's senior portraits, I was having a really bad day. It seemed like everyone I talked to wanted me to do things even faster, make one more album change, or cancel their appointment, and I was just generally worn down and cynical. It was one of those days that I wished, wholeheartedly, was already over.I drove down to Salida blasting Tool and wallowing in my grumpiness. Then... I met this girl. She is absolutely gorgeous and she brought an entire tray of amazing hand-decorated cupcakes. Cupcakes! She felt like an old friend immediately. I hung out with Madison and her sweet sisters and mom, and her smile was totally contagious as she shared all of her epic plans with me.
I'm pretty sure I need to hire this girl to style all my shoots. Everything you see below was 100% Madison's idea - I really can't take any credit at all :) It was so refreshing to watch someone get that excitement about pictures- that same crazy look in my eye that I get when I'm dreaming up things to put in front of my lens. She gets it.
I drove home from Salida watching the sun melt into the mountains, just smiling. So, we did this shoot and everything was great... blah blah blah. Honestly, when I look at these images, for me it's not just about a beautiful girl, a fully legit creative mind at work, or amazing lighting. When I look back at this shoot, I will remember how hanging out with her totally refreshed me and made me less cynical. Madison - congratulations, and thanks for everything. You have no idea how much hope you gave me that day! Love ya, girl!
Oh yeah - did I mention she's a Pocahontas look-alike? :)