When Trinity contacted me about her senior portraits it was well over a year ago. Finally, the day had arrived for her session. Her family vacations in Chincoteague every summer and while they were here we captured her senior portraits. It was so much fun roaming around the Island and finding some out of the way places for her portraits before we headed to the beach. This amazing senior loves yellow, the beach(that’s obvious), and ice hockey. We had a great time chatting and capturing these and many other images. I wish her the best in her senior year back in Ohio. Thanks for coming all the way to the Eastern Shore and for giving me the privilege of creating these portraits for you and your family. – James
I recently spent a lovely afternoon at the beach with most of my 2018 Senior Team for our surf themed shoot. It was one of the best beach days this summer and the company couldn’t have been better. We borrowed some surf boards from friends of mine, Alison and Bobby, who brought along their lifted surf van for the shoot. We set up on the beach, got the bonfire ready, the hammock up(which was a complete experiment on my part), but it worked and the girls loved hanging out in it while we were not shooting. We spent the afternoon by the water and towards sunset we headed over to the “bay” side of Assateague for some cool portraits with a lovely sunset. Hallie drifted off on the flamingo floatie and was rescued by Emily. We wrapped up our session as the sun dipped below the horizon and then headed back to the beach to enjoy some hot dogs and s’mores over the bonfire on the beach. All in all and fantastic day and lots of fun. Enjoy!
Have you ever been to Lewes, DE? It is one of the hidden gems of the East Coast. Growing up in Pennsylvania I barely knew that south of our large state lay the wonder of Delaware. Yes, Delaware is actually a state and not just a small town or a river. It is know as “The First State” apparently. When I arrived on the Eastern Shore all those year ago I did not know that Lewes would hold a special place in my heart and in my destiny. For in this small town I would meet and fall in love my beautiful wife, Jen. I, like so many others, mispronounced Lewes and it was a dead give-a-way that I was from out of town. I learned quickly how to pronounce what would become such a pivotal place in my life. Lewes, for those of you following along, is pronounced like Lewis, not lose. So remember that little piece and it will save your some embarrassment when you come to visit this small slice of heaven.
One of the young ladies on my Senior Team this year lives in Lewes, DE. We coordinated a shoot recently and I was super excited to head back to the town where I met and married my wife Jen, so many years ago. To get to Lewes I took the back roads that I had grown so familiar traveling when my wife and I were dating. It’s quite an enjoyable drive, through farm land, little towns, and then the bustling thoroughfare of Route 1. During the summer I will avoid Route 1 at all costs because it is packed with outlet and beach traffic. Being mid-April I expected an easy trip, yet RT 1 was jammed. I traveled down Savannah Road, past the historic Presbyterian church that Jen and I were married in. I reminisced for a few moments on the beauty and absolute “perfectness” of that May day. A few more turns through town and I pulled into the parking lot at the Canal Park and shut off the engine. I got out of my car and began to walk around a bit surveying one of the locations for our shoot that evening. Some modern elements of stone and wood contrasting with the gentle flowing water of the Lewes Canal and sprawling grass of the park. There is a life saving station situated on the grounds and an old light-ship anchored in part of the canal. I circled back towards the car with a good idea of where we would photograph, now just had to wait for Sydney to arrive. She pulled in as just I was returning to the car and we chatted for a few minutes then started to wander around photographing in the park.
I am no fashionista so I will let Sydney describe her outfit for us: “Keeping it simple! My go to, out of town outfit would be my overall dress, it’s super easy to throw on and it’s so comfortable and laid back. I paired it with a white flowy off the shoulder shirt that i recently stole(borrowed) from my moms closet! Since the shirt already brings attention to my neck I kept it simple with my bar necklace that I wear everyday. Because it was so simple up top I added a chunky bracelet to give the outfit some pop!”
She is a natural in front of the camera and needs little direction as far as posing. We shot around the concrete steps leading down into the grass expanse of the park, then headed over to the life-saving station and the light-ship. The light-ship was a mobile light house, with a large light fixture on the main mast. It is now a museum and is docked in a berth cut out of the canal. The ship was closed for the evening so we photographed a bit around the museum building that looks like a pilot house. It’s the building with the red strip running along the ship-lapped wall and has this awesome dark stained oak door. We then made our way to the edge of the canal and photographed on the rocks and among the reeds that Sydney had once played in as a small child.
Her boyfriend arrived, we chatted, and got acquainted a bit. We still had daylight and the weather was quite amazing so we took a short drive down to the beach past the Dairy Queen and parked in a somewhat deserted parking lot. The beach was mostly ours, only a few people were lingering about. In the misty distance the Cape May-Lewes Ferry was pulling in to its moorings, ready to disembark its cargo of vehicles and passengers. We climbed up on the dunes and photographed with the sun dipping behind us. One of Sydney’s good friends randomly pulled up and even jumped in a quick photo with her. As the gorgeous spring sun began to sink into the horizon I hurried back to my car to get my lighting set up that I love to use for this exact time of day. The light had such a warmth to it and Sydney looked right at home in the amber glow of the setting sun. With her toes in the sand and catching the last bit of golden light, surrounded by some good friends, we ended the evening on a great note.
Meet Emily! She is a senior in the Class of 2017 at Salisbury Christian School. She is a sweet soul that loves Jesus, horses, and her boyfriend too….sounds like a Tom Petty song. I’m dating myself with that reference, still a good song, just not known by this generation. Anyway, we got to spend some time together the other day for her senior portrait session.
One thing I love to do is spend time with my senior clients. This is a once in a lifetime experience that shouldn’t be skimped on in regards to time. I take pride in crafting an experience for my clients that includes things that are important to them and tell a story about who they are. Emily is one amazing young lady. She rides, plays soccer, is involved in Young Life and her church and is a great student from what I hear.
We spend some time photographing at some spots that hold special meaning for her. The railroad station is in their hometown, the barn where she rides, and Assateague(where she spends every spare moment). It was a great session and we were treated to one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen at Assateague to wrap up her session. This is another reason I don’t do mini sessions with my seniors, again it’s too important and you miss out on beautiful settings like this. Sorry for the novel, but I loved this session and I hope that you love the sneak peeks! Enjoy!
Meet Agustina! I had the privilege of meeting this lovely young lady earlier this summer for her senior session. We captured a few in the studio then headed to OC for portraits at the Inlet and with her board. Once we got to the beach the winds had picked up and were blowing about 30-35mph that night. So, we did a few pictures then called it a night when she literally got blown over trying to hold her surfboard for a shot.
We were finally able to finish her session and I am glad that we waited. The tourists had cleared out for the season + it was 78 degrees that day we finished her session. Her sister dropped her off at the inlet then went and picked up Agustina’s brand new custom board from K Coast in Ocean City. Beautiful evening, beautiful board, and an absolutely stunning senior. We love capturing portraits that are unique and speak loudly of what our seniors are about. Enjoy these! As you can see this girl was made for the water.
Meet Katie! I had the great privilege a few years back of capturing her older sister’s senior portraits in Fenwick and was so excited when I got a call from this family again this year for Katie’s portraits. It was a beautiful night at the beach where we photographed for a while with her friend Jackie then we headed over to Jackie’s house on the bayside and finished with a killer sunset and some wonderful golden hour light. Katie, thank you for thinking of me for your portraits. It was so much fun getting to spend the afternoon with you and your family again. I hope that you loved having your portraits created by me and that you will love the sneak peeks.
Meet Brooke! I had been looking forward to this session for several weeks. This girl is a ball of fun, energy, creativity, and such a joy to photograph. I put a few special touches into her session: like the hand-painted backdrop we used for some of the guitar portraits in the studio, the wall hanging I ordered from India a few weeks ago so that it would arrive in time for her portraits, and having her incorporating some of the journals where she writes her own music. We ended the evening on the beach at Assateague Island National Park with another spectacular sunset. This session and hanging out with Brooke made my week. Brooke, thanks for choosing me to create your portraits. I enjoyed meeting you, getting to know you a bit, and capturing your joy and gorgeousness(is that even a word?). I hope you love these sneak peeks, many more to see when you come in for your viewing appointment. See you soon at Open Mic Night and of course Rock and Roll Revival. Have a great senior year!