Paige: My East Coast Girl

This blog was more emotional to write than I realized it would be. It features, Paige...an amazing young woman...a beautiful girl who happens to be my niece, the person who made me an aunt. I still remember the day she was born. The first time holding her. Her first trip to visit me in NYC when she was like 9 months old. So many firsts, and this is probably one of the biggest. She is graduating from high school in June and I could not be more proud of her and who she is and...well, everything. I love her with so much of my heart it literally aches with joy.

So, being her aunt...and a photographer, I insisted on taking her senior photos. But, I live in Colorado and she is in Pennsylvania. There are many school on the east coast who still do senior pictures with the very classic black garment off the shoulders and a gentle tilt of the head. That photo goes in the yearbook. The same goes for Paige who is a senior at Central Bucks East High School. But, our photos we did together last summer, styled to fit her to a T, are the photos we all will cherish for many many years.

 The Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey

The Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey

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Normally, I meet with my seniors and their parents for an in-person consultation where we get to know each other a little bit more, and talk about their style, what locations will fit who they are...talk clothes, shoes, you name it. But, since I'm in Colorado, and she is in Pennsylvania, Paige and I brainstormed over the phone leading up to her photo session. I knew her love of all things Marvel, super heroes and music...and that she had about a million t-shirts with said heroes and musicians plastered on them. So I suggested wearing a variety of her favorites with different jeans. Mix in a location that's super special to her...having spent a week almost every summer at the beach in New Jersey, well, that made it an easy decision. Her first location, would be in Ocean City, New Jersey...or what we fondly call, the shore.

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The wind was not in our favor so we couldn't actually take pictures ON the beach, but we made do with the elements...even adding in some true boardwalk staples with our favorite Manco & Manco Pizza in the background. If you look closely, you can see a little bird even made it into her photos! I am pretty sure I embarrassed her and made her feel special, in equal parts, when I plopped down on the boardwalk on my stomach to get some of these photos.

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Now, I loved the t-shirts but I always suggest my seniors mix it up with something dressy or a little more "formal." My East Coast Girl is all about vintage dresses for prom, but we found this simple flowery dress she had worn to a dance and bam, that was it! Perfection!

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For the last part of her photo session we just kept it super simple and took her pictures in the backyard of the house she grew up in. We used random logs, patches of grass, even her childhood swing set. Combining her history with who she is now...that is something I love to do for all of my seniors, but it was particularly special photographing her there. I had spent many afternoons with her in the backyard taking her picture as she was growing up.

 Photo on the left is from the summer of 2005 or 2006.

Photo on the left is from the summer of 2005 or 2006.

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All this to say, I'm going to be home for Paige's graduation in June and I have a select few spots left for photos, either in Bucks or Montgomery County...or even at the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey. I realize that most of your schools don't allow these types of photos in the yearbook, or they say you have to have the black off the shoulder garment...and you think, why pay for senior photos twice? Well, it doesn't hurt to ask them if you can just get a yearbook photo taken by whomever you need to, and then we can take your senior's photos together, styled the way YOU want. Can you imagine how much more you will cherish a photo session like this? And the memories you'll make taking photos that are styled to fit your high school student...I just know you will love it! Call today to book...303.801.8419.

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