It is a little ironic that I am writing this blog post on the 13th anniversary of starting my photography business. Long before I started the business, I shot on black-and-white film that I used to hand roll and develop myself. Boy, how things have changed. I fondly remember the early days of my photography down to the first photo I took with me “new” Nikon d200 camera (it was an orange flower in my parents’ backyard.) I also remember and appreciate all of the people who supported me along the way, especially in the early days when they were giving me the first opportunities to pursue my dreams. Those clients took the biggest risks as I was learning while growing the business. One of those families was Mia’s family and one of my first photoshoots was a large family portrait session with Mia and all of her cousins, parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. Mia was just a child when I did that session and over the years, I have been able to watch her grow into the strong and confident young woman that she is today. When it came time for her senior photography session in Detroit, I knew we had to make the session as special as she is. Our senior photography session in Detroit started in Midtown and took us all around the city.
Mia has been a dancer with Suzette’s Masters of Dance since the age of four. We decided to photograph some of her costumes later in studio, but represented her team during this shoot.
After Mia picked her outfits, I worked with her to pick corresponding locations that would compliment the look she was going for. As soon as I saw this romper, I knew we had to create a set of images that felt soft and utilized the golden hour.
As the sun began to set, we headed to the beach for one more set of photos. Mia was a champ, working quick while the sun set behind her.