Welcome to Words & Pictures by Jeannie DeSena and the blog of Cornelius, North Carolina, professional portrait photographer Jeannie DeSena. In this space I share stories and images of the people I photograph, who include newborn babies, children, high-school seniors, families, business people and dancers. Each of these photographic specialties holds a piece of my heart. And so do my clients!
When Kayla and I strolled through downtown Davidson during her senior portrait session, the textures of brick and leaves made a lovely backdrop. And even more than the angled shafts of light that I find so irresistible on autumn afternoons, Kayla brought the sunshine with her dazzling smile and playfulness in front of the camera. (When she wore her yellow off-the-shoulder top with those cascading sleeves, she upped the brilliance even more!)
Kayla has charmed the Carolinas with her friendly demeanor after relocating with her family from Arizona midway through high school. She was enthusiastic about my suggestions for her session during our planning meeting, and she and her mom contributed their own ideas that got me excited as well. That kind of collaboration fuels the creative process and helps me give each senior a custom experience. Kayla knew she wanted to end her session with sunset on Lake Norman, so we timed our travels just right to deliver on that final setup for her magical day in the spotlight. Good communication before the session + fun locations + a stunning senior in her element = a beautiful set of images and happy senior memories.
An interesting aside: the last few times I photographed a senior at sunset, the beautiful colors in the sky happened to match the tones of the senior's outfit. Not a Photoshop trick -- just the truth!