Remember when I introduced Macy McCorquodale to you? Well, we just finished all of her sessions and I couldn't be more proud to have Macy represent my work in High School Senior Photography. I would also like to thank Lacy Bott of Esbi Salon (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Oviedo for doing such a fabulous job with Macy's hair and makeup. After chatting with Macy about what her interests are, we collaborated and decided to shoot at three areas around Central Florida. There's a lot to think about when you're approaching your last year of high school. Macy just returned from visiting her top choices for college and there begins the task of applying to those colleges with essays to write and letters of recommendations to gather. You probably realize by now that I am a photojournalist at heart and love to tell a person's story through pictures. If you want your story documented in pictures before you graduate, I would love to hear from you in a comment below on this blog. I'm open for business and booking all summer long for senior sessions! 407.340.2990 or email me at email@example.com
Earlier in the year, I became aware of a new pre-school that opened in Winter Springs called The Creative Inspiration Journey School http://www.cijschools.com/about/ I met with owner Patty Marquis and we decided to work together for school pictures this past Spring. She did not prefer the typical standard pre-school pictures of her students and wanted the pictures to reflect the style of learning CIJS promotes, "guided self discovery, imagination and creativity." And since my portrait style is more on the photojournalism side, we were on the same page. CIJS takes it's roots from an early childhood program started in a small post war Italian town, Reggio Emilia, and is now a world renown childhood learning style, nominated in Newsweek as one of "The Ten Best Schools in the World." CIJS places an emphasis on allowing the child to pursue their own path of learning in a less structured environment that allows them to mature and develop at their own rate into respectful, caring and socially connected individuals. When I first toured the school, I was totally amazed at the design and structure of the rooms and play areas. There were fossils to explore on overhead projectors, a tent all ready to be used for a camping trip of the imagination, an indoor treehouse as well as a real outdoor tree house, staging areas, a pottery wheel, science room, real living room areas and a kitchen that permeated a delicious cumin inspired scent undoubtedly being prepared by the school "chef."
And when I arrived for picture day, I was even more amazed by the intelligence and genuine curiosity of the students that had only previously started CIJS. "What's that?" I asked a student, referring to what appeared to be a turtle skeleton. "A turtle," she replied quickly and with confidence. There were no mere color or letter of the week at this pre-school. There were too many other things to explore. Like not only identifying a turtle skeleton, but actually making turtle shells out of large paper bags and attaching them to your back to discover what it really feels like to be a turtle. Later that day, I watched the older kids make ice cream and sketch plants outside in the garden. Two days was not enough for this photographer to capture all the happenings at this very special school. I can't wait to return for fall pictures. I can smell the toasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin bread already!
It's like an Oviedo tradition now, since 2007, I have been privileged to shoot the amazing dancers at Tutus on Broadway in Oviedo for Owner Morgan Cate. www.tutusonbroadway.com So it's only fitting that I devote this post to Tutus once again. And as always, I wish I could share all of the pictures, but this year we had a record number of dancers for picture week, so I am left to the difficult task of only choosing a few to represent the entire shoot. I would like to personally thank all the dancers and their moms, dads and grandparents who brought them dressed and ready to go on their picture day. Of course, I couldn't have done the shoot at all without the endless help of Kassie Snow, Chrissy French and most of all Morgan Cate.