I recently had the pleasure of working with Asia, a bright and beautiful graduating senior from Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky (woo - class of 2020!). In the fall, she’ll be attending Western Kentucky University, majoring in elementary and special education. Asia is so sweet and focused, that I know she will do wonderfully. Active in her community, she’s a member of Phenomenal Women Group and has such a dynamic, giving personality.
When Asia reached out to me regarding her senior pictures, her main focus was she wanted a historic place mixed in with some landmarks and plenty of nature. If we had a waterfall or water involved that was a bonus. She also was concerned with outfit changes. She wanted to be sure she could get several outfits in during the duration of our photography session.
I knocked her requests out of the park - literally and figuratively.
During our pre-planning appointment, we decided on historic Cave Hill Cemetery as her main location, along with downtown Louisville and the walking bridge over the Ohio River (iconic). This allowed us to have a variety of scenes and backdrops to match a variety of outfits.
Ready to take a look at her photos? I can’t wait to share them with you.
We started our session on picture grounds in Cave Hill. Asia’s first outfit was a casual look with black leggings and top. We got some cool textures and backgrounds from nearby trees and benches.
Then we moved to her lilac romper with purple flowers. I located the coolest spot of purple flowers and tucked her back inside them. Backing away, I shot through the flowers, allowing them to frame and accent her gorgeous face.
Next up was a classic shorts and top combination. We shot this around textured cobblestone brick and some patina copper ironworks.
After that, we moved on to a cute summer white eyelet dress. For this, we hit the lake and found the most beautiful turquoise waters and ducks! Asia wasn’t the biggest fan of the ducks, which made for a great photo when a duck got too close.
We also had something special we were working on. A few years ago, Asia lost her sister due to health complications. She wanted to incorporate a picture of her sister in a memorial photo we created. On top of that, Asia also wanted to incorporate a photo of her grandmother, which was a complete surprise to her mom and dad. Her mom and dad were SHOCKED (in a good way).
Then we went to Muhammad Ali’s resting place. I mean, how could you not go see the GOAT while you are there! He was from Louisville and his final resting place was actually in his hometown, how iconic is that?
Now it was time to wear that cap and gown that she didn’t get to wear. We picked out a simply beautiful setting with lots of open ground.
This spot was adjacent to a lake with a waterfall, so now was the time to showcase the next phase of her life with her WKU shirt.
Asia had 2 prom dresses she never got to wear, so of course we had to include both of those in the session.
We hit a graffiti wall in downtown Louisville and caught some cool urban looks with buildings and graffiti walls.
We went to the river and got some shots with her jean and jean jacket at the base of the bridge at the river.
Our last stop was the walking bridge, where the texture of the old railroad bridge is just to die for in pictures. We put her sequin silver prom dress on and when walking on the bridge. This was a bit tricky as we had to dodge plenty of other people, but we did get the shots and they were amazing.
This day was all about Asia, as it rightly should have been. The class of 2020 missed out on so much during their senior year that I wanted to give her that extra something that she deserved. She had an amazing day with her parents attending the entire shoot! I LOVED working with them and to see them crying over portraits of their baby once everything was finished - that is why I do what I do!
Asia and her family were thrilled with the outcomes and loved her portraits. Now her parents have wall art adorning their home and an amazing collection of their favorite selections in a gorgeous heirloom album that Asia’s grandchildren will love looking through one day.
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