Before I get into Ceresa’s profile a few observations of this beautiful girl. Her mother is a phenomenal volleyball coach and I have gotten to know her family through the last few years as Stella plays with her sis. She is the oldest of 4 and I feel like she has a demure and exotic look, she doesn’t know how stunning she is. We had a lovely morning going around town last Fall.
She is heading to
Chi-town in the Fall to Loyola of Chicago Wash U in the Fall in St. Louis–whooo hooo!!!!! In 5 years, she hopes to have found a job or internship in Chicago, or maybe be in grad school. She characterizes her taste as a mismatch of urban, classy and simple. She really liked the downtown KC look because it’s part of her home and identity. At home, Ceresa enjoys reading, watch TV, playing music (horn and piano) and exercising.
When I take Senior photos I aim for a few things. One being getting you, my subject, comfortable. Whether it is a baby, senior or couple in love, I think the most important thing of a shoot is not necessarily your settings on the camera but making people feel at ease, I feel like a broken record saying that but it is my mantra. Second, good light, I like to shoot in the morning or evening as the sun is not so direct but sometimes that can’t be accomplished with people’s schedules. I never like to have you look into the sun and I love playing with flare and sunspots (it is not for everyone but I think it gives some unique looks to pictures) and I always get a few in there. I like to do most with low depth of field and bokeh that is what I think of when I think of portraits except for when I am shooting a lot of background and then I push up the detail and focus to a higher f stop or greater depth of field. I love to go to new places but I also love the old standards of locations because you make them your own–I look for colors that go with your outfits and your style. You own that light, that day, that outfit and that location. You are making history in its own right and we are documenting it. I want you to look back in 20 years and remember those streets, smells, the light, the way you felt. I will add more as we go forward but now let’s get to the photos already.
Can I just say “love”