betsy | sophomore year

This wasn’t the first time I’ve had this beauty in front of my camera. Back in 2015, I did a little mini-session giveaway for a “mom and me” portrait session and Betsy’s mom, Beth, won the session. It was one of my faves. I loved getting to capture their relationship and I love their unique style and colors.

In 2017, I photographed her mom’s wedding! We had plans to go to a local park, but because of the weather we had to find a place that was covered. I shoot at this old gas station in town that has a pretty cool look to it, so I suggested we go there and use the covered area to stay out of the rain. Beth loved this idea and we rolled with it — to this day, it’s one of my favorite weddings ever!

This family is super special to me and I’ve loved watching their lives unfold over the past 3 years. Betsy is smart and funny and beautiful, and I have loved watching her family over the past three years.

When planning this session, I knew we wanted it to be a little different: outside the box completely, and as unique as Betsy is. Beth had the idea to hit up a local oddity shop and it reminded me of a place in Springfield that I’d been wanting to shoot at: Doc’s Architectural Salvage. Y’all. I love it there. It’s so frickin cool and has the most unusual things in it. The lighting is amazing and challenging and everything is just perfect. If you haven’t been, you need to make plans to spend a couple of hours just roaming. You really could spend a day going through it all.

Betsy was a total natural in front of the camera and followed direction like a boss. I loved our session and I think she looks absolutely gorgeous. I love her Wednesday Adams vibe, and let’s just talk about those eyes, you guys… I think what I love most about the session is that it really feels like her. I love taking photos, y’all. I love doing what I do. But most of all, I love capturing people as they are.  When I look at your portraits, I want to see you. Just as you are.

Thanks for letting me in for a little while and for trusting me with this project, Betsy.



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