I loved getting to know Grace and her parents. Grace is full of ideas and opinions and I absolutely love that in a girl. When we first met, I got the impression she wasn’t all that impressed with this whole photo shoot idea. So I quickly let her start directed the shoot. I asked her where she’s want to take some pictures and how she’d like to pose. This put her at ease and made her realize that we were going to have fun together. And while I took direction back to her, I always let her have her say. I let her choose some spots and she gave me direction back. It was a lot of fun and that really inspired me. The great thing is, it taught Grace to trust me, which allowed her to let her guard down and let me take some amazingly beautiful pictures of her.
Grace had one of the most beautiful communion dresses I’ve ever seen. I loved the scalloped layers and the petticoat underneath that gave it awesome poof. I love how intricate some communion dresses can be. They are truly beautiful and it almost makes me wish I was religious so my girls could wear them!
I love the contrast of all the green with her white dress:
Grace actually read prayers while I photographed her: This image was Grace’s idea. She saw the path and wanted a picture of her walking down it and looking back at me. I think it was a very good idea: I love the little foot up around her other leg: Sigh. The magnolias. And this pose. And this look: This might be what started my obsession with magnolias. This image took my breath away. I love how perfectly it frames her and adds the perfect amount of color to the image: I love her expression here: Going back to the fact that Grace trusted me (and her parents!) is what allowed this image to happen. She never had any fear or trepidation about getting into this sculpture (with the help of her dad) and you see how relaxed she is in her expression: