I had the absolute pleasure this spring of photographing my son's best friend from preschool along with her mom and big sister. I loved spending time with all of them and getting to know the family better. Oliver was taken with Makenna the very first week of school and she has been special to him (and me) ever since.
When I decided to start offering the Special Smiles Sessions, I did some research online to see if there were any classes I could take to help me photograph kids with disabilities better. That's when I learned about Special Kids Photography of America. I started the process of becoming accredited with them and needed to submit images as part of my application. I thought of the Manning family right away. I knew Makenna would be a joy to photograph, and I was so right!
I don't do a lot of engagement sessions, mainly because I don't offer wedding packages, and most engagement sessions are done by the wedding photographer. I also prefer to work with children who haven't yet learned to be self conscious about how they look or what others think of them. But when Anthony approached me about purchasing a gift certificate for an engagement session as a Valentine's Day gift for his fiance, Heather, I knew I would not regret saying yes.
Anthony and Heather are both the type of person that never apologizes for who they are, and, like the children I photograph, they seem as if they haven't yet learned how to be self conscious. They are both unabashedly real, quirky, and full of life. They inspired me to think outside my box. When Anthony said he wanted his new Harley Davidson motorcycle to be a main fixture of the session, I will admit I was a little nervous. I'd never posed anyone on a motorcycle before, but I was definitely up for the challenge.
Jake's senior portrait session was so different from anything I've done recently. It really made me have to think and the editing was more difficult than usual, but I love the results. Jake loves the fashion of the 1920's jazz era and 1950's gangsters. His mom bought him his first complete well tailored suit just for the session. I think he would wear it every day if he could. His mom's reaction when he put it on was "It's so you".
When Jake's mom, Faith, contacted me to do his senior portraits, I said yes right away. I don't usually do senior portraits, but Faith has been a client of mine since long before HeartStrings existed. I've known Jake for so long, I couldn't imagine any other photographer taking his senior photos. Faith
wanted to use the Palace Theater in Hamilton for the session. She contacted the owners and they said yes! We met there for the consultation. I took tons of notes and quickly became super excited. It's not often I have the opportunity to shoot in such a unique location.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger