True gentlemen still exist, and Brendan’s one of the best among them. He’s a country boy through and through, and he made the session so fun; it went by too fast. He loves the outdoors, so we spent our time out by the fields, a tall woodpile, and leaning against the metal wall of a colorful building I loved. In each of the photos, you can see the charm that Brendan has in his smile, a warm charm that is sure to catch the heart of everyone he meets. The photos turned out wonderful, even if the weather was a bit against us: the wind picked up and stayed throughout the shoot, but we pushed through, and it didn’t seem to faze Brendan at all! His family is one of the sweetest I know, too. His mother is such a wonderfully caring person, and his brother, who I did portraits for a few years ago, is a wonderful man. It’s no wonder Brendan is so polite and warm, he grew up with that same warmth every day.
It’s one of my favorite things to shoot outside. It can be a challenge sometimes, what with the wind, or the rain, or the general unknowability of what it will be like on the day of the session. But regardless of any difficulties, the outcome is one that’s worth every effort. The atmosphere of the outdoors is one that you can’t replicate, and the lighting can be so marvelous with a bit of planning and know-how! I love the outdoor scenes, too, like out by a babbling brook, or in a wonderful forest glade. I think what I love most, though, is the hunt to find the best location. I’ve probably scoured the area twice-over, and still find new places with their own unique moods. Each location is special, and a treasure-trove of possibilities.
Brendan shares that same love of the outdoors, and you can see how big his smile is when he’s out in his favorite spots. I love capturing that passion in my senior portraits, it’s something that never will grow old. I wish Brendan all the success in the world, and I hope to see his family again soon. Congratulations, Brendan!