When everything shut down in March, every session I had planned for April and May was postponed and rescheduled. Some of them were moved more than once. I wanted so much to give the Class of 2020 seniors their portraits because I felt like so much had been taken from them already. They lost their proms, their spring sports, their senior trips, those moments at the end of the year when they should’ve been with friends and enjoying themselves.
The very first session I did when Texas began to reopen was for Kenedy. She wanted a session in downtown Houston, with the skyline behind her and a fun vibe. We messaged back and forth for a week before the session, talking about the location and she sent me outfits she wanted to wear and then the day finally arrived.
I am admittedly not the most comfortable in downtown Houston when it comes to parking and navigating traffic, so her mom graciously drove us down to Buffalo Bayou – which is quite the busy area all the time, and especially around graduation because it was packed with grads in their caps and gowns, some in formal wear, some with their dogs.
And Kenedy was so relaxed and had such a cool demeanor the entire time. We started on the bridge, with that iconic skyline in the background, and then we walked the perimeter of the park, stopping along the way when the light was just right. She had chosen the perfect outfits to complement the colors and surroundings in the location she chose.
One of my favorite parts of a session is sharing little sneak peeks with the senior along the way, so she can give me feedback about poses she likes, looks she prefers, and we can talk through the session while we walk from place to place.
I definitely got all of my steps in at Kenedy’s session because downtown Houston is a lot bigger than downtown Richmond where I have lots of shoots! It was so much fun to take a little trip to a bustling, interesting place for her session.