Although she lives in Fairbanks, Tarryn decided to schedule her senior portraits with me while she was in the Anchorage area over the summer for soccer tournaments because she wanted something different from the handful of locations all of her classmates were using for their senior pictures back home. That thought process reminded me of myself at her age – choosing paths different from my peers because I knew what I wanted and was determined to achieve it.
She craved something with a rustic feel so I recommended the experimental farm run by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Wasilla. I knew that the old barn, big hay bales and cows at the farm would fit the rustic style she was hoping for. I sent her some examples of other sessions I’d done at that location and she loved the barn so we decided to go with the farm as the backdrop for her portraits.
Although it was cloudy and chilly the day of her session, we didn’t let that stop us from using as many of those rustic elements as possible! There was certainly plenty to choose from. The cows made a cameo appearance, rusty fences played supporting roles and the wildflowers were the perfect accessory to her candid personality.
Although her uniform was still a little dirty from the game the day prior and not suitable for photos, we made sure to incorporate her love of soccer into a couple of shots using her cleats and a ball she borrowed from her coach at the tournament the day before since hers was at home back in Fairbanks.
I wish her success as she continues to hone her athletic skills and works toward a career after high school. I hope she has a fantastic senior year and continues to forge her own path as she decides what her future holds.