When planning a senior session, one of the first things we discuss is location. Zakia had a vision for her portraits and I feel confident that I captured that vision. We met in a particular spot that she loved in New Live Oak Cemetery and I may have squealed about how perfectly the light shined. Photographers get weirdly excited about light and I make no apologies for that. After Zakia totally nailed every pose in the cemetery, we headed downtown to some of the state’s oldest and most historic churches.
The courtyard at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a popular location for portraits, but I always seem to find new favorite spots every time I take pictures there. Truthfully, I get inspired by my subjects. Everything from Zakia’s outfits to her infectious smile and confidence in front of the camera. I always marvel at anyone that can look so beautiful from every angle. Especially anyone that can still look happy in serious photos because my face doesn’t do that haha.
We saved Zakia’s favorite location for last. First Baptist Church of Selma has charming ornate doors that made her swoon over that spot. The steps, the doors, and the stained glass windows were the perfect background. This was one of those spots that I didn’t want to leave. I was about to say that this was my favorite location of the three, but really I couldn’t choose a favorite. I love all of her photos and the locations!
Zakia, thank you so much for trusting me to photograph this season of your life! I had so much fun taking pictures of you and talking with you and your parents. You are beautiful inside and out! You have a bright future just on the other side of this global pandemic. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you!