I regret not putting more emphasis on Dena’s green eyes and the beautiful tree in the background
I loved how she fit into this frame with the river, plains and autumn trees in her background
Hands, hands, hands
Honestly my goal was to make her seem like an American Eagle model
Surprisingly the only fake laugh in this series!
Our attempt at staying serious
Actually an awkward and nervous off-guard of Dena complaining and giggling at herself for not knowing how to pose
Another attempt at using hands!
Little sass for your sunset
I loved this look and location for Dena, she was so much more natural in front of the camera than she thought she’d be
An off guard shiver that I still wanted to include
I wanted to capture Dena’s youth by getting her swinging and a bit off-guard with the wind putting her hair in her face
Hairstyle photo more than anything
Simple side portrait
The flowers and fence were irresistible but incredibly inconvenient to frame both, therefore only this photo that I’m satisfied with regardless
Casually chilling in an open field
Girl next door type of vibes
Simply sweet soft smiles
One of my first attempts at having a model use their hands to add character to the side portrait
Same location, different vibes
Personality pic, quite frankly my favorite
My intention here was to use the red barn door as a bit of a colorblock inspired area to frame Dena in and I had her look down to keep the focus points light.
Super off guard but easily one of my favs
Unfortunately there were some weird buildings and such that made it difficult to get more of the road but this is my only attempt at in-road photo
Is it obvious that we just wanted the sky in the background?
These photos of Dena are from 2017-2018 when she was still in middle school and I was in my first year of college studying Journalism and at the time still a double major in Sports Media instead of Hospitality.
All together, this was a weekend’s worth of putting together outfits and hairstyles, picking locations and shooting. All the photos with buildings and structures in them were taken around Dena’s family’s property in a tiny town in Iowa, where my mom and her entire family are from. Dena’s currently in high school and we haven’t been able to do any portrait shoots like this one since she was in middle school but I can’t wait for the time to come when she needs senior portraits done. The trees, field, and road are all random areas that we simply pulled over and started shooting out, I wouldn’t even know where to begin trying to navigate back to these same spots but I’d be eager to use this method again the next time I’m in search of where to have a photoshoot at. I’ll probably have to go to Iowa or west into Nebraska since Omaha is mostly city-life, but I’m sure I can find just as interesting places doing this throughout backroads and maybe even on the main streets in Omaha and Lincoln.