Driving down the streets of Franklinton for many years of my life, it never really occurred to me that there were any spots to do portrait photography. That's because - like most other people - I tend to look for beauty in perfection. Big mistake!
The air definitely wasn't perfect when I met up with Lizzy and her mom in the post office parking lot. The stench of the Cargill plant hung heavily right in our faces, but we didn't let that stop us from looking for beauty among the beastly landscape.
The sunset coming through the corner windows of this building beside First Baptist Church gave us an opportunity to backlight Lizzy and her skateboard. A chance glance as we were walking away led us right back.
Some unique architecture and a hole in a brick wall gave Lizzy the chance to perform a little bit and have some fun with some different poses.
I've driven by the Dependable Cleaners wall a thousand times and never though of taking pictures in front of it. What in the world took me so long?
Not sure how this shopping cart found its way from Save-A-Lot to Dependable Cleaners, but Lizzy literally jumped at the chance to jump in it.
These definitely aren't what I would consider my typical style of portrait photography, but there's something about them that draws me into every single photograph. I think it's their authenticity, their realism, and the life they represent.
There is a place for what I would consider the more glamour style shots with on-location studio lighting, especially for high-school seniors, but I think the beautiful imperfections of an imperfect life portray something glamor shots can't.
Life happens, and it's never perfect.