Bittersweet Moments in Time

The first picture, first week, first month, first birthday, first day of school, first dance and first day of college.  There are roughly 18 years, 6570 days, 157,680 hours in that first sentence.  For parents that time goes as fast as it took for me to write it.  While we are living those 18 years the days are long but the years are oh so fast.  Something I have often said and heard others say is, “I wish I had taken more photos and recorded more of the memories.”  I thought I would remember every word and every expression.  Every laugh, smile and tear.   But the truth is, it all becomes a blur with certain highlights that stand out.

Photographs become our most prized possessions.  They are the things our heart would mourn (besides a loved one) if lost to natural disaster, fire, or flood.  We would get over the loss of our furniture, but not our pictures.  Our pictures are moments frozen in time, memories of times gone by.  They are what we cling to when our children are far away for one reason or another.

This is as much my story as it is many of yours.  My son never liked to have his picture made, his school pictures ceased in grade school and Senior pictures were out of the question for him.  I have often regretted not forcing the issue and  insisting that he have them made.  I was able several years ago to bribe him into letting me take his portraits.  Nothing will make up for those lost moments though.  My daughter has more than made up for his unwillingness to stand in front of a camera, she is addicted to having her portraits done.

I often hear of other mom’s that are having the debate of whether to have senior portraits made or not.  As a mom who has been there and regrets not doing it please don’t let this milestone pass by without having portraits made.  Senior portraits are so important to us as parents, grandparents and even future generations who love to look at images of their parents when they were young.  This is likely the last portrait milestone before your child gets married.  Don’t let it pass you by.

Fall Senior Sessions

Have you booked your senior session?  Now is the perfect time to secure your date and time for those fall portraits!  Fall is the most popular time for portrait sessions as it is the most beautiful time of year here in West Virginia.  Don’t wait, I have limited availability.



Location ~ Location ~ Location

Lets talk a little about locations for senior portraits.  Everyone wants locations that are different from what everyone else is doing and I strive to find places that haven’t been used repeatedly by every senior photographer in my area.  When I’m not shooting, learning or taking care of business I am out driving around back alleys and back roads looking for the perfect spot for my seniors.  It is difficult to find a location that other photographers haven’t used already, and when we do find one it’s not a secret for long.  I have done sessions in some pretty odd locations from grave yards to my own back yard.  What looks like a sprawling beautiful vista is sometimes a small area behind a taco bell.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret,  the location isn’t really that important.  The location is just a small part,  it isn’t the focal point  and it’s only used to enhance the overall picture.  The most important part of your senior portraits is you, you are the unique part that nobody else in the world can duplicate.  Your personality, attitude and appearance are exclusive to you.  I can take several seniors to the same spot and get different looks because no two of you are the same. The two pictures above are the same location but have different looks.  So don’t stress out about having the perfect location or a location that someone else has used because you are unique and special in your own way and what you bring to the table is what inspires me to create portraits that are uniquely  and exclusively yours.

I’ll also add that no two photographers are alike, we all bring something different to the table as well.  Several photographers can take shots in the same location and all come up with something different.  When choosing your photographer don’t let price or obligation be your deciding factor.  Choose your photographer based on their body of work, if you love their work and their style; hire them to create your portraits.  If you love my work contact me today to discuss setting up your unique senior session.

Dana Cassle Baker