Sometimes when you meet someone, it’s just like you’ve known them forever – something clicks and you just feel at ease immediately. That is what it was like when Matt and I met up with Emma and her amazing mom Julie during her senior session last September. We started out in the Village, where from the very first shot, I knew that we were going to have a wonderful session. Emma comes alive in front of the camera and it was more like shooting a fashion spread for a magazine than a senior session. We got to our second downtown shooting area during rush hour and there were so. many. cars. I have never heard so many honks, hoots and hollars than when we were shooting next to that busy street – all four of us couldn’t stop laughing at the chaos that Emma’s senior session was causing with these commuters! Next we headed to a park where we found a structure that was wrapped in the most beautiful flowers, but it was in smack dab in the middle of a path of direct sun. Matt climbed up on a bench and somehow managed to get the uneven sun spots off of Emma’s face, resulting in one of my favorite images of all time. We then meandered back to a creek and the little pond area we were trying to access was surrounded in poison ivy. I created a little trail for Emma with my reflector so that she could safely gain access to this super cool tree trunk that had fallen, which made a perfect area for a few images. We ended the night at Wharton Field House where we were able to use both the indoor basketball court and outdoor football field for cheer photos – a first for me! I was pumped that we were able to capture both sporting seasons and I love the Friday night lights vibe that the football photos have! I have to send a huge shout out to Emma for being featured numerous times nationally with the few teasers that we have shared from her session! ROCKSTAR all the way!
Here is a little about what Emma had to say about her session with us: “My experience was AMAZING!! Karen is absolutely the best to work with and I recommend her to everyone! Karen made me feel so at ease and comfortable with the whole process and also made it enjoyable with lots of laughs. For my shoot, I just wanted to have different looks that represented my personality and let me be myself. My “biggest fear” was that I was going to look awkward while posing and my pictures would end up showing that. However, Karen helped with every pose and helped me to feel as natural as possible. My favorite part of my experience was getting to feel like an actual model from both Haus of Heir along with Karen hyping me up the entire time! I wish I could pick a favorite, but there are just too many to choose from that I adore! The most memorable part of my session was getting honks and cheers from people driving by during the shoot or trying to avoid poison ivy while climbing into the creek. I love Moxie because of Karen!”
When I asked Emma what she would tell her best friend about Moxie if they asked, she said “Go do it. Now!” (this made me crack up- Love you, Emma)!
One piece of advice that Emma has for other seniors getting their photos taken? “Relax. You’ve got this! Karen helps you with every single thing and makes you feel so comfortable from the moment you meet her! Your shoot will be so amazing!”
If she could describe her overall senior session experience in one word, she would choose “Incredible.”
So happy to have met you through your senior pictures, Em! Can’t wait to see what your amazing future holds!!
Moxie Design is an award winning boutique photography studio that specializes in providing a boutique high school senior photography experience in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas including but not limited to Moline & Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport & Bettendorf, Iowa. Karen Bishop, owner of Moxie Design, has been recognized on both a national and international level as one of the top up and coming high school senior photographers in the industry. Moxie Design will offer you not only images that represent the awesome person that you are, but an experience that you will remember for years to come.