I met Mikela one B.E.A.UTIFUL Friday evening out at the beautiful countryside home of Mr. and Mrs. John Cantrell in Charleston, TN. They’ve created a fantastic place for portraits, events, and weddings! You’ll see…there’s SO much photographic greatness! “Valley Events” is the name of their business and they have a fantastic party BARN for all your parties or events. I just had to plug them because they were so willing to let us shoot!
Mikela’s mom Jennifer has been a fan of my page for a while now, and when she messaged me about shooting her red-headed beauty’s Sweet 16 portraits I couldn’t help myself! I wanted to shoot somewhere I hadn’t shot before, and the Cantrell’s were so happy to have us! I mean I’d been there I can’t count the times for parties, cookouts, etc… and now to actually shoot….I was in heaven!
Let me tell you this….Mikela is a riot! She’s in the Band at her highschool, has the brightest blue/green eyes (and I say they’re blue green because upon review of the photos after the shoot depending on the light her eyes were a different color!), and has a sweet spirit about her. That’s not something you can say about a lot of teenagers these days unfortunately…but I think she gets it from her momma! Not to mention she likes to “move it!” 😉
It was such an honor getting to capture this milestone in her life. I wish “Sweet 16” pictures were something that my folks had done because it’s a long span between 8th Grade Graduation/Prom pictures to Senior Year pictures, and in 4 years that’s a whole lot of changing that goes undocumented! 😦 And NO, before you ask “yearbook” pictures don’t count! That’s NOT your child’s personality….it’s a BLAH headshot! They need photos that capture them…real, natural, TRUE….NOT cookie cutter fake smiles that every kid in the joint has to get taken! So, let’s all take a lesson from Jennifer and capture these precious moments in time…the right way! REAL!