I met Austin when I sent out a model call in the Spring of 2019. I was looking to build my portfolio and practice all I had been learning about posing, lighting and finding great locations.
A colleague told me that her nephew would be great to work with. After she let him know about me, I reached out. He and his Mom, Amanda met me at one of my favorite coffee shops downtown. We grabbed beverages at Little Amps on State Street and got to talking.
I learned that Austin was a carpentry student who was looking forward to beginning an apprenticeship for his senior year of high school and that he loved playing hockey for the Jr Bears. He told me his hair cut was brand new because he had just donated his long hair in honor of his Mom who had beat breast cancer. This guy is proud to wear pink.
We wandered down side streets and alleyways and along the riverfront looking for even light and those urban features with grit and character. Austin and Amanda added their own shot ideas to mine until we had fun variety.
There was easy banter and lots of laughter between mother and son and it was awesome hanging out with them. As our hour together came to a close, we talked about Austin’s thoughts for his senior pictures and agreed that we should get back together and make plans for a full-blown senior session.
Fast forward to the Fall. Austin wanted his Senior photos at Lebanon Valley College with additional shots at Memorial Lake. I hadn’t been to LVC for a photo session before and when I arrived, I was happy to find a nice mix of natural and architectural features.
The highlight was the peace garden. From the stone spring house to the bridge and stone walls, the landscaping was gorgeous. It was such a quaint space and everywhere you looked was a treat for the eyes. Due to the fall foliage, the tree line beyond the garden gave you the impression that the sky was on fire. Amanda made sure we got a few family shots here.
Memorial Lake, was a beautiful backdrop for some woodsy shots in his flannel, western hat and boots. And what is a country guy without his truck?! We had to capture that as well.
Side note: We did find out (from a very nice park warden) that when you take photos at Memorial Lake, you need to call ahead and get a permit. So if you’re thinking of a session here, keep that in mind!
My final session with Austin was hockey practice at The Giant Center where I got an education about the joys and pains of a hockey mom. Haha, but seriously – so much dedication!
As I finish this post Austin is completing his final year at Annville-Cleona High School. I saw him mention the other day that there are only 100 days left until graduation and that he is looking forward to attending trade school in Phoenix, AZ to become a Harley Davidson technician. Congrats Austin!