Payton’s Davidson Senior Session
Payton was one of my Wildflower Senior Models that came to me with previous modeling experience. While that’s definitely not a requirement to be on the team, it certainly was a bonus when it came to photographing her. Posing her was almost effortless for Payton’s senior session. What I love most about Payton is that she’s very multifaceted. She’s quirky and funny, but she’s also gorgeous, intelligent, and driven. She’s a bit of a shopaholic, but doesn’t come across as a stereotypical fashion-obsessed teen (I may or may not have searched for that adorable Anthro striped blouse when I got home, lol). She’s cute and serious, quiet yet strong, and relatable but unique.
Payton originally wanted a city/urban look for her senior session, but I suggested we give her more than one background. So we settled on one of my favorite local spots, Davidson NC. Payton’s Davidson senior session was able to give her both that sophisticated city look and a natural setting to change things up. Her Wildflower Senior Experience began with hair and makeup by the talented Sabrina of Be Pretty Charlotte. I adore the colors Sabrina chose for her. They transitioned so well with each outfit.
Payton also happens to be a budding artist, often showcasing her painting projects on instagram. Because of this, I kept trying to find a local art gallery that would be open on a Sunday. I really wanted to incorporate her love of art into her senior session somehow. Luckily, as we were walking around, we stopped by AVA Gallery. They were so incredibly kind to allow us a few shots inside their studio. This is still one of my favorite shots from her session, and not long after, this beautiful piece of artwork by Jay Zinn Art was purchased and now hangs in its new home. I also loved the floral piece by Amanda Moody.
After some time in downtown Davidson, we headed to one of my favorite locations nearby for a more natural Fall setting. This pink color was so adorable on her, but I mostly loved that we captured both the cute playful side of Payton along with the gorgeous, serious looks. I’m also very impressed (and thankful) that neither of us were attacked by any random creatures or ran into any snakes. Some of these shots were in some intense heavy brush areas. Anything for the shot, right? 😉
For some photographers, the sun going down may mean the end of the session. And sometimes it is for me too. But usually for my Model Team girls, I like to continue the session past sunset. That night, the Fall sky looked like it was on fire. It was so beautiful, and there’s no way I wasn’t going to pull over and grab a few shots. Since our first Model Team meeting, all of us have just thought Payton’s blue mini was adorable and fits her personality perfectly. I made sure to include that as well. Because later on down the road, when the car is gone, she’ll still be able to look through that album and see her cute car she had in high school. We also headed back to downtown Davidson for some night shots. I love when my Wildflower models are up for whatever, and I had this idea in my head that I’d been wanting to try. I brought my lighting equipment and my brother met us down there along with his vape. It was freezing and late, so we didn’t stay long. But I got the shot, and Payton was so cool to let me have some fun.
I’ve truly loved having Payton on my team this year. She’s such a cool girl, and I’m really going to miss her! I think the hardest part of having model teams is having to eventually say goodbye as my girls spread their wings and go on to live their lives. Maybe I need to organize a reunion eventually? Thanks for being so awesome Payton and being a part of the Wildflower girls! I can’t wait to see where life ends up taking you!
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