High school seniors are fascinating to work with. I love talking with them about their responsibilities and plans for adulthood while photographing them as they laugh and dip back into the carefree youth that is all they know. This West Springfield High School senior was no different. She moved from elegant to playful, teenager to grown woman in front of my lens and I kept glancing over at her mother in between frames, wondering how it must be to watch your baby girl so grown up.
Brittany is a vibrant subject (her favorite color is orange) and she chose a fiery time of year to be photographed in Northern Virginia, so I was stunned by what came next. As I went through my images, marking my favorites, I saw what’s been drawing me to photograph people from as long ago as the fourth grade: the perfect black and white portrait.
(Of course, I’ll present Brittany and her mother with the picturesque Virginia autumn background in color!)