Throwback Thursday: Aubrey’s Sweet 16 Session in Deep Ellum

Aubrey! There’s so much to say about this ray of sunshine! This was the session that started it all, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve never blogged about it. I’m sure you’ve seen this gorgeous face plastered all over my website and Instagram, because let’s face it—you can’t help but be mesmerized by those eyes. So drumroll, please…it’s finally time to share Aubrey’s “Sweet 16” photo session!

I actually met Aubrey when she was thirteen because her sister married my cousin (and yes, connections like this are totally where the “small world” cliché comes from). Even then, I remember thinking how much I would love to photograph her, so when I heard that all she asked for as a sixteenth birthday present was a photo session with me, I was beyond excited! Aubrey spent her high school years living in an apartment in Dallas in order to attend a prestigious fine arts school and pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Because of this, she didn’t really need a car for her birthday, and I’m SO thankful our session got to be her gift instead!

Even though it might be difficult to physically see a difference in your child between the ages of 16 and 18, I’m telling you that, maturity-wise, something major happens in those last few years of high school. Photographing a 16-year-old—even one who is completely gorgeous and dances on stage in front of hundreds of people—requires a little bit of extra time spent “drawing out” personality, and at the time of our first session Aubrey was no exception. She was a little shy and unsure, and I absolutely LOVED pulling her out of her shell throughout the session. Once she felt comfortable, so much of the session was just magical and quickly became one of my all-time favorites. When I’m asked to select a few images that really represent my work and style, I’m still drawn to shots from this unforgettable session!

Aubrey has since graduated from high school, but before she did, I had the honor of photographing her a second time for her senior portraits. I can’t wait to share those images, too, but I just knew I had to share these first! Stay tuned!

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Session Details:
Location: Dallas, TX Deep Ellum

Throwback Friday: Aubrey’s session in Dallas | Booker T Washington High School of the Visual and Performing Arts: […] you probably could have guessed from the way I talked about my first session with Aubrey, I was counting down the days until her senior year when I would have the opportunity to photograph […] (Apr 29, 2016 at 11:51 am)