This portrait photo shoot was a long time in the making, so let me lay out a brief timeline for you so you can start to understand a part of the reason why I am so pumped about this session. I reached out to Kayla on Instagram March 5th with a simple message: “I would love to shoot with you sometime in the Spring if you’re up for it! I realize this is completely out of the blue, but I wanted to message you while I was thinking about it!” Almost immediately, Kayla started sending me all of these amazing ideas and concepts and, obviously thrilled, I wanted to try them all.
After some talks, we finally decided on a gorgeous concept and were ready to go. Kayla was sending me examples of hair styles, trial runs of makeup, progress on her custom hand-made flower crowns, and outfits she found at thrift stores. With every message, we both got more and more excited; but, alas, the universe seemed to be against us. Between work conflicts, tattoos, dentist appointments, family holidays, rain, and even more rain, we rescheduled our portrait session 5 times.
The morning of our shoot, I checked the radar just to make sure we were finally going to have our day in the sun, and in an awesome (not awesome) turn of events, it started hailing here in Fort Wayne. I messaged Kayla so many crying emojis, throwing my hands in the sky asking why do bad things happen to good people? But hey, Kimmell, Indiana seemed to be doing just dandy. So we did it. Throughout the portrait session we watched the storm clouds roll in, heard the thunder creeping up on us, and we outran the storm like champs.
I know by now you’re saying, “Danielle, let us see the photos!” and I’m getting there, trust me. I just want to give Kayla some huge praise because she had phenomenal photography concepts, found her outfits at thrift stores for under $10, made those flower crowns herself, and scoped out amazing locations for us. This is one of my favorite sessions to date, and I hope you love these portraits as much as I do.
Fun photographer facts: Shot with Canon 50mm f1.2, prisms, flower petals, and a CD.