Every year, thousands of senior portrait photographers from across the globe enter Modern Teen Style’s 25 Most Influential Teen Photographers of 2016 contest. Being fairly new to teen photography since I used to spend most of my time focusing on fashion photography, I was pretty skeptical we would place, but something nudged me to enter anyway. Images were judged by world-renown senior photographer Devon Jones and winners chosen by the following merits:
Much to my surprise, out of thousands of entries from all around the country, mine of the beautiful, 14 year old Lucia that appears on the right side of the image above was chosen!!
It’s so crazy that out of all the images I submitted, this is the one that was chosen, especially considering how this shoot of Lucia even came to be. I said yes to photographing my last wedding ever, took a candid photo of this incredibly beautiful yet super shy girl who was one of the guests at said wedding, hunted down her contact info from the groom, & offered her a free shoot. You’d think she’s a professional model from looking at this photo, but believe it or not, this was her very first photo shoot. In fact, at the wedding she pretty much ran from the camera. I’m so glad she said yes anyway though! You can see the confidence she gained in her eyes just from doing this photo shoot!! This is my #1 passion in life, helping women & girls see that they’re beautiful just the way God made them!!! If you want to see more of the photos we took of Lucia, click here. And to buy your own copy of Modern Teen Style’s 25 Most Influential Teen Photographers of 2016, click here.