One of life’s greatest joys is watching your children grow into adults. My oldest daughter is a senior and I was honored she asked me to photograph her. Sure it makes sense since dad’s a photographer, but she could choose whoever she wanted for this important moment. I tried to set aside my preconceptions and listen to her vision. She was open to anything I wanted to do. (that was her first mistake).
Her personality is definitely an urban type, so I wanted to incorporate that into the session. Since I was driving to Seattle for this session, I decided to take a chance and see if my good friend Mat Hayward was available. It just happened that even with his crazy schedule, he had the afternoon off and was more than happy to come along, lend a hand a shoot few pics along the way. I picked him up and we scouted out some nice locations in downtown Everett and then Mat looked at me and said “Don’t think I’m crazy, but there is this very cool location about an hour North of here. It’s an abandoned dairy farm, mental institution and is now a park”. Sounds cool, huh?
We didn’t have a chance to scout it out—I had to rely on Mat’s vision. I asked Kara what she wanted to do. She raised an eyebrow when I mentioned “mental institution” and said “sure…sounds cool”. Chasing the light nearly to the Canadian border, we were not disappointed when we got there. The buildings were in various states of decay and that’s what gave it such a unique feel. There also happened to be a film crew there shooting a horror movie. How cool is that?
Yes it’s true that Kara has spent a great deal of her life being a model for her father. And it’s true that when she was two years old, I set her on a stool, ran back to my camera and somehow before I got there, she fell off the stool, landing on her head. Yes there are moments you will always feel guilty about the rest of your life. We laugh about it now and as traumatic as it was, it didn’t seem to deter her from sitting for her father.
Congratulations Kara for making it this far. Your father is very proud of you (straight A student) not only for your academic achievements, but for the woman you’ve become. Strong, driven and a wonderful sense of humor and sarcasm. Mat…it was wonderful to shoot with you my friend. It’s about time we finally made that happen. I hope we have a chance to do it again this Fall.