harrisburg-nc-senior-portraits |hickory ridge|mckenna by Staci Noel

It's no joke to say that I had probably 4x as many images as I could possibly share from McKenna's session! No need to add a lot of fluffy words either; these portraits speak for themselves! I had so much fun capturing this time for this truly wonderful girl and I know that her whole family will treasure the amazing artwork we created! I can't wait to work with her again in the spring for something truly spectacular; I'll keep it a surprise but I'm so excited!!!

harrisburg-nc-senior-portraits | cox mill high school | gwen by Staci Noel

It can't possibly be the start of school yet! Our summer has come and gone so fast here in Charlotte!!! Well, it could be because we weren't actually in Charlotte or Harrisburg all that much:) We spent quite a bit of time traveling around; we got to hit the beach a few times and travel to visit friends and by the time I blinked it was August and schools in Harrisburg NC are almost ready to start!

One of the other things I got to do this summer was to wrap up this gorgeous senior gallery for Gwen. We split her session into a few different sections but at the end of it we got this amazing gallery full of gorgeous images for this beautiful young woman before she graduated from Cox Mill here in Charlotte. And now she's off to college this week and I can only imagine that the sky is the limit as she heads out to make what will certainly be an indelible mark on the world:)

Good luck Gwen and thanks for letting me help you capture this wonderful time in your life!

harrisburg nc senior photographer | kieran by staci noel photography by Staci Noel

I believe that everyone can take a good picture - even people who don't consider themselves photogenic. However, it's not a natural thing for the majority of folks which is why without guidance in posing or directional lighting people hate a lot of the images that their friends or family take and really despise how they look in snapshots on phones, etc. - it isn't the camera y'all! I have spent years learning how to pose people so that they can take a flattering image and I take great pride in guiding subjects through the process during a portrait session so that they love the images we create together. We work on finding poses that look best, feel natural and make them feel confident; everything from what to do with your hands, what kind of expression works, how to relax their body and their face to get the most natural moments.

All of that being said, there is occasionally a person that I've photographed who required very little to no direction or maybe just a one time suggestion and after that they just practically flew through the session on their own. I wish I could take credit for it but this guy knew how he wanted to be photographed and he rocked this session with some very basic direction and then just naturally rolled with it! It made it such a blast each time we worked in a new location in Harrisburg or Charlotte because I knew we were getting killer senior portraits that he loved and mom would cherish!

He's off to college this month and I know that he will see amazing success because he's talented and just as focused on his goals! It was absolutely my pleasure to capture this part of his senior year at Hickory Ridge High School and I can't wait to hear about all of the wonderful things he does moving ahead!