Harrisburg-nc-senior-portraits | hickory ridge high school | Ashley by Staci Noel

Ashley came in for her first meeting with her whole family and I knew that right away that this was going to be an amazing time to create her senior session. We worked together over a few weeks to get locations lined up and wardrobe decided on. I love when seniors are so invested in making their session personal and completely unique to their story. Ashley was all about it and we had a plan to not only capture gorgeous senior portraits that celebrated her love of the outdoors but also her passion for scuba diving. I know we got exactly what she was hoping for and when parents tear up at the results than I’ve done my job precisely as I had planned and hoped for! Ashley - thank you for trusting me with your senior portraits and I can’t wait to see what amazing adventures lie ahead for you!

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 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!