April 19, 2012

Mercedes {Class of 2012}

This shoot was so much fun!  Mercedes for basic portraits and some pictures with her dog Abby.  Mercedes' mom asked for some black and white images.  I asked if she was ok with water.  And guess what?  Check, check, and check!  She brought along her brother Andrew to watch the dog so I brought my brother Nathanael who is friends with Andrew.  And... you guessed it!  Mercedes and Andrew are also from our homeschool co-op. :-)

 Abby is 91 dog years old, so it was nice that we were able to get some pictures with her!

Everything flowed very naturally on this shoot and she was completely fine with getting soaking wet and a little sandy toward the end. :-)  I asked her to pretend she was in Florida.

Mercedes is one of the people who will give that great dramatic face and then burst in laughter at the drop of a hat.  She was so easy to work with that way. 

Andrew is her only sibling, we grabbed some fun sibling shots while we were at it. 

Andrew is showing some Hallstrom team spirit with his FIRE basketball shirt. :-)

I love the cool tones and creamy light in this shoot.  It was lots of fun to edit.  The sun was playing peek-a-boo the whole time so I was freaking out about my white balance at the time, but then I would just talk to her and get her next pose until another cloud rolled over.

Check out those eyes!  They are SOOOO blue.  I was dying.  The eyes are my favorite part of the face.

Park bench love.

Stunning, just stunning. 

Congrats Mercedes!  


  1. Oh dear!! lol great photography skillz, Joanna! thanks...The "serious" ones crack me up though lol I've never been able to do those very well;) -- M.L.(:

  2. She's beautiful! I love the pictures of her and her brother with her dog. SO. cute. :)