“What’s your favorite type of photograph to take?”
I get asked this question a lot. Truth be told – I like everything. I love the once in a lifetime energy of wedding photography. Here are two people in love, surrounded by their families and friends, celebrating one of the biggest moments of their lives. Happy – Happy – Happy!! Then there are the kids and babies and pets. I love the spontaneity of these sessions. I love that they never worry about things like double chins when they give me a big smile. They just have fun!
What I love about photographing high school seniors is that they fall somewhere in between kids and weddings. I love that they have something to say and are willing to try new things. Senior Portraits are a way of presenting themselves to the world as a young adult. I love being a part of that. And while I’m being honest, they can hold a pose and I don’t have to sing “The Wheels On The Bus” … that often.
Here are some faces that have received a diploma and flipped a tassel over the past 15 years. I can’t wait to meet the Class of 2018!
I want to start by sharing a story. Not too long ago I was sifting through my mail and came upon an envelope from a local publication – Madison Magazine. I opened it and then my jaw hit the desk. “Madison Magazine wishes to congratulate Sweeney Photography as the Gold Winner in the BEST Photographer category for 2013!” (Okay, just typing that got me a bit choked up.) My first thought was – wow that’s so wonderful!!! Followed by – I wonder who the big winner is? I quickly went to their website and realized that the big winner was indeed me. A smile formed, a tear fell and a silent WOOHOO rang out. Why silent? I had to keep this fabulous and truly unexpected news to myself until today.
Today I finally get to share it and say THANK YOU Madison Magazine! THANK YOU Madison Magazine Readers and Voters! THANK YOU Family and Friends for your support the past 11 years! And above all – THANK YOU to the Brides and High School Seniors and Families and Babies and Professionals that have allowed me to share their special moments, days and events!
Shouldn’t graduation portraits be more than just a nice smile or a new outfit? I think so. Typically the senior portrait sessions here in the studio start out with what I call “The Grandma Wall” poses. You know the ones – the ladies are gently resting a cheek on their ever so delicately folded hands and the gentlemen are looking very serious as they rest their chins on a rugged fist. Thank goodness today’s Grandmas are way cooler and want to see something more exciting!
I encourage all the young adults that come to me for their senior portraits to bring in items that really help to tell their story. I want their proof booklets and finished portraits to unquestionably show who they are at this time in their lives. It is my hope that they will someday look back at these photographs and remember that they were the bees knees. (Translation: awesome, cool, hip, swagger, Gucci, fizzy)
Tuesday: Share Art Photographs or Business Portraits
On this Tuesday I will be sharing a couple of my art pieces. One is a few years old and one was is a newborn. However, both started out as photographs or in the case of the Cog – three. They were hiding but through many layers, filters, brushes and more – they surfaced.
I have my first official art installation going up in Madison next month. I’m kind of nervous but trying to enjoy this step in my career. If you want to see more of my artwork please click on the tab above.