Today I had the chance of photographing Carly for her senior portraits in her backyard. Carly decided to put a spin on the traditional grad photo shoot themes with her own interests and sustainable practices. We met up before sunrise around 6:42 a.m. Upon arrival, I was aware of us using oats as confetti, but I decided to look for options in her own backyard. I walked around and spotted whole flower buds that have fallen from their respective plant. Quickly picking from a couple of plants, I essentially had a form of sustainable colorful confetti. I AM not an advocate for the use of glitter and confetti since it just leaves a negative impact in the environment. This is a fun quick solution that only took me 5 minutes to collect.
The crown she used represented her grad cap, which was reused from a past project and refreshed with younger flowers. We used a vine as a sash. Oats for the glitter blowing effect. No need to waste champagne when we are all about the Kombucha. Keeping a sustainable mindset it is easy to switch to props to items we can find in nature, let alone in your own backyard.
Senior portraits are not always about having photos taken for your parents, but for yourself. They are about capturing who you are during this special transition of higher learning. It is about figuring out who you are after being emerged in an academic world for so long. For Carly, she finds herself aiming towards living a zero waste lifestyle, connecting herself more to nature, and striving to be her better self.
Carly and I have been creating art for over two years and growing in our crafts. She is a key player to her own movements and causing a wave in her own local community. Check her out at sustainableduo.com. Let's keep empowering each other in our own growth and making positive steps towards whatever we produce.