bay area senior portrait session

I have an impulse control problem. Everyone around me knows it. It’s part of my charm. When Will smacks Chris, I want to talk about it. When I read a good book, I want to recommend it (The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas!). When I take good images, I want to share them. Years ago, when I started photography, I never thought I’d photograph teens or graduating seniors. It just came about. Recently, this young lady’s mom reached out to me. She shared a bunch of standard senior portraits with a word of caution. “My daughter hates all of these images.” “She wants to do something different,” the mom added. I like different—a lot. So she had my attention. We spoke on the phone, all three of us. We devised a choreography to explore the subject’s interests. I’m delighted with the results. Below are my current top ten images from the set. I eagerly await the next creative, non-standard senior portrait session to come my way.

neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia indie singer-songwriter
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia hair tree
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia barn
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia flower
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia antique mirror
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia creek
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia joyful pose wood grain
neilson creative senior portrait session bay area cupertino mcclellan ranch lydia eyes hands

Contact me for kids, teens, couples, family, portrait, and corporate photography in the Bay Area. 

Back to Basics

This is water

That’s the name of the photo
It’s never occurred to me to name an image before
But after I finished the edit, I realized I’d been addressing it by name all along

I celebrate brute physical realities
Stones, rivers, and trees
Eyes and freckles

Elemental things
They resist political wish and spin
They are what they are through themselves and no other

This is water

neilson fine art photography face water eyes freckles reflection bay area photographer

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