Aeriela :: Phoenix Senior Photographer

Aeriela :: Phoenix Senior Photographer

Meet the lovely, Aeriela. She, and her mom, met me at the very beautiful Mesa Arts Center to get a few photos to commemorate Aeriela’s senior year. I love shooting at this location since it affords us lots of cool backdrops. Aeriela was a bit shy at first in front of the camera but found her stride rather quickly! She is a sweet young lady.

This post gives me the opportunity to remind families about students with special needs and photography. Usually at the beginning of each school year students will have a photo taken for either the yearbook, school ids, or sports passes. If lucky, some students will end up with a decent photo. I can’t tell you how many times my kids have returned home with a proof for their yearly picture and I groan aloud. Considering how much time is spent taking the photo….2.3 seconds, it’s no wonder most are not that great. Senior photos are so important for the senior and their families to have a documented memory of this time. And as someone who has photographed quite a few special needs kids, it requires patience and confidence to get great shots that really depict their personalities. Aeriela for instance was a bit reserved when we started out in her dressier clothing. It was so obvious when she changed into her Darnell Dockett jersey, that she really came out of her shell! She was so excited she started dancing….freeform! Regardless of where the seniors are going after graduation, this time in their life needs to be photographed. It’s a huge milestone and one parents want to remember. Taking the time to get to know a bit about the student’s likes or dislikes can go a long way in creating portraits that really reveal their true personalities. It just took a few questions about the Arizona Cardinals, and Darnell Dockett, to get this girl to show her moves.


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February 26, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Alicia Garza - Omg how adorable! What a sweet girl ❤️

February 26, 2016 - 2:44 am

Lynn Ferree - Thank you, wow I’m teary-eyed. You are an amazing photographer! Aeriela said, “wow that’s me”. Fantastic <3