Saturday, 24 March 2012

Photoshoot {Jack's Senior Dance} The Young and the Beautiful!






My son Jack had his Senior Dance this week so I took some photos 
of him and his friends in the late afternoon before they left.  



Of course they all looked dapper with their gorgeous girls...


There were a number of photographers so the poor kids didn't
 know where to look  and were a bit dazed by the "papparazzi".



The sea in the background was lovely but all thoughts of a
horizontal horizon flew out the window in my excitement so 
I've felt  quite seasick looking through all the shots -
 thank goodness for the straighten tool!


I loved that this beautiful girl bucked the Durban trend
 for long, flowing locks and wore her hair up in flowers.



Despite all the nerves beforehand everyone did a great job
 at looking relaxed!


It was surreal looking at these young men & realising 
that one of them belonged to me...



I took over 200 photos to end up with 10% scrapworthy ones.
With group shots especially - take A LOT of photos - there will
always be somebody with their eyes closed.


This little red  50's style dress was particularly cute...




This girl reminded me of Kayla Aimee sooo much!!




All things considered the boys were pretty obedient & obliging
to all the instructions being thrown at them...


I would hate to be a professional photographer.  I find it
 incredibly stressful to be thinking about my camera settings 
whilst trying to instill confidence & relaxation in my subjects.

I guess the more you do it the easier that would become...


I've noticed that, the more people there are to photograph
together, the more difficult it becomes - quite obviously I
suppose, as you now need to try to ensure that you have
EVERYONE'S attention simultaneously.


Of course many an imperfect photo can be rescued with some
funky editing.


Love this one!  They look like a boy band. 
 What should we call them?  One Direction??
Too Cool for School aren't they?!
Oh to be seventeen again eh?





24 comments:

Alia said...

Brings back memories of the teenaged years! :) Great memories you have captured for your son!

Michelle said...

Such great photos, Helen!!! I hope they all had a good time!!

Gayle said...

Fabulous photos Helen ! I think you have done a fantastic job, and what beautiful young people, good luck to them all. Oh yes to be that young again but to know what you now know....dream on. xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Great photos!! All the kids look beautiful and handsome! And you are right... she does look like KA!! Did I ever tell you I was lucky enough to hang out with her twice in Tennessee during a scrapbook convention??? She is a TOTAL sweetheart! I just love her!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Sorry... I meant two years in a row, I was able to hang out with her! Boy... am I tired! lol!

Lynnda Hosni said...

How fun!!!!!! he he...the kids look beautiful and handsome!TFS Helen... hugs...xoxo

Evgenia Petzer said...

oh they are gorgeous! nut yous is the best)! love his shirt!

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning photo shoot Helen! I can see some wonderful creations coming up with these.
Hugs
Desire

Fi said...

They all look gorgeous and you took some beautiful shots of them Helen.

Stefanie said...

Just beautiful, don't you feel the kids are growing up just too fast? I want to slow the clock just a little bit.

Hayley said...

Awesome pics!
Brings back so many memories...and those girls dresses are awesome!

Shayne said...

Stunning pics - D just saw J and said 'ooh, he's hot!'.

Kids of today :)

Love the girls little dresses and yes, J looks gorgeous and is grwoing up SO fast!

Bente Fagerberg said...

Your Jack is truly a handsome price. And all the girls look like real princesse. This is such a special occation for them and by the looks of it they must all be content. I hope they realize that they are amazing in all sorts of ways, because it is sometimes easy at that age to put yourself down.
I hope Jack and his friends will have a bright future ahead!

Leonie said...

Lovely Pictures Helen. Gorgeous looking -I was going to say 'kids' but i'm sure they'd prefer 'young adults'!!
Bet they had a fantastic night.
You're so right you can never take enough photo's when there's a group of people so many times I get home and look at the pictures on the memory card and think I should have taken more!
Cheers.

Alison said...

Great pics Helen...young and beautiful indeed!
Alison xx

Bellaidea said...

I wish I have photos like yours from my "old days" ....
Well, mayby some day I will manage to visit you and yo will take couple in old age:)
Great work with young people, tahy must be happy with it !

sandi said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What fantastic pics! All of them are fab!

Marivic (Berry71Bleu) said...

What good looking kids! Jack looked so handsome! Beautiful pictures Helen!!! I'm glad you shared these photos, they are great!

yyam said...

Raining beautiful people here! Great shots Helen. I'm sure we'll be seeing these on some fabulous layouts soon!

teacher jessy said...

Wow, these are amazing shots for the lil ones! Your son is a very good looking boy and so is his partner!

Mitra Pratt said...

They are all adorable and ready for some fun!! Thanks for sharing! I know my time of dances is coming and part of me can't wait, the other part of me is screaming STOP not yet!!

Jasmine S said...

Your pics are amazing and what a stunning group of teenagers. They all look so fabulous.

Rachael Funnell said...

WOWZERS! All these photo's are TOTALLY AWESOME....

Eila Sandberg said...

Absolutely loved reading what the other ladies have written. Gosh to have that complexion and waist line again! Is everyone in his class model material?! they are gorgeous both girls and boys but your Jack is the cutest of them all with the blond guy as second runner up. Jack's girlfriend (?) is really such a sweet young lady. Ha ha love the last piccie, they DO look like a boy band! xoxox