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Ankeny Senior: Annika

I am STILL catching up on blogging all of my fall seniors, but it’s happening!  With wedding season around the corner and then 2017 seniors, I’ve got my work cut out for me!  This week, it’s Annika and her gorgeous session from the fall.  She came from Ankeny for her shoot, and I seriously ADORED photographing her.  She is hilariously funny, so genuine, and she has my favorite feature — brown hair and blue eyes.  I love that combo because it is so striking!

After hair and make up for her couture session, we did a few photos around Grinnell College to start…

I love this next one.

Hamming it up!  lol!

We then drove out to Krumm Nature Preserve.  This year, I did quite a few sessions our at Krumm.  Many people ask why I go out there – mostly, the light is beautiful, the surroundings are perfect, but also, there are fewer people and I find that this helps seniors relax a bit.  Anytime I can help a senior just relax and be themselves, I find the portraits are much more genuine and natural.

My favorite!

This red dress and the fall light was the perfect combo.

This senior portrait is probably one of my favorite photos from the entire year – I love the drama of her red dress and the expression in her eyes.  So beautiful!  I hope that Annika and her mom have this one framed 🙂

Thanks for a fabulous session, Annika!  And I hope you’ve had a wonderful senior year!  And all you Ankeny seniors in class of 2018, I hope to see you when I’m back from Spain and continue working with some amazing people 🙂

Photographed using Nikon D800 + Nikkor 85 5/1.4 + Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8

Edited using Mastin Labs Fuji 400H + Portra Presets + Photoshop tweaks

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