Clarissa is my cousin! Well, she's my mom's cousin's daughter. Close enough, you guys.
I was so lucky to get a chance to photograph her this summer when she and her family came to Colorado on vacation from Minnesota. I keep getting to take these senior photos for my family and it's making me happy! Clarissa's was one of those shoots where it was just... working. We were loving hanging out and time flew for me and I was just in my creative space and connecting and catching up and it was a gorgeous summer night — ah, heaven! Clarissa is one of the seniors I shot in 2014 that helped me realize that high school seniors are a huge passion of mine and that I want to focus on them more in 2015. There's nothing more I love than taking someone who says "okay good luck because I'm really not photogenic" in the beginning of their session to someone who is whipping their mane around like a damn model by the end. And then handing over these photos and being all like, guess what? You're beautiful, did you know? Well here are these photos where I think I captured it pretty well. It makes me light up. Showing girls this age the way I see them is a gift I am so grateful to give.
So here's my model badass gorgeous cousin Clarissa from Minnesota. Her hair has its own soul. And zipcode. And opinions. It's everything.