Mykhala Richner Bellefonte Class of 2019

June 05, 2018  •  1 Comment

Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-1Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-1Mykhala, taking time to smell the flowers and reminding me of an iconic artist and the original bohemian, Stevie Nicks.

About a month ago, I offered a limited number of free sessions to area incoming high school seniors. I've neglected that portion of my business, and it's one of those things I LOVE to do. More than two decades since I graduated and just a few months before I return to school for yet another graduate degree, I love to hear about their plans, ideals, interests, and values. It's uplifting to see these kids, young adults really, and to see how socially and personally aware they are. For most, there is still a sense of naivete as well as an idea that the world can change. It's hope the rest of us, those who have been jaded by the pressures of daily life, the missed goals, and dreams, and the setbacks we've encountered.

Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-3Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-3 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2

Meeting Mykhala and her mom, Beth, provided exactly that opportunity. Mykhala is a member of the Bellefonte High School Class of 2019, and her mom owns Indigo Wren's Nest Wellness Center. As we all know, it can be awkward standing in front of a camera. Both mother and daughter were outgoing, friendly, and exuded a warmth not many people can muster in that situation. I tend to be a pretty goofy and nerdy guy, with an active streak of "dad humor" and a complete and utter lack of pride that helps me get people chuckling. With all three of us, there were plenty of laughs to go around. Mykhala immediately stole the show, and her animated facial expressions, natural ease, and willingness to give new things a try made her a pretty perfect model.

Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-6Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-6

It's not easy being the star of the show, and more difficult yet sustaining that energy for nearly two hours. Mykhala managed that and more while showing an emotional range that's tough to beat. Her expressions were genuine and made me feel like every image was authentic. What's better than that? Twenty years from now, when she stumbles across a print or sees one of her photos on Facebook, I hope she'll say, "OMG! THAT WAS SO ME!"

Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-11Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-11

That's what I try for in every session. We spend much of our lives trying to be someone else, attempting to fit our personalities into the mold we think other people need us to fill and it can be exhausting. I know that feeling, and it's why we spend so much time during my sessions working toward those candid and sincere moments.

Let me capture your truth.

Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-1Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-1 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-2 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-3Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-3 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-5Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-5 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-4Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-4 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-12Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-12 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-10Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-10 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-15Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-15 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-14Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-14 Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-13Mykhala Bellefonte Senior Pictures-13

 

 


Comments

Beth(non-registered)
Shawn,

Thank you so much for perfectly capturing her warmth, attitude and delightful disposition.
It is hard to pick a favorite but I really like the ones in the tall grass with the black dress.

Thanks again!
No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January February March (1) April May (1) June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November (1) December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January (2) February March April May June (1) July August (1) September (2) October November December
January February March April May (1) June July August September (1) October November (3) December (1)
January February (2) March (2) April (3) May June (1) July August September October November December