emotional senior portraits at radford university



I am SO excited about today’s blog. Okay, maybe not the blog itself…. but these photos? *chefs kiss*

Kimberly graduated in May this year from Radford University (just like me!). We had been talking for a few months about taking her photos and I was so excited to finally make it happen. Due to crazy work schedules, the literal pandemic that is happening, and life coming at us very fast post-graduation it took a lot of planning. This past weekend I made the trek down to my alma mater and met Kimberly, her beautiful fam, and boyfriend, Darius, for the most perfect evening of pictures. We were super worried at first because it had been calling for thunderstorms all week, but the rain held off and the sunset was breathtaking (stay tuned to the end of the post…I’m not giving away all the good stuff first). She started off in a stunning white romper in front of the infamous Radford fountain and was an instant natural in front of the camera. Kimberly is drop dead gorgeous so she made my job like a walk in the park.

These two are so cute together. They had amazing chemistry and I literally could not take a bad photo of them. There were so many adorable ones to choose from it was hard to narrow them down! We had to get some photos with her family in front of the fountain too.

There was some incredible sunlight peeking through two dorms. It made for a perfect walkway for pictures decked out in Kimberly and Darius’ cap and gown. These are honestly some of my favorite photos from the whole shoot. I’m also loving the candid photo of them posing for a quick picture for her mom’s phone.

We knew we had to get some photos in front the college she graduated from. Students have lovingly nicknamed it “chubs” (college of humanities and behavioral sciences) and it is a gorgeous building! We were lucky to have spent so much time in there.

Cap throwing is actually really hard??

So up next I wanted her to toss her cap since there was no real graduation for the class of 2020. When I took my senior pictures I realized how hard it is to throw your cap, not fall over in heels, AND stay looking cute for the photo (maybe it’s not actually that hard, but I struggled). WELL she made it look like a walk in the park. She stayed super cute, had the prettiest smile, launched her cap up in the air, and we only lost 2 letters from the top! I had to add in a picture of the top before the casualty because it was beautiful, and had an equally beautiful saying across the top.

She did a quick outfit change behind my reflector with everyone huddled around her so we could get some pictures next to the sign. Honestly, I don’t normally love the way these photos turn out. However, the dress, the way the sun was shining through the trees, the colors, everything lined up for a really phenomenal shot (the lens flare is what really got me)

I take back what I said earlier… these are my favorite shots

Okay I thought those gorgeous cap and gown pictures were my favorite, but I think these fun candid pictures on the quad may actually be my favorite. They have a film-like feel to them and the sun shining through really hits my photography soft spot.

At this point the sun was starting to go down fast so I knew we had to make it up to the sign at the top of campus so we didn’t miss the sunset. We had a little extra time before it hit the peak point so we swung by the clocks to get some more family pictures. Kimberly and her brothers were adorable and requested a picture of them dabbing because they had done one once before and obviously we had to! Plus some more pictures with her parents.

Everyone’s favorite spot!

We have made it to the end of the blog post! We wrapped up Kim’s session at everyone’s favorite spot, the top of Radford at our huge sign. There is a giant hill right behind the sign that overlooks the (arguably) prettiest building on campus as well as the mountains and New River. It’s a perfect place to catch the sunset, go sledding in the winter, and pop champagne bottles for those that have just graduated. I am so grateful that Kimberly trusted me to take these photos. She rocked the session and I am 100% convinced she can’t possibly take a bad picture. She knew exactly what to do, how to pose, and had a killer smile in every picture. So, congrats grad! You are going to do amazing things 🙂

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