“In the words of Stephen King, either get busy living or get busy dying…”
Brown- eyed girl. Big laugh. Small size. But, don’t let her height fool you. Gabriella Mae Paul is all five feet of resilient determination and contagious energy. Shooting her senior pictures, Gabby Mae’s personality was able to shine through the photo lens.
The essential purpose of all art is to tell a story. Photographing anyone allows you into a new realm; it allows you to understand who they truly are. Although everyone has a choice of what they partake in, what sports they play, instruments they pick up, and social circles they’re involved with, essentially the way we spend our time is what molds us into the person we are. Our favorite pastimes choose us, shape us, and are the most tangible portraits of who we are. Gabriella said, “It’s hard to even describe myself without talking about tennis or reading, the outdoors, or even my dog.” Our job is to capture that – the quirky details that make you, you. The beautiful part is – true passions demand to be heard and the camera doesn’t lie. Watching Gabby grip her racquet, she looked so comfortable you’d almost forget she was standing in a studio, dolled up and under the lights. Watching Gabby grab her skim board and chase the edge of a wave, it was clear she’d forgotten that a camera was even there.
Our biggest challenge – how do you capture a well-rounded individual and a 3-D personality with a 2-D image? We found our answer in the question. Progressing through the photo shoot, moving locations, changing outfits, retouching makeup, cheeks growing sore from smiling, we saw pictures speak far more than a thousand words. Browsing through the film gallery, from the studio, to a desolate dirt road, to the golden shores of Treasure Island – it became obvious what puts a fire in Gabby’s eyes. As if the pictures themselves were screaming loud and obnoxious, taking the camera outside of the studio walls unlocked a new vivacity in her, directly paralleled in the pictures. With a genuine fascination of nature and an obvious familiarity with sand between her toes, the moments captured spoke more to who she was than Gabby could ever put into words. Trying to keep up with her outdoors as she was drawn to its magnetism, picking flowers along the path and daring to jump waves along the rock-scattered shore, the best shots were the stolen candids when Gabby was mesmerized by the simple beauty all around her – like the sun kissing the edge of the world at the end of our Mojo-Magic day!