Devlyn A. Senior Portraits in Trabuco Canyon
Senior Portraits. The title is kind of innocuous. It is also pretty boring. It sounds on the surface like your getting a last photograph before you retire (albeit mostly because of the use of the word senior). Maybe a better title would be Graduate Portraits. It gives a sense of beginning, a sense of a new world awaiting you. A time in a young persons life to realize how far they've come, before they realize they are still only at the beginning. It is a time you get to create who you are, decide what you will stand for, and record the beginning of that process.
This is Devlyn. Devlyn is a pretty amazing young man. His recent story is quite interesting. These portraits were taken close to the time he got his first truck. A Chevy Blazer. A slightly older car, with tons of character. It was a perfect fit for Devlyn.
When I was approached to shoot Devlyn's graduate portraits (it really does sound better than senior portraits, doesn't it?), I wanted to do the same thing that I aim to do for all my clients. Capture the essence of who Devlyn is.
I have actually known Devlyn for a while. He is a really good kid. He gets really good grades. He is smart, and has a very solid head on top of very solid shoulders. He is active, and exudes a sort of quiet confidence, in between his usually funny jokes.
When we started talking about to where he wanted to do his shoot, it was obvious that outdoors was an important place to him. He loves to hike, camp, skateboard and plays soccer. We headed up into the foothills in Orange County, grabbed lunch at Cook's Corner, then proceeded to the road near the trailhead to Holy Jim Falls in Trabuco Canyon.
These portraits may end up having an even greater significance than they were originally intended. It was not long after we drove out in Devlyn's Blazer, that he had a very scary experience, to say the least. On his way back to Orange County from Lancaster, Devlyn, his brother and his older sister were in what was nearly a deadly accident.
Hit from behind on the freeway after attempting to avoid a car that had suddenly slammed on its brakes (which he was successful at avoiding ), Devlyn lost control and spun and his truck flipped and landed on the center divider. His brother Michael immediately started to help their sister Meagan and Devlyn out of the car.
These images are an interesting capture, because since the accident, Devlyn is no doubt more aware of the fragility of life. They will be some of the only images he has of his first car. He is more aware of the dangers of this world. And knowing this young man, he will no doubt face them with an amazing courage, and a wise caution.
I am grateful for Devlyn. I am grateful for all of the amazing people whose stories I get to hear, whose lives I get to be a small or big part of. I am thankful that I do something which will impact the memories of people for the rest of their lives. Capturing moments at the beginning of a special time in their lives, and freezing moments that they will look back and remember as the end of an era.