Shelby-Senior Portraits 2

I really get to know a lot about an individual when I am photographing them.  So much about who they really are shows through as I view them through the lens.   I loved working with Shelby and I had the opportunity to do two sessions with her!  We ran out of time the first session so we scheduled another to capture more shots (and I’m so glad we did as I just love this second series of photos).  Something I love about Shelby other than her fun and charismatic personality (she made me laugh a lot), is the level of self-confidence that she has.  The level of confidence the girl (or boy) has can really impact how well a session goes.  When you lack confidence with who you are it will show in the pictures and the results aren’t as great as they could be as when an individual believes in themself and knows that they really are beautiful.  In fact, it makes me sad to see a young adult (or anyone for that matter) lack confidence in themself.  Everyone is beautiful and has so much to contribute to this life in a way that noone else can.  I believe that truly noone can take your place.  So, Shelby, I commend you for your self-confidence and all the accomplishments you have achieved thus far.  I know you’ll go far in life. 

I thought I would share a few quotes that I love about confidence throughout this post:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us.  And when we let out own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  -Maryanne Williamson 

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.  And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”  -Unknown

“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” -Unknown

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”  -Peter T. Mcintyre

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.  -Bruce Barton

“People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”  -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

And lastly, I leave you with my favorite quote about confidence:

“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get aquainted with himself as he really is.”  -Norman Vincent Peale

Here is a fun slideshow of several images from both sessions:


  1. Kiana said . . .

    These are great Jen! I especially love the jumping shots. She’ll be thrilled.
    Thanks for sharing the quotes too.

    Posted August 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Katherine said . . .

    These are awesome, Jen. Beautiful girl and I love the jumping shots, too. The sky in the background is amazing.

    Posted October 27, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink

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