The Future is Yours

The Future is Yours

Everyone meet Jackson Russell, a 2017 graduate. An inspiring kid with an amazing future. When his mom contacted me about doing his senior session I immediately knew what I wanted to do for his feature photo when he told me that after college he would be joining the military. What better way to showcase your love for our great USA then to sit on a tank and gaze into your future? We traveled about an hour away to the little town of Dayton, VA where they have an American Legion and put a tank there in honor of our fallen heroes! After first driving to the wrong location, we found it and the sun had decided to show up just at the right moment!

I’ve known Jackson and his family for all most 10 years now. When I first met him he was a shy quiet kid, even when I worked with him in our teen department. You would’ve never known that the kid featured here is the same kid! I wanted to showcase his personality in the best way! We went to downtown Winchester, VA and I decided to use the brick walk ways and historic buildings to highlight his blue eyes and contagious smile! I love getting to photography in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with the rich history and the amazing fields of wonder you run into! ¬† By the end of our session he was a complete natural. Basically a model. Moved like one, every angle, every pose, every time I clicked the shutter, he knew exactly what to do…he made my job super easy by being such a natural! His mom sent me a photo of him from when he was little that she wanted me to recreate. It was a challenge since the original was a studio setting but I wanted to use my creativity! She loved it so much she used it on his invitation! How adorable is this?

 

I asked him what his favorite part of the session was, “Climbing on a tank was super cool…not gonna lie,” is what Jackson told me. All in all this kid was nothing short of amazing and I loved getting to work with him and his family! Jackson also mentioned “My family has always tried their hardest to keep me in the right direction. They have supported me in my endeavors, and have never let me feel unwanted. I can’t wait to see the world has for me as a solider in the National Guard and then as a missionary.” What an amazing young man. He’s going places and may even change the world! So blessed they choose me as their photographer!

Hats off to the Different By Design Photography featured graduate of 2017. Jackson Russell!