Tyson did not care about senior portraits! He had been home-schooled for the last several years and didn't feel connected to traditions of a traditional school. His parents still wanted him to have senior portraits. They allowed me to talk to Tyson about the importance of artfully documenting this time in his life. Already 19, his childhood is ending quickly!
He and his girlfriend, Tiffany, have been together for about 6 months. They spent lockdown together, did schoolwork together. She was very much a part of his untraditional senior year and he wanted her to be in the photos. Mom and dad were okay with it.
Tyson's senior year wasn't very fun. He developed a serious medical condition that scared his family. It is permanent but being managed by medication. Editing his photos, I had never seen skin this color, or colorless I should say. By request, I tried a different editing style to help mask some of the effect. I like the way they turned out, even though I normally strive for accurate skin tones in all other portraits. Tyson is slowly recovering from the effects of his illness and we hope and pray he is able to make a full recovery. He was even able to graduate on time!
Prior to becoming sick, Tyson spent most of his time at the skate park near his house. He is still passionate about riding his bike, just not nearly as much. Photo day was very warm and we didn't want him getting sweaty at the beginning of photos, so we took a few posed shots and one lap around the bowl.
Tyson is enjoying spending time with his family and friends, working on his car, playing video games and his lovely girlfriend, Tiffany. Tyson did the session to please his family, but ended up having a great time and decided it was worth it after seeing his photos! I even made his Instagram with a nice thank you! Tyson's mom is planning to order canvas gallery wraps later. They aren't currently on the menu, but we can always fulfill special requests. Thank you Tyson and Wendy for allowing me to post this!