Alyssa Dances to Graduation, Part 1

I knew Alyssa from Young Life.  She was part of Mid Valley and my husband and I led in East Valley.  She was always friendly, but a little bit quiet. When I reached out to her leader to offer a Senior Portrait session to some of her club kids, she was the first one to take it.

I knew she was on the dance team and when I asked if she’d be willing to do some dance for the session, she agreed.  What I didn’t realize, is that Alyssa had been dancing all of her life and she was good.  Like really good.  I took her to Homme Adams park and let her just dance while I shot.  Her vertical leap rivaled that of any pro basketball player.  She was able to lift herself off the ground with what appeared to be the greatest of ease.

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Her lines were incredible and she just worked through some moves.  No plan, no choreography, just beautiful dance.

We headed up the 74 towards Idyllwild and ended up pulling over on the side of the road and she put on her point shoes and an awesome UFO shaped tutu.  And again, she just danced.  It was magical.  She made the ballet look effortless and was willing to hold a pose or leap over and over.  I think by then she could figure out what we were going to get on camera.  Again, the only way I can describe it was magical.  It’s like she was held up by a wire.

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  1. […] already posted about the incredible time Alyssa and I had for her dance session.  You can read that here  I was also able to shoot a traditional senior portrait session out and about in Old Town La […]

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