For teenagers, prom is the highlight of their high school year. The girls get to go buy big, sparkly, pretty dresses; the guys get to ask girls on dates and drive a fancy car, if they get lucky. For parents, it's all about seeing their kids grow up, taking plenty of pictures to document everything from putting on the corsages to getting in the car and driving off, and realizing that their kids are almost not kids anymore.
For me, prom was kind of so so. I went to my junior prom, but not my senior prom. Still, I'm glad that I got to have that experience, and I think that everyone should get that moment to play dress up and have a fun night at least once in their lives, aside from their wedding.
This weekend, my friend Maggie, her sister, and her sister's friends all had their prom. Maggie graduated with me, but her boyfriend is still in high school, so I've been photographing her going to prom 3 times now! Her sister Emma will be going for her last time next year, so I have one more year of prom craziness.
Yes, I'm a photographer, but for this event, I do more than just take photographs. I end up doing girls' hair and makeup as well. I get about 3 hours at the most to complete everything, so it's always total chaos! However, this is the one event I look forward to photographing every year, no matter what. Each year always presents a new challenge, whether it be time, weather, or trying to get creative and produce new shots that I didn't the last time around.
For the past 3 days or so, I've been narrowing down, editing, and finalizing all of their photographs. This year the photos came out, lets just say, much more silly than usual! This is a group of people who's not afraid to act like total goons, and I definitely captured that. Here is a gallery of their images!
Additionally, my assistant for the day, Steven, was such a trooper. He sat through the hair and makeup, listened to me jabber on to Maggie about various gossip, and did exactly what I needed him to do when I needed it. He even got attacked by an ant pile to get some BTS shots for me. Thank you for your help, Steven!