I've known her for about 4 years now, and she is simply the most remarkable young woman that I have met. Most 17 year old girls don't have their 'stuff' together yet, and won't for about 5 years, but Kyria is WAY ahead of the curve.
Then my wife and I met her parents, and the mystery dissipated. Lee and Denise are old-school parents who have instilled an absolute sense of self in their kids, and as a result they respect themselves, and show that respect to others.
We were asked to shoot Kyria last fall, and had an afternoon that still makes us smile today. The shooting went great, and we captured some images that I was extremely proud of, but there was one snag; Kyria was wearing her Grad dress, and it was a secret... No image posting until after grad, which was last weekend!
The hat belonged to Kyria's grandfather, and she wanted shots with her wearing it. Her 'Daughter's Pride' ring is also on display here.
Kyria has a vicious sense of humor, and it makes her a lot of fun to work with, and because of it, posing her is a breeze.
This was a series that my wife had envisioned, and it produced the best image of the day.
Kyria showing off a little sass, and country-girl style!
Three months later, we continued her session in our studio.
Her cap-and-gown pictures preceded this portion of the shoot.
Kyria displaying a more 'vulnerable' side of herself. It's not one you see very often, so look closely!
Kyria back to being herself, the tough country-girl...
...with a heart of gold.
But, she's still only 17.
Jennifer presented Kyria with a framed picture that she took of her in Kananaskis and wrote a note to her that ended with 'if our daughter grew up to be like you, I wouldn't be upset'.
I'd be thrilled.