Alison Mae Photography

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Mallery | Violins and Vintage Senior Session | Blue River Valley | Class of 2017

Driving through the country on the way to Mallery’s senior session, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the area surrounding her home is. Fields upon fields lined the road and giant fluffy clouds hovered amidst the strikingly blue sky. Just down the road from Mallery’s home two ponies graze peacefully in their pasture, surrounded by goldenrod growing unapologetically along the property. A pair of bird dogs topple over each other out in a field as they bound after something I can’t quite see from the road. Springport is a peaceful, quiet place. 

When we pulled into Mallery’s drive way I was instantly in love with the decorations around their home. Mallery’s mom, Marci, has a wonderful way of taking old items and making them new again. An aged bicycle stands guard by the mailbox and what once was the side door to the garage now serves as a gate to the garden area – it’s bright blue color offering a bit of cheer to the greenery surrounding it. Right behind the house a patch of woods filters the golden light pouring through from the soybean fields behind their house. Everywhere you look is whimsy and creativity. Mallery and Marci asked if I would be able to make use of the area for photos. I couldn’t help but laugh because I literally couldn’t find a spot that wouldn’t be perfect for photos. 

After making a game plan for which outfits to wear and in what order, we got started. Mallery is an accomplished violinist. So to get the session started, Mallery played some songs for me while I photographed her. She plays beautifully! Between her song choices and her skill level, I was seriously impressed! Mallery has not only her current violin, but also two more of special meaning. She received her first violin when she was only five years old. Marci told me that they had to purchase it because the shop knew they would not be able to rent it out to anyone else because it was so small – it is so tiny! But Mallery being the skilled musician she is – can still play it. The other violin she has was actually built in 1909 by a distant family member. Mallery cares for each one and you can see that she really understands how special it is for her to have something that important to her family in her possession. 

Mallery’s family has a large collection of intricate quilts so next we sat down on one of them in the backyard with a few of Mallery’s favorite things. Mallery has a love for all things vintage. From an old typewriter to classic books – and even her grandfather’s film camera – she appreciates their beauty. She just gets it. Sadly, Mallery recently lost her father. When we were planning her session she mentioned to me that she wanted to honor him in some way. She had many things that belonged to him, including a few school photos of him during his teen years. I adore the fact that she is sentimental. She has a kindness about her that is rare to find these days, and it meant a lot to me that I was able to help her incorporate things that are important to her in her photos. 

After a few more photos around the yard we headed to our next location. But not without Claire, the family’s dog, photobombing us in the best of ways. Mallery and Marci’s neighbors live just a couple minutes down the road. They agreed to let us use their property for the second half of the shoot and I am so glad they did! A large prairie filled with yellow goldenrod sits inside a circle of trees. It was the perfect place to end Mallery’s session. We photographed right up until dark and we had a blast!

I truly enjoyed spending time with Mallery. Her gorgeous blue eyes, long blonde hair and striking smile don’t even compare to her heart of gold. She is thoughtful, well spoken and kind. I am excited to see where life takes her – as I know she is going to knock the socks off of whatever she does. Currently, her plans are to specialize in diagnostic medical sonography and attend Ball State University. With her ability to put others at ease, this will be an incredible career for her.  I am so thankful that I got to know Mallery and her family a little bit. I will always be cheering her on!

Alison

 

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