Driving Across the Street Without a License

Rebels we were I tell ya! Ok, not really. But when you are 15, without a license, and driving with your BFF (even if it’s just between two yards) it’s a ton of fun. It’s not about what we were doing and I certainly don’t condone driving without a license. It’s simply this: we were two girls, best of friends, without a care in the world back then and I have no photos to show for it. Let’s face it, we were totally supervised with the family right there, but it felt like a taste of freedom. Would it make this memory more meaningful if I told you that this friend passed away after we graduated high school? True story. Gosh I miss that girl.

Ok, I promise the next Session Spark will be a little more uplifting. Hey, I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I didn’t make ya think a little harder about why it’s so important to document your life as it happens. Life change in an instant.

P.S. If you see my photos and think, “boy I wish I had little ones to document” or “I have no idea how to photograph teenagers in a documentary style,” here’s a secrete: you just capture them being them. Living life, having fun. Stop overthinking it.

Does this spark any memories of your own? Comment below. Let’s give each other a big arsenal of ideas for photo sessions that don’t revolve around a pretty location. 

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Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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