Part of what I do differently with my senior photo sessions is I let kids have a voice in the decisions about what and how we shoot. Typically when young adults reach their senior year, they want to have a senior photo that feels real to them and represents who they feel like inside. I negotiate with kids and parents: a certain amount of time making pictures that the parents want, and time dedicated to photos that the senior wants. We could spend an hour doing glamour shots or spend time capturing your sport, music, art, best friend, or spending time with the family dog. I want seniors to feel like their senior photos are at the same time authentic and also hyper-real. We all want to see the best version of ourselves. I loved this photo session because Aidan and his mom, Cyndi, were in agreement that they wanted both kinds of photos. I was very excited to take the mountain biker senior photos because Aidan is an amazing competitive Enduro cyclist. Watching him practice made me cringe with fear but it was also incredibly exhilarating and I knew we could get some pretty cool shots.