Senior Photoshoot with Rachel in Iceland
Senior Portrait Photoshoot | Iceland Portrait Photography
Bettina Vass Photography | Iceland
I met Rachel and her family back in September 2018. She is in her senior year of high school and wanted to get her senior photos done in Iceland, which is totally cool and the best idea ever!
I got really excited about this idea because I have never done senior photo sessions before. This is simply not a thing in Iceland, and to be honest, I only encountered the importance of having rad senior photos in movies. Haha
Senior portraits are about celebrating a life stage - for many teens, their entire senior year is filled with milestones, and it is definitely one worth noting and celebrating in many ways, including portraiture. It's their last year of high school, but so much more. It is also typically their last year with the friends they grew up with, their last year at home (it will never be the same, even if they are 27 and living in their parents’ basement), and their last year of truly being under their parents’ wings. Their senior year is about being on the cusp of something great - their futures, and they will never see the world the way they do right now. Documenting that with professional photography is one way of ensuring that you never forget who they are.
Photographing Rachel, who is about to embark on a new phase of her life is an absolute honour as a photographer. We had a lot of fun together. She is an amazing person, who makes everyone happy. I wish I had more uplifting people like her around me. It would make the neverending cold and dark winter much nicer.
We decided to start the shoot at one of my favourite coffeehouses in Hafnarfjörður. I go to this place many times to get some work done or just to enjoy a cup of freshly made drink by professionals. Is there anything better than a quality brew coffee in a cold Icelandic day? Pallett Kaffi is a cosy and calm place with hip furniture and mismatched tables and chairs. It’s like sitting in a vintage Icelandic living room.
After we fueled up with caffeine, we headed to the Reykjanes Peninsula before the golden hour. The lake Kleifarvatn is always one of the best locations to visit. Still hidden from tourists and always beautiful.
Dear Rachel, I hope your last year of high school has been going as awesome as awesome you are! I hope to see you in Pennsylvania some time soon!
Thank you for the Pallett Kaffi for hosting us! Can’t wait to go there to chill and get my favourite cup of Joe!