It all started with construction paper and excessive amounts of tape as a young kiddo. These days as an adult (sort of! Ha!) I express my creativity through photography. Every day I wake up grateful that my creative side meshes so well with my passion for people and turned into this dream into a career.
Senior Sunflower Session –
Sunflowers are in bloom here in Kansas and as a photographer I could not be any happier. To me, sunflowers are the definition of happy. They are yellow, they look like the sun, they just make you want to be cheerful! I dare anyone to walk into a sunflower field, spread your arms, twirl around in a circle and not be completely happy and content in that moment.
I am not the only one in love with sunflowers. I have had so many request from seniors wanting their photos in the fields as well. Lucky for all of us, a few field have been blooming early this year around the state. Below you will find my favorite photos from the various sunflower sessions I have had already this month.
Sunflower fields are tricky to find as they are usually tucked away off of a highway and they also have a really short bloom time. I’ve read it’s only 7-14 days and I have found this greatly depends on the weather/storms. Since I live in Kansas I feel like I, and all other Kansans feel a special bond to sunflowers as one of our state nicknames is “the Sunflower State” and our state flower is the wild sunflower.
The local paper, The Wichita Eagle, called me last week and we chatted about the sunflower fields. I was so excited that not only did they publish the article online (you can find it here), but today it also made the front page of the newspaper! I was excited so I took I posed with the paper!
The large photo is actually my husband’s. He owns Mickey Shannon Photography and he was also quoted in the article. The smaller photo on the front page with the three girls is mine!
If you love sunflower fields as much as I do, here are a couple of guidelines I’ll give you if you want a Senior Sunflower Session. Please be respectful of the fields. This is someone’s crop, someone’s job and the way that someone puts food on the table for their family. Try to ask permission to use a field whenever possible. If you walk through the rows do so very carefully and slowly as to not harm the sunflowers. Never pick any of the sunflowers without permission. That is stealing!
With all that being said, please enjoy these beautiful sun-filled, senior, sunflower photos!
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What a beautiful senior sunflower session! The lighting is amazing. Lovely work Valerie!
Thank you so much!
Oh my gosh!! These are amazing! Sunflowers are my favorite flowers and I think these are just stunning sunflower senior sessions
I love senior sessions in sunflower fields! So pretty!
These are stunning! I wish I could have had my senior session in a sunflower field!
Oh my goodness the lighting in these photos is incredible! And I love all of the different poses. Well done!
Thank you so much!
These ladies are STUNNING! And wow, that backdrop with the sunflowers is just incredible. I LOVE the shots you got of their eyes. They totally pop against that yellow background.
These are so gorgeous! I wish we had these kinds of sunflower fields in Colorado.
Love how you captured them in the midst of sunflowers! Great Senior Session!
Oh my gosh where can I find this field!? It is just incredible! You did a beautiful job with these portraits, they are stunning!!
Unfortunately this field is done and all the heads have flopped over, but new ones will be popping up until early September!
Congratulations in getting in the paper! These Senior Sunflower Sessions are so gorgeous! I want to twirl in a sunflower field too!
My great, great niece, Lindsay Cowin, is one of your models and I absolutely have enjoyed all their senior pictures but the Sunflower fields are just the best and I congratulate you Valerie for being in the limelight in Wichita. You deserve it. You are a beautiful lady too.
Aw thank you so much! And I just love working with Lindsay! She is amazing!
There is seriously no substitution for an in-season sunflower session. Seniors are the perfect youthful subject for these glowing flowers. Great sunflower senior photography!
seriously the most beautiful senior sunflower session I have ever seen! Your work is incredible. You can tell that you love what you do!
This is the greatest senior sunflower session I have ever seen!
These seniors are all so stunning, I can’t remember being this poised and elegant in senior year! Beautiful work capturing their bright youth. Love it!
This is such a beautiful senior session in the sunflower field!!
Wow! It just doesn’t get any better than a sun flower field for a senior shoot. Great shots and great location!
Wow this is the most amazing senior sunflower session! What a gorgeous location and even more gorgoeus seniors. I love how you captured their beauty and uniqueness!
Ahh I saw these in a group online and loved them so much!!! So happy to see the full set of this sunflower session, can’t believe she’s a senior!
Thanks so much!
So gorgeous and so much fun! Love these sunflower sessions!
Thank you! Sunflowers are the best!
What an amazing senior sunflower session! Those are perfectly in bloom. And your seniors are so beautiful. Great job!