Part 2 of my concept shoot with Carlee was two-fold "Make Mason City look beautiful" with a bit of "ugly places, pretty faces" inspiration. I think there is a definite charm of an old small town with old dilapidated buildings like this abandoned warehouse, along with beautifully restored buildings. A couple of key people in the town have made an effort to keep some original structures as they were originally built and restored their facades to preserve a piece of the town's history.
I may be in the minority here, but I see beauty in this old, ugly white building. I've driven by it for years (decades, really), and recently started wanting to shoot there. Carlee and her mom Brenda new exactly the place I was talking about when I first mentioned it. We also chatted about her actual senior session we're planning for the fall, and she first said she thought she wanted all nature/park type photos, but I think I may have her convinced to add in a bit of grunge too! ;) We'll also be doing some volleyball photos in the Illini Central gym, so I cannot WAIT for that!
And without further ado, I give you Mason City in all her glory, along with a member of the Class of 2019 Miss Carlee! (OMG -- I just realized that means I graduated 19 years ago -- ack!)