From Gracie's Proud Dad
I was fortunate enough to both observe and participate in my daughter’s photo shoots with Billie Mitchell. Of all the sessions taking photos with Billie, the urban photos taken in downtown Hendersonville were the most memorable. It was a cool day, but sunny, and I didn’t know what to expect. My daughter dressed in various clothes for the different spots Billie had picked. I honestly thought the spots looked pretty rough, with the old wood, the rusted spouts and drains, and severely worn sides on the buildings in the alleyways Billie had chosen. I just couldn’t envision the photographs looking that great. Billie put me to work holding her solar reflector to get the proper lighting she was looking for in the photographs. I found that interesting and fun, and I could tell she knew what she was looking for in the various shots.
The day went by quickly, and both Billie and Gracie had worked hard to get the best shots they could. I could see a confidence in my daughter I had not seen before on that day. She normally is shy and reserved, but Billie had earned her confidence with previous photo shoots in her program, and she instilled some of that confidence in my daughter. Over the course of the day, I had noticed my daughter had a new friend in her life, and it was Billie Mitchell. That speaks volumes for the work she does.
A true test of the success of the program is still measured in the photographs taken and delivered to us by Billiel. All the rest; the friendship, the confidence, and the laughter, it’s all invaluable, but the overall goal is to have photographs that will last a life time. When the day came to receive all of our photographs, I was astonished at how beautiful the photographs in the alleyways were. My daughter is beautiful, and her photographs really showed just how beautiful. The urban shots were, simply put, awesome on any level. Billie has a great eye for the work she does. She is an artist. Her program is a great experience for young teens. Although it was sunny on the day we did the urban shoots, nothing illuminated the alley like my daughter, and Billie Mitchell captured it.