Inspired by my first daughter, I pursued my passion for photography and started considered taking Senior portraits. But to learn photography I photographed sports and dogs and landscapes and runners and still life. I photographed families and babies. I photographed spiders and flowers. I even photographed bronzed sculptures and Christmas lights. But in the end, I just wanted to photograph people. And Seniors are my favorite. When I look at my portraits, I can see the child they were, and the adult they will become. It is such an incredible juxtaposition. Their soul will never change, but their looks will. So capturing the moment in time where the baby cheeks are gone but the wrinkles not there, the eyes are open and innocent not yet cynical and wise, the skin so smooth not yet weathered. And my baby letting me capture that moment is more precious than anything I could ever own. Watch out friends, pictures of her will keep coming!
Sigh. I am a bit melancholy. Parents are busy posting pictures of decorated dorm rooms and packed cars and road trip pics. The kids are leaving. The sweet, beautiful, young adults that are heading back to college. Many are going for the first time. Many are clients of mine. Seeing their sweet pics on Facebook and Instagram immediately reminds me of the few hours I spent with them when this week was just a dream. They couldn't wait for this week to come, high school graduation is over and parties long forgotten. Laundry bags and mini fridges being packed, mums and letterman jackets left behind. This is BIG! This is their time to FLY! I wish you all the best and hope your dreams come true. I will pray for all the sweet kids as they travel the highways to their new destinations, as they enter new dorms and classrooms and jobs.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life, tip toe if you must, but take the step. Author Unknown.
Class of 2017, Allen High School is graduation more than 1500 kids. But I have a favorite. My daughter, Natalie, is graduating this year! AND, Natalie has stepped up and volunteered to be my my Face of 2017! I am so lucky! As a daughter, she is strong, grounded and focused on college. But when I say Portrait time, she steps up the style. I have SO much fun taking her pictures. So, for my first blog EVER, I'm sharing some pics from ONE of Natalie's senior portrait sessions! And these images were taking at her favorite place, the "Blue Wall in McKinney".