It was cloudy the morning that I met Logan and his mom. So much so that Logan's mom said that she didn't think that we had gotten very lucky with the weather. In general, I try not to say that one type of weather is preferable to another because if it happens to be different weather during their shoot, then people think that they don't have the right weather. But I broke my own rule when I told Logan's mom that in my opinion, clouds are definitely better when shooting guys. I hate to generalize but most guys are not that thrilled to have their picture taken or at least, not as thrilled as most girls (again, not to generalize) are. Because of that, I love it when it is cloudy for the guys because that just makes things easier, for me. Really, clouds or sun don't really matter for your end of things, it just changes things on my end. Although I must say, in this case, Logan was really the one that made my job easier, he was a great subject!!
What an amazing day we had moving Kate into college. I have to be honest, I have been dreading this day all summer. I am not the biggest fan of unchecked emotions, and this day promised to produce a tidal wave, if not a tsunami, of them. Plus I had informed my family that everyone was going to come with us so that added a lot to the tsunami, not to mention to the overall chaos and stress of the day. In fact, at one point, my husband asked me, "Why is everyone coming with us?" Me, "Because I said to them, 'you are all coming to move Kate in' and they all said okay and didn't argue." My son even had a football scrimmage that he missed without complaint. But even though it added greatly to the general craziness, and to the degree of difficulty of packing the car (thank goodness that my husband is a such genius when it comes to packing), I am so glad that everyone came with us, it was a wonderful family experience. The move in itself was quite a sight. Kate had told us that she had watched a video of students swarming the car when you arrive and man, she was not kidding, Shannon even made a point to say to Kate, "I didn't think that you meant an actual swarm." We pulled up outside her hall to great fanfare, cheers and music, it felt like a block party, and before we could really even blink, the car was unloaded and all of Kate's stuff was sitting outside of her dorm room door.
Her roommate plays field hockey so she has already been moved in for a couple of days. She had a game yesterday so she was not able to be there but she left Kate the nicest, and biggest (literally), note of welcome. Although I would have loved to have met her, It was a bit much with all 6 of us in their room so it may have been good that she wasn't there. We were bumping into each other all over the place as it was. Once we got her room mostly squared away, Kate left to get her id and her books, while Kristen, Shannon and I put some finishing touches on her room. Once Kate got back and changed, it was picture time. I had told my kids that I needed to get a family picture at some point for a bulletin board at work this week. The theme of the bulletin board is the special people, or things, in our lives and we all know that family is the most special, and precious, thing that we have. I had already decided that I wanted it to be a selfie (I even went out and bought a selfie stick for the occasion, I think my kids may soon curse that purchase). I wanted a selfie because I love the informality of them plus they force you to crowd all in together. The kids didn't really want to do it outside where everyone could see us being goofy tourist types so we took it in Kate's room. It certainly won't win any awards for quality, it is a bit blurry and pixelated but no matter, it is now one of my new favorite pictures.
After a quick reception, we headed over to the Mass of the Holy Spirit, an outdoor Mass and Holy Cross move-in day tradition. It was a glorious day and gathering as a community under a beautiful blue sky with a gorgeous view from the hill made for a very moving experience. The Mass was said by the president of the college and he was wonderful. Throughout the course of the Mass, he made it clear that the focus of the day, and of the next few years, was definitely the incoming Class of 2019 but that he knew that it was a transition day for parents and siblings as well. He talked about how it takes trust and faith to send your child off and that the Holy Cross community works very hard to make sure that our trust is not misplaced. The recessional hymn was "Lift High the Cross" which has always been one of Kate's favorite hymns, personally I took that as a sign of great things to come.
Then it was time to say goodbye. I loved the way that they orchestrated the goodbye. After the Mass ended, Kate had about 15 minutes to say goodbye before she was due at an orientation picnic so there was no opportunity to linger. This worked for me because goodbyes are the epitome of the rip off the band aid moment. You know, those times when you know that something will be painful, but also necessary and good, so it is better to do it all at once, and quickly. We will miss her terribly here at home but if the first day is any indication of things to come, then she is going to have an amazing experience! All in all, for a day that I was dreading, I finished it feeling very peaceful, as well as very happy and excited for her!!
As we prepare to start another school year and to transition once again from the hot, lazy, wonderful days of summer to the hectic, crazy, sometimes awful, often wonderful days of the school year, we are also preparing for a transition in my house. My oldest is off to Holy Cross today and I can't even begin to express how excited I am for her! Her best friends also leave this weekend. Over the years, they, along with their families, have become family to us and I just can't imagine life without their daily presence. They have all grown into stellar young ladies, kind, polite, responsible, respectful, I could honestly go on and on. They've always been there for each other and I have no doubt that will continue throughout college, they will just have to do their rooting on from afar. Girls, I love you and although I will miss you tons, I am also so very happy and excited for you. May all of your hopes and dreams come true!!
And I would be remiss if I didn't also extend wishes to all of the rest of my past seniors, with special wishes for the members of the Class of 2015. As you begin, or return to, your endeavors, be it college or work or service, good luck and have fun!! And know that I will always be here rooting for you. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures, either from your parents or via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or some other social media that hasn't even been invented yet). I'm confident that you will attain much success. I appreciate more than I can ever say the opportunity to have gotten to know you and to document even a little portion of your journey. I want you all to know that I am so very proud of you, both for what you have accomplished and for what you will accomplish.
And to this year's seniors, I hope that you all have a wonderful last year of high school. Enjoy every single moment because it will go by faster than you ever thought possible. And if you don't believe me, I have about 100 or so kids that I can ask to back me up on that!
And to all students of all grades, I hope that you have a happy school year and that you enjoy the year. Have fun but also work hard and always try your best. An education is one of the most valuable things that you will ever get in your life. So pay attention and listen to your teachers, if you do, then the sky will be the limit for you.
Finally to all students, but especially to those leaving home this fall, try to be nice to your parents, okay? I know, we make it difficult at times but still, give it your best shot. As happy and as proud as they are of you, and for you, try to keep in mind that this is a big change for them too and it may be tough to adjust to at first. Trust me, I know how they are feeling, oh boy, do I ever! But remember, all those annoying things that we do, we only do them because we love you and want the best for you.
Happy school year, everyone!! I have a feeling that the 2015 - 2016 school year will be a special one for all of us!
What a pleasure it was to meet with Brielle and her mom on Monday morning. And what a great way to start off my week! They were so nice and so friendly and they certainly brightened up a day that was a tad gloomy (more on the weather in a minute). We met at Hingham harbor which Brielle chose for her pictures. She chose it because that's where the family keeps their boat. and going out on the boat is one of Brielle's favorite things to do. And of course, that means that it was the perfect location for her shoot. How lucky is she to have access to such a pretty location, not to mention, to a boat!
Brielle is a great athlete, she is ready to serve as the captain of the field hockey team this fall and she will be captain of the lacrosse team in the spring., She is really quite an accomplished lacrosse player, she has already committed to play lacrosse at a Division 1 university in North Carolina next year. Seniors, how great is that? To know that you are all set to attend a great school before senior year even starts? I am so happy for her, Brielle seems like a sweetheart and she was such a good sport, she happily posed wherever and whenever I asked her to. Hey if this lacrosse thing doesn't work out, maybe she can be a model, what do you think?
I have been on a roll with my seniors this year, I have worked with the nicest kids. They are all so different and unique but they all do have one thing in common, they are all awesome. And they all seem to have beautiful smiles that they aren't shy about using. This was especially true in Brielle's case. At one point, her mother told her to be serious and she couldn't even do it, the smile had to come out!
Back to the weather, I mentioned in Taryn's post that I had to do my best meteorologist impression and decide if we were going to shoot on Friday or not. Well, I had to don it again Monday morning when the day started out really foggy. We were okay with cloudy because we knew that would help us, especially at the harbor, but foggy? We were a little worried that fog might render the boats in the background invisible. Brielle's mom sent me a text first thing that morning asking if we should move our shoot to avoid the fog. I said no because I had a feeling that it might be a good idea to see if we could use it to our advantage. I'm inclined to think that it worked out pretty well. I guess Mother Nature has better ideas for a background than we give her credit for!
Thank you, Brielle, for choosing me to kick off your senior year (I wish that you played soccer because that was kind of a good one) and for trusting me to lead you through the fog (that one, not so much). It was such a pleasure to meet you and your mom. Thank you for choosing such a special place for your pictures, it really was a great way to start off my week. Good luck this year and enjoy all the senior stuff and much luck in the future. Thank you for giving me a reason to follow some Division 1 lacrosse over the next couple of years. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Brielle's pictures.
Just like Tanya yesterday, Taryn is one of those kids that I have been lucky enough to watch grow up. This also means that I have known her mother for just as long which really came in handy the day of Taryn's shoot. We had scheduled things for Friday afternoon but that morning was really gloomy, actually, it was beyond gloomy, it was downright torrential at times! But when I suggested (in the middle of one such downpour, I might add) that maybe we should do it anyway because the afternoon sky could be something special, Taryn and her mother didn't hesitate. We enjoy each other's company so we figured that, at worst, it would be a rainy day field trip so we thought that we'd try it and see if we got lucky, and boy, did we ever! By the way, how many seniors can say that they got a rainbow for their senior pictures? I would say that's a great sign for a great year!.
We started out at the beach and got some great shots. I have to say that most of my seniors are really great sports and will pose pretty much wherever I ask them but Taryn took it to a whole new level! She climbed things, walked way out on a jetty, posed in the smallest space in front of some overturned row boats, and she had a wonderful, genuine smile on her face the whole time.
Taryn is another senior with a wide variety of interests. She is a class officer, plays varsity soccer, is on the National Honor Society and is a frequent contributor to our church mission, to name just a few. And she is such a great kid, funny and really insightful. During our ride down and back, she was mostly quiet unless we happened upon a subject that she was interested in and then she'd chime right in. And let me tell you, her perspectives and insights were spot on! Between those interests and insights, I have no doubt that Taryn will be a huge success in life. Plus let's be honest, those eyes won't hurt either, they are stunning. How lucky am I, I seem to have really hit the gorgeous eye lottery lately.
File this In the isn't that ironic column. We left the beach so that Taryn could change and as we were walking back to the car, it started to rain. It was just a quick shower and by the time that Taryn changed, it had stopped. We tried a couple of locations nearby but in the end, we decide that we should change locations because, get this, it was too sunny where we were!! All that, and it was too sunny. So we hopped in the car and went around the corner to Duxbury. And you know what? Showers, new locations, bridges, rainbows, Taryn took it all in stride, and with a big smile.
Thank you Taryn for sharing your senior year, and your many insights, with me. It was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with you and your mom, thank you both for trusting me when I put on my weatherman cap. I wish you so much luck next year and in the future. Although I don't really think that the girl that gets a rainbow to show up for her senior portraits really needs wishes of luck from me, she's got it covered. I am so looking forward to watching you and your classmates take senior year, and the future, by storm (yes, pun intended). Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Taryn's pictures.
The main thing that I hope that people that visit my blog understand is how I feel about every single one of my seniors and how much I appreciate them and their trust in me. . But as special as I think that they all are, I have to admit that I have a special place in my heart for the seniors from my church. And this church crew, the one that is embarking on their senior year now? They are just the bomb! I have known most of them since we joined this church back when my oldest daughter (umm, yeah, the one moving into college this weekend) was entering 2nd grade. That means that I have known this group of churchies (that is their name for themselves) since the first grade, how lucky am I? I have one of those seniors for you today and trust me, you're gonna love Tanya, she's awesome. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself.
Tanya has a variety of interests and talents, she is a regular on our church mission, she's a member of the soccer team, she has a wonderful voice and is not afraid to share it, she has been known to sing the National Anthem on occasion, beautifully, of course. And she's pretty good at this picture taking thing too, don't you think?
She is also really nice and such a sweetheart. I honestly have not ever heard a bad word about her from anyone, ever. In fact, she is so terrific that even the goats on the property couldn't wait to pose with her, they kept following her around!! Although that may have been because they were mesmerized by those beautiful blue eyes of hers!
Tanya's mother is from Ireland, by the way, I love talking to her, not only is she very warm and funny, she also has a great accent. Sorry, off on a little bit of a tangent there, okay I'm back now. Anyway, back to the Ireland connection, when we turned the corner to go to a different section of the estate, she stopped short and told me that the combination of the winding path, stone wall and field kind of reminded her of Ireland. Then Tanya added that she thought it symbolized the road to success. Yeah, either way, Ireland or road to success, I was not about to miss the opportunity to pose Tanya there. And to get some with her mom and her sister too!! It was nice because we had already gotten some of the three of them together earlier in the day.
Thank you, Tanya, I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I was when your mom asked me to take your pictures. It meant a lot to me to be invited to share a bit of your senior year, it truly was an honor and a pleasure. I wish you all the best this year and in the future. Godspeed and may all of your hopes and dreams come true! I'll certainly be rooting for you this year and in the future. I Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Tanya's pictures.
Olivia was originally supposed to take her pictures with Hannah and Jess but because of a family commitment, she had to move the time up a bit. This was unfortunate for the girls but it kind of worked out for me because that meant I got to spend some time just with Olivia. I had never met her before so it was nice to get a chance to walk around a bit and chat.
Olivia wants to be a special education teacher. Part of the reason for this is that her mom has been one for years and Olivia has seen how rewarding it has been for her mom to make a difference in the lives of some very special kids. I think that it is a good choice, I know from myself that back when I used to sub, one of my favorite classrooms to sub in were the special education classrooms. The kids have such unique viewpoints and personalities and each day that I spent in their presence gave me a new perspective on life.
Olivia is also the editor of the yearbook. Like Sam, I was especially nice to Olivia so that all of my submissions look good, ha, ha. I am just kidding, I am nice to all of my seniors. Anyway I am not worried at all, with those 2 in charge, I am quite sure that the yearbook will be fabulous. Now I just have to hope that I have given her a couple of good options to use for her own yearbook picture.
Liv and I wandered around the whole place before we met up with the girls. This particular park is so wonderful because there is such a wide variety of backgrounds and cool things to pose on. By the house, there are lots of rock formations including a rock couch and a fountain and down by the water, there are many natural wonders to pose by. Down by the water is where we were when Hannah and Jess showed up so we took a couple of group shots by the hunting lodge that is down there.
Thank you, Liv, for choosing me to capture these moments of your senior year. It was a pleasure to meet you and to spend some time with you. I hope that you have a wonderful senior year and I wish you all the best throughout the year and in the future. Take care and best of luck!
Talk about lucky, my shoot with Jess was at the same time as Hannah's and Olivia's. Actually it was Jess that set the whole thing up (although Jess and Hannah told me later that they wrote the emails together). I was very impressed that the girls handled everything themselves. I love to see this from my seniors, handling these type of things on their own, it is such good practice. Gaining a bit more responsibility and independence should be one of the goals of senior year. After all, before we know it, they will off on their own, right?
Jess is also a member of the same DECA team as Hannah, the one that earned themselves a trip to Florida. That's great because she is considering a career in business, she is not sure what but Hannah had some definite ideas about this. She thinks that Jess should pursue a career in the hospitality industry., I can totally see it, her sweet nature, not to mention her adorable, and winning smile, seems like a great recipe for success to me!
Jess is the only one of the girls that I met before the other day. Jess was on the same softball team as one of my daughters one year (actually, now that I think of it, it may have been more than one year, and it may have been more than one daughter, don't judge, there has been a lot to keep track of throughout the years, lol). Jess is still quite the athlete, she is one of the captains of the field hockey team this year and she is quite a force on the basketball court as well.
Jess and Hannah and Olivia worked it out so that they could have their pictures taken at the same time/ Becaise of a family commitment, Olivia had to move her time up a bit earlier but she was able to stay long enough to check in with Hannah and Jess, and take a couple of pictures together. After Olivia left, we got some of just Hannah and Jess.
Thank you Jess for sharing some of your senior year with me and providing me with the opportunity to meet your friends. Great job organizing it all!! I hope that you have a wonderful senior year and best of luck in all of your future endeavors. It has been a pleasure watching you on the softball field throughout the years and I hope that I have at least one opportunity to watch you and your field hockey teammates in action this year. Thanks again. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Jess's pictures.
So I mentioned in Kendra's post that it was pretty hot out on Sunday. Well apparently that was the start of a heat wave because Monday and Tuesday were even hotter. I don't know if it was technically an actual heat wave but when you are sweating no matter what you do, then really do you worry about technicalities? I certainly don't. It didn't seem to matter to Hannah on Monday afternoon whether it was a heat wave or not, she was great!
Hannah is a member of Stoughton High's DECA chapter. She, along with her friends, put together a SHS DECA video, an auction basket for the MDA, and helped increase local membership substantially. All of this won her and her teammates a trip to Florida. Hey that might have helped her prepare for our day together because did I mention that it was hot out? Okay it may not have been Florida hot but it was hot for around here! But again, not that you could tell that from Hannah, she was a real pro! Plus we did manage to find some shady spots and some spots by the water, and even some that were both!
At one point, Hannah and I ended up chatting about music. I told her that I really liked having the chance to catch a little of Taylor Swift when we picked up my daughter from Patriot's Place the night of the show. She told me that Bad Blood is currently her jam and I told her that I was just joking with my daughter the other day that Love Story is my jam. Although maybe I shouldn't have said that, I may have shown my age (ha, like that is the only way that I do that) since it came out in 2008 and Hannah was what? In 4th or 5th grade. Or maybe that just serves to show the staying power of Taylor Swift. Speaking of staying power...
Hannah's friends, Jess and Olivia also had their pictures taken at the same time. Well, Olivia ended up coming a bit earlier and having to run as soon as the others got there but we did manage to get some of the three of them altogether before Liv had to leave. Also in case you are wondering on how Hannah came to be posted first, I did my very scientific method, I went alphabetically of course. I also got some of just Hannah and Jess after Olivia left.
Thank you Hannah for choosing me to help you to capture your senior year. It was so nice to meet you, thank you for being such a good sport about the heat. You did a great job of not letting it bother you and making the best out of the situation. I wish all the best of luck on your senior year, good luck especially with DECA, keep up the good work! Hopefully I will have some more opportunities to work with you, and your classmates. Enjoy this year to the fullest. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Hannah's pictures.
Mckenzie, along with Darya, provided the perfect start to my week. I had never met either girl before last Monday, and that is totally my loss because they are awesome. They each had a little trouble finding the place, GPS tried to lead them astray by directing them the wrong way down a one way but that didn't dampen their spirit at all. If anything, it became yet another thing to laugh and joke about. Mckenzie was there first so we took a couple of her out front while waiting for Darya.
Mckenzie has a drive and determination about her that is pretty impressive. Just as an example, when I asked her about the Common Core essay questions this year, she told me that she had checked them out as soon as they were available, which just happened to be at midnight! That sense of purpose and tenacity will certainly serve her well in the field that she wants to go into, bio-medical engineering. Hopefully she will choose to go into research, I have a feeling that diseases won't stand a chance against her.
She is also an athlete, she plays field hockey. Judging by her sense of fun with Darya and her awesome smile, so warm and genuine, I would think that she would be a pretty great teammate. You know, quite a few of my seniors this year have been members of the field hockey team so I think that I may have to treat myself to a game or two this year. You all know how much I love keeping track of how my seniors are doing.
I am pretty sure that she brings her determination to the Destination Imagination team. Along with Darya, and Jamal from a few weeks back, Mckenzie is a member of the team that went to the Global finals this past year. She also designed a t-shirt that garnered enough votes to win a prize that helped the team raise money for the trip to Tennessee. She brought along her team DI shirt (a different one) to our shoot so we got some shots with it. We also made sure that we got some of the best friends and teammates together (having a few laughs, of course).
Thank you Mckenzie, it was a pleasure to spend a beautiful summer morning with you and a pleasure to help you to capture part of your senior year. Good luck on your senior year, and much luck in the future! I hope that you enjoy this year fully, between field hockey and your DI team as well as the rest of the usual senior traditions, it seems like it will chock full of fun and excitement. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Mckenzie's pictures.
Darya is hysterical, flat out hysterical. It was so much fun to spend the morning with her. Darya and her friend, Mckenzie (you will meet her later) met me early Monday morning and let me tell you, starting the week with these two was a great way to start. Laughter is always a good thing and these two made me laugh, a lot. We met a one of my favorite places in Canton, and we got started right away.
Darya is also really, really smart. Not that she told me that. The only thing that she really told me is that her list of colleges only included schools that were total reaches for her (they are not). Although she did mention that she thought the fact that she was born in Russia and immigrated here as a child would help her applications, she did not mention that she is near the top of her class. She left that to others to tell me. Monday was a full day for me and I ended up taking portraits for three seniors later that day and when I mentioned that I had taken Darya's pictures, every single one of them told me that she was really smart, like really, really smart. Plus she was smart enough to climb a tree in a way that I had never really seen before.
Darya is also a member of the Destination Imagination team that went to the global finals this year. Every time that I meet a member of this team, I am more impressed with them and their accomplishments. They are very dynamic and impressive bunch of kids. Plus all of the ones that I have met so far have been really nice.
She was also really, really good at getting her best friend, Mckenzie to laugh. I love some of the two of them together, just from the pictures, you can tell that they have a great friendship. I was so glad that they chose to do them together because it made the shoot so easy for me. I didn't really have to do anything because they made each other laugh which made it really fun for me! Mckenzie is also a member of the DI team so we made sure to get some of the two of them in their DI shirts. I love how they have their graduation year and name on the back.
Thank you Darya for choosing me to capture your senior year. I wish you much success in the future and I'm sure that you will achieve your dream of becoming a doctor. Best wishes for a wonderful senior year and best of luck to you and your Destination Imagination teammates. Here's hoping that it is as successful, and as fun, as last year was for you all. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Darya's pictures.
Kudos to Kendra for being awesome and for introducing me to a new spot. This has already been a banner year for new picture spots, so let's keep 'em coming!! Not only was the spot new but I had also never met Kendra before so I'll admit that I was feeling a teeny bit apprehensive before we met. Well, my apprehension was for naught because they both exceeded my expectations!! And you all know me, when it comes to expectations for my seniors, they are sky high (deservedly so, they are great!!). We met and started meandering around and honestly, it took Kendra about 2 seconds to warm up and pose like a pro.
Kendra was not only wonderful, she was such a trooper too! It was hot out, maybe not Miami hot, but pretty hot for around here and Kendra let me drag her all around the place. We hit benches, bridges, ponds, lots of trees (we liked those, the shade kept us cool), buildings and even the middle of the road. And Kendra just went along with it all with a smile on her face the whole time, and a fabulous attitude to match!
Kendra is considering going to school to be either a Physician's Assistant or a Physical Therapist, I can see her being a huge success in either field. She does play a sport now, she plays field hockey. Just a side note, it is funny how these things work, last year I had a bunch of band members and a bunch of kids that ultimately ended up in the top 10 of the class, so far this year, I seem to be getting a bunch of members of the field hockey team which has been great! Anyway I think that being an athlete will really help if Kendra decides to go into Physical Therapy, it seems like a lot of patients that a PT deals with are athletes so she will be able to understand where they are coming from. Although I am sure she will make a great PA too, actually I am quite confident that she will be a success, no matter what! She certainly made my Sunday morning a success!!
As I said, she chose the location for our shoot, she picked it because she has worked at a camp there for years and has always been struck by how beautiful it is. I am so happy that she chose it because not only was she right, it was beautiful, but also because I absolutely love it when a senior (or anyone) chooses a place that has meaning to them, it just gives the shoot more meaning, and certainly in this case, some beauty. Even the side of the road was beautiful here.
Thank you Kendra, it was such a pleasure spending a beautiful Sunday morning with you. Thank you also for showing me a new spot, you did a great job picking it out! And you were such a good sport about everything! I wish you all the best this year and in the future. By the way, whichever field you choose, PA or PT, they will certainly be lucky to get you. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Kendra's pictures.
Hello everyone, happy Monday!! I have a pretty busy week with lots of great seniors on the horizon so it should be a great week here on the blog. For today, enjoy this sneak peek. It was such a beautiful morning when I met with Kendra, beautiful girl, beautiful spot, beautiful morning, I really do have the best job ever!!
Samantha is one of those kids from my church that I have known, and loved, for what seems like forever. She is smart and funny and just a pleasure., She was also always a favorite of the house next door to them in Wareham, they planted a special garden together years ago. Of course, we made sure to take some pictures at the garden as well as lots of the other spots around the area. If you read Mikayla's post, you know this also means the shack! Sam was even more of a trooper than Mikayla, see Sam is deathly allergic to poison ivy and she still went it. We did scope it out beforehand and assure her that there wasn't any but still, it did look pretty sketchy!
Sam is the editor of the yearbook so I better be especially nice to her so that all of my submissions look good. No worries there, like everything else that Sam does, I am sure that it will be fabulous. Hopefully, I have given her a couple of options to use for her own yearbook picture.
Sam is quite the athlete, she has been the star of any sports team for as long as I have known her. But maybe her greatest accomplishment is in volleyball. Volleyball is not a sport that there are many opportunities to play growing up, well aside from the backyard and beach versions. Samantha got exposed to volleyball a little in middle school and liked it and decided to play when she got to high school. Not did she play, she made varsity as a freshman, on a team that ultimately went to the playoffs that year. All that hard work paid off in the long run too, she is the captain of this year's squad. Fortuitously, for me anyway, there is a volleyball net in the water at the house next door. We made sure to pose Sam there. And some other spots near the water as well.
Besides being awesome, Samantha also has another distinction, she was the first member of the Class of 2016 to book her pictures with me. She was first because her mom booked me back in 2011 when I shot her son, Brendan's pictures. That's right, Samantha is the sister of the one that got me started on this senior picture thing. Quite by accident, I happened to pose Samantha in the same exact pose as the one that Brendan chose for his yearbook. I had her sit on some steps and pose and we both realized at the same time that it was the same pose, pretty cool.
Thank you Sam, for sharing your family's gorgeous lake house, and your gorgeous smile, with me. It was such an honor and a pleasure to help you to capture some of your senior year. Best of luck with everything this year and I look forward to watching your success this year and in the future. I know that you will be success no matter what you do! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Sam's pictures.
You are in for a treat today because my senior for today, Mikayla is awesome. I took Mikayla's pictures with her friend, Samantha (who is also awesome) at the lake house in Wareham that has been in Sam's family for years. It was a beautiful setting for pictures, with pine trees, dirt paths and of course, the lake. But, and I hesitate to admit this, what caught my eye when I was driving by was an abandoned shack. I drove by it and hoped that the house would be close enough to walk back to it (it was) because I knew that it would make a great backdrop. Mikayla was such a trooper too, she walked right across the floor, if you can even call it that, to pose with some graffiti, now that's a great sport!!
We also did lots of pictures with other backgrounds too, and trust me, we had our pick of those.
Sam and Mikayla are on Student Council, as a matter of fact, they are serving as President and Vice President this year. I have to confess, I was having so much fun and so many laughs that I forget which is which. One thing that I do know is that they will do a super job. This will also be a good test for Mikayla, she is considering majoring in political science next year. We all know that there are few things in life more political than high school. And now that I think of it, high school is pretty much a science experiment as well!! I made sure to get some of the president and the vice president together. I also got some of Mikayla with her sister, Lauren. Lauren is an absolute doll and she was such a big help to us that day. She constantly made the girls laugh, and even held some branches back for me!
We took a break for a bit to have some snacks, and okay, a glass of wine or two, and just chatted and caught up which was a pleasure. I have known these families for years and I just love them. We go to the same church and all of their kids are just great. Mikayla and Sam (and Lauren) went on the mission this year and they are part of a group of kids that I am very happy and proud to see my own kids associate with. After we finished refueling, the light was just fantastic so of course, we headed back out to grab some final shots.
Thank you Mikayla, it truly was an honor to help you capture some of your senior year. Enjoy this year and all its wonderful traditions and moments. I wish you all the best this year and in the future. I just know that it will be a fabulous year for you, hopefully I will have some opportunities to capture some of it!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Mikayla's pictures.