Whenever I mention to my daughter, Kate, that I am working with or have heard from a senior from our town, she invariably tells me how nice they are. She always sees the good in everyone and if someone is consistently nice to her, then she likes them. For the record, I am not going to take pictures for any senior that Kate does not have a nice thing to say about (luckily it hasn't happened yet but don't let it be you, ha!) That said, I rarely hear Kate speak as highly of someone as she did of Ashley. When I told her that I had heard from Ashley's mom, Kate couldn't help raving about how nice Ashley was. "Like, really, really nice, Mom!" And you know what?? She was right (I guess besides being really smart, Kate's also a pretty good judge of character). Ashley was really nice and pretty and such a sweetheart. All in all, the perfect senior to spend a beautiful Friday afternoon/evening with.
By the way, Kate is not the only person that thinks that Ashley is just the best, either. While making conversation with Ashley, I asked her which elementary school she had attended. When I used to sub, I had spent a lot of time in the one that she gone to and I know a lot of the teachers there so I immediately asked her who her favorite teacher was. When I got home, I sent a message to Ashley's favorite, telling her what Ashley had said. Here's what I got in response, "Ashley was one of my all time favorites. Such a great girl!" And when I posted her sneak peek, this same teacher wrote, "My beauty." I totally agree with both assessments!
Ashley told me that she loves to write and that she would like to be an English teacher one day. She also told me that she has written stories that have won awards. Joking around, I told her that come winter, I may contact her to see if I can put one of her stories on my blog. I was kidding (sort of) but really how much of a win/win would this be?? I get a blog post (sometimes it is hard to think of things to write about) and Ashley gets to share her stories. Ooh, I think that I am onto something here!!
As we were shooting, I asked Ashley and her mom if they were game for finishing up our shoot at a different location. As much as I love the location that we were in, I find it to be pretty dark towards the end of the day and you all know me, I am all about the light!! And since Ashley and her mom were awesome, they said yes, of course!! I am so glad we did because not only was the light wonderful but there was a picnic table there. Surely, you all know what's coming?? Yup, you're right, Ashley was more than happy to pose on it for me!.
Besides the picnic table, there was also a lifeguard stand and an overturned row boat, how cool a spot is this??
Thank you, Ashley, for allowing me to be a part of your senior year It was an honor and a pleasure to spend a beautiful Friday afternoon with you and your mom. After spending some time with you, I can totally see why Kate raves about you!! I hope that you have a wonderful senior year and I wish you much success in the future. I am sure that someday I will see your work in print but if I somehow miss it, I know that you will be making your mark on future writers anyway!! And you might want to think about taking pity on a photographer with 4 teenagers and a blog to write every day and send her one of your stories once in a while, just saying. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Ashley's pictures.