Jon and his mom picked me up last Sunday morning so that we could go take his pictures. I I have known Jon and his mom for years and they are such nice people. Jon's mom is one of the people that took a chance on me when I was just getting started and had me do senior pictures for her oldest daughter, Nicole. We wanted a totally different look for Jon than what Nicole had so we tried something different. Nicole's parents and I had ended up at the same cookout the day before the shoot and someone suggested behind the public library in Easton. I am so glad that they did because it was really pretty.
There were lots of cool spots to take in which was good because there was another photographer working over there. Photographers as a group are always very respectful of each other so Jon and I tried hard not to accidentally photo bomb someone else's pictures and worked away from where they were. We wandered around and posed near some ruins and then lo and behold, just happened to spot an old fashioned bathtub just sitting waiting for Jon to pose on it, which he graciously did.
Jon was not a big fan of getting his picture taken but he was a really good sport about the whole thing. Although he couldn't resist zinging me at one point. I have heard from his classmates that he is really funny and quick witted. Well I got a taste of the quick wit that's for sure. In the course of making conversation, I mentioned how painful the Red Sox season has been this year and quick as can be, Jon agrees while adding, "It's almost as painful as this!" Ouch! He's right though, I often say to people that I feel like a dentist sometimes because no offense to dentists, most people don't really like to visit them (that might be another severe understatement). And some people dread getting their picture taken almost as much as they dread going to the dentist, or maybe even more!
As much as I appreciated Jon's smiling efforts, I also liked his serious faces. He had a serious model face going in some of them!!
Jon is a very interesting guy with lots of different interests. He was pretty quiet with me and very reluctant to share his accomplishments. I had to hear it from his mother that he will be the president of the high school's DECA chapter. Much like Destination Imagination, I am not quite sure what DECA is all about. Funnily enough when I said this to Jon, he told me that he is also part of Destination Imagination and even he is not sure what it is all about sometimes. By the way, from their website, "DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe." This past year, Jon earned the opportunity to go to a national competition in Atlanta, the only student from Stoughton High to do so. As impressive as this is, I was even more impressed after I talked to Jon about his trip but for a somewhat different reason. Jon was able to bring 2 students with him and he chose one of his classmates as well as an underclassman. When I asked him why those choices, his reasoning for the underclassman struck me as mature and well thought out. He explained that he thought that it would be a good experience for the younger student and it would keep him excited and enthusiastic about DECA and would serve to help lay the foundation for the future of DECA. Wow, what forward thinking. Actions speak louder than words and Jon's action spoke to his leadership skills. Skills that will certainly come in handy when he pursues a career in business, which is what he is contemplating.
Thanks to Jon and his mom for having faith in me once again to share a senior year. I am just sorry that you are out of kids, ha!! Jon, I know it was not your idea of the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning but you were a good sport and made the best of it, even if it was as painful as this endless Red Sox season. I wish you all the best this senior year with DECA and Destination Imagination, and your swimming (oh, I was caught up in Jon's other accomplishments, I forgot to mention, Jon is a varsity swimmer) and of course, with school. I hope that you have a fantastic senior year and good luck in the future. I'll be looking for updates from your mom. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Jon's pictures.