What a love Brianna is!! So sweet and such a trooper. It was a bit gloomy the day that we met and Brianna was fighting off a cold but neither of those could stop Brianna, she totally rocked our shoot!! And not only did she power through our shoot, she also wanted to extend it. The camp that she has worked for the past couple of years is right down the road from us. After getting permission from the camp director, she asked me if I would mind heading over there for a couple of shots. You all know my feelings on requests from seniors, anything (within reason, ha) that will make a shoot special to a senior is a generally quick yes from me.
Oh, what a beautiful girl Nicole is. Not that it is surprising, beauty runs in her family. And I know this firsthand because I have been lucky enough to take pictures for a couple of Nicole's cousins, Ashley and Alyssa over the past few years. Cousins who also happen to be the daughters of one of my dear friends, Lynda, What made Nicole's shoot even better for me is that Lynda came down for it, stunning girl, beautiful day, gorgeous setting and a wonderful friend? How can life get any better than that??
It was such a pleasure to meet with Mackenzie and her mom on a beautiful Saturday morning. I had never met Mackenzie before but coincidentally I happened to stand right behind her mom the Monday before our shoot. Construction is underway for a new high school in town and parking at the existing one is at a premium so parking passes were being issued by number. My son had a camp for the varsity football team and had to board an early bus and Mackenzie was in Indiana visiting her dad the day that sales for passes began . Too bad that I didn't know it was her mom that day or we could have made the most of our time in line but at least it gave us something in common to chat about during our shoot.
Meet Alex, Alex is the latest in my line of amazing seniors that I had a chance to work with this year. You all are in for a treat today, you are not even going to believe how accomplished and talented Alex is. Plus creative, too. The pose for the last picture of this group was Alex's brainchild. She told me about her vision as we were walking around, really all that I had to do was keep an eye out for a couple of trees placed together with the right light, the rest was all Alex. And it worked to perfection, didn't it?? Pretty cool, and, pretty girl!!
I really loved getting a chance to work with Lisa, she is awesome. I knew Lisa a little before our shoot, my daughter, Kristen and Lisa were on the same softball team a few years back and she has always seemed like such a sweetheart. I welcomed the opportunity to get to know her a little better. I am so glad that I had that chance, what a fun time we had. She was a great sport, so much fun and so very pretty!!
What a handsome guy Connor is. And not only handsome but so nice and personable. Like exceptionally. Actually during the course of our time together, we got to talking about his dad and how nice and smart and in general, what a great guy he is. Connor told me that people don't always realize it because he is so quiet especially when compared to his mom. Connor seems to have gotten great traits from both of his parents, nice and smart like his dad and nice and personable like his mom. I know his mom and let me say, that is a good thing, a really good thing. His mom is such a genuine, kind person and so is he! Always friendly and positive and really just all around a nice guy (and let's not forget, handsome)!!
Lauren, oh my goodness! It is funny, one of my sister-in-laws always called my daughter, Kristen, goodness because she thought that she was so sweet. I feel the same way about Lauren, she is just goodness. She is the nicest, friendliest, most optimistic kid that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And I think that everyone that I know feels the same way, whenever I mention her name, the person invariably will reply, "Oh I love Lauren." I feel the same exact way, I just love her and it totally brightens my day whenever I hear that familiar, "Hi Mrs. Jolley!"
What a delight Emily was. And how funny that I had back to back Emilys and both of their last names started with L? It was such a pleasure to spend a beautiful summer morning with Emily and her mom, such a great way to start a summer day. I had never met Emily before, she was referred to me by Amanda, one of my awesome seniors from last year. One of the things that I love about this gig is when I get to meet really nice people. Emily and her mom certainly qualified, they were both sweethearts, and a lot of fun to spend time with.
It seems like all of my revelations and changes come around at the end of the summer/beginning of fall. 6 years ago, I asked my friend if her son would possibly let me take his senior pictures. Photography was my hobby and passion at that time and I wanted to see if I had what it took to explore the senior picture market. 2 years ago as I prepared to send my oldest off to college, I made the fateful decision to offer to help my friends run a chapter of Girls on the Run at our school. By the way, fateful, and with the notable exception of saying yes to my husband, one of my very best decisions!
Well this fall has brought another epiphany , I have decided that it is time for me to take a step back. The past couple of months have been a total roller coaster, my oldest began a year of study abroad in Europe, my second daughter, and second in command here at eMotional Memories, began her freshman year of college (as much as I miss her personally, I may miss her even more professionally, she has a great eye and has been a huge help these past few years), my son started his senior year, and his senior football season and I had a significant personal milestone of my own. All of which are amazing blessings for our family but at the same time have made for a slightly overwhelmed me. So I have decided to take control of the one thing that I can take control of and that is how much work I have been putting in. I love all of my seniors so it is impossible for me to give any one of them less than 100% but 100% is getting harder and harder to sustain especially when I find myself wanting to explore other things, including a way to bring photography back to a place in my life where is just fun again.
It goes without saying that I will honor all of the commitments that I have already made and that I will give all my remaining work the same 100% that I have given in the past. However, I will not be taking on any new jobs until further notice. Thank you all for all of your support and encouragement and love throughout the years!!
This is one of those easy/difficult posts to write. Easy because Emily is my awesome niece so I have plenty of wonderful things to say about her but difficult because I don't want anyone to think that I am gushing. Actually you know what? I don't care what you think, just kidding, mostly I do care but I don't care if you think that I am over the top. Isn't that what aunts are for? To be over the top about how awesome their nieces are!! Not to mention, how naturally pretty they are!
It was so good to see Rendi and to get to spend the morning with her, her dad and her boyfriend, Matt. Rendi is another one of those seniors that went to elementary school with my kids. I don't know Rendi all that well but I have always found her to be really friendly and pleasant and of course, oh so adorable. And, as you can see, very fashionable. I loved her outfit choices, they were on point!! And they covered a variety of looks which I love because it gives lots of options. I thought Rendi looked positively stunning in all of her choices.
Oh, this guy, can't really even put into words how awesome I think he is. He is a really impressive young man but even more than that he is truly a nice guy. And so friendly. He always makes a point to come over and say hello every time that I see him, he has even been known to shout "Hi, Mrs. Jolley!" from across the parking lot on more than one occasion. He is just such a great guy, and handsome too!! Pretty fashionable as well!!
It was such a pleasure to get a chance to meet, and work with, Bernadette. She was an absolute sweetheart, and just adorable. Bernadette, or Bern as her family and friends call her, lives pretty far away from me but she was kind enough to travel down to my neck of the woods for our shoot. I am so glad that they did too because there are a bunch of great spots at the park that we ended up at.
Oh my, what a doll, and a pleasure, Meghan was. Not only that but Meghan and her mom, Katie definitely earned my most flexible and cooperative award for this year. Or they would have, if I gave out such awards. The weather the day that we met was very unsettled but because of all of our schedules, rescheduling wasn't the most viable option. By the way, when it comes to rescheduling for weather, I will offer my opinion and advice but I leave the final decision up to the senior, they are the ones that have to live with the pictures, after all. Anyway, when I checked the weather around noon that day, I saw that the likelihood of rain was going to jump from 25% at 3:00 to 75% at 5:00. I quickly sent Meghan a text asking her if she could meet at 3:00 instead. She is awesome so of course, she said yes. I am so glad that she did too because I went out to dinner with one of my friends right down the road from our shoot and it started pouring out, at exactly, you guessed it, 5:00.
We got the perfect day for Amanda's pictures. I was so happy because if anyone deserves a perfect day, it is Amanda. She is such a wonderful young lady, so sweet and kind, and oh, so naturally pretty!! When Amanda and her mom picked me up that morning, I was in my glory. Weather wise, it was one of those mornings that everyone else hates but `photographers dream about. It was overcast but the sky had such depth and presence. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not the only kind of day that I get geeked up about. As a matter of fact, I hesitate to proclaim one type of day better than another because each type of day is special in its own way (oooh, can you tell that I work at an elementary school??)