I went into this session thinking: “I am NOT a Senior Portrait Photographer!” I think those feelings might have something to do with the fact that I graduated over a decade ago, and I am far from being considered cool. Maybe “cool” among my peers (ha!) but certainly not in the eyes of a high school senior!
See, I was never “cool”. I’ve always been a nerd, and that hasn’t changed at all now that I’m a grown up. I’m not in the know as far as pop music goes, or what the hottest trends are this season. I’m more likely to be found listening to 30’s and 40’s classics and grabbing whatever is on clearance and fits off the racks at Target!
Thankfully, there was no need to feel awkward or too much of a nerd in front of this particular Senior. I have had the privilege of photographing her before last June in San Antonio, and didn’t feel the need to act like anyone but my own dorky self. And she graciously returned the favor by not trying to force herself into a look that wasn’t her own.
This is Jessica, and she graduated this week. She truly is genuine, kind, and not afraid or ashamed of being herself. She isn’t trying to be one of the cool kids by any means, which is something that I definitely admire!
I think she’s pretty rad in my book.
Congratulations, Jessica! I am so happy to know you, and wish you all the best next year as you begin your next journey.
You have one heck of a family standing behind you!
I must send out a very special ‘Thank You’ to the gentlemen of Evergreen Garden for allowing us to stop by for a bit after store hours! It was truly a pleasure photographing in the little nursery that I used to visit as a kid in my old neighborhood. Thank you!