One of my favorite types of photo sessions are high school senior portraits. There is always so much energy and excitement as they are about to embark on this new chapter of life. I love to hear their dreams and plans and watch them light up as they tell me. I love to encourage them and share in their joy. It's so important to me in photographing seniors, that I look carefully over their pre-session questionnaire, planning their session uniquely for them. I want to capture their personality and who they are as much as I can, choosing poses that would come natural to them. I want them to feel beautiful and comfortable in expressing who they are.
I have done several senior portrait sessions lately, but the one I am sharing here is special. This is my girl…the one I carried in my very womb; the one I have watched in awe as she transformed from baby to child and from child to young woman. I am so thankful that she asked me to document this important year of her life and I feel overwhelmingly blessed by her friendship. I love her quiet, and sometimes not so quiet, confidence.:) I love that she is comfortable with who God made her and I love her passion for ancient history, her deep affections for classical literature, and her desire for travel and adventure. She reminds me of me at her age in many ways. She sees the horizon as endless and dreams attainable, no holding back. As I watch, I pray for her to not lose that drive in the face of the mundane and to continue to withstand the presence of fear, through her unmovable faith. It is a bittersweet season that I have been preparing for for years, by asking the more wise how they made it though it with grace and ease. As I think of the fact that this season has finally arrived, I know it won't be easy, but it is good and I know I have been forever changed since the day she made me "mom".