The beauty and challenge of being a photographer is getting to document the milestones of your own children. Truly, it is a blessing....truly. Senior photos are no different. Of course, from the point of view of the senior; I'm sure it seems the sessions are never ending. We started our senior sessions last year on vacation. We were in the stunning Smokey Mountain National Forrest, and in anticipation we packed the button down shirts for the trip. It was a little hot, but I think worth it. Please don't ask the teenager his opinion. It was all good for the first fifteen minutes or so, but became exceedingly less desirable as time wore on. Yet, I believe we were all happy with the results!
We even made, I mean let the little brother take a few.
The rest of the time I really wanted to indulge Zach and give him what he wanted. That meant I had to suffer through the scruffy beard and grunge....it was a struggle, but I did my best.
And of course more, with a different guitar....
His favorite slam poet....
and then I got to indulge myself a bit.
Much to his pleasure our sessions are done (I think), but the milestones continue. I was proud to get to observe and video Zach's senior project. He presented on the importance of history preservation to the Board of Directors of the Reno County Museum. I was honored to get to listen and Zach did a fantastic job. The curator offered him an internship, as did several of the board members; definitely a proud mom moment. Pictured below are all the pieces of personal history he brought from home.
Afterward, Zach got to tour the storage areas of the museum!
I would say we've come a long way, I look forward to the journey of the next month with dread, wistfulness, hope....so many emotions that words can not portray.