With the girls heading off to three separate colleges spanning the length of the state, they decided to do a last minute "off-to-college" session, giving each of them personal and professional photos to line their dorm walls. It was my joy to create portraits of who they are right now as they step into that next chapter of their lives. Together since preschool and elementary school, these girls have history which made the session fun and breezy. We picked the always tranquil Trestles beach and as we walked the long trail to the sand we found little places to make portraits. AND, the clouds were amazing that evening. Nature telling them all..."The sky's the limit girls! Go off and conquer the world!"
It's going to happen whether I like it or not. The class of 2016 will graduate this year and my baby will walk across that graduation stage with her friends and classmates. To be quite honest, it kind of snuck up on me.
When she started kindergarten, my friends and I laughed as we thought of a 2016 graduation date. It felt so far off...like an Orwellian prediction or back-to-the-future moment. And now it's here. She's applying to colleges, filling out financial aide forms and ordering cap and gown. In less than six months, she will graduate, so we are planning her senior portraits.
As the child of a photographer, she gets her photo taken more often than most, but this all-important milestone moment is almost too big for me to handle. We keep talking about it, planning what she might wear and where we might go, but to take the step of actually taking camera in hand and making her senior portraits...
Well, the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. We will do it, yep. But maybe not today. When we do though...it will be great. The photos will document who she has grown up to be, that kind, smart, spiritually centered young woman, who knows herself. I'm so proud of her.
So for now...I will share a few photos I've taken along the way and soon I will share her senior portraits...just not today.