In a recent discussion with a friend, we spoke about why a parent would purchase or seek out a senior portrait photographer.
The senior year is a turning point in a young person’s life. This year is filled with study, and direction. That young person starts to find their way, and they realize that their life is about to change. They are on the brink of discovery, and that discovery is adulthood.
I have been so fortunate to share this experience many times over the last few years. I have watched the junior class move into Senior-dom.. and I get to witness the changes that happen throughout that year of maturing.
The Senior Portrait is a capture of your child at that moment. That moment before they leave your home.. … for good. College days are looming quickly, and once that young person steps out of the door, they are forever changed.
They go from being your child, to becoming that person who is quickly independent of you. The nucleus of their family becomes college friends. The days of childhood have come and gone, and you suddenly realize that your child is now no longer truly yours. They belong now to the world.
The last formal portrait of your precious being should be artfully and gracefully produced. It should capture them as they are in this moment. It should be flavored with all the traits of your soon to be young adult.
I tell my clients, that this is the last professional portrait you will see until that wedding day.
I am humbled every year by the parents who choose me to capture these wonderful memories..