senior gal

Those eyes.


Meet Sarah.


Sarah graduated a semester early and headed off to college a little ahead of her class. The last we spoke, she was considering pre-med.


{See, I told you. I’m surrounded by smart pretty people. :)}


We first met at a local park in mid fall, but the light faded fast, and we didn’t get as many shots as we had hoped….


{Sarah and her grandmother, Mrs. Dot. I’m so glad she met us there, and lovelovelove this picture of them!}


So we met again a few weeks later, and were able to capture some pictures with the beautiful fall colors.


This happened again this past fall… I met a senior for fall shots, but the sun dipped quickly behind our mountains, so we decided to meet again in the spring.

This has worked so well that I’m considering offering a “Split Senior Package”, where we would meet twice, for two shorter sessions.


Sarah was fun, spirited and willing to try anything I suggested, which always makes shooting pictures even more fun for me.


And, of course, there’s always the moments in-between that tell a little more about my senior’s personality…


like the way she pulls her hair up off her face…


or how she rolls her eyes…


or crinkles her nose when she laughs.

But by far, this one was my favorite… her confidence, her assuredness, her friendliness… all evident on her beautiful face.


It’s been two years {so hard to believe!}, and I have seen Sarah a few times… She’s still in college, working hard, following her dreams and enjoying life.

Which is  so perfect.

Thank you, Sarah, for trusting me with your Senior Portraits.


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male senior

Zach is my friend’s son,
and my son’s friend.

It’s what happens when you live in a small town.:)


Most of the young men I photograph come to their session as a gift to their moms, and not because they want the pictures themselves. I have to say, as the mother of two college-aged guys, I think this is a beautiful gesture.


The session usually starts out with a “Let’s get this done. And quickly!” attitude, but once they realize it doesn’t hurt, and it’s almost kinda-sorta fun, they relax and I can get some great shots.


I loved this session with Zach. Not only because I’ve known him since he was about 5 years old so we were comfortable together, and not just because I have SO so many fond memories that include him and his family {shall we talk soccer… or school… or field trips… or sleep overs… or wrestling matches… or xbox mega marathons… or… ?}… I loved this session because I felt like he was comfortable in his own skin, and these images really reflect that. These are the expressions I’ve seen hundreds of times before… and he was able to relax enough for me to capture them. You know, for his mom. 😉


{And yes, he graduated in 2013!}


It’s two years later and Zach is finishing his associate’s degree in computer technology/IT. He’s one of the smartest I’ve known, and not just academically. And he’s a great big brother, which is a beautiful reflection on how he was raised.


Zach, I wish you continued success as you pursue your dreams. It’s been a joy watching you grow up!


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my daughter left the world of dance last year,
on an invitation to play volleyball

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i was truly excited for her,
to play a team sport and to play for her school,
where she could make new friends,
and strengthen bonds with those she already had

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only problem was,
she hadn’t played volleyball since she was in early elementary school

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so she joined a travel team during her school’s off-season

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phoenix rising

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where she learned the game again

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‘got more touches’

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and made a bunch of new friends with lovely girls from our surrounding counties

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{they were delightful}

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{my lexi girl}

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i loved dance, and there’s a lot about it i miss… the discipline, the costumes and backstage excitement, the girls and dance-moms {and dads} from  our competitive team…

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but now we’ve extended our sports’ family, with new friendships

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and practice with a new discipline

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new skills

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for a new type of competition

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{and still, i sometimes catch her dancing}

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megan was such a delight to photograph…

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and she is a pretty remarkable athlete…

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megan was a gymnast/cheerleader who went all rogue soccer during her high school years. {imagine taking action pictures of an athlete like this? you can see some more of her images in my sports gallery.}

her action images can only be topped by her wholesome beauty.

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yes. quite the athlete with gorgeous legs to prove it.

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and right now, she’s dreaming of pursuing physical therapy, a profession near and dear to my own heart…

who knows. if i wasn’t a photographer, i just might be a physical therapist.
oh, wait. i am. 😮

i hope she finds as much joy in physical therapy as she has in soccer…

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… and that she always smiles like she did on this day, brightly and beautifully.


join me on fridays at my other home, Finding Serendipity for a photo link party


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sweetshot tuesday

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perhaps you recognize this young fella?

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he’s the star of my baby gallery

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and i think i just fell in love again

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but alas, his eyes say it all…

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he lOvEs his mama

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east tennessee baby photographer 10sometimes,
when my friends forget that we are at the park to take portraits,
and they begin to engage intimately with each other
forgetting that i am there
and my lens scoops up that thing that is completely real
i feel like i’m peeking in on something private,
something sacred

i am completely humbled

and honored

thank you for reminding me of that powerful, young love, mama

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  • Loretta - Patty these are amazing! What a handsome little boy! Great work as always…your love for photography shining through!ReplyCancel