I’ve been so excited to share this session! I photographed Cheyenne for the first time when she was in middle school … its hard to believe she is graduating! The years keep passing by and the gap between my age and the kids I photograph keeps widening. I find myself saying things like “when I was in HS” and “oh, yea, when I played basketball” … I’m thinking I need an intervention. I’m totally turning into that lady.
The truth is that it does just feel like yesterday and I’m as excited for the seniors I photograph as they are for themselves, to embark on this new adventure after high school. I love to ask them what their plans are, what they hope to do or be … and then I love to keep up with them through social media and see how those plans change … because ohmystars, how our plans change! Can I get an amen? Anyone?? Just like organic chemistry changed my plans of being a pychiatrist in a hot second 🙂
Regardless, it brings me a lot of joy to witness their excitement and even more joy to watch closely as the Moms are all working so hard to complete their current role as Manager before transitioning to a new role in their child’s life … from manager to consultant. Someone gave me that analogy recently and its so fitting. Tiffany, Cheyenne’s mom, seems to be doing a wonderful job at being a trusted consultant already. I think its part of what makes their relationship so sweet – like she believe in Cheyenne’s decisions and is there as a sounding board to guide her to make her own choice. I hope I can get there as a mom one day.
I love the senior portrait experience and I love to facilitate a special moment between moms and their “babies“. Cheyenne’s session was just one of those special sessions for me. I hope that when my little ones are seventeen, they are half as sweet and polite as Miss Cheyenne. Here are several favorites from our time together. Doesn’t she just exude joy and life and a vibrancy and all things lovely?! I love love her smile – its as infectious as her laugh!
… and sometimes cute boyfriends come along for the adventure and we use them as a prop! I mean, tell me this isn’t a sweet as can be?
… at the very end, I really wanted to capture Tiffany and Cheyenne together. We laughed that we would make her hang it on her wall at her dorm next year. Ever since her session, I’ve been doing this with all my sessions and its becoming one of my very favorite things. I can’t even imagine what it will feel like when my oldest heads off to collage, but I know that no matter what I look like the day of her senior session, I will want an image of us together to remember that sweet time.
Now, if I looked liked Tiffany, it would be a total no-brainer!
… and I really want to share what Tiffany wrote after our session. When I read this, I cried like a baby. It really validates why I do what I do and her words meant so much to me. Here’s a portion of what she had to say …
“The day of the senior session was so much fun for everyone. My favorite part of the entire process was sitting down together and watching the final photos that had been put together in the slideshow presentation! If you are looking to make a memory with your senior that will last a lifetime, then having Crystal take your Senior photos is a must. This is one of the most important moments in Cheyennes life and our family will always be so grateful to be able to look at her portrait hanging in our home. Words cannot describe how beautiful our memory is of the session day and how great it is to have those moments captured forever!
Crystal, Thank you for listening to what this mama was looking for when we spoke on the phone before Cheyenne’s session day. I knew that when our family looked at her senior portrait, we wanted to see the real, sweet spirited young lady that warms our home each and every day. You captured that for us and more!”
Do I not have the absolute best clients ever?! Big love to these two ladies.