Downtown Frederick. A crisp, autumn evening. An hour before sunset. All of the ingredients for an amazing senior portrait session. Add to the mix a beautiful, bright-eyed young lady who is off to a great start of her senior year. Senior year. How is it possible? It seems like yesterday that she was at freshman orientation, right? And for Mom and Dad, the realization that their firstborn is soon going off to college is all too real. I know the feeling well. My son, also my firstborn, is a senior this year and about to go off to college, too.
That night in Downtown Frederick, I enjoy talking with Carolyn about her future plans. Her eyes light up as she tells me she wants to study engineering. I'm impressed with her candor and her strong work ethic that clearly has gotten her to this point. She's excited about all of the things most young senior girls are excited about early in the year. Homecoming. Finalizing her college choices and getting those applications in before the deadline that was coming up. Perhaps visiting a few more colleges while there's still time.
Fast forward a few months and the excitement builds as graduation draws near. Graduation announcements have been mailed. Senior night is this week. Prom dress has been picked out. Flowers have been ordered. Those raw emotions that have been building up all year long are coming to a head. Soon it will be graduation night. Then college orientation. Who will my roommate be? Will they like me? Will I like them? Move in day. The transition from being the big "man on campus" as a high school senior (woman in this case) to a college freshman. Everything is new. Everyone is older and seems to have the college thing figured out. IT. IS. SCARY. Frightening even. But it's also the most wonderful time in your life. A time for self discovery. For new friendships to be made. Learning to take more risks. Learning to live on your own. Becoming your own person. This is the time you've been waiting for. And Carolyn, I have no doubt in my mind that you will ROCK this next chapter. Be true to yourself. Never be afraid to take a few risks. And ENJOY the ride. You've earned it!
Kathy White has been photographing seniors for the past three years and is an area she has worked hard to specialize in. Getting to know each of her seniors in order to capture their personalities in a natural way is very important to her. Creating an EXPERIENCE, not just capturing beautiful photographs, is what Kathy strives to do for each of her clients. "I want my clients to look back on their senior portrait session and remember how much fun we had. How much we laughed. I want it to be a positive experience. And I love hearing from former clients how the experience was just that. It's why I do what I do!"