Lakeland High School

Skylar- Class of 2018

If you have been following along here for awhile you know that I love all things summer. I love the beach, and being in the sun, I love boating and hiking and all of the activities that come along with summertime in Michigan. Now I have one more reason to love summer. Senior season.

I hope I don't sound like a broken record, but senior sessions are so. much. fun.  I get to meet confident, kind young adults like Skylar.  I get to hear about their dreams for the future and chat about all of their current interests and passions.  Each high school senior is so unique and I love hearing what makes them who they are. For Skylar that is being on the basketball team, hanging out with her friends, and being an older sister.  

Skylar is confident, outgoing, and joyful.  She shared with me about enjoying her senior year and also making plans for college next year.  Senior year brings so many fun milestones and I have to say I was getting a little nostalgic hearing her talk about homecoming, attending football games, sleepovers with friends and planning a senior trip.  So fun!  Have the most wonderful senior year, Skylar!

Madison- Class of 2018

Senior season is in full swing over here! For the past few weeks I have been meeting seniors for evening sessions at different parks and downtown areas around Metro Detroit.  It has been so much fun to see all of their personalities shine through during their sessions.  Madison is a part of my senior rep team so I was so excited to finally meet her in person.  We had to make a last minute change to her shoot location because of a concert in the park where we planned to shoot, but thankfully she just rolled with it.  And I have to say, I ended up loving our backup location even more than our original choice!  Madison was so easy going during the day as we texted back and forth, reworking our plan for the evening, and that relaxed personality flowed right into our shoot. 

We started our session in downtown Northville.  Madison told me about her plans to pursue a degree in teaching following high school, and how she is spending her summer working in a shop in downtown Milford.  Madison's mom came along for the session and it was fun to see the two interact.  I remember my own senior pictures, and picking out my outfits and going to the shoot with my mom. It is such a special experience to share.  We headed to Maybury State Park for the second part of Madiosn's session.  The sun was just setting over the trees and it created the prettiest light over the whole park.  

My favorite moment of the shoot came when we got to Maybury and Madison's mom got really quiet behind me.  Madison kindly asked her mom if she was alright.  While Madison and I had been joking around and getting Madison posed, her mom was tearing up behind me.  She shared that she was just taking in that Madison was actually graduating and that she looked all grown up.  I came home and shared the story with Ted and we started talking about how your senior pictures are really the first big event that kicks off your senior year.  How fun is it that, I get to share that moment with seniors and their parents? I don't take one moment of being a part of this experience for granted, because I know how special these memories are.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your senior year, Madison!

Riley- Class of 2018

If we haven't had a shoot together, let me explain to you how each session starts.  We meet one another, typically for the first time actually meeting in person, and then we spend a few minutes getting to know each other.  From there I let clients know what they can expect from the session.  I let them know that it may take a few minutes for them to get comfortable in front of the camera, but that is okay, it happens to everyone.  From there we start shooting and within 10-15 minutes clients have loosened up and are ready to take the photos they will really love.  The ones that are comfortable and natural.  

Well, that is not how it went with Riley!  I let her know that it was okay to feel a little unsure at first, but that feeling would go away.  And right there, first shot, I was like dang girl, we don't have to worry about those 10-15 minutes we usually take to get comfortable!  She was instantly comfortable in front of the camera and naturally posed, smiled and giggled her way right through her session.  I later learned that she is on the cheer team and does theater at her high school, so that might explain how comfortable she was!

We spent our evening together in Detroit, doing parts of her session at both Belle Isle and the Z Parking Garage.  Both are such incredible locations and I loved all of the unique spots we were able to find to help showcase Riley's personality.  Can we talk about those skyline views at sunset with her sassy attitude- absolutely my favorite photographs from her session! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of celebrating your senior year, Riley! 

Margie- Class of 2017

Margie was seriously a dream to work with.  She arrived to her senior pictures a little unsure of the whole thing.  Then she opened up the back of her car's trunk and showed me the outfits she brought, we started getting to know each other, and everything fell into place.  I am in love with her sense of style and how unique her outfit choices were.  And not to mention all I really had to do was mention a certain someone's name and she broke out in the biggest smile. 

I hope I don't sound like a broken record over here, but senior pictures are seriously becoming some of my favorite sessions and this one is up there on the top of my favorites list.  It was such a carefree shoot with Margie's mom and little sisters joining us as we wondered around the park, through downtown Milford and then ended up on Walled Lake just as the sun was setting.  I got into the car to head home after her session and could not wait to get started on editing the pictures- I knew they were going to be stunning.

The reason the finished images are so stunning is because of Margie's kindhearted, easy going personality.  She didn't take herself too seriously and would naturally fall into the most beautiful poses.  She is one of those ladies that just doesn't realize how absolutely stunning she is, and that type of humility is hard to come by.   She is going to rock out her senior year and beyond, and the next time I see her family for a family session I cannot wait to hear about all of the excitement in her life.  Congrats, Margie!