Go ahead and say bad things about me if you want to. YES… I’m still behind the curve posting some of my favorite senior portraits for the class of 2012, but just like writing Thank -You Notes, late is WAAAAAAYYYYYYY better than not at all.
And when I think about Erin and her amazing family, I have TONS to say THANK YOU for. You see, when I was just thinking about getting serious about photography, Erin’s mother was the VERY FIRST person to show her faith in me by hiring me to take her older daughter’s senior portraits.
At that time, I was the ever-present mom with a Canon Rebel at every cross country meet that our high school participated in. Yes, I was there to photograph my son, but HECK, his team had about 70 great kids and I shot them ALL…. Over and over and over. Then I got a web-site and sold the action prints for pennies a piece. I think I GROSSED $29. 34 that year. It wasn’t going to replace the day-job. It wasn’t even going to pay for the web site, but it was a start and I was having the time of my life.
I offered to take senior portraits for all the kids graduating that year . . . but Erin and Hollie’s SWEET SWEET SWEET mother was the ONLY one who took me up on the offer.
And I felt GUILTY accepting her check.
We’ve come a very long way since those days. I’ve invested heavily in my love of photography, participating in classes and seminars every chance I get. and upgrading equipment and my studio sets one piece at a time.
To this day, I still learn something new every time I take on a new assignment, and I’m always thinking about what will make the next session better than the last. .
In fact, when I look at the photographs from my first paid session, I wish I could get a do-over — or at least wish I could offer big sister a do-over
— HEY! THinking while i blog is DANGEROUS, but I’m saying PUBLICLY that when Erin’s sister Hollie is in town and has a couple of hours to spare, (Yes she has already graduated from college and has a successful and EXCITING career) we are going to have to get together so we can absolutely ROCK the lens like never before.
But . . . go ahead and say MORE bad things about me. Really. I deserve it. This is NOT about my first shoot with Erin’s sister.
THIS is about ERIN. My BEAUTIFUL RED-HEADED senior/graduate, who will soon be a GORGEOUS Kansas Jay-Hawk.
Did you know I secretly (my heart almost expects them to show up for Christmas dinner) adopt EVERY red-haired girl who comes to my studio.
RED ROX! Don’t you think? — I SURE DO! Especially when they are as lovely as Erin.
Congratulations, Erin on your graduation from Taylor High School. Best of luck to you as you head north this fall. ROCK CHALK!