In this calendar year I've taken eight senior portraits and came away impressed by these young people (does saying young people make me sound old?). While this group is trying to figure out exactly what their next step will be, they seem to be ahead of the curve in knowing who they want to be and how they want to live their lives. It has been 19 years since I was a senior in high school (whoa) and in recent years the 'who I want to be' and 'how I want to live my life' have become much clearer, but having that mindset as a younger person would have been extremely valuable.
In addition to having a great mindset this group has invested their time into life shaping experiences; they've traveled extensively, learned languages, participate in a variety of sports, they sing, play instruments beautifully, participate in theatre, care for animals, they care for their family friends, and seem to have a pretty good time doing it. I've come to realize that when it comes to your time (and money), experiences and relationships are worth investing in, and I think these "kids" get it.
Okay, enough talk: here are some of my favorite pictures of the seniors. All Vermonters, mostly Randolph Union High School, but also Williamstown, Burr & Burton (Manchester), and Sharon Academy.
Ella (TSA - Ella actually graduated in 2015, but we took her pictures just a few days before graduation)
Natalie (Burr & Burton)