To the Graduate

To you, the recent graduate, first of all – congrats.

Congrats on the culmination of your hard work and grit. To the culmination of all-nighters, finals, group projects, research, papers & tests.

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Congrats for earning that degree you’ve been working on for years.

Congrats for  distinguishing yourself in a way that takes real dedication.

As you step out as a new alumnus or alumna of your institution, be sure to honor those years. Remember the fun you had, and the people you met. Remember the lessons you learned – those inside and outside of the classroom.

Think about the skills you’ve learned along the way, and all of the times you pushed yourself to accomplish something you weren’t certain you could achieve. Think back to the new-on-campus freshman you, the one who may look a bit different that the you who just walked that stage.

Take some time to really think about all of the ways you’ve grown, and the people who helped you get here. Think about those who pushed you forward, and those who pushed you down. Because really, they both fueled your fire & helped get you where you are.

Take a second or two to just really be proud of yourself. Graduation tends to be a time of celebration & then jumping into the next step – whether that’s a new job, a job search, or a graduate degree. Don’t jump right into the that next step without really thinking about what you’ve accomplished.

Then pack all those lessons on your back and hit the ground running to make the next phase one full of even more lessons learned, more growth, more accomplishments, and more fun. More bills, possibly, but still more fun.

To you, the recent graduate, congrats.

Senior Portraits – Allison

Allison, girl… you are such a beauty & I’m so excited to share your senior portraits!

Y’all, I’m serious when I tell you that the sunrise SFA shoots are starting to become some of my favorites! Campus is clear and cool, and the light? The light! It’s just beautiful!!!

We started out at the iconic SFA entrance just as the sun was coming up, and the light was almost as radiant as Allison was! She was killing it right away, and on top of being so easy to photograph, she was so easy to be around too! I am so lucky to get to work with the BEST Lumberjack grads!

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Allison, you’re stunning. Really.

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Love this one! And the message of “Have Courage & Be Kind” on her cap? LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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So pretty!! And those eyes? Gorgeous!

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This one’s a favorite for sure!

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Allison is a member of Traditions Council, so it was fitting to get some shots in front of the iconic Rusk Building steps too… & I’d say she makes that old building look pretty darn good!

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I’m telling you – having campus all to ourselves on those early weekend mornings is sooo sooo worth that alarm clock going off early!

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LOVE this one, Allison!!

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Y’all know I can’t resist a good SFA ring shot!

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Allison, congrats on your graduation! I know you’re going to do such a good job at Tanglewood, and it would be so fun if Peanut ended up in your class!

Thank you for being so easy-going and a joy to work with!! Enjoy every moment of the end of your SFA career & soak up every second of your graduation celebration. You’ve earned it!!!

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Senior Portraits – Cony

Y’all… this senior portrait session… so. good. First of all, I was so excited to get to photograph Cony because she was one of my amazing Orientation Leaders. Second, there are super fun personal details – including a superhero appearance. Third, Cony brought friends with her & all of us were cracking up throughout pretty much the whole shoot.

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Cony, you were killing it right off the bat! This is one of the first shots I took, and I LOVE this one of you!!

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I love this one too!!

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Ok so this was so fun… Cony mentioned that she’d sworn not to touch the SFA sign until it was time for her graduation, so I got to capture that moment for her! Loved that. And getting that detail shot of her SFA ring as she touched the sign? Even better!

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This was such a fun idea! The Spiderman cap was awesome enough, but then revealing the superhero attire under her gown? Perfection.

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One of my most favorite SFA traditions is decorating axe handles. We exchange them within the orientation staff, and it’s so fun to see what everyone comes up with. I love how this shot of Cony’s ring turned out tucked into the tulle bow on her axe handle!

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Y’all know I love a good laughing shot… and Cony, you did not disappoint! I think I’ll not mention (or show) what was going on behind me…

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SFA is seriously a gorgeous campus – especially in the spring time!

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Cony, you’re beautiful!!!

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I had to snag a shot of the entourage before we wrapped up the shoot! I seriously had a blast with y’all!

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Cony, I am so proud of all of the things you’ve accomplished during your time at SFA, and it’s been incredible to watch you grow into the leader you are! SFA’s a better place because of you, and I can’t wait to see what big things you accomplish next! Thanks for letting me be the one to take your pictures!