Q: What is your strongest memory from your senior session?
A: I remember how spontaneous it was. I was freaking out because of the weather and I thought we were going to have to reschedule or just take some mediocre photos, but I ended up having so much fun chasing clear skies with you and you have no idea from the pictures that the weather was being so weird! Driving across 520 with the waves coming over the side was definitely something special.
Q: Did you get homesick? And how did you deal with homesickness?
A: I didn't get nearly as homesick as I thought I would. I remember I was mad at my parents because they were planning on dumping me off at school and then flying off to Germany like 2 days later, and I felt like they were just completely abandoning me down here on my own, but the first few days of college are so jam-packed and it didn't take long for me to find my stride and place here. Now I get homesick for Davis when I go back to Seattle!
April 28th 2017
Alyssa was one of my senior models for 2016. Now, she's off adventuring life in California and absolutely loving it. Alyssa came back to visit Seattle and during this time asked if I could do a Post-Senior shoot! I loved picking Alyssa's brain about the new college life, and her thoughts about her own senior shoot.
I shot Alyssa's senior photos so we knew we wanted something different. Something a little older now that she has entered college. Catching up with Alyssa was such an honor, and I was seriously so excited to receive her inquiry request.
Q: You just graduated from highschool, and moved away into another state - how is that?!
A: It is everything I could have hoped for and more. I've found my people in Davis and it's something I'm so grateful for: never have I felt more loved or at home than when I'm here in cow town.
Q: What is something you did not expect about college?
A: I was really shocked by how much control you have over your own life. I went from feeling very stuck in my ways: the hobbies I pursued, the people I hung out with, the sports and clubs and activities I did as a routine, to being able to pursue whatever I wanted to whatever degree I wanted. I never realized how complacent you can become in things that aren't you just by manner of being in a routine with them. Now the only way I continue something is if I'm completely in love with it: the people in my life, the sports I play, the clubs I join and even the classes I take are all because of passion and interest, not obligation. I'm glad I was given the chance to jog myself into this discovery, and college is the perfect place to do it.
Q: How was the shoot different than you expected?
A: Having shot with you before I felt really prepared for what was coming. I think the most unexpected was how you read my mind on what I wanted for the shoot: yes it was about my hair, but even being just a year older than I was for my senior photos you knew how to modify so it wasn't a re-do of my senior shots. I felt more mature and almost more collaborative this time, and I loved the direction you steered us.
Alyssa's hair was a big importance for her, for this shoot. She had just decided she was going to chop it all off, and wanted to photograph it one last time.
Alyssa, thank you so much for allowing me to not only photograph you once, or twice - but now, three times. You're a beautiful, kind spirit and I appreciate your words about college so much and your experiences. I can't wait to keep up with your adventures. <3
Thanks for reading!
Currently booking sessions for June 2017, July 2017, and on!