It's always a little strange getting in front of the camera... especially when you've spent a lot of time behind it.
The last month has been a whirlwind, filled with 5:30 wake-ups, three-a-day shoots, finals and finishing up my internship at CBS. Finding the time for photos of myself was challenging, but so worth it.
There's nothing like an impending graduation (the 20th!) to make a girl a little sentimental. I've grown as a photographer in the last few months and I'm so grateful to my clients for putting their faith in me. It says a lot when someone trusts you to capture a moment they'll look back on for years to come. I feel like my photos are better, my process more streamlined, and my editing cleaner, absolutely, but most importantly, I feel more in-tune with the emotional significance of capturing important images for friends and strangers alike.
On that same sentimental note, when it came time for me and my BFF (and future TFA-educator, lawyer, justice?) Mary to have our photos taken, I promptly put my camera in the hands of friend Chesley McCarty. Chesley and I have known each other since I was 13 (yikes!) and it's so special that she was able to capture these moments for me. Being a photographer has made being a photographee so much easier - knowing to constantly move, knowing which angles capture well - but it's still a little nerve-racking, and I felt more at ease knowing Chesley was the one taking the pictures.
Below are my own graduation photos, and I look forward to sharing more from the many different shoots in the weeks to come!
You may notice that I'm wearing a bracelet of coins in this photo! My grandfather made these bracelets from his travels, and it's one of - if not THE - most sentimental thing I own. (Not to mention that these coins are from Europe pre-Euro - so neat to have a piece of history on my wrist!)