Your senior picture: there it is, you just pulled it up in your mental image. Maybe it’s the one image you used for the yearbook or a series of your favorites from the session. But you’re thinking of an image. If I mentioned your 5th grade picture, you may be able to recall… or was that 7th grade? Our culture has placed great significance on senior portraits- Wikipedia claims it dates back to at least the 1880s in America. It makes sense, though. Childhood education takes up a huge part of our life… it practically IS our life for 12+ years! After senior year, a new life begins. A new daily normal. The possibilities are endless, and after 18 years of interests, education, and influences, it’s time to figure out what daily life will entail. By all definitions, senior portraits document a pivotal time in life, so it makes sense that they’re a big deal.

I realize that. I value it. Gus’s dad got me thinking about all of this when he mentioned he rented a tux for his senior portraits. Styles have maybe changed a touch. Whatever emphasis you put on your portraits, no matter how dressed up or dressed down you approach it, at least one of these pictures will stick with you for the rest of your life. For better or worse. I like to think Gus’s pictures are for better. Though he later stated to his dad that being a model is exhausting (there is truth in that statement, lol!), he followed prompts and kept loose and natural for some great images. I couldn’t resist throwing in one fun image as we walked by the play house I knew he played in since childhood, and stuffed him in the doorway for a memory of good times past. πŸ™‚ At least one of these images, I suppose, may show face time and time again in the years to come. I’m honored to have been able to capture it. Thanks, for being a great, tireless model, Gus! Whether it’s Moody Β or something else, keep your great, laid-back personality to follow God’s leading to whatever adventure awaits.

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