Well, this is the new “project” I am revealing, though to be fair I don’t know how much of a project it’ll be. I am branching out a little bit in my portrait work, beyond families and couples/engagements, and into what’s commonly known as “Senior Portraits”.
What are Senior portraits? Well, in its essence, Senior portraits are simply high school grad portraits – pictures taken during your senior year (as per the American way of describing high school years, or simply grade 12 here in Canada) in high school. They’re more than just pretty pictures taken of you before you go off to your graduation ceremony – senior portraits are a glimpse in time, who you are as an individual as you pass from childhood and into adulthood. Moving from high school and into the wider world – whether that’s a job, education, travel, whatever – is a big step, a HUGE step, and it’s important to take some time to capture the essence of who we are as an individual before we make this step.
That’s where my two friends here came in – Kerry & Mary. I’ve been skating with the girls for five years now, and I’ve watched them grow from giggly junior high girls into fully grown, mature individuals, and they’re making the leap this year. Where to? Maybe to Calgary, to skate in the Calgary Oval program and pursue speed skating at a higher level. Maybe to the U of A, GMC, NAIT, take your pick they’re smart enough for all of them. Maybe they’ll head off to Europe or Australia for a few months, see what else the world has to offer. Who knows? Do I? Do they? Isn’t that the magic in this, that there are all of these doors wide open for them, and each one leads somewhere uniquely awesome and special?
Anyways, this is them, now: fun, effervescent, a little wild, a little serious, best of friends, competitors, teammates, cool folks to know. I had so much fun with them for the afternoon, and I’m totally stoked about doing more of this sort of thing. Thanks girls.