I had a great experience photographing McKayla’s senior photos. She’ll be graduating in a few months from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, and it’s seniors like her that give me great hope for the future.
Besides being incredibly beautiful, this girl is super smart and very active. She’s a National Honor Society member, on a variety of sports teams — soccer, cheerleading, and track and field. She’s a Freshman Kick-off Mentor. She plays multiple instruments in the Jazz Band and String Quartet. She’s in the Chamber Choir and took part in the Wizard of Oz Community Broadway Musical.
Not to mention she also has a job!
Q: How was your overall senior portrait experience?
A: It was awesome! Despite the humidity, I had so much fun, it felt like it was all about me. It was a special time I will not forget.
Q: What was your favorite part of the experience?
A: I think my favorite part was going back to see the photos, the video was so nice and I know my family loved it too.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you have for others who are having their senior portraits done?
A: Don’t stress about it! You’ll be struggling to find the one you like the most rather than trying to find one you like. Just enjoy every moment of the spot light being on you. Oh and learn how to keep your face relaxed because I couldn’t seem to keep a relaxed face, it made me laugh a lot though which helped create some good pictures. When in doubt, laugh!
Q: Why did you want to include the props you brought?
A: I brought my saxophone, violin, javelin and soccer cleats. I brought these items because they are defining symbols for me in my high school career. One thing that has stayed consistent with me throughout middle and high school is music and my instruments. Soccer is a sport I’ve played since third grade and is my favorite sport. I started throwing Javelin my sophomore year and it came very naturally to me, I’ve gone to States every year since and hope to go this year too. I just brought things I love, things I will talk about when people ask me what I did in high school.
Q: How would you advise someone else to prepare for a senior photo session?
A: I think if you don’t have anything you really care to bring, then don’t search for something, you don’t need anything. But if you’re really into reading, bring your favorite childhood book or a book you really like now or a book that made you realize something special. If you like math, you’re weird, but you could bring a math book. I think if there’s an item that describes you or your high school career, go for it and bring it with you.
Q: What was your biggest fear or worry about the photo shoot? And what was the outcome?
A: I think my biggest fear was that my pictures wouldn’t look like me. I was worried they would be over edited, but when I was getting my hair done I was talking to Jill and I let her know I didn’t want them edited so much that it didn’t look like me, but edited enough so that it’s still special. She did a perfect job.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I want to work all summer and then go to college in the fall. I plan to major in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. I have a lot of schools to choose from but one of my top choices is University of Maine at Farmington.
When I asked McKayla for three words she would use to describe herself, she said “Leader. Passionate. Hardworking.” Those are fantastic qualities to have, and I could see them all during my time with her. I am sure McKayla will succeed in whatever she puts her mind to, and the world will be better for it!