One of my favorite senior sessions this year has been with Kaisa, a senior at Oxford Hills. We started at the studio with hair and makeup by Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon.
We did some photos outside as the skies got cloudier, then we headed to a special location near their house.
Shortly after we left the studio, the rain started. We drove through rain the whole half hour to our destination, but as we turned down the narrow country road leading to the photo spot, the rain stopped and the sun came out. The timing couldn’t have been better.
The location for these photos was spectacular — A private property with a field overlooking fantastic mountain views, a barn and wooden fence, gazebo, pond… everything one could ask for.
And of course my favorite part of the session — when Kaisa’s dog, Leo, made a guest appearance. I just love these.
Kaisa’s mom describes her as outgoing with a sarcastic sense of humor, friendly and happy.
She plans on going into the medical field but isn’t sure just what she wants to do yet. She loves to wear dresses, but you’ll most often find her wearing her Birkenstocks with them.
Thanks for a great time, Kaisa and Kathy (and Leo)!
Thanks for bringing me to such a wonderful location, and for being willing to stay out in the light rain at the end.
AND I’m excited that I get to photograph Kaisa’s brother’s wedding next year, at the same great private property!
Last summer I asked for nominations for inspiring seniors…seniors who had overcome challenges and/or were making the community a better place.
I had only planned on having one winner, but among many entries two especially stood out, and Emma was one of them.
Emma’s makeup and hair was done here at the studio by the talented Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon.
Emma has a whole lot of gorgeous hair!
Emma was nominated by her mom, Tara. This is Emma’s story, as told by her mom.
“I would like to nominate my daughter, Emma. Emma has an exceptionally giving spirit in the areas of life where it counts. She started going on mission related travel with me when she was 9-years-old. At that young of an age, she would work with children who were in need of assistance – often befriending them and allowing the team that traveled with her to gain even greater access to them. At age 10, she offered to give up her space and life as she knew it to bring a child home. Emma was already the oldest child of three, and she was aware that adding another child might mean sacrifice on behalf of herself and her siblings.
She made a space in her room, donated away half of her belongings, and worked with social workers to assist with
home studies for an adoption. At the age of 12, Emma traveled with me and her father to Ethiopia to bring home
her new little sister who would live in her space.
“As soon as Emma was able to work at age 14, she began a job filing papers. Her work life evolved from that age. As she heads into her senior year, after keeping a straight A average, Emma balances four jobs. She works at an upscale restaurant running food and has been entrusted to hostess, she lifeguards, and she works for the federal government under-cover in the purchase of tobacco. She purchased her own car, and incorporated her own business driving children to sporting and summer events and practices at the request of their parents.
With her earnings, she contributes to the physical needs and desires of her siblings, and provides much for herself.
“These skills are often overlooked in today’s world, where exceptional children are rarely given exceptional opportunity. Emma’s accomplishments are quiet, but sacrificial, and require a great deal of character. She is always a winner in the eyes of her mom.”
Emma’s story really blew me away. She is such a DO-er. A doer, a worker, a giver…if only the world had more Emmas.
She doesn’t wait around for things to happen or think the world owes her anything,
she takes initiative and works hard for what’s important to her.
Emma is truly a beauty inside and out. Her smile and attitude can light up a room.
I can’t wait to see where Emma’s life takes her.
Her giving spirit combined with her strong work ethic will no doubt make the world a better place.
Thanks to Emma’s mom for sharing her story during my Inspiring Seniors contest and thanks to Emma for being Emma!
Maddie is a senior at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. She’s a beauty, that’s for sure.
Her hair and makeup for this session were done here at the studio
by Audrey Martin of Escada Hair Studio in Lewiston.
It poured on her original session date and we rescheduled to what would turn out to be the hottest day of the summer so far. Wow, was it HOT. So we spent a little extra time shooting inside in the air conditioning before we braved the oven outside.
Maddie brought her boyfriend, Carlton, for some photos with her.
Maddie is active in cheering and softball, and she enjoys fishing and hanging out with her friends.
She likes going to the beach, in fact, she’s headed on a trip to the Dominican Republic in a few days.
Partway through the session we headed for McLaughlin Garden in South Paris.
It’s always pretty there and there’s always something in bloom. It also felt a few degrees cooler there…though it was still well into the 90’s.
Maddie has a friendly and warm personality and she’s very easy to talk to. During our pre-session consultation, Maddie’s mom told me she is very proud of how kind-hearted Maddie is.
Maddie was up for anything for her session, and her mom was hoping for some gorgeous head shots and some scenic outdoor photos with flowers and greenery. I’d say the mission was accomplished.
These were just a few of the many beautiful photos we made that day.
Thanks for a great session, Maddie, you made my job easy!