I am not a senior portrait photographer by trade, but when a close family friend asked if I would take photos for her daughter, I was honored that she would trust me to capture this special time as her daughter graduates from high school.
Misty used to provide respite for Anna when she was about six years old. She would bring her daughter, Macie, with her and I was always impressed with how poised Macie was, even as a child. The bond that Misty and Macie share is as strong between me and my mom. They are like two peas in a pod, they even look alike and they love everyone around them fiercely. Misty has always had a passion for helping those with special needs, she has a gift for it. I was so very excited when Misty became a special education aide at Anna’s elementary school… she made such a difference for my daughter. Macie followed in her mom’s footsteps and also helps people with special needs. I love Misty and Macie like they are my own family (they are!!!) so I hope the images I lovingly created for Macie are as beautiful as the two of them are.
Meet Macie, 2016 graduating senior of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas!!!
Doesn’t she have a mega-watt, million-dollar smile?!?!
Macie’s plans after graduation are to get her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
She has always been and will always be an incredibly empathetic, caring woman with a kind soul and huge heart.
Pow! Isn’t she gorgeous?
This is one of her favorites!
And this is one of mine! I love that crinkle in her nose!
Macie ran her hand through her hair (it was a bit windy) and it stopped me in my tracks. Wowza.
Every mom needs to get in the picture (and I need to take my own advice!). Misty and I were talking about that children’s book, Love You Forever, which we can both recite from memory. She pulled Macie into her arms and said, “As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” This shot is the result of that. <3
I asked them to think about how much they love each other, how much they’ve been through together (did you know that Macie was electrocuted by lightening last year?!), look at each other with that love in their eyes, then look at me. See the tears? There was so much emotion, it made me teary too!
Soon we were all giggling and having fun again. These two are as close and me and my mom. Many people think they are sisters.
Macie got her cap and gown and I wanted to get a close up of her tassel. Graduating Class of 2016!
How does it feel to be graduating high school, Macie?
This one was taken when we were almost done and on our way to the car (after cap and gown photos)… and I made Macie stop. The light was so pretty and bouncing off of her hair that I had to get one more picture.
Thanks for sharing this special moment with me. Macie and her mom, Misty, will always be family to me. <3