This is the 25th year I have had the pleasure of photographing 17 and 18 year olds for memories that will last a lifetime.Â Wow, I don't feel old and I certainly do everything to push myself to not act it or photograph like it either.Â :-) When you are 17 or 18 , you don't really project too far into the future.Â Sure, you are thinking about college or work or relationships with the opposite sexÂ and being independent and maybe moving out to embark on your ownÂ is on your mind, but not a legacy, a memory, or relishing the experience of your life in high school.
Your high school days will stick with you forever.Â Believe me.Â Good and bad, but they are key components to your life in the future.
This is why I believe senior portraits are SOOOOOO important.Â Getting a few snaps by your "semi-pro" friend or a newer "professional" photographer cutting their teeth deprives you and your parents of an experience and photographs that you can NEVER get again.Â Â
It is like comparing sucking one orange flavored mint at home to sitting down at an outdoor cafe and being served freshly squeezed orange juice.Â Yeah, both provide orange tastes, but what a huge difference. In the product and the experience.
Right now many of you are thinking you just want the latest images on your facebook profile to share with your friends.Â I understand that, but as time goes on, having a professional photograph to physically touch and see when you are home anchors you to your family, to their home.Â
Giving your best friends/love of your life a photograph that they can see WITHOUT turning on their computer/phone and can touch and relish means more than those fleeting pixels.Â
We can forgot about that...or not even think about that impact.
My parents had my senior portrait on display at home for over 15 years.Â That is a lot of use and provided them ME even when I was overseas for 3 years and away from Oregon for 4.Â
It was the early 70's and that traditional Black & White stuff for the school was still required in the throes of change.Â
Right now, I'm helping plan our 40th year reunion.Â Ouch.Â We had 106 graduates.Â 9 have passed away.Â What do their parents hold on to?Â No doubt, many memories, but I know that their senior portraits are incredibly important and not some facebook image, digital file or disk.
During the reunion, what image do we have on our badges with our name?Â Something classic, something timeless, something worth doing.Â Then and Now.