Thursday, May 1st, 2014

another sunny senior treat

Don't even say it. I'm beating myself up enough about flaking out on the blog these past few months. This latest spell was the worst, and I have no excuses. I think it's partly due to getting a little burnt out on blogging. You know, people, I've been at this thing for over 10 years now. I think we can all agree that 10 years is a long time to stick with something. Yes, I tend to get a little defensive when I know I've been bad. Now onto the actual post.

It happened again! The Smith family flew me down to Florida to take senior pictures of one of their daughters. This time it was Rozzie. Let me just say I'm still in denial about how old all my nieces and nephews are all getting. Sometimes I think that my own children are imposters because the memory of them as babies is still so clear. I certainly can't imagine my own children graduating from high school one day.

The visit to Florida was quite different this time because Jenni and her family are actually in the process of moving. She and the girls are currently staying with a family from church, and I also stayed there. The couple was super nice and didn't seem to mind me barging in on their territory for a few days. I had an entire day to myself (Violet stayed in MN with Grandma during my trip), and I got a head start on summer clothing shopping and also got a haircut. The next day was shooting day, and Rozzie and her mom had it all planned out where they wanted to go and what she'd be wearing. I just had to tag along with my camera. We headed to historic St. Augustine. I had never been there, and it was a real treat. I definitely wouldn't mind vacationing there with my family someday. Speaking of which, Jake, Steph, Dylan, and Maya also happened to be spring breaking in St. Augustine at the same time as my visit, so we met up with them for dinner after pictures.

Rozzie was a beautiful and very easy model to work with. See for yourself. Here's just a few of the shots we took.


We couldn't have asked for better weather and backdrops for pictures. Maybe I'll take my girls there for their senior pictures one day.

Another fun part of the trip was getting to dress up! Rozzie and Maddie had their end of the year dance team banquet, and they invited me along. Of course, I was not prepared to be all gussied up, so I borrowed a dress from Rozzie. Here we all are looking gorgeous! And, yes, I look like a miniature human next to all those tallies.

I also snapped a couple pictures of Maddie, too. Doesn't she look lovely?

It's a little sad to think that this will be my last Florida senior shoot for the Smiths, but Maddie already has her vision of doing a fall senior shoot in Minnesota. Thanks to the Smiths for giving me this opportunity again. I hope they love the pictures as much as I do. I'm really looking forward to seeing Jenni and Maddie more often since they'll be living with Grandma Kathy until Maddie finishes up high school. In case you're wondering, Travis the Dad is up in Detroit, Michigan at his new job. The Smiths decided that it wouldn't be a good place for Maddie to finish school, so the decision was made to stay in Minnesota for the time being.


6 Responses to “ another sunny senior treat ”

  1. Shoebox Princess says:

    Lovely pictures! Everyone looks so cute!

    Hayley is going to be a senior in the fall by the way.

  2. Jen says:

    I know! She’s up next. I’m assuming you want to do them in the summer which is basically now, so start thinking of dates/places/etc.

  3. Shoebox Princess says:

    Hayley wants an urban setting. I’m thinking Sculpture Gardens, Nicollet Mall, and graffitied back alleys with overflowing dumpsters.

  4. Jen says:

    I expected as much from Hayley;) I’m surprised she’s not trying to finagle a trip to Japan to get pictures done there, or has she moved on from that faze? I still remember her thinking the Japanese doo-doo candy was oh so cute. I love all the ideas of places you listed. Downtown Minneapolis was my ‘hood for a few years, so it’ll be awesome to get some senior pictures of Hayley there.

  5. Jenni says:

    Thank you!! The pictures are FANTASTIC!! We love them tons! The urban setting is so fun – there’s lots of graffiti in Detroit!! And burned out buildings. We just love this tradition of you doing the pictures.

  6. Julie says:

    Don’t beat yourself up…10 years is a lot longer than most people last in the blogging world. I am pretty much over it after 5 1/2 years but I am really trying to make myself stick with it so that I will have the journal in the future. All of the pictures came out great but I love the one by the light post and the one where she is laying on the beach. I remember meeting your cute nieces at a New Years party which doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but boy have they turned in to young women since then. You are such a good sport to travel around doing photo shoots. My senior pics were just one crappy studio shot. I need to make sure to do something more like this for my kiddos.

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