Senior Photos: Kendall

The week I left the States, I photographed Kendall for her high school senior photos. Fast forward a few weeks and I’ve just moved in to my new home and am finishing up the editing process. My flatmate (roommate) Kayla is looking at the photos and the conversation goes like this:
Me: Her name’s Kendall – these are her senior photos.

Kayla: She’s gorgeous… pause… Did she ask you to take all these photos?

Me: Well, yeah. They’re her senior photos.

Kayla: So is she like… your Muse?

Me: …Awkward pause… I mean, it’s just a senior photo shoot.

We stare at each other for a second then I can’t stop laughing as I realize that, for Kayla, “senior photos” is an unknown concept. It’s our first ‘difference in culture’ moment.

Kendall T's Senior Session with Woodfield Creative

Since a high schooler getting their own photo shoot is a completely foreign idea in New Zealand, I won’t be officially photographing anything like this for awhile. I’m a little sad, because this is such a fun stage of life to photograph… fresh faced youth and beauty on the verge of adulthood.

Kendall T's Senior Session with Woodfield Creative

Kendall T's Senior Session with Woodfield Creative

Kendall T's Senior Session with Woodfield Creative

Kendall T's Senior Session with Woodfield Creative

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Dante Martin [Oakdale Senior Photography]

Is it just me, or do today’s high school seniors have busier schedules than ever before? I remember having the better part of afternoons and evenings free to hang out with friends and start a bunch of hobbies. Dante, on the other hand, keeps busy with school, golf practice, church, and his horses. If it hadn’t been for a national holiday, I don’t know if he would have had time for his senior photos! Thankfully, Monday was Presidents Day, which meant no school, and we were able to plan his session in place of his usual lunch period. Happy Birthday and thank you Mr. Washington!
We met out at the Martin family ranch to take advantage of their early almond blossoms. The noon day sun almost blinded the poor guy and I was a little nervous about the lighting, but we worked hard and I’m so happy with how the photos came out. It definitely helped that Dante was willing to battle the heat and the bees without breaking his smile – that’s a real trooper right there!

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Kaleb Richardson [Riverside Senior Photography]

Kaleb is one of the most street-smart kids I know. He has this way of appearing effortlessly cool in almost every situation and deflecting drama like he’s a tinted window. You know, if drama was the sun. Like most teenagers, he doesn’t want you to know he cares about anything, but I’ve been fortunate enough to need his help a couple of times and he’s always had my back. He’s a protector – of those he knows and those he doesn’t. He hates to see others hurting and is right there with help when he can give it.

After he graduates High School, Kaleb will be joining the Marines and pledging to support and serve others in need wherever the government sends him. He’ll be faced with a lot of difficult challenges and will be on the fast track to adulthood. The teenage years are so full of change, and like all the high school seniors I photograph, I’m excited to see what kind of man he will grow in to. Just where will the future will take this smart, street-savvy kid with the James Dean attitude? We’re about to find out.

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