24 Aug Fun, Colorful Memphis Senior Session on Beale Street
I’m a mom of three girls. So I not only know how hard it is to be a girl, I know how hard it is to raise a girl. Especially in today’s world, which is so full of hate, judgement, cynicism, and comparison.
I was texting with one of my daughters yesterday. It was her first day back on her college campus for the new year, so I was eager to hear how it was going. Here’s how the conversation went:
- ME: Good luck today! Enjoy being back on campus!
- HER: I’m terrified
- ME: You’ll be fine! Make a friend.
- HER: I CAN’T DO THAT
- ME: YES YOU CAN! You’re a lovely person. You should grace the people around you with the privilege of your company.
- HER: That was sweet, momma, thank you. I’m just scared they’re all gonna judge me.
So there it was. Most every young lady’s greatest fear. She wasn’t thinking about how she wasn’t a Freshman anymore but rather an experienced college student now! She wasn’t thinking about how interesting her classes were. She wasn’t even worrying about whether or not she had all her books, supplies, etc. My daughter was worried about the judgement of her peers.
I went on to explain to her that everyone else on that campus was scared too, just like her. Maybe even more. I told her that I’ve learned from experience how just a smile or a “hi” toward a stranger in passing can make their day. That if you are gentle and nice and include everyone, that she will be included right back. Sure, there’s always gonna be that one person who is malicious no matter what, but she should concentrate on adding friends to her circle and removing toxic people from her life.
They were just words. A string of texts from miles away. As a parent, though, sometimes that’s all we can do. And we can hope that they listen. And you know what? She came home today with lots of stories and a few more names in her contact list.
Fun, Colorful Memphis Senior Session on Beale Street
Maybe it’s my experiences raising three girls that makes me enjoy photographing high school Seniors so much! I have always tried to make sure my girls know they are beautiful, and to find the beauty in every other human. That’s exactly what I enjoy doing behind the camera! When I can make a young lady not only look amazing, but feel amazing, I have done my job! And it’s a responsibility that brings me such joy and passion!
Harlie is no exception. We are so excited to have Harlie on our Senior Rep team this year. She is smart, adventurous, and gorgeous! And such a joy to photograph. Harlie told me that one of her favorite things to do is to explore. I love that! I think that’s such a great characteristic to have as a teenager on the verge of adulthood. She will be exploring quite a bit these next few things, so I feel that she will be well-equipped for it!
Harlie goes to school in North Mississippi, but came all the way to Memphis with her family for her photo shoot. We had such a great time getting to know her and her mom and dad! Her family loves to visit Memphis, and they especially enjoy Beale Street. Harlie knew that she wanted some photos on Beale Street at sunset, so we made that a priority. But being the explorer that she is, she was open to some other ideas as well.
We started off with lots of color, then toned it down with a more natural park setting. We ended up on Beale Street just in time for the adults to grab a quick cocktail just as the Beale Street Flippers were getting ready to perform. I have always wanted to take photos with the Flippers in the background! Luckily, Harlie and her family loved the idea. Even better, the Flippers were totally on board too! Those turned out to be some of my favorite photos!
Harlie, thank you for hanging out with us for a day! We were honored to photograph you before you run off to explore college next year. Just remember, it’s always okay to text your mom about your fears. Do listen to what she tells you, and don’t listen to all those judgmental opinions. What matters is yours. Be yourself, and you will be fine!
Enjoy this little sneak peek of your last year of high school!