I grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone, where there aren’t many people who leave and even fewer newcomers. I had the same class mates and group of friends from Kindergarten to Senior year. I loved it. I still love it. My parents still live there so I get to visit often. I still see most of the same familiar faces that I remember from childhood. A few things have changed but much is still the same. It is a corner of the world nearly untouched by some of the problems that seem to plague the world we live in. It isn’t perfect, but it is the closest thing I can imagine.
Now growing up there was wonderful, but you do get a little bad with the good. For me that bad is being very content to stay firmly in my comfort zone and pretty unwilling to step outside of it, and if it weren’t for my husband I would probably NEVER do anything new. I’m happy to eat the same foods, visit the same places, and stay at home with my littles firmly under my wing because sending them out and away is too unknown, too scary, but that isn’t how it’s meant to be. We must step out of those comfort zones because that is when we truly grow and flourish, even if, or perhaps especially when, we fail horribly. Mama birds push their babies out of the nest so they may find their wings and become what they were created for.
I don’t typically photograph seniors. It’s a comfort zone thing. The season of life that I am in is full of little kids who think I’m the coolest, most intelligent, beautiful thing ever. Teenagers scare me. To them I’m an old lady, I’m a mom in a mini van. I don’t know the trending high school lingo, and I certainly don’t dress in the latest fashions. Not cool at all to a 17 year old. But I’ve known Dalton’s mom since I was 6 years old. I’ve photographed his family, and his older brother too so of course I wanted to photograph him too! I’m so glad I did.
I absolutely loved his session. He has a big Ford truck that he is super proud of. His future plans include pre-med at SUU. He’s a great kid with a bright future (spoken like a true old lady!)