Cousins Session | Harford County Family Photographer

Absolutely loved this recent cousin session at Historic Jerusalem Mill.  It was totally last minute.  3 of the cousins were visiting from Wisconsin when they realized they had a great opportunity to take some beautiful portraits from their grandparents.  I am so glad we did because the session turned out perfect.  We met early in the morning (well, early in the morning for me!) and explored the beautiful grounds and captured some great images along the way.

Senior Year Bucket List | 50 Things to Do Before You Graduate High School

Hey Class of 2020!  The seniors are gone, high school feels empty and guess what?  It’s YOUR TURN now.  This year is all about making memories.  If you ask anyone who has been out of high school for more than a few things – they’ll tell you a few things consistently:

  • Hang out with your friends as much as you can

  • Make new friends – branch outside of your circle

  • Stay in touch.  Make the effort to have real in person visits or phone calls instead of social media

  • Pick your friends over boyfriends.  “It sounds so dumb but I wish I hung out with my girlfriends more instead of my boyfriend at the time.  My mother was right – the boyfriend wouldn’t last, but my friendships would”

  • Thank the ones who got you this far

So how do you make all this happen?  Check out this bucket list of 50 Things to Do Before You Graduate

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1.     Join a new club!  Not only will you gain skills and maybe find a new interest – you will grow your group of friends.

2.   Attend the Maryland State Fair (and wear a concert T shirt bc that’s how I met one of my best friends)

3. Go to homecoming

4.     Attend a high school football game (or other big sport at your school)

5.     Attend a pep rally

6.     Attend the ring dance

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7.     Spirit Week!

8. Make a plan for the future. Whether you’re going to college or starting your career – take the time to develop a plan for your future now.  Because your future will be here sooner than you think.

9.     Take professional senior pics.  You won’t do this again until you get married – so make it count!

10. Host a bonfire

11. One word: HAYRIDE!

12.  Have a pumpkin carving party

13.  See one of your favorite bands in concert

14.  Go camping

15. Ice Skating at the Avenue 

16.  Bowling!  (Is Rock n Bowl still a thing??)

17.  Drive in movies at Benjie’s

18. Pay it forward

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19. Try a new food. Check out the restaurants in Bethesda for amazing authentic cuisine.

20. Host a movie marathon with your friends!

21.  Pull an all-nighter

22.  Watch the sunrise

23.  Visit a Christmas Tree farm

24.  Make some good healthy habits now so they’re easier to stick to as your life becomes more complicated

25.  Learn to stand up for yourself and that it’s ok to say “no”.

26.  Learn to cook a real meal

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27.  Bake Christmas cookies

28. Go Christmas Caroling

29.  Play in the snow

30.  Start a collection

31.  Create a playlist of the songs that mean something to you and remind you of your friends and this incredible year!

32.  Go 24 hours without a phone

33.  Attend a high school play

34. Attend a minor league baseball game – bonus points if you stay for fireworks

35.  Go to an Amusement Park

36.  Sunflowers in Jarrettsville

37.  Volunteer for a day at a place you want to learn more about

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38.  Day trip to DC and see the touristy things you’ve never done

39.  Search for fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park

40.  Change your hair.  Like a lot.  Manic Panic anyone?

41. ROAD TRIP !!!

42. Print your pictures and make a scrapbook or collage for college!

43.  Register to vote

44. Go hiking

45.  Do something by yourself – go out to eat, go to the movies, something – be ok with being alone

46. Open a bank account

47. Make a vision board for your future goals

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48.  Visit your elementary school teachers (bonus if you bring your cap and gown to show off to the younger generation!)

49.  Write a letter to your future self

50. Go to prom (and graduate!)

You get one chance to make this amazing. Make it count. When someone asks you in 10, 20 or 50 years what was your biggest regret - be able to say “nothing. It was amazing!”.

Did I miss anything on YOUR senior year bucket list??? Drop a line in the comments!

Reina | Gaithersburg Senior Photographer

Reina is a good friend of Kaila and they booked their senior portrait sessions at the same time - but scheduled them a few weeks apart. Reina also wanted to put her own spin on her session and I loved partnering with her to design the best experience.

Reina just graduated from Hood College this past weekend with a degree in nursing. She has been working towards this dream for the past 9 years - and credits her friendship with Kaila with getting her through the last few years.

Graduating college wasn’t just important for Reina to achieve her careers goals. It was also important for her to graduate for her kids. And with that - we knew we had to include them in her session. We spent the first half of the session with her family and then switched gears towards more of my style of senior portraits. Kaila even joined us for a few snaps to celebrate!

Congrats Reina! You did it!

Kaila | Frederick Maryland Senior Photographer

Kaila contacted me in March in search of a senior photographer. She was graduating nursing school and wanted to celebrate in a huge way. This had been a goal of hers for so long and she wanted an over the top senior shoot - and one where she could include her family.

We started planning and talked through everything Kaila wanted to incorporate. It was extremely important to her that we use Hood College as the primary backdrop for her session - especially the nursing department. But she also wanted to include some cool urban elements too by shooting in downtown Frederick, MD.

The week leading up to the session RAINED non stop. I was so worried the ground would be saturated … and while it was, we could work with it. The bigger issue was the morning of the session - the winds started. Like SERIOUS 60 mph winds. We debated rescheduling but since Kaila had family coming from Connecticut for the session, we agreed to work with it and do our best.

I’m so glad we did because the session was incredible. It was a little chilly and a lot windy - but we had so so much fun. Kaila graduated this past weekend and is now well on her way towards her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Congrats Kaila! Your family is so proud of you!