Back in September, an old friend of mine hired me to do Senior Portraits for her son Ashton, who attends Grace Christian Academy. Ashton had recently lost one of his best friends, Grant, and wanted to honor his memory in the photos.
Grant’s mom, Angie, saw some of those pictures of Ashton. She contacted me about shooting similar senior portraits for Grant’s best friend, Wynn. And she wanted to include Grant’s little sister as well. Wynn and Grant had been best friends for nine years and were almost like twin brothers. Wynn’s senior portrait session was a way to help both families honor Grant’s memory and process their grief.
I wish that I had been able to meet Grant, and photograph his senior portraits. I feel like I was able to get to know a little about who he was by being around his friends and family. He was a passionate athlete, a loving brother and son, and an amazing friend.
My hope is that these photos help others to see the impact he made on his family and friends.
Last year, when I photographed beautiful McKenna, I wrote about my roots as the MOMS club photographer years ago. It’s crazy to me that I’m now starting to photograph senior portrait sessions for these kids who I was just at playdates with like last week. Ashton’s mom Alisha was also one of those moms I got to know back then, and I was so happy to be asked to shoot Ashton’s senior portrait session at his high school, Grace Christian Academy. As a senior photographer, it is especially rewarding to photograph kids who I’ve known all these years.
I had never been to Grace Christian Academy before, and was so very pleased with how pretty it was and perfect for Ashton’s senior photos. I love being able to capture pieces of his high school experience in the background of these photos. Where else would you want to photograph a football player but on the football field? And the school has a beautiful little pond and pretty wooded area. With the location, the light and the weather, it was the perfect location for senior photos.
Ashton lost one of his best friends, Grant, in July. He wanted a way to honor Grant’s memory in his photos. You can see Grant’s initials on the cross in the photo with the bible. 💔
Are you following me on Instagram? That’s a great place to keep up to date on future openings. I have a couple spots left for my Holiday Family Mini Sessions. Or are you looking for a senior photographer? Either way, you can book a session directly from my online booking calendar, or contact me if you have questions.