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Josh’s Senior session . Saline, Michigan

It’s always the moms that get me.  I lost my mother young and yearn for her sometimes, especially when the camera is out.  When I photograph, whatever it is,  weddings, families, senior sessions, I find I spend a little extra time on the moms.  In family sessions I make sure mom get’s a few of just her, some of her with her partner if she has one, and then her and the kids, ESPECIALLY the older kids, because they are growing up so fast.  Weddings I tend to cry during the mother son dances, I can see myself there in not so long a time.  Senior sessions are especially wonderful.  This is the big moment, the celebration of the child becoming the adult and leaving high school to become their own person!  It’s exciting, terrifying, amazing and beautiful for the graduate.  For the moms, well it’s super hard.  I’ve had moms call me crying because they can’t even look at the pictures, not because they don’t love them but because they love them so much, and what they represent is a hard thing for parents.  Our job is not done, but the heavy lifting is mostly in the past.

I have known EJ and her family for years and have photographed her and the crew.  This was something special.  Her first born is a senior and of course, I enjoyed photographing Josh, he’s just the whole thing, smart, kind, caring, witty and handsome.  But I also enjoyed capturing a bit of Mom with Josh… She’ll have these pictures of her son, and some day her son will have these photographs of him and his mom.  Thank you EJ for letting me be part of your lives, it’s just a real joy to capture your family.


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