Monday, November 2, 2009

Senior Portrait Session :: Reed

Photographing seniors has quickly become one of my favorite types of portrait sessions. Reed, a 2010 grad-to-be from Palmyra High School, and his mom met with me for the first part of his senior portrait session and we had fun tromping around one of my favorite rustic locations near Elizabethtown on a nearly perfect fall morning. Rustic, as in I was pretty sure the cows we could hear just over the hill would be showing up to join us any minute.

Reed plays soccer for Palmyra and his team is currently in the district playoffs. Later on the day of this session, he assisted the game-tying goal against Northern High School that lead to Palmyra's 22nd win this season (no losses.) I asked him if he ever gets nervous before a game, and he thought for a second and said, "Um, no. Not really." Reed plans to continue his soccer career beyond high school and has Drexel on his list of possible college choices. Check back in a few weeks for some more images of Reed as we plan to meet and capture some soccer pics as well.

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