Thursday, August 12, 2010

Senior Portrait Session :: Cory {Manheim Central HS / Class of 2011}

Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE working with seniors? It is so much fun working with these amazing (not-mentioning-the-word-'young'-here-because-that-would-mean-I-am-'old') people who have the whole world to navigate over the next few years and figure out where they fit in. It's such an exciting time filled with a lot of different emotions, both for teens and their parents. Sometimes high school seniors aren't exactly sure what they want to do post graduation~ but Cory, a senior at Manheim Central High School, knows without a doubt that his future involves working with computers~ he already has two summer jobs... one with his school's IT dept. and the other in the pharmacy at Giant in Elizabethtown, and plans to continue studies in a computer-related field after high school. So far Penn State, Carnegie Mellon and RIT are on his list of schools to check out.

I met with Cory and his mom at their home for his senior portrait session on an afternoon where the sun couldn't make up it's mind to stay behind the clouds, so we would photograph... then wait for a cloud... then photograph again. He did a great job being patient with me, and I think we got some great images of him with one of his (three) guitars... here are just a few from Cory's portrait session:

tried something new here by adding a texture to the background:

And I should mention, if you are looking to have senior portraits taken, please don't wait!
There are a few spots open in mid-September and when October fills up,
there will be no more senior sessions available until next spring.

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