Photography is always amazing, it captures a moment in time, when you look at an image some years later, you are brought directly back to that specific moment. You remember the sounds, the smells, how you felt. It is an amazing art. As I take more and more senior photos, I realize why senior portraits are so important to capture. This is such an unique time in life. The brink of adulthood, the end of an era, the beginning of so many amazing things, and the end of life under the parents roof often. Photographing my own niece is a greater insight into this metamorphosis of child to young adult. I see her as a child holding a tea cup and chatting away with the grown ups, I see her picking flowers in the middle of a soccer game that she was playing, I see her sitting behind the wheel the first day she got her permit. I see her, a young lady, ready to embrace the world, confident, smart, courageous, and talented. I see her future laid out before, a path filled with excitement and challenges. I'm so proud of her and all of her accomplishments. I know this turning point in life is not over looked by her. She is remarkably aware of the changes that lie ahead. How different it will be to take a step into the world in a different capacity. There is a sadness to leaving behind childhood, it will be a void left unfilled in their home. Relationships will change as situations change. There are some changes that hurt, leaving behind the daily conversations with your sisters over ice cream, of having your parents there each evening, but these relationships don't end, they transform and grow. There is so much to look forward to. Life begins after graduation in a way you can not imagine. New experiences await, new ideas to explore, knowledge of the world to soak in. I know Sydney will have an amazing senior year, but more importantly, I know her life will be filled with wonder, with friendship, with adventure, with accomplishments, and with strength. Most importantly, she has a strong foundation, a family that will always be here to offer her love, support, and encouragement. We are so excited to see all the places she'll go!