As a mom, there are some of those moments that you look forward to with your children. A child who made it through 12 years of education is an accomplishment that is celebrated in many ways, a graduation ceremony, prom, college visits in some cases and pictures. Usually it’s the picture with the cap and gown that you remember. Lately, it has become popular to take pictures of your senior with scenic or meaningful backgrounds and you can truly come up with some unique casual photos that are creative and are more than just the solid color backdrop with the “say cheese” smile. My plan was to use one of these “senior” pictures in my son’s graduation announcement.
I have been talking to my son for weeks about arranging for a picture. He liked my idea of taking the picture at Minute Maid Park. He was trying to make arrangements so that we could go and take the photo of him on the field and unfortunately never got a call or email back. Photographers charge $500 for a session, and we just didn’t want to spend the money. We just want a decent picture. My husband has a friend with a fancy camera and he said he was willing take the picture. To set that up required taking away his time and he lives further away so when my daughter suggested taking the picture with her boyfriend’s camera, I thought, why not give it a try.
I bought a nice button up shirt in Astro’s colors and wanted to try taking the photo in a few different settings. A local neighborhood practice ball park, by the railroad tracks, around water, etc. I wanted to try blurring the background leaving him in focus and was really excited about getting creative with it. Sadly because I didn’t give my daughter’s 18 year old boyfriend ample time, it caused an argument. It was 10:30/11:00AM on a Sunday. I didn’t even push a specific time and said we’ll go looking for a spot and then he can meet us. Because I dismissed the need to schedule this session with her boyfriend down the street, my daughter said I was being difficult and I was kicked out of my own photo session with my son. (She suggested to my son that the three of them go on their own). I like to give myself some time to evaluate before reacting, so I returned home and let them do their thing. I did explain that I was disappointed and sad that I wasn’t included. I managed to get one picture on the scoping session before it ended abruptly. If you have ever tried taking pics of little kids and they cry, this is the 18 year old version of that effort. My son’s point is that he had in mind a different place. No one seemed to understand the idea of taking pictures at different spots, all within minutes of each other and on the way. With busy work weeks, I don’t see that I have to execute the same level of effort just to get family together to take a picture. You never know what goes behind the seemingly effortless amazing senior photos other people have.
I’m taking a relatively sad day and making it playful…here is my son’s graduation picture. He loves baseball and you can come up with your own idea of what his expression says about graduating. My thought….”Oh no! Now I have to go into the real world!” Priceless! I did get to play with some effects in an imaging program, vignette, didn’t get the blurred effect though.