This orchard in utah county is one of my favorite places to take portraits. Winter or Spring, the scenery never disappoints and there are so many looks in one location. From the orchard, to the white concrete walls and cool apple boxes as soon as Olivia said she needed senior portraits, I knew this would be a perfect location for her.
When I sent Olivia her pictures, she responded with these words “I’ve been looking through the pictures and I’ve got to say, you have such a talent Kara! I’ve never seen a picture where I liked my profile or even a picture from my right side that I’ve liked and somehow you did both and really made me feel beautiful, so thank you!” which of course just made me melt. She is just a gorgeous person inside and out. It is such a blessing to be able to capture just a piece of what I see when I look at her.
It has been such a tough year for our seniors, not being able to attend Prom or Graduation or finish school as planned, as part of my finding sanity in quarantine series, I asked Olivia to share her story.
Towards the beginning of my high school career I considered switching to online school multiple times. The only thing that kept me in was the so called “high school experience” and the senior festivities I didn’t want to miss out on, so obviously I had some pretty high expectations of how my senior year was going to go. At my school we don’t really do a lot of senior things at the beginning of the year, it is all in the last month or two that they celebrate all the seniors. Obviously, none of these things happened as planned. No senior night for lacrosse, no prom, and no typical graduation. Although my school has done it’s best to still celebrate us seniors and make us feel special, I still can’t help but feel like I got jipped on my last six months of being a teenager. Despite all this, there have been so many tender mercies and blessings that have helped me focus on the positive. My school has done a lot to help celebrate seniors and do all they can. I have been able to spend lots of time with my family before I move out. I’ve had time to do projects I never had time for. I’ve had time to focus on my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Being able to focus on these positives, has allowed me to make the most of the situation. It has even helped me have more gratitude for what the situation has given me than my anger from what it has taken away.
Such sage words from such a young age. Our future truly is bright.
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