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  • Writer's pictureAutumn Merica

Class of 2023 Grad Minis

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Welcome to this week's blog post, where I will be featuring many seniors that I have worked with this month! I had the best time ever capturing graduation photos for 17 seniors during my grad minis, plus even more who incorporated their cap and gown and future college/career into their individual senior sessions!

For my grad minis every year, I travel to different local schools and schedule mini sessions back-to-back for senior to get photos with both their cap & gown and an outfit to represent their post high school plans! This year, I got to schedule minis at East Rock (twice!) Spotswood, Turner Ashby, and Page County.

I also had a few seniors from Fort Defiance and Wilson come to my spring mini sessions to do their grad photos, instead of doing them at their school! But one of my favorite parts of this year's minis was by far the future college/career outfits. This is something new I decided to add in this year, and I will never go back! It felt so special to document not only the end of their educational career, but the start of a new one or of a career path. It was also so interesting to see the different paths each of my senior's plan to pursue post-graduation. I wish them all the best in the future and hope to work with them again!

It is so amazing to see my seniors going off to places near and far after graduation. In addition to a few wonderful careers such as radiologist and cosmetologist, I have seniors heading off to JMU, EMU, Bridgewater College, Virginia Tech, UVA, Randolph Macon, George Mason, CNU, and more!

A few of my favorite highlights from grad sessions this year were:

- When East Rock senior Melina brought her mom's gorgeous car to the school to incorporate in her grad photos.

- When East Rock seniors and cousins Lillie & Hayleigh invited their cousin Jaiden from Harrisonburg High School to get some photos of all 3 of them in their grad outfits.

- Taking grad photos for a foreign exchange student for the very first time. Just the thought of people in Italy admiring my work is mind blowing. Thank you, Alice, for that opportunity!

- Traveling to Louisa County High School to photograph my very first Louisa Lion, Ellen!

- The dogs. All the dogs.

To the class of 2023 Amaze Seniors - I cannot wait to see where life takes you all, and I truly hope I can be around to capture all of your big moments. You were my biggest class ever and we had so much fun this year. I am so thankful you all make my job as amazing as it is!

Class of 2024, you're up!

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