Gwen’s Senior Portraits

I have been looking forward to the year that my oldest niece, Gwen, would graduate from high school. To imagine the woman she would become was something to look forward to. She was quite the lonely child, being the only niece on both sides of her parents. I remember Gwen as a child as quiet, sensitive, and often sad. She had no playmates and often had to entertain herself throughout her early years. We were all too young then to grow a family of our own, and it would take years until our next niece, Mahlaya, would be introduced.

Thao.Gwenevere (7 of 11)

Now, a woman of 17 years, her feathers are vibrant, her opinions and thoughts more pronounced, and the stars in her eyes show signs of excitement and fear of what is yet to come. I am sure the fear comes from breaking away from family. She holds her family close and with good reason. Gwen has been surrounded by eight aunts and two uncles on one side and four uncles and one aunt on the other throughout her life. In addition to that, she has two younger siblings that know her as their big sister.

Thao.Gwenevere (1 of 11)

I still recall the day I spoke to her about her taking senior photos in my early photography years. It was like it was just yesterday. I knew then I would take them and I am so glad that I did.

With this shoot, I already knew I wanted to do something extra special for her. We worked together with wardrobe and details and made it all happen. As I said before — I am so glad she entrusted me as her photographer, art director and aunt! haha

Thao.Gwenevere (4 of 11)

Wishing you a bright and long future ahead, Gwen. ❤





Senior Class of 2017: Maddy V.

Maddy is no stranger to me. I’ve witnessed her swapping secrets and playing house since she was a little girl. Even then, she was always very cultured and well-mannered. As I met her again for the session, I saw that these very traits have carried over into her adulthood.

It is no surprise for me to see her transition into a beautiful, young woman. However, it definitely was surprise when she asked me to take her senior portraits.

I went into the session with the mindset to capture her youth and beauty in the early hours of a marvelous summer morning. It was definitely an easy session given Maddy’s natural reaction to the lens. From her smile to her posture, shot after shot was just a reaction to her movements. Maddy is best kind of model to photograph. This was a lucky session for a photographer to have.

To the class of 2017, I hope that the gradutating youth will be able to realize their power to shift and shape the future that lies ahead. Congrats Maddy, and thank you for having me be a part of your budding journey.