Hey quarantine friends…how are we doing?! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy (and sane!). We are doing pretty well over here, just getting into a new rhythm of life at home. Little man is not phased at all. He is an extreme homebody anyway. He is totally content just staying home ALL. THE. TIME! Me, on the other hand, I am getting cabin fever, for sure. I am sure missing the little breaks I normally get from my kiddo, like my weekly dance class. I did recently start taking my virtual dance class using the Zoom app. That was at least nice, to move again! The class is through my hometown dance studio, Dance Dimensions. This is where I grew up dancing, and also where my next photography subject, Jessica, also dances 🙂 This is how we became connected and I was able to capture some Windsor senior photos for her last summer.
If you follow my blog, you may recognize Jessica. I worked with her years ago, when I was trying to build up my senior portfolio. She was only a sophomore at the time, but she could have definitely passed for a senior! You can check out that awesome fall session HERE.
Jessica is a student in Windsor. Well, I guess she WAS…now she’s a quarantine homeschooler, like the rest of our nation’s youth.
My heart breaks for these class of 2020 students!
This certainly isn’t fair. The likely possibility of missing their final prom, and having a virtual graduation ceremony. It’s a tough life lesson, no doubt. I don’t envy the lack of “closure” they will get from their high school experience. They may not get to hug their best friends in their caps and gowns, they won’t be able to tell their favorite teacher goodbye, no final basketball game or assembly in the school’s gym.
It sucks! That’s not an eloquent way to say it, and doesn’t help ease their pain, I know. But hopefully what they are receiving right now is a lot of family time before they spread their wings and leave the nest. They also probably have more time for learning valuable life skills before going out into the world. I, for one, could have sure used some cooking and laundry lessons when I was their age 😉 Hugs to you all though…I definitely wish things were different!
For Jessica’s session we started out in the Walmart parking lot, of all places lol! I had seen a lot of fun, playful senior photos in shopping carts. I mentioned it to Jessica, and she was game! We spent a little time there, and then headed to my photography friend Sarah’s natural light studio in Longmont. This was the only time I had visited Sugarhill Photography Studio, and it was really great. Sarah has done such a wonderful job converting an old storage space into an amazing photography gem in Longmont. Since Jessica has such a joyful, vibrant personality, I knew the bright summer setup they had in the studio would be a great fit. We spent an hour there, playing with the great props and furniture, capturing some awesome stuff. These photos are so full of color…which you know I love!
How cute is this swirly straw?!
This is definitely one of my favorite of Jessica’s Windsor senior photos. I actually just entered it into the annual Shoot and Share photo competition…fingers crossed!
After the indoor, studio shots, we headed over to this funky, colorful wall that I had spotted in northeast Longmont. It started to rain on us! I am glad I had a clear umbrella with me, so we could continue shooting. But I know the humidity was really high, and that always messes with us ladies’ hair. I am glad it didn’t last too long, because we had one more stop on the agenda. A little section of open space with river access near Sandstone Ranch in Longmont. I brought along a little wooden chair, to put in the water. No doubt, we had a lot going on with this shoot…but what amazing variety we were able to get for these Windsor senior photos! I so love the results, and I hope Jessica and her family will enjoy these for years to come.
Jessica, I hope your future is full of happiness and joy, and none of the disappointment and fear of this current season of life! You are strong and resilient…this too shall pass <3 All the best in college, and I hope you will never stop dancing! Thank you for allowing me to capture these photos. And thanks for going along with all of my crazy ideas. I am totally biased, but I think they turned out so adorable and fun 🙂 Coming to the blog next, Kiersten and Weston’s gorgeous Vail wedding. I hope you will check back soon. Stay safe and healthy out there!