Meet Connor. He’s a recent graduate of Newport High School and about to become a Coug (woo-hoo!). This session was pretty cool, as we incorporated some of Connor’s favorite things … and you all should know by now that that’s MY favorite thing. Making your sessions unique and including the things that are important to you. We all love talking about our interests — taking pictures showing your passions is even better (in my opinion).
We started Connor’s session out around the perimeter of Safeco Field, a place he and his family have been many times. We had hoped to get inside, but at that point were unable to connect with our contact to get in (at that time). Connor was the pitcher of the Newport HS baseball team and loves his sport. His mom, an awesome woman I’ve known for years through the dance studio we both adore, is one proud mama. It’s so sweet to read the things she posts on Facebook about her kids. She was proud of Connor and how he excelled in baseball. When we went to a baseball field later on during Connor’s session, there was a small boy in Little League gear tossing a baseball back and forth with his dad. I asked her if, looking at that little boy, it brought back memories. She said,”Oh, it breaks my heart.” That reminded me to slow things down with my own kids because it sounds, from what I hear from the moms with high school-aged children, like we blink and all of a sudden our little ones are grown and ready to leave the house. That very thought, right there, is what motivates me to take the very best story-telling pictures for my own family and for my clients and friends.
After we left Safeco, Connor put on his Washington State University t-shirt and I was ALL for it! Remembering my own senior year of high school and what I felt that summer before leaving home and going over to Pullman, I got all kinds of thrilled for Connor and the adventures he has ahead of him. We talked about residence halls, other cool campus spots, things you might learn during your freshman year, how Pullman just worms its way into your heart forever. And although he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play baseball at WSU, I secretly REALLY hope he does. How awesome would that be?!?
I had never been to Newcastle Beach Park but we ventured over there and found this awesome little lane lined by trees and it was a perfect spot. The photo above is my favorite from the whole day. Want to know what Connor was laughing at? It was something his younger sister said to him and I won’t embarrass him with the details here. Pretty cool that his little sister can make him laugh, huh?
While we were at the park, Connor’s mom’s cell phone rang. It was our contact at Safeco Field. I convinced Connor, his mom and his sister that we had plenty of time to drive back to Seattle and get inside to do some more pictures. How could we pass that up? Not only did we get inside but we got a great tour of the locker rooms, the media rooms, coaches areas and other neat spots. It made for a long morning but I had a great time and I think we got some pretty fun senior photos for Connor and his family in a place where they have lots of good memories!
Dawn, Connor and Molly, thank you for having fun with me on this session. Connor, I’m super excited for you and all you have ahead of you at WSU. If it were possible to do so, I’d ask you to give Pullman a hug for me. I miss that place. Since you can’t hug a city, I’ll just tell you to go eat a calzone at Sella’s, drink a peanut butter frost at the Daily Grind and have an awesome time — you’ll be making memories over the next several years that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Congrats. And go Cougs. 🙂