Time To Say Goodbye…

…to the class of 2019!

You senior mom’s have planted some great seeds in my head over the years and now I’m pulling them all back out for 2020.

2020 is the year I become a “Senior Mom” and one of my biggest challenges will be keeping my tears + camera in check for Emma’s benefit.

I’ve gotta share some Senior Mama advice with you just in case you’re like me + walk around in a fog checking off the

Senior Checklist.

“From the very start of his senior year there was always something we HAD TO DO to finish senior year, for graduation, for testing, for college… We didn’t get to just stop and enjoy senior year.”

HOLY CRAP! {no really, stop and let her words sink in for a sec}.

Her words sit on a bright pink post-in note in my office because I’m one of those people who feels accomplished when I check stuff off my list. If I hadn’t stopped to think about what she said,

I mean really




I’m pretty sure I would have gone through 2020 checking off all the stuff she needs to get done before graduation without stopping to fully ENJOY IT!

I’ll try and tone-down the camera clicking at every single last event {I said TRY}. I’m going to TRY and just enjoy the moment and not worry about what has to be done next. I’m going to TRY and not feed off of her stress + adult better to keep her calm during college applications and that dreaded FAFSA application, and, and, and…

I’m so grateful to you post-grad-mom’s + you’re little wisdom-nuggets that you’ve shared with me over the years of doing senior portraits. I may have forgotten to say, “thank you” or showed that I took it to heart, but I did.


Parenting is something we don’t get to do-over. Yes, if we have multiple kids we can do things different with the next one, but it’s never a complete do-over because none of our kids are exactly the same.

To all you 2019 Senior Mama’s I hope it’s been a memorable year!

2020 Senior Mama’s let’s STOP + ENJOY their year!

PHOTOGRAPH as much as they’ll allow!

And if you’re a cryer like me…hope we don’t cry our way through 2020…THE YEAR OF LASTS {but that’s a pretty big IF}.

graduation, senior-portraits

She’s been a great sport over the years humoring me in all the photo-moments I’ve asked for so far, so I’m hoping that her last year of high school will be THE BEST PHOTO YEAR YET!

CHEERS and SPARKLES Graduates + Graduate Mom’s


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