I had the honor of photographing senior sessions for these three gorgeous girls who are graduating from UCLA next week.
We had an amazing time. It didn’t even feel like work. I hadn’t been in the college scene in a over a decade and it was so cool to see where they lived and hung out. The fact it only took them four years to graduate in such a fun environment is hard to believe.
(Don’t even ask how long it took me- #holystudentloans)
As we walked around the campus and took pictures, I drilled them about their personal stories: How they got into such an elite university and how they met (through their sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma).
As our session concluded, I shamelessly invited myself out to drinks with them.
I’m sure that’s exactly what they wanted to do on a Saturday night- hang out with a mom that’s used to going to bed right when they’re about to go out.
But I wasn’t quite done pretending I was a Bruin and got a 4.2 GPA in high school too.
Besides, I hadn’t given them my learn-from-my-mistakes-lecture yet (geez, I’m such a mom now).
I made them promise me they would date 100 more frogs before they settled down and wait at least 5 years to get married. To take every single solitary opportunity to travel and experience a handful of different jobs before they start a career and pursue their true passions.
It’s so ironic I’m giving these level-headed, over-achievers advice. I was barely starting a four year university at their age.
I shot Ellen’s high school senior session just four years ago and and I can’t believe she’s now finishing college!
Well, hello golden hour light. You never cease to disappoint.
Ellen is starting a Post-Baccalaureate, Pre-Nursing program in the fall, and eventually plans to go into gastrointestinal pediatrics or be a labor and delivery nurse.
For all you single men inquiring about these beautiful California natives:
Sophie is getting her degree in Math Economics (not exactly the poster child for a math geek) and is starting a job as a consultant in August and plans on getting her MBA in a couple years.
Nicole is graduating with a degree in Psychology and wants to pursue a career in business psychology and eventually get her MBA as well.
The girls explained that their friend was proposing to his girlfriend on campus that evening and we randomly ended up running into them! I was so happy I was able to capture these candids!
Our rehearsal shot of the “Yahoo! We did it!” pose. Clearly Nicole was a volleyball phenomenon in high school. Look at that form.
“WE OUTTA HERE!!”
Beautiful ladies, on the inside and out. I only hope I can raise my daughter to be as well rounded as these amazing women.
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