Parenting is hard. Those of us that have little kids can only hope that our kids will keep loving us, keep wanting us around. We work hard at training them up only to send them off into the world and cross our fingers, hoping they stay kind and true to themselves, and do good things in the world, and want to come spend time with us when we grow old right?
Jake is a good kid, an athlete, and kind to top it off. He is sweet to his mom and they (whoever they are... but I've heard it too) say, that's an excellent testament to how a man will turn out.
Leora has done an awesome job raising her kiddos, and she's got two girls coming up behind Jake. He is big into basketball and we focused a portion of his shoot around that.
Mom wanted to make sure that his session captured who he is... and that is what we aimed for. We started with the tried and true Greenhorn Park for pictures and then explored a couple of other unique locations through our little town of Yreka to get a good variety in this Senior Boy's session so that it turned out to be individual to him.
Something she has done so well, is enjoying her kids and helping them enjoy life. On more than one occasion I've talked to her about her memories as her kids have gone through their phases of childhood and seems to have pulled off what I as a mom am always trying to remind myself to do: Soak it up. She has taken in every stage: the good with the bad, and appreciated it for what it is. She has very happy and fond memories, but never seems sad that the old days are gone. She has figured out how to enjoy the here and now with her kids. As a parent, I urge anyone reading this to remember to do the same with those around you. Kids or no kids..
And Seniors - there is no exception for you here: In fact this is especially important for you. You're entering into a world full of millennials searching to make an impact and keep moving - We live being constantly pressed to keep going and focused on expecting the next great event. But we've got to remember to take in where we are at in life right now, and remember, that you'll never see the world as you do right now... and one day - you'll miss (at least parts of) this phase.
Thanks Jake for making your session enjoyable, not stiff, and rolling with the ideas that we came up with :) I'm glad you ended up with great images to share with your friends and commemorate your Senior year with!