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Mercersburg Academy Senior Portrait Photographers: Sarah

Meet exuberant, fearless, athletic Sarah– a tomboy with an enormous heart and joyful soul!

During this active senior portrait session, Sarah climbed in a creek, played basketball and rode a bike into the woods!  Incredibly unique, personal and creative photos resulted. 🙂

In this photo, I’m using a photography technique called panning.  I dragged my shutter and followed Sarah’s exact path, in hopes of capturing the inspiring energy of this amazing young woman:

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Sarah reached out to me after seeing her older siblings’ senior portraits.  She said they were phenomenal and that she was blown away by how accurately their personalities were captured in camera.  She was eager to see how I would capture her, too.  🙂

Hailey & Nathanael were as different as night and day and both equally captivating subjects.  I was so excited to get to know Sarah better!

There is a brightness and optimism about Sarah, she sees the good in everything, laughs a lot and has a smile that can light up any room and then some!

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She initially was on the fence about where to meet for her senior pictures.  She was seriously considering having her portrait session on the stunning grounds of Mercersburg Academy, the prestigious boarding school she currently attends.   She eventually chose to meet me at a friend’s farm in Shippensburg.

She wanted to capture the beautiful simplicity of the town that she grew up in.  The Pagel’s farm had a spring, bridge, barn, bikes and so many other aspects for her to incorporate.   It was the perfect setting for Sarah because it maintained the same down-to-earth feeling as Sarah herself– straightforward and authentic.

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Sarah comes from a tight-knit family of nine, yes nine!

I photographed all of them a few years ago before their oldest, Hailey, went off to college.  You can see their blog link here. Sarah is so much younger in it!

Sarah is a trustworthy and caring daughter, sister and friend.  I think you can really get a sense of that in this photograph:

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Sarah was in her element outdoors and was up for absolutely anything.  I saw sparkling sunlight dancing on the water and mentioned that it would be a great spot for a photo.

Without hesitation, Sarah hopped in the water!  She navigates the physical world without encumbrance, as if the ice cold waters of March and mucky slime of a creek bed on bare feet have no effect on her.  She is nimble and humble and truly up for anything.

How beautiful are these lovely orbs of light?  How about their soft, bright feeling among the muck and mud and green growth of spring?  How about the way the water is wicking up her ankles and her knee is peeking out of her ripped jeans?  These are all things that I cannot plan– moments of beautiful serendipity!

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There was a rock perfectly situated near those bouncing orbs of light.

Sarah perched on top of it with her joyful glow– such a natural beauty!

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She shared that she loves life and is so grateful for the awesome life that she has.   I think that this next series of photos  really shows all of that as well as her athleticism, focus and drive.

Running, clicking your heels and cartwheeling in a cornfield filled with obstacles (stones, ditches and 6 inch rigid stalks protruding from the ground)  is no small achievement.  To do all of these with complete abandon and joyfulness, this is Sarah.

This makes me feel that she can overcome anything in her path…

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She is “all in”– fearless and fun-loving… look mom, no feet ;).

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While she is very bubbly and fun, Sarah also has real depth to her.  She has wisdom beyond her years and takes things to heart.  Her faith is also incredibly important to her.

I really think you get a feel for her thoughtfulness here.  Her eyelashes and freckles are absolutely *gorgeous.*

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Sarah also has a quiet, more introverted side that I couldn’t quite figure out.  I think that this photo captures maybe what my words cannot(?)

I focused on the dry branches that blocked my sight lines, she almost seems to be one with the stone wall.  The hole in it was just her size:

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While I spend a great deal of time photographing my subject’s personality, interests and style, I also make sure to get several traditional portraits as well.

This is one of my favorites of Sarah against a mossy stone wall.

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There is one side of Sarah that I haven’t really shown yet, and it is that of a fierce, competitive athlete.  She plays several sports for Mercersburg Academy: soccer, softball and basketball.   Basketball is her favorite.

She was a little hesitant to include basketball at first because she said she didn’t want your typical cheesy sports photos.  I promised that I would not do that to her.  🙂

Her basketball photos were, at least in my mind, epicly unique– check out that sky!!!

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We went to Shippensburg University’s campus as they have several outdoor courts that were not far from the farm where we had met for the first portion of her senior portraits.

I hadn’t noticed before, but the basketball backboards are transparent.  It took me some time to overcome this visual challenge at first.  We were surrounded by obstacles that were visible through the backboard that would take attention away from Sarah and clutter the frame– parked cars, a hockey rink, dozens of other players on adjacent courts, etc.

I ended up using the backboard and stunning blue sky to my advantage.  I laid on my back and pointed my camera skyward.

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A total side note here, Sarah is incredibly accurate with her shots.  Nothing but net shot after shot.  She would bounce it off the backboard for me so that I could time it right.  She was pretty incredible.

I am happy that I was presented with this unique idea at the end of the shoot after we had built up a mutual trust and respect.  That ball was coming straight for my face, haaaa.  She told me she’d make sure to catch it and she did.  🙂

To say that Sarah loves basketball is an understatement.  Yes, that is a state champ medal she is holding in the photo below and a pair of mismatched socks that Sarah aka “Socks” is wearing:

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The mismatched socks story has its roots firmly planted in second grade.

Sarah had two pairs of basketball socks and rather than wearing matching socks together, she thought it would be “cool” to wear one of each to each game.  She said it wasn’t long until other players in the league would see her play and didn’t know her name, so they’s just refer to her as “Socks”.  The name stuck and it has been with her ever since, as have the mismatched socks!

By this time the sun was setting and a single beam hit the back of Sarah’s face and hair.  She looked at me and I could see that fierce, competitive, athletic nature that she possesses.

She would absolutely annihilate me in a game of H-O-R-S-E, haaaaa.  Does anyone remember that game???

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Back to her fierceness though, and that stunning blue sky.  I like how the definition of the trees are lost in shadow, Sarah is nearly a silhouette but has rim-light defining her cheekbones.

This is what I call a cool basketball shot. 😉

You get a sense of natural gift that she has been given her unique mix of humility and confidence and you get a sense that she is larger than life!

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Sarah it was such a pleasure to work with you and your amazing family again!  Thank you for letting me into your world and for being your authentic self with me.  I hope that these photos do you justice because you are an absolutely amazing human being :).

Creative, unique family portrait photographers: Wallace Family

A PAINT FIGHT and other shenanigans with this creative, fun, family of three…  Yes Kandon is in this photo, too– he’s doing his impersonation of *Flash* ;).  I used a slow shutter speed to capture his movement!

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Laura is an artist and graphic designer.  We met a few years ago when I was doing some commercial work for one of her clients.  She has been watching my work ever since and has fallen in love with my artistic, photographic style and the way I capture people’s unique personalities and relationships.

The Wallace Family is incredibly close.  They are quirky and fun, happy and comfortable and an absolute pleasure to photograph.  Here you can see Kandon in his non-flash state.  😉

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AJ is an architectural draftsman.  He shared that the skyline of New York City blows his mind.  They visit the city often as a family and though their hearts are in their small town, their minds and creativity spark when visiting NYC.

As AJ holds his son’s hand, you can see his sleeve, which is an artistic rendering of some of AJ’s favorite aspects of the NYC skyline…

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Laura had mentioned loving my use of silhouettes and other creative techniques, so when I saw this opportunity to capture the Wallace family against the cloudy sky, I jumped on it.

I like how this image also captures their spontaneity and outgoing personalities.  It also gives you an interesting perspective– sometimes it is nice to be small, exploring a big wide world.

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Laura & AJ have been together for nearly 17 years.  They grew up together, were married and have brought their son into that strong bond that they share.

I like the way the wind swept up Laura’s hair in this image and how AJ has a huge smile on his face.  It is them in their natural state ;).

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I like the soft feel of this next photo.  You can almost sense how loved Kandon feels just by looking at the image.

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The entire Wallace family has a fun, quirky sense of humor and Kandon is no exception.  Here he is hamming it up in front of the camera, showing me some of his silliest faces.

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I was inspired by the flannel curtains that I saw hanging in the window the the train station and the reflection of the parking lot and the downtown Greencastle PA skyline that I could see reflected in the window.

It brought out a little of the Wallace’s rock-and-roll edge.  Yes, it reminded me of 90’s grunge and smelled like Teen Spirit, haha (if you don’t know what I’m talking about you probably did not grow up in the 90’s).  ;).  I was super impressed by Kandon’s air guitar, you are incredible little dude!

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So this was my very favorite part of the photo session– painting!!!

Here is a little sneek peek of how messy they will be getting…

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Yes, what started out as a simple art project became an all out paint war!  Again I used a slow shutter speed to capture the intensity of Laura’s painting technique.

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Haaa love this!!!!

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High five– to the neck!!!  Laura was such an incredible sport, too.  She said that she brought blankets to protect the car and that the paint was washable, so she was game for whatever.

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One of my favorite shots of the set, it tells so much about this creative, free-spirited, fun-loving family.  What deep (and colorful) roots you have!!!

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Laura, AJ & Kandon– thanks so much for letting me into your world to see and capture your family life!  What you guys have is pretty incredible and I hope that my photos do it justice.  🙂

Creative Portrait Photographers: Opera singer, Lisa Turchi

Opera singer, teacher and liver-of-life…Meet Lisa.  A deep, creative, authentic musician with talent, personality and drive.  During this portrait photography session I strove to capture as much of Lisa as possible in camera.  It is my goal for you to be able to see the way her voice sounds; a tall order, but I tried my best!

I’ll begin with this dramatic, black and white image.  I like the timeless, surreal nature of this photograph– the sound of her voice as I hear it is elegant, nimble and smooth.   She moves with grace and ease among pitches and tones with a voice that is stirringly beautiful, haunting and inspiring.

What a treat to see (and hear!!!)!  Yes, this is intentionally slightly out of focus, I like it that way ;).

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Lisa wanted photos that were unique, creative and artistic.  She wanted photography that would capture who she was as a performer and person and not just what she looked like.  She wanted a photographer that could capture her true-self at her best in a fun, fresh way.  I believe this image does just that:

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Here is another portrait of Lisa, this time showing more drama and depth.  I love the stark contrast of deep black shadow against the warm light touching the side of her face and body.

It beautifully illuminates her features as well as the exquisite fabric of her gown!

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Light in the darkness…  We captured this photograph in a dark room with doors closed and all lights off.  I captured her reflection in an ornate mirror with rim-light illuminating her as she sings while her voice bounced against marble, mirror, plaster, wood and glass.

It is almost as if the light is inspiring her to sing in the darkness.  Such a powerful, almost spiritual image that captures her unadulterated joy and passion for music.

For me the hand-carved wooden accents on the mirror give hint to the timeless classic, personal, deep-rooted style of music that she specializes in– opera.    The rough grainy edges in the foreground give it an authentic, natural feeling.

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This environment was quite the opposite– a bright room showing blue skies, the dramatic pop of red and her broad smile and full-on energy.  It gives you a feel for her affable, buoyant nature– she is incredibly positive, approachable, friendly and certainly doesn’t take life too seriously.

She may have moved to singing musical theater instead of opera at this point in the shoot– I’m telling you I got a complete concert– so amazing!!!

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Lisa wanted a good variety of photographs that she could use on her website and social media as well as head-shots for performing auditions and PR.  Here is one that I believe would work well as a head-shot– how could you not book a performer with this gorgeous smile?  😉

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Lisa has an incredibly impressive resume, from touring Europe with two-time Grammy winner Robert Page, to giving private performances at intimate gatherings in Washington DC for ambassadors and other dignitaries.  She has performed diverse roles including Musetta in La Boheme, Rosina in Barber of Seville and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and many others.

Having all of these international achievements and such a sophisticated career and impressive education, you might expect her to be at least a little stuffy, but she is incredibly down to earth, honest and humble.

I like this photo because I feel that those qualities really come across:

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The gorgeous campus of Wilson College was the perfect location for her session– it has such a natural yet traditional feel, as faculty she had access to some pretty amazing spaces and it also holds so much sentimental value for her.

It is the place where she had her senior portraits taken years ago, it is the location of her first kiss with the man who became her husband and the father of her wonderful son, it is the place where she teaches.

At this point in the portrait session, the sun began to set so we took one last image before traveling outside to take advantage of that natural, golden light.

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Lisa shared that she is turning 40 this year, and that she has chosen to fully embrace it.  She said while is is not currently living in NYC and touring Europe, she has settled down and is taking time to enjoy her beautiful family while still pursuing her passion for music in a new way.

She is currently a music professor at Wilson College and conducts the choir there.  She also teaches voice at the Cumberland Valley School of Music and continues to perform as well.  If it sounds like a lot to do, it is.  But for her, music is a passion and all of the ways that she is involved with it give her more fullness in her life.

She said that she has been gifted with so many wonderful voice teachers over the years that have each left a unique stamp on her life.  As a voice teacher herself, she hopes to share the knowledge and love of music that they have imparted to her, and help them to develop their best voice; a beautiful means of expression that is just their own.

For me this image shows her passion, her heart, her ability to let go.

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So there is an incredibly creative, environmental sculpture on the campus of Wilson College right now.  It is part of internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty’s, “Stickworks” collection.  I began by just having it subtly in the background of this photo…

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Here you can see more of it– though I liked to keep it mysterious and dramatic here.  It is a collection of bent sticks and saplings carefully woven together to creative a one-of-a-kind environmental structure.  They are meant to be reclaimed organically a few years after they have been constructed.

I thought that Lisa’s red dress caught by the breeze along with the primitive, “moonlit” stick house construction gave such an interesting and almost haunting appearance.

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Lisa is actually the one who imagined the creative concept of this next photograph.

I previously shared that she conducts the Wilson College Choir and teaches voice lessons there at the Cumberland Valley School of Music.  She also has a love of oaktrees.

She mentioned the proverb, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”  She envisioned herself conducting the oak trees on campus.  I captured her idea in this way:

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I hesitated to end the blog post in this way, as I believe the shadowy subject against the late evening sky is a perfect ending to the story– but, I thought you, as blog reader (yes especially you Pennsylvania locals) might enjoy this part…

We also captured a little bit of her on the job– here she is teaching voice lessons at Cumberland Valley School of Music.  You really get a feel for how supportive and attentive she is here:

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Here she is with Kitt, her duet partner, who she sings with on a regular basis at the local Episcopal Home for Assisted Living.  Lisa said that she likes to think that she is assisting residents in living life in her own small way.  😉

She said she sometimes performs for people in dementia wards at other homes, and that while they may not recognize the names or faces of people in the rooms they remember the melodies and words to songs and sing them out and that it is a real pleasure for her to bring them such joy.

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Lisa you are beautiful on the inside and out and it was such a pleasure for me to capture you in your element in so many areas of your career.  I wish you all the very best that life has to give and commend you on all of your local outreach!

I hope that these photos captured your spirit and presented a visual representation for the way your voice sounds that will be useful on your website, as headshots, etc!

Hershey Wedding Engagement Photographers: Catie & John at Troegs

Bring on the hops with this fun, relaxed engagement session at Troegs Brewing Company

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Catie & John contacted me because they appreciated my creative eye and as John put it, saw my photos as “works of art” that capture the personalities and fun-side of people.

While they aren’t the biggest fans of getting their photos taken (even at during their recent trip to Iceland the photos were almost all scenery), they were open to seeing what I would be able to do to capture their relationship, make the experience enjoyable and hopefully make them look good, haha.  😉

Catie & John’s first date took place at a brewery and they liked the fun, casual environment at Troegs Brewing Company as well as the beer there, too– so it really was a perfect place to photograph their engagement session.

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I like the simple, relaxed, comfortable feel of this black and white image.  You can sense how comfortable they are together and how they just fit.

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We took the Brewery tour which was fun.  Here they are at the kegging line– while this photo looks very sweet you better believe their was a good deal of teasing and friendly banter going on as well, haha.  If you know them, this will probably not surprise you one bit!

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John and Catie’s personalities really compliment each other.

John loves that Catie is intelligent, independent and funny (but not as funny as him, hehe).  Catie loves that John is smart, laid back and funny (though not as funny as her, hehe).  If you don’t know them, now you are starting to understand that banter I was encountering and attemping to capture throughout their engagement photography session :).

They are both self-aware enough to know when to go to the other and draw from their strength.  They focus on each others strengths and lean on each other.  It is quite a nice arrangement.

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Troegs was kind enough to allow us to sit in their private tasting room for a bit among barrels of bourbon and whiskey.  I liked the personal, open, laid back  approach that they seemed to have as a independently owed and operated company– such a nice place to have in nearby Hershey, PA!

Catie & John shared that most of their deepest conversations happen over a beer, so this was certainly fitting.

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I was drawn to this location because it offered us shelter from the wind and I really liked the way the colors from the lobby reflected, bounced and became more intense through the window.

By the end of the session they were really getting comfortable in front of the camera and I love the expression on Catie’s face here and their body language, too.

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I used a macro lens here to capture the intimacy of this moment.

I was focused on a single strand of Catie’s hair blowing in the breeze.

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I like a photo with some edge and am a huge fan of shadowy silhouettes.   I captured this image through some chain link which provided interesting texture, as the setting sun illuminated their beverages of choice.

I like how they are both smiling and enjoying thier time together too.

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I’ll end with this photograph of Catie’s engagement ring hanging from the chain link.

I like the pattern and texture of it.  It is simple yet casual with a bit of pluck and spunk that seemed to fit these two so well. 😉

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Catie & John– thanks for inviting me to spend an afternoon with you at Troegs and for showing me a glimpse into both of your lives.  I am eagerly anticipating your wedding day and have my fingers crossed that even though you don’t like photos of yourselves that you will love these.  🙂

Shippensburg Senior Portrait Photographer: Lille

An avid reader & animal lover with a quirky side, you won’t want to miss Lillie’s senior portraits!

How soft does this horse look?  This photo makes me want to reach out and touch him 🙂

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Whoever said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” never had a horse ;).

Lillie and her family contacted me looking for a senior portrait photographer who would capture her personality, interests and individuality while approaching the process with creativity.

I met Lillie at her family’s home for her senior portraits.  The long winding road that you see her walking on is the same one that her mom would sled down as a child!

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I like this next image because it shows a more grown up side to Lillie.  It gives a nod to the fact that she will be starting college in the fall.

Our photo session was on a windy winter afternoon.  She wore a pink wool peacoat and a scarf that brought out the vibrant blue of her eyes.  The wind whipped her hair and brought color to her cheeks.

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So from the more sophisticated side, here you get to see a totally different side to Lillie.  One that is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and “muck some stalls” haha!

Lillie is an animal-lover at her core and cares for the various animals that they keep on their property– they have a few horses, dogs, chickens and sheep…

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I like this photograph because it really captures Lillie’s spirit– she is such an open person with bright eyes and a warm, joyful smile.

She is almost laughing in this photo and the sunlight is hitting her blue eyes perfectly.  We also worked with the wind so that it was blowing her hair at just the right angle.

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One of Lillie’s favorite places is in her family’s library.  I love the orange walls and her mother’s artwork framed between the window and bookshelves.  It has so much character and really gives you a feel for the sort of joyful, loving environment that Lillie was raised in.

Whenever she tries to read, Milo and Otis hop up on her lap to join her!  I was beyond pleased to catch them in action!!!

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Lillie is interested in all types of books and is Vice President of the local book club, “Fiction Addiction.”

She really enjoys reading post-apocalyptic books like The 5th Wave.

I like her thoughtful expression and the multiple faces reflected throughout the photograph of her reading below.  It makes me think of the different characters that she must be envisioning as she reads a dark tale about the end of the world as we know it.  😉

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Speaking of multiple faces, while she has a serious side, she is also incredibly light-hearted.  This image shows her sending her “positive vibes” and allowing herself to totally let go and even show some sass ;).

The photo-booth inspired collage was fitting because she collects photos of her and her friends in photo booths together…

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I want to end with a photo that gives you a glimpse of Lillie’s quiet confidence and thoughtful nature.

She is drinking from a teacup from Williamsburg, her family has many happy memories there.

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Lillie, it was such a pleasure to meet you and see your family’s beautiful home and land!

Thanks for opening up and letting me capture so many different sides of your personality and show your interests and individuality.

I wish you all the very best at SU in the fall :).

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