Madison has a little bit more of a hold on my heart than most seniors. I met Madison during her sophomore year as her Teammates mentor. So we have both celebrated highs and comforted each other during some lows. She was my first mentee and I am super excited that we get to continue are journey together while she is in college. Not only did I see her every week during our meetings at school, I also was her one act coach during the fall for her junior and senior year. Then on top of that, she decided to be a model rep for my studio! So Madison and I have spent a lot of time together these past few years. :)
She is a natural in front of the camera so she makes my job super easy. Plus we had been doing photoshoots for almost a year prior to her senior session that she knew what my directions would be and was comfortable with me. I do have to tell all of you that the green sweater that she is wearing in the first set of images is a sweater she has been wearing for school pics all of her high school career. It was fitting for her to choose that as one of her looks during her senior session.
Madison wanted a mix of urban and nature during her session. So we chose a few spots in downtown Wahoo and then headed out to Lake Wanahoo. There are a few spots that I love out at the lake that gives a couple different looks as far as backgrounds. What none of us knew when heading out there and walking to our different spots would be that we would walk straight into the sequel of Arachnophbia! Seriously. I have never seen so many humongous spiders all in one spot in the 41 years I have been on this earth. It did not help that we didn't realize what we were walking into until we were basically in it. Kasey (Esthetics by Kasey) all of a sudden said "Kate, there are spiders everywhere." I then looked down and she was right. Everywhere. Without knowing it, I led Kasey, Madison, her mom and I into a den of beady eyed monsters. We were so freaked we just turned around and ran for it. Then spent the next five minutes making sure none of us had spiders on us which some of us did. It was horrifying! If you know me, you know I hate bugs and am terrified of spiders. I found out that night so was the rest of the group. If there were any onlookers out at the lake that evening, they definitely got a laugh in!
Madison has a passion for music and is planning to major in music education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She wanted a pic with all of her show choir dresses on the stage of Wahoo High School where she spent so many hours rehearsing and performing throughout her high school career. As a theatre and music kid, I always love using the stage lights. It always has the most beautiful and dramatic lighting.
Another passion of Madison's is participating in pageants. I don't remember how many she has been in, but I know she started at a young age. At the time, her mom had entered her to boost her confidence and help her come out of her shell. I think it worked mom! I loved taking her out in the tall grass with the sun setting behind her for some of her crown and gown photos. Not your typical pageant setting and a perfect time to twirl that gorgeous dress.
A few weeks ago, I got together with Madison for her senior cap & gown session. This is something I offer each year to my senior model reps along with a decision day shoot so they can show off what they will be doing after high school. This year was a little different as you all know. But once we had the go ahead to do some shooting with regulations, I went ahead and scheduled outdoor cap & gown sessions with my seniors to wrap up their model experience. It wasn't exactly how I had planned or wanted it to go for them, but I am so glad we were able to meet (6 feet apart while wearing a mask) and got a few photos in while we caught up a bit.
Madison, I cannot wait to see where this next chapter of your life takes you!