Meet Julia from Benet Academy High School in Lisle! She is actually going to be graduating THIS year—and in only a few days, in fact! So she’s almost outta there already!
Because of the fickle Chicago Spring weather, we are sure to have multiple re-scheduling episodes for Spring before we hit on a day that is warm enough, dry enough, green enough, etc, etc. for a perfect senior session.
This day was cool, and the budding trees and flowers just into bloom (AMAZING Spring color this year) and we had the place to ourselves. The upside of all the rain has been all the resulting lushness.
I love all the DuPage County natural areas around Wheaton, and often leave my camera at home in exchange for my bike when I can sneak away for some me-time.
But this day, I was excited to kick off senior portrait season!
Saying YES to the DRESS
I was immediately struck by Julia’s confidence and calm. She had some great ideas about what she wanted to do! I loved her fashion-forward dress ideas. You can't beat a flowing dress to create a soft feminine feel to the photo-especially in a garden setting like this.
This girl has her plans all laid out for the fall, when she’ll be moving on to college life in the fields of Indiana, also known as IU. She's already visited the bookstore and the Red IU sweatshirt was going to be part of the photo choices!
Her passion lies in the arts, and while not sure yet exactly which major she’ll stick with, that’s what freshman year will be all about—after all! She’s thinking maybe graphic design.
I know she’s gonna have some fun figuring it all out for certain. For now she’s got to finish strong with her rigorous class schedule at Benet Academy and graduate with the class of ’17.
Even though it’s traditional to have your senior portraits done right before senior year, I do think there are some advantages to waiting (with the exception that obviously the yearbook picture has a deadline). I love it that the student already knows their plans for after graduation, and we can incorporate it into the session— like Julia and her IU shirt. It’s fun that they are that much more sure of themselves and truly on the brink of adulthood.
As the “baby” of the family, she’s got older sibs and also a brand new baby in the family, so I guess we can call her “auntie” as well. She’s excited about being able to spend time this summer with the new baby—and the family—doing a bit of travel. Julia also finds time to hold a job in a downtown Wheaton restaurant.
Julia sported three different, very cute outfits for some variety, including a pretty summer dress with the hot look I’m seeing everywhere this season—gotta be the off-the-shoulder look (and she does it so well!). Such an easy session to enjoy with this sweet girl!
Deb Wesley Photography studio of Downers Grove is now booking custom senior sessions for the class of 2018.
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