…for most high schools, and it’s one of those high school experiences that I think everyone should have. Getting dressed up, going out to dinner, and dancing the night away with your best friends…nothing says high school experience quite like it!
About a week ago, I had the opportunity to actually attend the Brainerd High School Prom, something I hadn’t done since my own, many moons ago! It was fun seeing all of the young people dressed up in their finest at the Grand March, and then watching them drop their purses and kick off their heels as they arrived at The NP Event Center to dance the night away. I was struck by the fact that even though so many things have changed since my time in high school, some things, like prom, are still very much the same. Yes, the preparation is a little more extravagant (getting your hair and makeup done? that wasn’t even a consideration in my time), and the clothes and meals are fancier and more expensive, but the fun of dancing and singing to your favorite songs with all of your closest friends is still the same. It’s a timeless tradition that doesn’t go out of style. As you know, for me, experience is a huge deal, and prom is one of those experiences that you will remember the rest of your life. Can you guess what else was similar to my high school days? The music! I heard at least three songs that were played during my own high school days..and you know what else? The kids knew every word by heart! Kinda makes this old 80’s girl proud. 🙂
The Pre-Prom Party
I spent time with a couple of my 2017 Senior Models and their friends before they headed off to Grand March. This fun loving group all traveled together in a RV driven by one of the parents – what a fun experience!
I’ve talked before about the great experience I had with my senior photographer. I grew up in a small town, so I had known him all my life, and he was only a few years older than me. I have written about the fact that I never really felt like I could smile. I don’t remember specific anxiety about it, but I distinctly remember being pleasantly surprised when my proofs came back and I was happy with them and how my smile looked. I am a child of the 80’s (yes I’m old), and at that point the majority of senior pictures were in a studio in front of some lame bookcase backdrop, and most of them looked the same. My experience, however, was significantly different. Jay (that was my photographer’s name) did some of those indoor studio shots, too, but the backdrops were better, and then we went to several different outdoor locations to shoot as well. I think I had four or five different outfits, and he made the entire experience comfortable and enjoyable. It obviously must have been, because 30 plus years later (yep, I said I was old), I am still talking about it. In fact, I enjoyed working with him so much that he was also our wedding photographer when my husband and I got married. That positive and personal experience with Jay is what drives my passion for developing a relationship with my clients and providing the best senior experience possible.
I understand that most of us are a bit insecure about having our photos taken, so isn’t it nice to know that you’ve got someone on the other side of the camera who wants to get to know who you really are, and will do everything in their power to present you in the best light, in the way that everyone else sees you? Not necessarily in the critical way you see yourself? Man, speaking of that…the other day I went on a shopping trip because I was in desperate need of some new clothes. So, off I went, determined to find something new to make me feel good and spunky again. Well, that whole idea went south as soon as I stepped into the dressing room at the department store. When was the last time you stood in front of the mirror in the harsh light of the department store dressing room half clothed? Well, I did it the other day, and I’m here to tell you, it wasn’t a pleasant experience! Now I work out regularly and try to watch what I eat, but man, it was still a “come to Jesus” moment for me. Fortunately, I don’t live my life half clothed under the harsh lights of a department store dressing room, but if I did, I would need someone alongside me to peel me off the ceiling from that scary experience! That, my friends, is what I try to do for you as your photographer! I think we all view ourselves as half clothed under those harsh lights, and we need someone to come along who sees the real us, and can show us what we really look like under soft natural light with all our clothes on…let me tell you, it’s a very different, and much more pleasant experience!
Until next time…
P.S…and if you’re going shopping, be sure to bring a friend along for moral support!
In the past couple of years, I have gotten to know a lot of new people through my photography business, people that I hadn’t had the opportunity to cross paths with in my twenty years in the community previously. It has been such a fantastic experience, and it reminds me that in some ways, I lead a sort of double life. My husband and I have lived in the Brainerd, MN area since the mid-90’s – he was transferred here with his company and I quickly landed in the automotive industry, which is what I had been doing prior to our move. I have met so many great people over the years through my business connections – my involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, the Blandin Leadership Program, and a variety of non-profit organizations. Because I have been so involved in the business community, I actually started to believe that I knew a lot of people in the community at large. I have since found out how many people I don’t know. It’s amazing how many people you come to know when you start hanging out in different circles. Try hanging out at a football game or a gymnastics meet – there’s a whole different crowd! Now, don’t get me wrong, I still know a ton of people at those activities, but there are so many more that I’m just getting to know, and I’m loving it.
Oh. My. Goodness. I have been soooo bad at keeping up on my blog! When I looked back and saw that my last post was in July, I could hardly believe it, but indeed, that was the last time. As many of you know, I have a full time career outside of photography, so I am in this business because I absolutely love it and it gives me incredible energy! However, much to my surprise, I have discovered that there are only 24 hours in a day, and sometimes I guess I just need to sleep! As a result, when something has to give, my blogging is the thing that seems to fall to the bottom of the pile.
The dress…the hair…the makeup…oh, and of course the right date… These are some of the key elements to a successful high school prom experience. Do you remember yours? Whether it was a month ago, 5 years ago or 25 years ago, you can probably remember the feeling of excitement and energy that surrounded that time of your life.
I recently spent the afternoon at The Fine Line with this group of girls getting ready for their high school prom, and oh what fun it was! From the fabulous hairstyles and makeup, to the absolutely gorgeous gowns, these girls were all stunning as they readied themselves for a fun night of dinner and dancing.