Jessica // SEU 2017

Every time I meet a grad for our pre-session coffee chat, I am always reminded how important my job is. Jessica didn’t have senior portraits taken when she graduated high school, so these photos to mark her college graduation are even more special. I like to think our session was all sorts of magical especially since we ended up going until we literally could not shoot anymore because it was dusk! We were having so much fun!

I love Jessica’s happy and sweet personality! This girl was so much fun to work with, and she brought a giant balloon with the words “the tassel was worth the hassle” which was so much fun to take photos with! During her session she brought along her sister Cynthia and friend Jessica (definitely added some confusion to our communication, but using last name initials definitely helped!) to be her cheerleaders, hold the big graduation balloon, and to make sure her hair was on fleek - which it was 98% of the time.

This is the friendship story of the two Jessicas: They both went to the same high school in Austin, but weren’t so much as friends, but more like acquaintances. However, when they both came to St. Edward’s as freshmen, and they both originally majored in biology, they became quick friends. It’s funny, they would introduce themselves as the Jessicas, and everyone knew them as the best of friends. After their freshman year and realizing biology wasn’t either of their passions, they both changed majors. Friend-Jessica changed her major to neuroscience, and session Jessica changed hers to Digital Media Management. So, these two were destined to be best friends.

One of the places Jessica wanted to make sure we got to take photos near was our campus chapel. Jessica considered Campus Ministry to play a huge part in her St. Edward’s life. She went on multiple retreats and Campus Ministry events, so taking photos at her home within her home was a given! I also loved how she was willing to try out all the different ideas I had especially with the berry tree. She looks like a fairy in those images!

What's next for Jessica? She's sticking around Austin for the next few years. Jessica wants to stay to be close with her family who live in Austin, and to see her younger sisters go through some of their milestones - she has one sister in high school and Cynthia just started college at Texas State.