Lauren | St. Edward's University | Class of 2017

austin college grad in front of St. Edward's University red doors

Once upon a time, I took different English Writing courses at St. Edward’s Univeristy because I had room in my schedule, and I thought I would go for a second minor in English Writing and Rhetoric. I never got the second minor because there weren’t enough classes available that I actually wanted to take. However, I still took some of the classes because I thought they would be helpful in life. If you have the room in your schedule, I recommend taking a class purely because you want to, you have the passion, or just for the sake of learning. Those classes will enrich your life.

During the fall semester of my sophomore year, I took Document Design, which was basically a graphic design class for English Writing majors. I personally felt really awesome about that class since graphic design was my major; I already knew and was well trained in what what we were being taught. It was a nice little ego boost, and the professor for that class ended up being a professor for one of my graphic design classes during Senior Year. I first met Lauren in that class. Lauren is an English Writing and Rhetoric major, so we coincidentally had a few classes together over the next few years even though I graduated a year before she did.

I reconnected with Lauren for her grad shoot, and I was so lucky to have her for my first shoot of Grad Month - which is what I am now calling April. This entire month, I have two to three shoots each weekend! Crazy, I know, considering how many photos I like to put in a gallery and the time I spend on editing. It’s all worth it though. It’s about creating memories and spending time reflecting on the past four years on the Hilltop. I was lucky that Lauren was my first shoot of the month because she made it so easy! It helped that I already knew this girl, so we were comfortable around each other.

I love how she brought her dog and boyfriend Matt for a few photos. It also warmed my heart that she got glammed up for her session! She had her hair and nails done, and she even bought Harper, her dog, a new sparkly collar. While I felt honored to be her photographer, I was also so excited because we went into our library for photos with books! So, our library is mostly just computers, but there does remain a section with actual book shelves filled with hard copies of books. I got some major Belle vibes while taking her portraits among the book cases. We even pulled down books she used in classes to relate it back to her major! That's what I love. I love injecting little pieces of the grad's life into the portraits. I like to make everything with intention, with purpose. 

austin college grad in front of St. Edward's University red doors with dog
austin college grad in front of St. Edward's University red doors with dog
austin college grad in front of St. Edward's University red doors with dog
 
austin college grad in front of St. Edward's University red doors with dog
class of 2017 graduate in front of St. Edward's University red doors
class of 2017 graduate in front of St. Edward's University red doors
class of 2017 graduate in front of St. Edward's University red doors
 
college graduate of St. Edward's University
college graduate of St. Edward's University
 
college graduate of St. Edward's University in front of red doors
college graduate of St. Edward's University in front of red doors
college graduate of St. Edward's University in front of red doors
college graduate of St. Edward's University in front of red doors
St. Edward's University college grad tossing cap
St. Edward's University college grad tossing cap
girl senior portraits in library
girl senior portraits in library
girl senior portraits in library
girl senior portraits in library looking through bookstacks
girl senior portraits in library
girl senior portraits in library looking through book shelves
girl senior portraits in library walking through book shelves
girl senior portraits in library reading a book