The end of the Spring semester gets really busy. There’s the last parties and events of the year, final projects, tests, and papers, and either avoiding making big post-graduation decisions a little bit longer or diving head in and thinking about the next move.
I usually spend April to the week before graduation in May taking photos of St. Edward’s University graduates anytime that I can get. However, there is the option of waiting until *after* graduation to take your photos. They’re still meaningful even after you walk, after all! I see an added benefit with waiting until the following week: you aren’t stressed about school stuff. You turned in your final paper, all strings tied up, and you are DONE.
That’s what Caitlin decided to do. She messaged me asking for her grad session a month after commencement ceremony. During her time at St. Edward’s, Caitin was heavily involved with Hilltop Hospitality, an organization on campus that gives tours on campus for potential students and helps new students find their home on the Hilltop. Being a Literature Major and Writing Minor, Caitlin naturally gravitated towards organizations that assisted with her major. Caitlin became the Sorin Oak Review editor her senior year where she oversaw the creature of the literary magazine. She was also the president of Sigma Tau Delta, the english society on campus.
Caitlin’s session took place early in the morning in June. I prefer to hold sessions right around sunrise or sunset when light is a little softer and warmer. The added plus of a sunrise session: it’s before the day gets toasty. We took the usual photos at Main Building, but we also took some at Sorin Hall since that’s where Caitlin spent a lot of her time. We ended her session in the wetland area because Caitlin has a fond memory of going to that area of campus one evening and watching fireflies.