Bradford HS

Congratulations to Mikail | Kenosha Bradford HS class of 2018

Lately, people have been asking if I've been busy with graduation photos. The truth is, no. 

But here's why:

Here, in unpredictably weathered Wisconsin, most kids get their senior portraits done during the summer and fall BEFORE their senior year. Maybe it's more than than just the weather... Although, if I were listing the reasons for shooting senior portraits during summer and fall, this is how it would go:

  1. Winter.
  2. Snow in Spring.
  3. Too cold (or hot?) in spring.
  4. Senioritis.
  5. Yearbook photo deadlines.

So while the class of 2018 is busy graduating, I'm sitting here cheering them on and sharing their stories as they walk the aisles. (And yes, it's true, I get a little sniffy.) 

Meanwhile, the class of 2019 is getting ready for their closeups.

Here is Mikail. He's graduating tomorrow (!) from Kenosha's Bradford High School. 

Bradley HS class of 2018 senior portrait in bleachers

He's a sweet kid... I know, I know. I always say that. But he WAS! I'm not lying. We had fun together, along with his mom, finding the perfect spots in the park to photograph him. 

Everything seemed to flow so well. I even asked Mikail if he had modeled before. It sure seemed like it! He was a natural!

For future reference, if you ever want to know if blue is a good color to wear with a green background - the answer is in the photos! YES! YES! ABSOLUTELY! 

Congratulations, Mikail! I'm so happy for you. Best of luck in your future!

BW portrait arms crossed senior boy class of 2018

Class of 2019 it's your turn!  And heads up - I'm having a $99 Summer Portrait Sale for a LIMITED TIME so go tell your mom or dad or friends. Let's get your senior portraits on the books!

Bradford HS Senior Portraits | Mikail | class of 2018

Sometimes people ask me how I choose a Sneak Peek photo from each session. It's a real art, you know, choosing the right ONE image. 

I stumble over a variety of anguishing thoughts while deciding. These are the main three bullet points: 

1. Is it scroll-stopping? 

Will the average social media scroller stop in their track-pad to look at this image? Will they even - gasp! - CLICK to read more?? I don't want to jinx myself, but will they even click the link to go to the blog post? If the answer is yes to even one of those questions, USE IT!

2. Will mom freak out?

Will this photo make mom gasp, cry or want to shout from the rooftops about her excellent choice in photographers? (wink wink) USE IT!

3. Is it the best shot of the session?

Sorry folks, but as much as it kills me, I won't ever share the BEST shot of the session as a Sneak Peek. Nope. I save that grouping for the family's private Reveal + Selection Meeting. So... is it the best shot from the session? DON'T USE IT!

So with that abbreviated explanation of my self-talk, allow me to proudly introduce Mikail, class of 2018 from Kenosha's Bradford High School. He is a quiet but devilishly funny kid who is not only smart, but also a great athlete.

This particular shot is from the first stop of our session at Petrifying Springs Park in Kenosha. That's a set of warn, old bleachers Mikail's sitting on. Look at that stare, that look of determination in his eyes. This is most definitely a stop-in-your-tracks kind of portrait.

But, OH WOW, you should see the rest. We moved on from the bleachers and the rest of the session got exponentially better every time we changed spots.

Sorry, you will have to wait to see more. But I promise it will be worth it.

Awesome job, Mikail, on NAILING your senior portraits!


Hey, psst, over here. Did you put off senior portraits all summer? Don't worry, I've got you covered. Fill out the form and I'll add you to my calendar right away.

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