When I made the decision to quit teaching and coaching I had no idea how hard it would be. Diving into being a photographer and a stay-at-home mom is no walk in the park but I wouldn't trade getting to be my own boss and be at home with my baby girl for anything. Thankfully photography has brought me full circle to be able to keep in touch with some of my favorite students and athletes.
Which brings me to Ethan. I had Ethan in class two years ago. He was a quiet young man at first but boy did that change. Once we got to know each other I got to see his humorous side, his athletic side, and the side that was an excellent student trying to narrow down what he wanted to do with his life beyond high school. The part that I miss the most about teaching and coaching is not getting to be there for these kids everyday. Sure they all have other teachers they can go to as well as great parents that love and support them, but there is this indescribable bond I have with them. I worry about them as a teacher and as a parent. They knew if they needed to vent about something or share an accomplishment they could come to me. I think I worry about them all a little bit more now that I am not with them all the time.
I had such a great time catching up with Ethan and his mom and getting to take his senior pictures. Knowing they chose me to capture this important time in his life truly means so much. I can't wait to see where the future takes him. I know he is going to kick some major butt (Hopefully not literally, he can't afford another red card in soccer, right Ethan?).
Here are a few of my favorites from Ethan's senior session.