Some of you might recognize my niece Kate from her urban senior photo session with me last October. Well, last week, I watched Miss Katelynn walk across the stage in her high school gymnasium as a graduating senior. It was so wonderful to be able to witness and document such a momentous occasion in her life.  Kate–congratulations again on all of your accomplishments. I’m so proud of you!

I’m also really excited for this next chapter in Kate’s life. She’s planning on attending Moberly Area Community College in the fall on the A+ scholarship program which means she’ll be living closer to us! I think she’s really going to like living closer to Columbia. It’s quite different from her rural hometown and I think there’s lots of potential for her in a bigger city environment.  Kate is an avid reader and wonderful writer and I think she’s really going to love the Columbia arts, cultural and music scenes.

Although I did take photos during the ceremony I decided to edit the blog post to include only those images from the celebration afterwards. No reason other than these were my favorites. I’m always looking for in-between moments, subtle interactions, emotions, expressions, and environmental scene setters–and there were plenty of those at the party. I just love telling stories with photos. Kate’s graduation party was no different. She was surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends and it was too important of an event to not tell through photos. Enjoy.

p.s. Doesn’t Kate look fabulous in that black and white dress? If  you remember, she didn’t bring any outfit changes for her senior photos, so all of those images show her in jeans. The two outfit choices are totally different, but I think Kate really rocks the dress, don’t you?